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With Love, Hope, and Perseverance


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Secret Magic Words

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First, congratulations to John, at https://thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com/ winner of this year’s SOCS badge contest. I love the colors and the clarity of this badge. Good job, John!

And now, to the Stream of Consciousness. Linda’s prompt for today was, “cash.” I like to use cash when I can, rather than credit or debit cards, and much more than on line purchasing. You see, I’m a wee bit paranoid, no, I’m cautious, about the security risks. I know I’m a bit of a dinosaur in that I don’t use ATM machines. So when I cash a check, I deposit most of it and keep out the cash I think I’ll need. And I still write checks to pay most of my bills. Does anyone else still do that. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one. But I’ll still do it. It works for me.

I know that doesn’t exactly fit with the idea of faith, hope and perseverance, in my blog subtitle, except it does for the perseverance part. What does fit with faith and hope is that for the past few years, some of my passwords have had phrases related to more cash. More cash from alternate sources  rather than the job I worked for so long. Creative sources of cash. Not those exact words, cause hey, they are secret, magic words. And they worked, along with the law of attraction, and my higher power, aka, God, not necessarily in that order.

This vision of cash from more creative sources, the general idea, manifested when my high school sweetheart husband who found me thirty nine years later said to me, “I’m about to be 59 and a half. That means I can withdraw from my retirement. How would you like to quit your job, so you can focus more on writing and art?”

That was well over a year ago, that he said that. And for at least six months, before I accepted his offer, I asked him, like once a week, “Are you serious?” which turned into, “Is it really okay if I quit my job?” and “Are you sure you’re okay with that?”  I couldn’t believe my luck.

But it wasn’t really luck, was it?

I’m still careful with money. The fact that we are both frugal is part of what allowed me to cut back on my old job. We have a modest home, small by some standards, in America anyway, and we don’t spend a lot of money on luxuries. But I am happy. And I have enough cash. I have everything I need. And I’m thankful.

Here’s a little clip about cash from one of my favorite movies, brought to you by my stream of Consciousness. In It’s a Wonderful Life, George and Mary are headed for their honeymoon when…

 

Want to learn more about the Stream of Consciousness Saturday?  Visit Linda’s blog,where you don’t need any cash:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-1316/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Almost Ready

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Linda’s prompt for today is “almost.” This is almost too easy, because I’m at such an almost place in my life, getting ready for a leap of faith. A big change, hopefully within the next 12 months.

I’m excited, and almost scared.

I’ve cut back on my hours as a substance abuse counselor to 30. That’s the magic number where you can still get benefits: vacation time, sick time (I have almost 400 hours accumulated) and the all too important health insurance.

In my spare time, I’ve started doing more art work and have even sold a few pieces. My manuscript is almost ready to get serious about publishing, one way or another.

I’m almost 6o years old! OMG, I’ll be 60 in just over 6 months!

So does all this talk of “almost” hold back the law of attraction? Some people say we should speak the desires of our hearts as if they are already here now, so as not to keep them at “almost” distance. But I won’t be almost 60 forever. It will happen, God willing for me to live that long, and I believe I will because, God knows, I have plans!

And God has already shown me miracles by bringing the love of my life back to me at just the right time. God has perfect timing.

Still, it’s good to recognize that I am an artist now. I am a writer now! I’m writing right now! Life is unfolding exactly as it is supposed to. I’m right where I need to be.

If you’d like to join in the fun and spontaneity of Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness posting, visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/05/29/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-3015/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!


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Do You Believe in Magic?

Here’s a post by OneAnna65, about magic:

https://cancerkillingrecipe.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/believing/#comment-15378

Her post got me thinking about a question that’s been floating around in my mind for a while:

What is magic?

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Avatar Exhibit, Children’s Museum, Indianapolis

Some things that seem like magic, can be explained by science. But they are still magical. Like magnetism, fire flies, thunder, lightening, rainbows, mushrooms making fairy circles….

The Pandoran wood sprites in the photo to the right, moved magically to anything that came close to the wall projection where they lived. Of course there is a scientific explanation for that, but it was still magical. It was especially magical being there with  the children who didn’t try to figure out the technology that made this happen. They just enjoyed being there.

Even when I understand the science, it’s still magic.

The true magic, I believe, is not the kind where a man with a black cape and wand pulls a rabbit out of a hat.

The magic I believe in is broad and spiritual. It has something to do with the “Law of Attraction.” But I believe it also has to do with the influence and assistance of angels, spirit guides, and ultimately, ever present, all knowing God, the Great Spirit.

I don’t like to put God in a box. God is beyond gender, beyond our understanding. Though if we pay attention, we may glimpse God through nature, other people and  miracles.

God makes the biggest, best magic.

Like making things work out in the long run. And bringing long lost loves back together again when the time is right….

…..And the marvelous tapestry of things contained on and in planet Earth.

We only need to open our eyes and minds and hearts.

Magic is all around us.

Magic lives in snowflakes and ice crystals, in daffodils and cocooned caterpillars, waiting for the warm sunlight to bring new life.

Magic lives in believing that spring is coming, even though we don’t feel it yet.

Magic lives in silly things like cats playing in paper bags and baby giggles.

Magic lives in the vibration of drum beats and heart beats, guitar strings and virgin wings taking flight.

This is my 111th post on this blog. Is that magic?


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More, More, More

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Some days, it feels like I’m trying to see what’s the most I can pack into a day.

That’s really not my goal, but it feels like I’m constantly prioritizing how to use my time best. I still work at least thirty hours a week as a counselor, I’m active in my little church. I volunteer every other week Wednesday night at the mission. Maybe I’ll write about that some other time. I’m trying to help my 83 year old dad figure out how to live as independently as he can while his physical body is declining. I’m trying to help my 21 year old daughter learn how to live as independently as she can, even though she’s still living under my roof.

Then of course there’s writing the memoir and blogging, both of which I love. And I need to read more  and exercise more. And now I’ve decided to be in my first art show, though I only recently started getting back into painting. I’m including some of my daughter’s photography, which is really cool stuff with skulls and flowers…..

Part of me is going: What are you thinking? You don’t have time for all this!

But another, deeper part of me believes that for me to be happy, I need to follow my creative passions where they lead me.

I’m still being responsible and paying my bills. I spend less money on entertainment than most people. I get excited about making a whole meal out of leftovers. But then I do enjoy a good meal out at least once a week.

My husband and the abundance/law of attraction movements say I’ve been living in scarcity mode. I am frugal most of the time.  I buy most of my clothes at thrift stores, but that’s because I like to recycle. I don’t like to waste things. It’s the least I can do for the environment.

But maybe it’s okay to want the most out of life. It’s okay to want to be a writer and an artist. To follow my dreams and expect that I will make a living doing those things some day, instead of saying, money doesn’t matter. Money does matter. I would like to be able to make a living doing what I’ve loved for as long as I can remember.  I’ve put in 30 years working in a helping profession in a nonprofit agency. And I believe I’ll always make time to help others. I know it’s not all about me.

But sometimes, it’s okay to be about me.

So, when someone asks me to do something else, in addition to what I’m already doing, the question isn’t: can I cram that into my day, or week. It’s not about where can I fit that in? Sometimes I need to ask:

Will it feed my soul?

Will it nurture my spirit?

Will it give me energy to keep going?

 

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Prompt was “most/least.” If you’d like to join in, visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/01/23/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-january-2415/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!