Every Day Gifts

Every-Day-Gifts_480Sometimes gifts don’t come wrapped up in fancy paper with silk ribbons.

Sometimes they don’t look like gifts at all…at least not in the beginning.

Sometimes they’re just everyday moments that turn into gifts.

Sometimes they’re actions, like a friendly smile, a hug, or pat on the back.

Sometimes they’re words, like “I love you,” “You’re special” or “It will be okay.”

Sometimes we give them to someone else who needs them.

Sometimes they’re given to us when we need them.

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I wrote this because lately I’ve been given some gifts I didn’t expect. They weren’t what I asked for, but just what I needed.

They didn’t come  wrapped up in the fancy paper and silk ribbons. They were just everyday moments that happened in my life.

They were the kind word I gave to someone who needed it or the  laugh someone gave me when I needed it. In both cases, I got gifts!

I could have easily not noticed them as the gifts they were, but the Universe was sneaky and whispered in my ear reminding me.

It’s good to pay attention to the every day gifts in life. Sometimes, they are the most precious gifts of all:~)

What about YOU?

What every day moment in your life has been a precious gift to you recently?

Have you given an every day gift of a smile or a kind word to someone recently? If so, care to share about it and how did it made you feel?

Need a Hug?

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This goes to anyone who needs a hug today.

Watch the video and feel the power of a hug.

Let it comfort, make you smile, maybe even cry a bit.

Don’t stop there…

Hugs, like smiles, need to be shared.

Look around you…

Is there someone near you who needs a hug today?

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I’ve used this video before in another post, but today it seemed just right. It was a perfect reminder that even watching a hug can feel like getting one:~)

Break Time

photo by sara b. healy

If birds can do it, I can do it.

Everyone deserves to take a break now and then. It’s my turn.

I haven’t been a very good blogger buddy lately.

I’ve been slow to visit and slow to get posts up.

That’s a sign.
It’s time.

I’m not giving a list of 25 reasons why I should take a break.

I’m just saying it short and sweet…

I’m taking a break
For goodness sake!

It’s just a temporary time away. I’ll be back soon:~)

Center of the Soul

photo illustration by sara b. healy

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.” excerpt from a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

This isn’t a post to solicit your comments; it’s one to engage your soul.

There’s a place deep inside us all, at the center of our souls. It holds the seeds of our dreams…

Those things we’re passionate about
Those things we ache for
Those things that sustain us

Go to this place inside you.

Open the doors wide and bear witness to your dreams.

What are you passionate about in this life?
What would you be like if you trusted your dreams?
What gets you up when life knocks you down?

Don’t rush; take your time

Let these questions sink into you, like ripening seeds. Water them, give them sun and see what grows. Be patient with yourself. There’s plenty of time.

As you become aware of your passions — your “heart’s longings” — write them down. Read them aloud to yourself over and over again. Hear their power.

Don’t be shy. Tell others about your passions. The more you speak of them; the more you let them come alive inside you. It’s your silence that smothers them.

Hear them.
Believe in them.
Trust them.

Most importantly, don’t deny that you have them! Everyone does. We are ALL passionate souls and our passions are unique to us.

Our dreams and passions will never leave us, unless we choose to leave them.

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Thank You

I want to thank Emily Hanlon. I recently took a spiritual workshop with her, which provided the spark for this post. It was an interesting experience, one that opened doors inside of me.

I also want to thank Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Check out her site, learn how she got her name and read more of her wisdom. Also, read the full version of The Invitation, from which the quote at the beginning of this post comes from.

Last, but not least. Enjoy the following music by David Lanz. Find a comfortable spot, take a deep breath and reflect on what’s in the center of your soul.

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