I am growing in my ability to bring focus to the things that I am grateful for. I look forward to learning from others.
I meant Friday will be my last post, until I pop in again. I mistakenly wrote Friday would be my “next post.” Sorry! 🙁
This is Debbie. I’m writing to touch base; as I said I would. I have some very exciting news. When I was in Arizona, I discovered that there were studio apartments that I could afford; so I do not have to wait for subsidized housing – though I still send those application out.
I am planning to move to Tucson next November. I continue to work on me apartment: sorting, donation, keep, trash. I have boxes set up for each category.
I just read your post, Manda. Would you mind putting the web address for the meditation you wrote about. I’ll write for three days, so that I can also hear how everyone is doing. Friday will be my next post until I check in again.
As I prepare for my last day here, on Friday, I will choose the gift of sight. It has given me the opportunity to see pictures, poems, candles, articles, videos and posts on this website.
Though I’ve had philosophical differences at times, I am so grateful that I have had the experience of being here, learning, and meeting many wonderful people.
Of course, I can not leave out my vision also allows me to see art and DOGS!!!
Art, poetry, mushy wet kisses from a dog.
Being in community enriches my life in many ways. It allows me to learn from others and to share/teach what I can offers to others. A sense of belonging is wonderful for all human beings, I think.
Don’t give up. Practice self-compassion as much as possible. You deserve more out of life.
I’m sure many here have heard of the phrase, “happy accident.” I find it so much when I am painting. Sometimes, unexpected will happen. For instance a brush will fall against the canvas by mistake. It makes a mark. Or a spill happens, and makes a mark. Sometimes the mark is such that you could never have gotten that mark if you tried to. I love that; especially in mixed media. You can build on a “happy accident.”
Ursula, This is a beautiful picture of a beautiful person! Nice to see what you look like! 🙂
Cool Ursula! It’s nice to “see” you again!
P.S. How is Jack? 🙂
Hi Manda, It’s nice to hear your cheerfulness and appreciation for all that your have. I have a question. If you do not want to answer, I understand. I read below that your are having some sort of health problem. I was concerned. Would you tell me what it is? If not, that’s okay – just know that you are in my thoughts and I hope your symptoms will pass soon. 🙂
It’s nice to pick up some inspiration from you on my short pop-in to say hi. Namaste, Debbie
Thanks for your enthusiasm, Anna. Yes, I believe I will finally feel like the real ME. I’m excited about the southwest, general. I will finally be able to see the Grand Canyon!!!
I’ve chosen to do my gratitude practice in a private journal, so Friday will be my last entry here and in Gratitude Lounge. I plan to look at your website and read your poetry. It is amazing. Thanks for the times you’ve shared it here.
Wow, Trevor. What you have written is so beautiful. The content and the style of writing. It sounds like a free verse poem.
Have you ever written poetry.? There is a website I write poetry on and make friends. There are beginners, and experienced poets.
Maybe you’d enjoy it. Allpoetry.com It is free of charge (Which is very helpful for me)
Hi Gina, No problem – so nice to hear from you. I just want to make sure you got the message that I have decided to do my gratefulness practice in a private journal; rather than in a group. I think it will help me to focus and look deeper into myself. I’ll be here through February 3rd. I will miss you, Gina.
It sounds like you are also talking about very painful regret. I, too, have a few regrets that I am having a very hard time with. At times, it feels excruciating.
The person I hurt is no longer alive. Here are the things I am doing. Maybe one will be helpful for you: I talk to them and apologize out loud. This may sound crazy but, I am using hypnosis on this, because the guilt and remorse were unbearable. I also practice self-compassion as much as I possibly can. I listen to Kristen Kneff CDs on self-compassion.
If the people you hurt are alive, I would suggest apologizing (which I am sure you’ve done or thought about doing) If you are not in contact, or if they are not able to accept an apology, and you have their address, you could send an apology, anyway. Knowing your heart has sent that letter may bring some small measure of comfort.
If this helps at all – II worked (as a social worker) for 5 yrs. with people with serious addictions. That fine line between enabling and still being there, is extremely difficult. I wish I could put the word ‘extremely’ in bold. I had a very hard time with my clients, and there was no family history or bonds involved. Sometimes it’s the “lesser of 2 evils” types of decisions that we have to make.
I hope something I have said has helped a little.
Love to you, Mary! Be gentle with your heart.
Mary, Another thing we can do is ask ourselves, “What would happen if I weren’t perfect?” The answers are interesting.
They say that when a bone breaks and heals, it is stronger where it was broken. 🙂 Same principle, sort of.
🙂 I enjoyed your silliness, Charla. Thanks.
Great phrase, Drew! 🙂
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