Anything is Possible!

With Love, Hope, and Perseverance


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Wet Work Shoes (A Morning Dream)

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Photo from Pixabay

 

Scene 1

I gave him one of my sleeping pills,

Something over the counter, relatively benign.

He took it right away instead of waiting.

You’re supposed to wait until bedtime! Spit it out.

He did, but it was not all in one piece.

 

Scene 2

The therapy group would meet downstairs.

But first we stood out in the grass

To discuss our plan.

I looked down at our feet.

Water covered our work shoes.

No one else seemed concerned,

So I didn’t mention it.

The plan was to continue.

I slept late this morning which lends it self to remembering dreams. I have no idea who I was with in scene 1. In scene 2, I was with the addiction/mental health counselors who I used to work with. In reality, expanding expectations of computer work became overwhelming and distracted from personal connection. The frequent feeling that I was drowning in paperwork greatly influenced my decision to retire. 30 years was enough. (I love to swim, but do get tired after awhile.)

Others did care, but for various reasons, continued slogging through. One died early.

The dream could apply in general to being in a stressful relationship, or on a bigger scale, to climate change.

We each choose our path.

How do you want to continue?


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S U C C E S S

Look what I found over at Mriram’s blog: “Success is daring to be you, your unique self.”

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is not in numbers, nor applause;
Success is daring to be you,
your unique Self.

Daring to let fake facades, worries 
and dark times fly;
Sharing who you really are,
just you, not a copy or pretence.

We learn from all around us,
from nature in its pure truth
from people who are poor 
and those who are rich.

Yet I repeat, success is being true.
Not gleaming facades.
It is the radiant kernel within.

Success is to find joy in the delicacy
of a child’s smile,
in the heart-stopping  beauty of sunrise;
In a morning flower, fresh with dew.

© miriam ivarson
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One-Liner Wednesday: Treat Yourself

     “Treat yourself like someone you love.” Adam Roa

 

This quote comes about three minutes into Adam’s poem in the video below.

(Stuff I had to learn before I would be ready for Mr. Right. I still need reminding.)

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Love Songs with a Twist

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When I was single, one of the things that helped me tolerate and even embrace love songs that came on the radio  was to sing them to God. I know it sounds corny, but it helped. One day, on a solo road trip, that old song came on the radio: “Some Kinda Wonderful.” I was about to change the station, when I got an idea. I substituted the name of Jesus for “my baby.” Later in the song, I sang about my sweet loving savior.
And I’m telling you, it worked. Singing love songs to or about Jesus helped ease my loneliness.

Just try it. When a love song comes on, but you don’t have a romantic interest, or if you have one who’s not good for you, substitute the higher power or ideal love of your choice. Think of someone who’s always got your back.

 

Can I get a witness?

I realized I could do this with any love song. I even sang love songs to my dog who was always there for me. Cause you know what dog spelled backwards is. Dogs are like mirrors reflecting unconditional love. Natalie, at Sacred Touches, agrees.

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As I write in Trust the Timing:

“The dogs provided more comfort and less stress than the men I dated after the divorce “

 

 

 

You can sing love songs to any body you want to. Because love is valuable and wonderful . It doesn’t have to be romantic love, though romantic love is pretty darn special. I’m talking about caring for someone else so much that their happiness is just as important as your own. (Love your neighbor as yourself, not more than yourself.)

Whether it’s brotherly love, sisterly love, parental love, platonic love, romantic love, self love, dog love or AGAPE God love, love is good.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

JoAnne/JoAnna

 


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12 Motivating and Inspiring Quotes by WOMEN

I’ve seen many lists of motivational quotes – 10, 15, 20 wonderful, inspiring quotes – and upon reaching the end, observed there were no women represented. So, to provide a little balance, here are 12 motivating and inspiring quotes by women:

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

                                                                                                   __Eleanor Roosevelt

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We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.

                                                                                                           __Maya Angelou

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“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”                 

                                                                                                                 ___ Elizabeth Gilbert

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”   
                                                                                        __Margaret Mead

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“When your belief in you and your dream

is greater than your belief in other people’s opinions,

you will have mastered your life.”   

                                                                                                       __ Johnna Parr

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“The impossible may take a little while.”  

                                                                                       __Alice Walker

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“Courage doesn’t always roar.

Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says,

I’ll try again tomorrow.”

                                                                                     __Mary Anne Radmacher

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”                              
                                                                                                                          __ Golda Meir
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“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious
and hope can take on a life of its own.”    
                                                                                                          __ Michelle Obama
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Don’t let yourself forget that God’s grace rewards not only those who never slip, but also those who bend and fall. So sing! The song of rejoicing softens hard hearts. It makes tears of godly sorrow flow from them. Singing summons the Holy Spirit. Happy praises offered in simplicity and love lead the faithful to complete harmony, without discord. Don’t stop singing.

                                                                                                    __Hildegard of Bingen

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Understand that the right to choose
your path is a sacred privilege.
Use it.
Dwell in possibility.

                                 __Oprah Winfrey 

Found at Soul Gatherings:

https://soulgatherings.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/todays-quote-1391/#like-8549

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I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle … If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits,
that’s what will give you hope.
                                                        __ Jane Goodall    (Source: safarious.com via Reader’s Digest)
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(The puzzle heart is from pixabay. I don’t remember where I found the singing world picture. But the rest are photos I took here and there, except the second one is a photo my friend took of me in the mountains.)


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Having Compassion for Our “Shoulds”

Loving Me, Too

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My mother never seemed like a dominating person. I remember her as patient and kind and much more easy to manipulate than my father who served in the marine corps until I was well into my teens. But in later years, when I observed my mother with my pre-teen daughter, I noticed a lot of “shoulds” directed at my daughter. Mom was trying to help of course. I wondered if the “shoulds” had always been there, if they had been handed down to me and incorporated so deeply into my psyche, that I wasn’t consciously aware of their abundance.

A couple days ago, I found this article  among the “Awesome Stories”  at “Writing to Freedom.” In “Seeking Wholeness,” Patty de Llosa, writes about accepting all aspects of ourselves, the good, the bad, and the parts of ourselves we try to push away and might not even be aware…

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