There’s no place like home. These gifts bring home along, no matter where you go. ….feel good products.
The painting scene came from a one-of-a-kind, stucco home just west of the neighborhood drug store. It held an magical surprise for me whenever I passed on the way to school. And, I always glanced into the windows of the house to discover the occupants.
Pickleball is quickly taking hold of a popular form of team exercise! Have you ever tried the game? Are you hooked? The people we have talked to meet at least once a week to play in a club. There’s an old tennis court on Camano that has been transformed into a Picketball Court club! It’s definitely popular with old and young.
We were first introduced to Pickleball before the Pandemic. Manny joined the YMCA, and even though he could not participate in the sport, he designed and I added digital touches to a cartoon pickle for the group who were playing.
Now that the Pandemic is subsiding, Pickleball is more popular than ever! Do you know people who play Pickleball?
Yesterday … today … and … tomorrow, I am going to hear about rising prices! …from a news story, a friend, a salesman, social media and other surprise places.
This morning, I thought it interesting to remember statistics are compared to past timelines. Prices are at an all time high! What will I do? I’m responsible for others! …. I need to remember prices are simply compared to previous prices. It is like calling me back to times long ago. I am aware of the fear impact tapes now running through my head. I like sharing my past stories, but I don’t want to go back.
I feel alerted to take notice though! …to worry! …to plan! …to feel helpless! …to doubt my great heroic self!
But take a look at a bigger picture. Prices have always risen. It doesn’t matter who in the government, neighborhood, family is in charge.
What if I lived with the reality of prices rising? How would this acceptance change my attitude?
With age can come wisdom! Prices increase, taxes increase, and salaries increase. I feel a need to stop listening to empty threats of doom, and listen to my heart.
When I can memorialize times I met my financial needs, … when I had food on the table, I lessen my focus on concern.
The main thought for me is this: I wish to balance what I hear and read with quiet moments of listening to my inner assurance of love.
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A Creative Writing Notebook. What stories to tell when your imaginary tiger becomes your pet. Seems like there is plenty of material for a fun, comic tale! Put you and the tiger into your wonderful, world of thoughts. Inspire your readers. Use thepersonalizetemplate to replace the artwork with a photo of your imaginary pet, or for a gift to inspire your creative friend. Change the text with the same personalize template.
If you are so inclined, share some of your works with us, and/or share on your site or blog. Creativity helps encourage joy, love, play.
In 2011 and 2018, I published Indy books to explore how we can rise above melancholy, disappointment and sadness. I still use these books to inspire and raise me above unwanted situations in my pursuit of happiness — joy, peace and love.
I try to choose my next direction by observing the present-moment and how I am feeling. I use this method:
I purposely let go and choose these new thoughts until I feel better
Simply put, if in the moment I feel something bad or off, instead of focusing on external situations and attempting to physically correct the situation, I temporarily move away from the person, thing or place I am in. I reach for feelings that feel better.
My feelings are telling me about how far or close I am from my true forever-loving, best self. My feelings are a navigation tool coming from my ever-loving self: Wake up! Alert! You’re going the wrong direction! You are off!
And, what is the message to self?
The negative feeling tells me I am viewing people, places and things, quite differently than my true self sees them. I am being told by my feelings, I am way off, out of sorts, in stark contrast to my true self who lives in a balanced state of acceptance of good times and bad. I am able to allow and turn toward happy, joyful, loving thoughts in the midst of the shadows, contrasts, undesirables.
This has been my life’s Art-Board. I love feeling aligned with the feelings of my desires.
I believe feelings play an authentic part in helping me navigate through my days.
I am on the high sea of life, with many challenges. When I listen to and adjust my feelings I live a royal, happy life. When I find something that knocks me out of the kingdom, I find ways to remind myself how I wish to feel, which activates thoughts and words, until I feel better. I leave the worry, guilt, concern, gloom behind …. Even when it seems to be logical to remain in this negative, worrisome state.
In these senior years, I move around many layers of feelings during the day.
What continues to change for me is the fact that I would rather be happy, even in the midst of a storm from within. I have the power to change my mind and choose to do what makes me happy, even before I have achieved an external solution to a challenge.
I am confident the negative feeling attached to a particular person, place or thing, comes from within me. And, herein, is the important lesson:
I can wallow in the sorrow until I realize it is not in others, but in me!
I can choose stay in the situation and observe my feelings as I suffer.
I can choose to work through the situation, yet change my attitude toward the situation as something to work through with the enjoyment of improving my choices at this precise moment. …relief comes when I have chosen to leave behind whatever led me to this moment.
I spend a lot of time alone. I also reach out to others. It is in my alone time, I can get through tough times with less blaming of others.