Thursday, April 30, 2009

One Size Fits All

One Size Fits All

In general we know, of all details
when buying a sweater or shoes,
or finding the right bicycle part,
the size is important to choose.

When Goldilocks searched for the perfect bed
from among the three at hand,
she tried them all to see which was best.
Only one felt truly grand.

Driving into a lot, to park the car
is as easy as one, two, three.
But a big SUV won't fit in a spot
where a mini coupe's meant to be.

When giving a gift that won't be returned
because of the color or brand,
we know what you need, and is priceless as well,
and is now back by popular demand.

Friendship and love, true caring and trust,
respect, loyalty and devotion
will always fare better and last longer, too,
than a sweet smelling bottle of lotion.

When you give of these gifts, lovingly wrapped
with bow and lifetime warranty,
no line will form at the service counter,
returned, they never will be.

Deborah Desser-Herchan
September 6, 2004

I've often thought about the act of giving and receiving gifts.  There are times when we really stress about color, quantity, brand, size, cost, wrapping, when and where to give, who's giving what, etc.  It is possible that we quantify our emotions, too, however.  We've all heard our friends note at one time or another that either they feel that they're giving too much to a relationship or not receiving enough back.  But, would we ever think of asking someone to take back their love, caring or respect?  Not a chance.  

We are all currently feeling the economical pinch either at an upper level or in a more moderate 'trickle down' situation.  My thought is this:  paper costs next to nothing and words are very special.  The next gift that you want to give can carry a virtually 'priceless' price tag.  Love, respect, kindness (in any form), friendship, courtesy, care...and the list goes on, are always beautifully received.  Jump on the grass roots bandwagon and go all out crazy, giving, giving, giving, of.................. yourself!  

Leaving you today with this thought;

"He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver".
-   Thomas A Kempis

Wishing you love, every day, in every way.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

On Your Mark.....

Today is a positive day according to the Kabbalistic calendar.

On Your Mark. Get Ready. Get Set. Go!  

Point Of Beginning.  Origination.  Seed Level.  Starting Fresh.  Do Over.  Mulligan.   Choose any one of these and basically you are opting for the 'starting point' of something. While we have all been told that we can 'never go back', we might all like to consider that we can always begin again.  A 'false start' in a race results in starting over.  When a situation becomes intolerable and we pine over the fact that we messed up what might have been great, what is stopping us from taking a new direction?  Let's face it, when we are traveling west and realize that we should be going east, we make a u-turn and continue traveling in the right direction.  It is sad when we feel life is not giving us what we want, however, there is no rule book, no manual that says we can't change direction and determine where we want to go.  
                                                                                                                   Years ago I remember joining a popular weight loss organization.  I was very impressed with the message that one of their speakers related to our group.  She said that a diet cannot be ruined for the day when it only took moments to eat that delicious morsel of chocolate.  So, she had stated, in fact the diet was only delayed by those moments and back on track the minute it had been consumed.

I like that!  It is an optimistic and truly realistic view to what happened.  Yippy and social/political  activist, Abbie Hoffman, appropriately said 'today is the first day of the rest of your life'.  I like to think that we all have choices, and even if we just made, what we consider in hind sight, a poor one, we have the power over our own minds to choose and create a new one.

Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life- American Proverb Magnet

Large and colorful, yet more than that, truthful.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life. The power in and of this statement should not be misused, though.  Forethought is necessary to avoid mistakes.  But, as members of the human race, we have all fallen into the 'oops, I should have seen that coming' trap.  

Remember what we were instructed to do, as children, when approaching railroad tracks?   Stop, Look  &  Listen.  Only at this juncture, let us think in the following terms:  Stop - stop your mind from racing.  Only by stopping, or at the very least slowing down, can one make the turn.  Look - look deeply within yourself.  Not at anyone else.  You, and you alone, are responsible for what occurred and what is about to occur.  If you are going to have a new beginning, make it a good one!  Listen -  listen to your head, to your heart, and then to your head again!  

And now for the most important part of this new start.  Do not look back and self-recriminate.  Do not accuse yourself of anything.  Congratulate yourself that you had the where-with-all to identify and accept the new position at the starting line.  You, we, are all human.  We have our strong moments and we have our weak moments.

As for guilt; deeds - simply redo, weak moments - empower yourself, and chocolate - grab napkin and delicately dab at corners of mouth! 

Wishing you a deliciously cathartic day!