Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Poetry: Morning

By D. Anthony

From my unknowing slumber, I awake to find a new day
And for the split second it takes to accumulate my wits
I subconsciously pause to ponder, to reflect
On Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow ... on myself

Shall I focus on ...
The sorrow that found me and ruined my yesterday
Or the fact that I got through it, challenged yet okay

Shall I focus on ...
The aches that more and more often come my way
Or the wisdom of years that grows stronger everyday

Shall I focus on ...
Relationships lost, missed loved ones taken away
Or friends and family here now loving me each day

Shall I focus on ...
The lost manners, the lack of courtesy people display
Or the smiles derived from the Thank You's that I say

Shall I focus on ...
The stress, the difficulties that seem to come my way
Or the amazing power I possess to make an impact today

A second later a familiar realization lights the way
Yesterday is no longer mine to contemplate
And Tomorrow never was
All I really have is Today and Myself
I stretch, smile, and decide to open my eyes
I will not waste another second of this gift ... My New Day

* Excerpt from the motivational and inspirational book, The Nurse in the Delivery Room Slapped Me... Once *

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Bubble: Am I Superficial?

Superficial people. While there are some who are like that for sometime until they grow out of it, there are some who grow old with it. But it is fair to note that not all people are superficial.

I am concerned about myself. Am I superficial?

I am definitely not talking about superficiality in my well-intended offers as a friend or a kin or in my encouragements and compliments to anyone, strangers alike. But when I think of the spiteful intentions I harbor while I am angry, is it safe to think I am superficial?

When I am consumed with anger, a battle ground between good and evil explodes in my mind. The angry side wants to exact revenge but the positive me fights to put out the flame. As the battle rages, time lapsed ... and often than not, the anger will subsides fortunately. However that's not the end to the spiteful thoughts inside my head. It still lingers!

Yet maybe it could be that I am cowardly to go through with my spiteful intentions or it is simply because I am reasonably quick at forgiving. After all the hostility in my heart and in my head, I am still incapable of turning away 'a so-called friend' in need. I guess I'm just a sucker for sob stories. Being a little wiser though, I tread with care in order not to be burned again! Somehow I feel so superficial!

It's for the best!
“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.” ― Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger

Perhaps and thankfully, it must be my subconscious self that has guided me to walk away and move on from the people and situations that no longer have my interest at heart. This way I do not harbor any guilt and I will not feel superficial. Moreover, I am expanded positively to receive greater opportunities.

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Bubble: I Am Quick To Forgive!

Forgiveness does not come easy for most of us. It is only natural for us to recoil in self-protection when we get hurt. Most people are not going to have an outpouring of mercy, grace and forgiveness, that's for sure!

I am no exception but in most cases, I'd always choose to walk away quietly. I will remove myself from these negative influences. After all, forgiveness will not necessarily lead to a healed relationship. Moreover, even it does, things are just not the same anymore! Forgiving is easier but to forget?

I have a thorn in my side that is growing more prickly each day. However, each time I complained about it, I am influxed with messages of forgiveness ... somehow somewhere the Lord is telling me the obvious!

I know forgiveness is a choice and I have managed it many times before. This time should not be any different but I guess I am struggling because the person is hard to be ignored when she's staying under my roof right now.

My consolation ... we're parting ways in less than 2 months! So close my eyes ... ignore ignore ignore and I want to tell myself "I am quick to forgive!"

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. 
Forgive as the Lord forgave you." 
 ~ Colossians 3:13

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Poetry: Life Is Opportunity!

Life is Opportunity
by Craig Nicholson

Life is opportunity!
Every day,
All seem it gray,
Can stimulate new thought.

Chance is not what rules the world
There's purpose everywhere,
It's just for us to recognise
The pearl that's waiting there.

The opportunity for us,
To learn and serve and grow.
The harder that the 'problem' seems
The higher we can go.

What is ours will come to us,
So fear becomes inept.
Just find the gift in everything
And we'll become adept.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Note of Awareness #58

The law of attraction works in the pursuit of spiritual desire just as it does for worldly things. To be aligned with the Infinite Being is to merge the twin engines of faith and belief. To achieve great accomplishments starts from within you … from your faith and your belief.  Faith makes all things possible.

Are you spiritually connected?

It does not matter if you believe in Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or any other, when you nurture the seeds of divinity in you, you become connected with your energy, the Universe and the Infinite One. You become at peace with yourself and the world around you. The law of attraction makes it possible to open the door to your spiritual consciousness and guides you to the means to help yourself and also others.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Affirmation of the Week ...

It's been an emo-time these past few days. Well as usual, when the storm is over the dusts settle. Everything is looking and feeling fine again. It is a fresh new week and I intend to be in control ... to be calm and relaxed!

This is my affirmation of the week ...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

I have been lazy ... yup, a lazy bone this past two days.  Incidentally, I have had a little emo-time too due to some disagreements with lo kong.  Well, the storms kinda over and the dusts' all settled.  All is almost well again.

Arguments between husband and wife is not uncommon.  We have had countless since we affirmed our vows more than 20 years ago.  It has been proven times over that no real marriage exists without healthy arguments and disagreements.  They are a normal part of a healthy marriage.  Both spouses feel free to express their thoughts, emotions and needs which sometimes inadvertently led to expressions of anger.  Anger is still a healthy part of a relationship if it is properly expressed.

A marriage without the healthy arguments and disagreements is probably going to be monotonous, dull and boring. However, at the end of the day, a marriage is learning to let the little things pass.  After our temperatures have cooled, I am thankful that both of us are able to see pass the angry words that flew all over the place at every disagreements.

"Wasn't marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well ordered and protected and guarded?  Wasn't it finer, more splendid, more nourishing, when it was, like life itself, a mixture of the sordid and magnificent; of mud and stars; of earth and flowers; of love and hate and laughter and tears and ugliness and beauty and hurt?" 
~ Edna Ferber, Show Boat [1926]

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Note of Awareness #57

"If you are complaining, the law of attraction will powerfully bring into your life more situations for you to complain about. If you are listening to someone else complain and focusing on that, sympathizing with them, agreeing with them, in that moment, you are attracting more complaining situations to yourself!"

To complain about your situation to people around you is to make a public statement that you do not have control over your own life.  Complaining is a low self-trait that brings a negative influence over any conversations or discussions.  It not only disempowers you but also the people around you too!

The law of attraction is not biased and it does not differentiate between the right and the wrong or the good and the bad.  It is based upon the fact that the energy in your body and mind are always vibrating at different frequencies. It merely responds to your thoughts and emotions that influences these frequencies you are sending out into the larger world. Sadly, what you intensely focused on will be continually return to you ... it is like throwing a boomerang that subsequently returns.