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TheZenof Trust Photo Courtesy of MSN Clipart

TheZenof Trust Photo Courtesy of MSN Clipart

If you’ve seen any news lately, you might have noticed stirrings and unrest in the United States. It gives a whole new meaning to the term, “ugly American”. Perhaps, it’s not new for generations past, but for those of us alive today, I feel we’re on uncharted territory. It’s not apocalyptic ― but this type of collective unrest is a new unknown ― a wake-up call. It’s like we’re approaching a tipping point and now it’s critical, for me, to learn how to respond and discover what I feel?

In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed pockets of unrest across my country­, some serious ― like in the ‘60’s with racial tension, Viet Nam and the assassinations of some of our great leaders. But this is unlike any I’ve seen in a long time as a result of this latest Presidential election.

Anger and hatred are showing up nationwide and, instead of an open ear to listen to one another, it’s finger pointing with the claim that I’m right and you’re wrong. There’s a sense of fear and panic that reminds me of how people reacted to the bank run in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

So, what do I do?” I ask myself. For now, it came to me as TRUST ― another word that strongly sets the tone for 2017. Whew―this word carries a lot of weight and potential emotion and I don’t take it lightly, given what has come down the pike already and in the past 2 years.

What is trust, if not taking a leap of faith, when there’s no information to go by or definitive guidance? What do you do when it seems like the world is crumbling around you and you have to make immediate decisions? It’s like Indiana Jones stepping off a cliff when there’s no apparent bridge.

I thought this year was going to be different, as the days passed, that there wasn’t going to be a word or phrase given to launch me into the New Year. But then, with the election and inauguration, it came with strong feelings to listen and be open ― trust. This is not only from the voice of others but my own voice on the inside. It’s not a call to action but a pause to note where I’m coming from rather than reacting.

It says not to jump to conclusions ― trust. There may be something more going on than what can be seen right away. A shake up from what we’re used to as normal could help us decide who we are and what we really want.

I say these things as my own way of trying to process what I see happening in my country and understand my feelings. It’s like putting a lobster in water and slowly heating up the water. It doesn’t know it’s being cooked until it gets hot. Well, it’s hot and it’s time to  . . . what?

I am now out of the daily grind of commuting and the corporate world, being retired. So, I’m removed from the personal interaction and connection of the contrasting joy and unrest. From a distance, I watch the news and read social media and I wonder how people can treat one another the way they do and be so bold about it. I wonder if this is what has been in our hearts, all along, and has been set free and allowed to surface ― no longer being restrained, we’re discovering what we don’t like and it’s causing conflict.

I’m having a hard time getting my head and heart wrapped around it. So, for now, I quietly trust in this moment. Opportunities for change and to awaken don’t always come in beautifully wrapped packages. Sometimes, they’re ugly. We’re living in the fire and it’s because these are things we have to acknowledge within ourselves before we can move onto the real purpose of living and why we’re here.

“When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” — Eckhart Tolle on Oprah’s Own from his book, “Stillness Speaks

Now, I am wondering what it means and will I have what it takes to meet what comes. I hope so, if I allow myself to come from that quiet space and in this moment step back, breathe and trust. I see glimpses of light shining through and love coming forth, like sunshine after a severe storm. It warms my soul and I can only hope to help spread a little more love in these words.

Whatever we do, we can only do when we work together. We are one. God bless you all.

Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table

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A New Year – Poems, Prayers and Promises

Footpath Roberto Verzo via Compfight

It’s almost a New Year and I can sense so many changes on the horizon not only in our world but in me, my home and my family.

Life gets crazy sometimes and it’s hard to make sense of what’s up or down. There are so many distractions, news stories and bits of information coming at me from all sides, I hardly know what to place my attention on or believe. But then, I remember a song and it settles me and puts everything back on track.

Life is what I make it and it starts from the inside and flows out. If I can remember that in this New Year, it will be okay.

God bless you and . . .

Happy New Year!

Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table

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50 Years

Golden Wedding Rings

Golden Wedding Rings by LetManNotSeparateHolySpiritandPreachingContent|Biblical… Courtesy of MSN Clipart

Where do I begin to tell our story? It’s our Golden Wedding Anniversary and it’s been quite a journey. Maybe it’s been a little more unique than most but not as dramatic as others.

There’s so much I’ve learned in the journey. I could write a book, I suppose. But words only seem to lock in the experiences and end. I want them to continue to live and change like what I feel I’m doing, as long as I can.

If you’ve read very much on my blog, you’ll know most of our story, like in “Young Love to Old Love” or in my Valentine Journey of Love Series. I marvel when I look back over the years and can’t help but think how serendipitous and miraculous it has been. The choices we made and the paths they led us down ― the people we met and circumstances we encountered, though not always together.

On our 40th anniversary, I compiled 40 stories and photos in a journal for my hubby remembering the things I love and those times down through the years. I thought of adding the last 10 years to it but realized how impactful they were by themselves and how it took those 40 years of love to process and work through them embracing both good and not so good.

40th Anniversary Journal

40th Anniversary Journal

In the last 10 years, hubby lost both of his parents, both our beloved horses and a dog. We had a new grandson while another graduated from high school and later married. I found a new job from which to eventually be downsized and go on to retire.

There was also my cancer treatment, hubby’s health issues that included a couple of hospitalizations along with a year-long problematic recovery and then my broken ankle. These are just some of the highlights not to mention cataract surgeries, our daughter and family moving out of state, broken pipe in the basement and my pine cones.

Where I came out the other end on all these events is telling in the parts of my heart that were touched and the insight and courage in the decisions on what to do next and how to move forward. I know I wasn’t alone in that and wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Now, with a new year on the horizon, I can only feel a new found excitement. Having rounded the hurdles and completed the first course, I’m completely committed to what’s about to unfold. Next year will be a lot of 7’s for me to include the New Year 2017, I’ll be turning 70, birth day is 27 and birth year is 47. I don’t think the universe can shout it out any plainer than that on how promising this next year looks to be along with celebrating another year with my hubby.

I’ve been truly blessed and hope in sharing my life and stories with you will in some way inspire you to stay the course as you continue on your journey. You’re never alone.

Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table

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