Awww Monday and Sparks: Best Therapist

The best therapist has fur and four legs.
~Unknown

My apologies for last week. I posted early, but because of a business trip, I didn’t get to visit anyone’s Sparks or Awwwwsome photos while on the road. I promise to do better this week.

I think every one of you would agree with the above quote. There’s no therapist like a devoted fur baby cuddled up beside or in our laps to take away the stresses of life. Who else can we tell our deepest, darkest secrets to and not worry about being judged? They rarely try to “fix” problems, opting only to quietly listen to us vent, cry and whine. There’s no awkward moments of silence where no one knows what to say. They might even try to distract us from our worries by bringing every. single. toy. they. own…with only the good intention of offering to lighten the mood with play.

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation reports the benefits of a human-animal bond helps reduce anxiety and decrease blood pressure. And, spending time with an animal can enhance positive feelings of well-being. It’s no wonder there’s been a rise in the number of emotional-support animals. The Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work reports that after one week of having an emotional support animal, there is an 82% reduction of the symptoms of PTSD.

So, perhaps all this world needs is for everyone to cuddle up and talk with a fur baby….whether it be a dog, cat, horse, rabbit, ferret, llama or a hamster!

Blog hopping today with Anne’s Sparks and Sandee’s Awww….Monday. I guarantee the linked posts will bring a smile to your face and inspiration to your week.

  

 

 

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Sparks: New Life


it won’t be long now! I did a maternity session for my neighbor last weekend. They have about 7 more days until the adventure begins. New life…always a reason to smile. 🙂

Annie at McGuffy’s Reader hosts a blog hop every Monday called Sparks. I’m finding that reading everyone’s “Sparks” is one of the highlights of my week. Her philosophy its simple:

The negative energy of the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dare, negative storm. There is an obvious, universal need for more positive energy and peace. And, we can be a part of this affirmative change.

Also blog hopping with Sandee’s Awww Mondays over at Comedy Plus.

 

I Believe In…..

Seeing is believing….but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.
~The Conductor on the Polar Express

It’s easy to believe in things I can see firsthand with my eyes. It’s harder to believe in things I cannot physically see. But does that mean they are any less real?

I can’t “see” gravity. What I can see is gravity’s effect.
I can’t “see” air. But, I know I cannot live without it.
I can’t “see” thoughts…even though I could look at the physical place where they originate.

I don’t believe any of us would dispute the “reality” of any of the above intangibles. Just because we cannot physically see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

I can’t “see” love. What I can see is the results of love and how it can affect others. And those results often come in the form of feelings and emotions….more intangibles that cannot be actually seen. Generosity, compassion, forgiveness, grace, mercy, hope….all things that cannot be physically seen but stem from the reality of Love.

We’re so quick to say, “seeing is believing,” but the most real things of this life can only be seen when we open the eyes of our hearts…and feel those wonderful intangibles life has to offer.

This is my contribution to Annie’s blog hop called Sparks.
“I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!”

Also adding a bit of “awwwww” for Awww Monday over at Comedy Plus 

Beautiful Changes

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
~Maya Angelou

Beautiful souls don’t happen by accident. They are the result of many life experiences…good and bad….and the attitude carried throughout the process. Never think the beauty you see is the result of random chance. True beauty is only achieved through the intricate, well-planned refinement of change.

Sparks is an awesome idea created byAnnie McGuffy. The Monday blog hop shares uplifting, inspiring thoughts, ideas, and experiences with others in hopes of providing the SPARK needed to make the day better and contribute to the power of positivity.

Please join in the blog hop and be a part of the light that can dispel the darkness of negativity.

Also blog hopping along with those over at Peabea’s Pictorial Tuesday.

 

 

Quotography: Import

Quotography-import

The intellectual life may be kept clean and healthful,
if man will live the life of nature and not import
into his mind difficulties which are none of his.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is an excerpt from a much longer essay titled Spiritual Laws. While many of Emerson’s transcendentalism ideas do not align with my personal, Christian beliefs, I do agree that intuition, insight and inspiration are spiritual gifts and can be nurtured by many different things, one of which is being aware of the beauty of nature all around us. Through our experiences and interaction with nature, we’re able to understand how interrelated we are with creation and our Creator; that there is something divine and mystical in nature, and when we embrace its beauty, we touch a bit of the divine deep in our soul.

I agree, in part, with Emerson’s writing that …A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men. We need to guard our hearts and minds from importing things that derail the beauty in our lives.

Participating in Quotography with Kelley at the road goes ever on

I may have found her

Last week I was lamenting that my muse has been missing for a while. I’ve been positively uninspired. I blame to much left-brain activity at work. I know…..excuses, excuses, excuses.

Cheryl, Ron and BLW offered  their wisdom and kind words of encouragement, and I thank you for them. They were lovely.

Some of you thought you’d seen her. New York Erratic thought she saw her walking down a sun-dappled path on an Autumn day. Kathryn thinks hers and mine are off galavanting somewhere on a Midwest Autumn tour.

But I think she paid me a brief a visit a few days ago.

cumulus cloud muse

While driving home, something prompted me to take my eyes off the road and look up into the sky. There in front of me was THE most awesome cumulus cloud. Just hanging out in the blue sky with the setting sun tipping the edges with shimmery sunlight. A small gift from the heavens to lift my spirits.

And then she told me to get busy and clean the house.

Linking up with Quotography and Tuesday Muse
Quotography    Tuesday Muse

Where is my Muse?

My muse seems to be playing hide and go seek. Have you seen her? Hard as I’ve tried, I just can’t seem to find her. Lately, all my writings seem to be forced and I long for the days when words flowed easily from my thoughts.

The hummer pics? They’re to entice my muse to come out of hiding.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Lately, most of the time I feel I’m just spinning my wheels. At work. At home. You know that definition of insanity….doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But it’s really, really hard to remember not everything has instant gratification. Some of the sweetest things in life take time to mature. But  the instant gratification of M&Ms is not one of them.

hummer1

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
~Jimmy Dean

Read. Adjust sails. Repeat.
Read. Adjust sails. Repeat.
Read. Adjust sails. Repeat.

hummer2

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.
~Steve Jobs

At five, Peanut has been challenging lately. And I have to remind myself daily hourly that the way I respond in these moments speaks volumes. Where is the balance between teaching actions/consequences and knowing what hills are not worth dying on? You’d think having done this twice already that I’d be a little wiser in this department.

hummer3

I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.
~Sylvester Stallone

Cue Eye of the Tiger. Now I just need a ridiculous number of steps.

hummer4

Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.
~Unknown

I tend to have the mindset of expecting the worst and then thinking I’ll never be disappointed. That’s not the most healthy way of thinking, is it? I think I need to do a more consistent job of being optimistic. There are so many people with many more challenges in life. When I think about them, I’m very disappointed in myself for thinking my worries and issues rank anywhere near theirs.

hummer5

Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.
~Unknown

Amen.

If you happen to see my muse, please tell her to come home.