God’s Bag

I’m really grateful for God’s Bag.  You know the one, right?  The one where you write down what’s bothering you and you’re frustrated because there’s nothing you can personally do to fix it.  So you deposit it into God’s Bag.  That way God can fix it.

(When I put something into God’s Bag, my prayer goes like this “I can’t; you can; I think I’ll let you.  And I thank you in advance for the perfect solution in your perfect timing.”  Then I surrender, and let the Big Guy take care of the mojo 🙂

If this sounds just way too simple, take heart, dear reader.  It is simple.  I didn’t say it was easy; just simple.  The hard part is that our human brain and E.G.O. (Etching God Out) have a very hard time letting go of the problem completely; getting out of God’s way.  And by the way, surrender does NOT mean weakness.

So what do you need to put into God’s Bag?  Or Box?  Or Can?  Or Envelope?  Use whatever you have handy.  God doesn’t care what the vessel looks like.  Why should you?  Namaste’



Today’s Buddha

Hubby went to an estate sale last weekend and bought me this laughing Buddha.  When I feel the least bit stressed, I look at him and try to remember that life is way too short to be stressed.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, eh?

(Buddha didn’t come with the spectacles… they were my own silly addition). If I were to design a statue of today’s Buddha, I would make sure he was wearing specs. Posing him in front of my lucky bamboo plant just seemed the right thing to do 🙂

I hope he makes you smile, too.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha



Do You Think She’s Ticked Off?

I got this message today from a dear friend.  One, who like me and millions of other Americans, has paid into a system that is now being threatened.  Please read on … I couldn’t have said it better myself … however, I did change the curse words she used but you’ll get the idea … the impact is still there.

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared “Social Security ” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.

Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana … I think she is a little ticked off!  She also tells it like it is!  


“Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight” …  

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (teat) for FIFTY YEARS.  

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).  

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and “your ilk” pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your “shill commission” are proposing to move the goalposts yet AGAIN.

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now “you morons” propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because “you idiots” mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.  

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you “incompetent bast***s” spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.  

To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullsh**” to your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullsh**, I have a few questions for YOU:  

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?  

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?  

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?   It is you, Captain Bullsh**, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the “greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.   And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech.  

That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.   And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bi***.  NO, I did not stutter.  

P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits “entitlements”. WHAT AN INSULT!!!!   I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years; it’s my money – give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.  

If you like the way things are in America don’t do anything.   If you agree with what a Montana citizen, Patty Myers, says, please re-blog this or copy and paste to forward to your email list.

You Have the Power to Take Away Someone’s Happiness …

“You have the power to take away someone’s happiness by refusing to forgive.  That someone is you.”  Alan Cohen said that and I believe it’s true.  It seems that a lot of “stuff” is coming up these days.  Stuff that needs to be cleared out, cleaned up, old baggage dumped … forgiven.  Part of any act of forgiveness is forgiving ourselves (as well as the other party) for whatever our part in the situation was.  Forgiveness is enlightening and empowering.

Today’s image is one of my Lilies of the World.  The bouquet is starting to wither but the blooms brought such loveliness and created some great photo ops.  On this one I used a combination of natural and incandescent light.  I’ve always enjoyed photographing flowers.  Blooms don’t blink 😉 and I’m grateful for that.  Namaste’

Whenever I Am Seeking Peace

Today’s photo was enhanced using fotosketcher’s colored dots app and I like the way it came out.  I caught these beautiful yellow blooms hanging over a wall.  Adding a quote just seemed appropriate for today.  It seems that there’s so much upheaval and anxiety in many peoples’ lives right now.  The earth’s 2012 energy is definitely being stirred about these days and all sentient beings are feeling its effects.  I know I sure am!!!!!  What’s going on in the cosmos?

I’m trying to stay grounded. Namaste.

Not in Kansas Anymore

Today’s photo is of my glass pyramid.  It’s only about two inches tall, sits on my computer desk and reminds me that we’re moving out of 3-D, and that everything we think, say and do is reflected back to us in a myriad of ways.  Definitely not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.  Namaste.


Today’s Note from the Universe

I bought a bouquet of sunflowers, the state flower of Kansas, where I was born. I used a bounce flash to bring out the brightness of the bloom.

Today’s post is one from an email I received this morning.  I don’t know if you’re familiar with Mike Dooley, the founder and author of Notes from the Universe, but I absolutely love what he does.  My husband and I sometimes sit on the patio in the morning having our first cup of coffee and randomly pick a page from the book. Somehow the message seems to always fit our lives.

Here’s the one from today:

If you could take a daily pill that would profoundly speed-up the manifestation of all your dreams, would you take it without fail? I thought so.

What if it was a big, ugly pill that took 5 minutes to dissolve on your tongue, and it tasted like medicine. Would you still do it?  Yes, all of your dreams  …  Thought so.

But what if during those 5 minutes each day you couldn’t watch TV, or talk with friends, or distract yourself in any way from your chore?

Wow, you must really want a (fill in the blank), and all those other awesome life changes!

OK, what if you could skip the pill bit entirely, but instead you had to set aside 5 minutes a day to visualize, in a dark and quiet room, seeing your life unfold as if all your dreams were coming true, and for good measure you had to say or do something, each day, that implied the same?

No, you can’t go back to the pill idea.

The Universe


Under the Palm

I took this simply because I love to stand under trees.  It reminds me how life can have so many different perspectives.  Imagine what it would be like to take a picture of this tree from the top.  That would certainly create a different image, wouldn’t it?

When I lived in northern California, I lived in a place that had lots of very tall redwood trees, which are just beautiful, by the way.  There was a stand of three trees with an opening just large enough for a person to walk inside, so I did.  And the most amazing thing happened.  There was complete silence once I entered into that space.  As I looked up I couldn’t believe the feeling I got. I still remember the feeling of complete peace and serenity.  I felt so protected and completely safe.  Did that stand of trees create some kind of vortex?  Maybe. Maybe it was a sacred space.  One designed by mother nature to cradle us for a short time.  A respite from the crazy hustle and bustle of everyday life; the perfect place to meditate.

The photo below is one I found that looks very similar to “my” redwood trees. Namaste.

The Best Entitlement Ever!

This is Our Birthright

Today’s photo is part of a stepping stone we have in our front yard and as I saw it today, I realized that happiness is the best entitlement ever … it’s a free gift from our Creator.  So here are some of my favorite quotes on happiness:

“He who has not learned to share his blessings with others has not found the true path to enduring happiness. HAPPINESS comes from sharing one’s self and one’s blessings. All riches are multiplied by the simple process of sharing them where they may serve others.” Anonymous

“When people yearn with all their hearts for just one treasure far away; they close their eyes to countless joys that crowd around them every day.” Anonymous

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” Ingrid Bergman

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Siddhartha Guatama Buddha

And my favorite of all: You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness. Julia Roberts




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