Trying to Get it Right

A Poem I wrote today about the struggle in trying to get something right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to Get it Right
Written by: Elizabeth A. Van Cleve

I heard you the first time
and tried to get it right
But my memory and my will
Got into a fight
My will it won the battle
and overtook my might

Your earnest plea the next time
Made my memory strong
I made a resolution
Not to get it wrong
But my resolution vanquished
Beneath the pressing throng

The punishment convinced me
N’er let my focus stray
To do my duty faithfully
Let nothing dim my way
But boredom slowed my footsteps
Daydreams set me to play

Your smile was refreshing
As you explained to me
The hows and whats and whys
And then you set me free
Right or wrong or not at all
Was now a choice for me

I heard you the last time
But now I understood
I didn’t have to try this time
I knew I surely would
For my will was now the Master
Of the right way for my good!

Start Your Day with Awesome Sauce

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Good Morning!

Here is quick morning practice to do before you even get out of bed that can add that extra awesome sauce to your day!

  1. As soon as you wake up say “Good Morning” out-loud with a smile on your face.
  2. Next, say out-loud, three things you are thankful for; e.g. Thank you for a safe nights rest. Thank you for another day of life. Thank you for this bed/ room….
  3. Spend five minutes waking up your body. Stretch your feet back and forth. Roll your wrist. Take long, smooth, deep breaths. Bask in the moment.
  4. Sit up and ask yourself, how do I feel today and what do I need? Tune into your body. Its it tired? Sore? Refreshed? What about your mood? Do your night dreams come to mind? Bring them to the forefront. What emotions were felt? How do they relate to your current life? Acknowledge them. If they were negative emotions, determine what you need to bring them up the vibrational scale. Keep a journal and pen by your bed to take notes.
  5. Once you decide on your needs, think about how you can meet those needs in the upcoming day. If you are sore, maybe a hot Epsom salt bath and a couple aspirin would help. If you are weary from a stressful week, perhaps you needs rest and relaxation.
  6. Ask yourself, “How do I want this day to feel?” Now that you have tuned in to your needs and desires, you can answer this question. Feel is the key word here. Do you want to feel relaxed? If you are meeting up with people, how do you want the meet up to feel? If you are going to work, how do you want work to feel today? Put your feelers out there and really feel what you desire.
  7. Now commit it all to the universe. Place it all in a colorful bubble- choose a color that feels good and then mentally release it for the universe to work it out.

You are the co-creator of your life. You are either creating by default or you are creating intentionally.

Have an AWESOME day!!!

Good Energy Verses Bad Energy

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Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

Many of us have heard the native American parable of the good and bad wolf within, and how we all have both wolves within and the one we feed is the one that wins. We can look at energy or vibrations in the same context. There are good vibrations and there are bad vibrations and whatever you feed is what is going to grow bigger.

When people focus on how bad this world is- the crime, the corruption in politics, the fighting, the discontent, they are feeding that bad energy. Focusing on the negative, giving it your time and attention and especially allowing it to alter your mood and emotions, talking about, sharing the bad news you hear- this is all feeding that bad energy. Whatever you place your focus and emotional energy on, you are growing.

To bring about the positive change in our world, we need to reverse this trend. We need to learn and practice feeding the good energy. And to feed the good energy, you have to talk about those things that are good.

There are many people living happy fulfilled lives in this  “negative” world. At times this angers the people that are focused on all the bad stuff. This is because the energy of the people that are focused on the negative is clashing with the energy of the people that are focused on the positive. They are on opposite sides of the spectrum, feeding two different wolves. But instead of getting angry we need to start feeding the positive wolf too. There is a scripture in the Christian bible that teaches us to think on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good news, if it has any virtue or anything worth praising- meditate on these things.  Talk about those things. Put those things out there into the energy field- into your vortex. (Philippians 4:8)

The reason that the news is so full of horrible stories is because every time a piece of bad news gets out there, people are like those baby Salmon you feed at the fish hatcheries. The media keeps sprinkling all the dirty stuff they can find and the masses swarm it. They give attention to it. They talk about. They listen to radio programs on it. The bad news travels hither and yon.

Does this mean that we should just ignore bad news. ABSOLUTELY! That’s exactly what it means. Starve out that bad energy wolf. When you come across bad news, say a prayer for whomever had been affected. Send them out positive thoughts and vibrations. If there is something you can actually do about it, do it. But otherwise, go feed the good energy because there is just as much good news out there too. But a lot of people will pass the good right up. They will scroll right past the positive stories and come to a screeching halt to read any sensational piece of gossip or dirt.

If you really want to see improvement in this world then start clicking on the good headlines. Yahoo news and other similar sites create more stories like the ones that get the most clicks. The media simply puts out what sells. Don’t point the finger at the media when you are clicking on and sharing the trash. Do you really need to click that article about the man who just murdered his wife and children or the kid that was mutilated by a lion? No! You don’t.

Meditate and/or Pray for Peace

When you meditate and you pray peace for humanity and for those that are going through sorrow and grief and difficult situations, when you send out good vibes into the universe for them, you are covering all of that. But when you click on that piece of bad news and read it and get that negative visual in your mind feeling the disgust or sadness you are increasing the negative energy in this world. You are contributing to the energetic downfall of humanity. That may be hard to swallow but its just how it is.

There are times when awareness of something that is wrong needs to be raised. For example, recently I read about the horrific mutilation of geese in China to produce our feather pillows and such. This type of “bad news” can be helpful when there comes along with it a positive action I can take to stop this. I now know not to buy feather pillows from China. And I will pass this information along to my readers as well. I can also support industries that are free of animal cruelty. So in that case I am taking my energy away from what I don’t want and putting towards what I do want and that is strengthening the positive energy.

Sometimes there is bad news that affects us nationally that we need to know about. So I am not saying that we should never again listen to a piece of bad news. But the point is, where is your energy and focus flowing? Which energetic wolf are you feeding in your life?

 

Another example; there are many animal activist out there that are trying to get people to see how wrong it is to eat meat. But you can be an animal activist and still be contributing to the negative energy of this world. You do this by going out there and attacking people that eat meat, trying to make them feel bad by telling them how horrible they are and how they have no conscience and putting out negative quotes about meat eaters. That is not helping the animals nor this world. But, what you can do if you are concerned about something like this, you can decide that you are not going to eat meat. Be an example of someone that can stay healthy and strong on a meat free diet. You will have a greater affect. People will no longer feel defensive but rather inquisitive and will more readily listen to why you have chosen your path. These are positive ways to affect the vibrational energy in this world.

This is not about just being a positive Pollyanna. Its not about denying what is, nor denying our emotions behind that. What it is about is considering which energetic wolf in this world you are feeding:

“Where your attention goes, that is where energy flows”

If our overall attention in this world is going to feed the negative, then the negative in this world is going to grow. But if each person that insists on feeding the positive and on finding ways to bring positive thought into this universe, to bring hope and to bring light and to  continually feed that we will see positive change.

If you want to experience this world in a higher state of love and peace and tranquility and happiness and joy, it has to start with you.  Be determined that what you are going to feed in your life is the positive energetic wolf.

Pacific Grove on the Pacific Coast

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Lunch at Victorian Corner Restaurant 

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We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and were seated fairly quickly. The decor was quaint and cheery. We were given two menus- breakfast and lunch. The picture shows the lunch menu. I felt a bit overwhelmed with all the choices. The waitresses were in street clothes; our server wore all black and looked like she needed a good dusting off. But she was friendly enough. After we ordered, we waited about 15 minutes to receive our food.
P’s corn beef hash looked a little scary- like it was dumped out of a can onto the plate. My Reuben sandwich was very plain- no thousand Island dressing. Just meat and cheese. Troy liked his tuna fish sandwich. The salad was bagged lettuce with a few pre-shredded bagged carrots tossed on top. The house ranch tasted fresh. I asked for it on the side and it was served in chilled cups.

The price did not match the quality at all- $50+ for the meal and tip; but over all we enjoyed ourselves.
I give it 3/5 stars.

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Mission Carmel 

This mission was just massive, beautiful, peaceful, and so interesting.

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To me, this imprint of the face of Christ was the most mysteriously haunting piece on the mission grounds. Are his eyes open or closed? I took three photographs of this and there all of them were surrounded by orbs. But most intriguing is the purple orb to the left of the imprint.

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She looks like my mom…

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Ocean Views

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Having fun with a beautiful Scarf

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A Magical Mushroom Path

Beginning from a very beautiful and magnificent mulberry tree, there grows a distinct path of mushrooms straight across our front yard and seemingly headed into the sunset…

“Straight lines do not exist in nature, and have thus been considered supernatural. While nature is full of curves and bends, the straight is Otherworldly, associated with gods, spirits, fairies and ghosts.  In many places, it is believed that spirits travel in straight lines. It is widely believed that the dead must travel by the shortest route and in a straight line.”
“Working with Fairies” by Anna Franklin

“Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature.” ~Lynn Holland

Caterpillar and the Butterfly

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The caterpillar slowly and laboriously rummages on the earth munching away at the green foliage, leaving its mark of destruction wherever  goes. Then one day it just stops eating and instead it anchors itself onto the foliage, builds a shell around itself and disappears. Inside the cocoon, all of what it once was liquefies. Nothing but the shell remains of its lowly existence. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. Not a sign of life.

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Then one day something amazing happens; The shell, or cocoon, that the caterpillar disappeared into begins to vibrate and melt away. Slowly a new life is born. To the surprise and delight of all who behold, she emerges from the shell- born on beautiful, colorful wings.  No longer does she grapple about chomping at the leaf; Now she flies, joyfully, as if carried about on winds of laughter. She flies upon earth’s beautiful flowers and brings to them the gift of fertility. And they, in return, give to her of their energizing, life-giving, sweet nectar.

The butterflies life is now one of freedom, joy and beauty- of giving and receiving. The butterfly is a beautiful gift of the universe.

The butterfly is the only living thing known  to completely change its DNA in transformation.

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For Halloween it so happens that I was given a pair of monarch wings- fitting it is that I should be a butterfly. And so Spirit continues to teach me of my own transformation.

Morning Sunrise

Pup and I never tire of the melodic welcoming of the morning sunrise.

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A morning chill nips at me as we walk across the dew-drenched pasture, glistening with rays of laughter.

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The city stirs in the distance, reminiscent of the restless ocean. Even the train whistle travels the seven-plus mile trek mingling with the grandiose symphony.

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The golden light casts hues so warm and inviting, I rush back into the house to grab my camera and attempt to seize a magical moment; chastising my amateur pursuit, I inwardly vow to take a photography class.

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Boots and Rain cry out to us for treats. A lone chartered airplane hurries by, temporarily stealing all the attention.

This outdoor ceremony mingles the songs of roosters, ducks, crows, bluebirds, starlings, meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, geese, chickadees and myriad of other unidentified winged creatures.

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Steadily the sun crawls up into the clear-blue autumn expanse, shifting the hues of earth every inch of the way.

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“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
― Roman Payne

Sunday’s Simple Pleasures

I love lazy Sunday mornings, nothing pressing, just hangin’ out in my PJ’s, soaking in life’s simple pleasures . . .

The warmth of a smooth mug of coffee
The flickering flame of a sweet scented candle
The crackling of a fire in the hearth
The comfort of house that holds your family

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The stillness outside following a night of rain
Wafts of crisp, cool, clean breezes softly flowing in from an open window
Musical melodies of stringed instruments

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Sleepy faces of loved ones rising up for the new day
A home-cooked breakfast of country-fried potatoes and eggs
Puppy-love lying nearby comfortably gnawing a bone from last nights dinner

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Quiet meditation
Taking to prayer the needs others
Lifting your heart in gratitude to the great Spirit of all life

Happy Sunday!

Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage

“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.”

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Under the gondolas in South LakeTahoe

“The development of a really good marriage is not a natural process. It’s an achievement!”

Enjoying the Lake on the dock where our dinner cruise will begin!
Enjoying the Lake on the dock where our dinner cruise will begin!

“Love seems swiftest, but its the slowest of growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”

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Our boat has come in…

“Communication and time together are keys to strengthening your marriage.”

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All Aboard!

Celebrate 25 years with a good wine or a fine champagne- you’ve well earned it!

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Champagne?

“If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.”

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“A successful marriage isn’t the union between two perfect people. Its that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace!”

Dinner was excellent!
Dinner was excellent!

“Choosing a love, and then being strong enough to live up to your commitment of love, is the essence of love”

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Enjoying the evening sunset on Ms. Dixie II

Cherish the love you had yesterday, enjoy the love you have today, and look forward to the love you shall have tomorrow!

Enjoying the beautiful sunset together in honor of 25 years!
Enjoying the beautiful sunset together in honor of 25 years!