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The Quest

Happy Valentine's Day

That search for the enchanting, endearing, enthralling, and captivating romance with hopes that a sparkle will grow into a blaze for a lifetime. There are folks that share they were blessed to share a lifetime with someone they call a “soul mate” and others allow their heart to become bitter-sweet to the idea of finding that “one”.

Some retailers report that Valentine’s Day is the highest for flowers, chocolate and jewelry. Yet, statistics show a rise in the divorce rate and you don’t hear of too many Couple Counselors being unemployed. So, what is the real picture when it comes to Love?

I have been told that the three basic ingredients for a failed relation are financial, communication, and sex. So, then is the question that if no arguments over money issues, open communication that supports growth, and companionship of affection are there, then will these essential ingredients provide a life long romance with that special someone?

Valentine’s Day can bring out the best in some, and depression in others. Sometimes, one needs to broaden their recognition of love to not one, but including many of family and friends that surround. Counting those memorable moments when love was shared by giving and receiving support, encouragement, and laughter.

In my opinion, that once in a lifetime, romantic, unforgettable love that we give credit to cupid generally happens in the books I read, or the movies I watch. I will say, there have been those moments of the gaze, the flutter of the heart, and pounding of desire that have misguided me down the road of lust, and been convincing in that moment of instant gratification, “I’m in-love”.
So, again…What is Love?

I have been taught, Love is patient…patient enough to support, defend, and hold someone’s hand through troubles. I have been taught Love is kind…kind enough to sacrifice their last dime for your needs. Love doesn’t envy…doesn’t show discontent to one’s talents, passions, dreams or achievements. Love will not boast…does not show excessive pride that they’re better than others. I have been taught that Love is not rude…doesn’t become discourteous or harsh to build their own self-esteem or remain self-seeking in their desires for pleasure. Yes, I have been taught that Love is truth…it will always protect, rejoice in truth, provide hope and always persevere. I have been taught…Love; it’s a gift, the greatest of hope, faith and love.

So, blessings to all who still remain on that quest with your faith and hope that the gift of Love will be received. May God’s graces be provided and fulfill your quest. I may not have that greatest novel romance, but I have the Love that can be treasured, thanks to my family and friends!

New Year, Bright Beginnings

Last Sunset of 2011

Another new year to make decisions, view my opportunities, and find happiness within the various struggles and stumbles of life. I know I like the idea of new beginnings. I like that moment to pause and reflect and rethink my goals, so celebrating the New Year with friends offers that opportunity.

As I stood on the waterfront and watched the last sunset of the year of 2011, I will admit it was a beautiful sunset to observe and collect my thoughts. I realized that each year adds building blocks to move forward. I may have some years that I could dwell on the struggles, the troubles, and the regrets, but I have discovered it’s best to concentrate on the achievements, the strengths, and the successes I have made working through the difficult times. I am grateful that each year I become a better person surrounded by the love of family and friends. I have moments that made me laugh. I have experienced events that I will treasure. I continue to have the ability to dream. I have hope that situations work out for the best. I have faith that something bright will be heartwarming.

Many make resolutions and then eventually get frustrated that they couldn’t make the change. That is something I welcome…Change! It can be scary at times, frustrating that it may take me away from my comfort zone, but it always seems to bring something bright. To me, it’s like when I decided to paint the bedroom. It was frustrating to move the furniture and clean. It was scary financially of how much it cost for paint and new carpet. When the project was done, and I was able to rest for a day, walking into that new room, well I was satisfied, and it made me smile. It didn’t happen overnight, and it sure was work, but isn’t that what life is all about? Making the decision, planning the steps, accepting the work and looking forward to the reward of satisfaction and I will add, sharing the experience with those you love.

Yes, the economy has been down, unemployment has been an issue, but the joy I have received this past year with family and friends, the travels I have made, the dreams I have pursued, and the choice to focus on the good, has given me this past year sensational experiences to add to my journey of life. I welcome the New Year and look forward to 2012.

Year to Year
Minute by minute,
Day by day,
The choices I make,
The plans I create,
Give meaning I say,
To live life this way!
SGW

The Heart Believes

Let the Magic Begin

Years come, and they go, but the memories they generate can have a lasting effect. When I was young I truly believed in the spiritual magic of the Holidays. My birthday is six days before Christmas and usually landed on the last day of school before Christmas break or on the weekend when all my friends and family could attend my party. It was the start of a warm feeling that seemed to grow. My grandmother would travel to be with us on my birthday and stay through till Christmas, and sometimes New Year’s. My favorite cake became the homemade, delightfully delicious red velvet cake that my mother made from the recipe passed down from my grandmother. In the kitchen, a baking aroma for that week would fill the house with sweets, breads, and a variety of scrumptious goodies for the Christmas Eve Swedish Smorgasbord. The twinkling of Christmas lights, the sparkling ornaments of silver and gold, and well known colors of red and green became my birthday decorations. It became a week of so much joy to be surrounded by family and friends.

As I grew, leaving home for college, I faced the various struggles and stumbles of life, but that one week in December, seemed to make a difference and remind me never to give up on hope. I treasure those memories and especially the feeling within my heart. There is still a spiritual magic today, and I still cherish the moment when it warms my heart and enlightens the experience of the Holiday season. I may have moved away from home and years have passed as I traveled on my journey of life, but that spiritual magic has never left.

This year, turning a half century, I still woke up with that excitement, that feeling of anticipation and took in the glow that the Christmas decorations offer and received the love that family and friends can offer. What I discovered this year, that unexplained, cannot touch, spiritual magic is still here even as an adult.

At times, I listen to other adults share their memories and sometime state how things were different when they were a child, but they don’t feel or believe in the unexplained Christmas magic today. It’s not for the child only; it is for anyone with an open heart, willingness to be a part of that season which God gave the ultimate gift. A gift that I cannot touch, I cannot concretely see, but believing…I can feel in my heart, I can observe on the faces of others, I can share with others, and it seems to grow the more I allow myself to participate beyond the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas to all and May the Spiritual Magic of the season be in your heart!

Celebration of Blessings

Autumn Gold

The last three months of the year seem to be my favorite. They are filled with celebration and fun, and yet be the most stressful times of the year too. I enjoy the changing of the leaves, full of bright colors and a cooler breeze that encourages outdoor activities. The kids seem to enjoy the creative ideas of dressing up, be it scary or humorous for Halloween treats.

There are more days out from school, and kids seem to look forward to the mini vacations. Thanksgiving rolls around and families come together. Folks engage in cooking scrumptious desserts to accentuate an incredible and delicious meal of turkey or ham, potatoes, beans, salads and so much more. People seem to share, smile, and think about others too. It’s a moment in the year to reflect and actually evaluate the gifts acquired throughout the year. For me, it helps me to focus less on my troubles or struggles and appreciate the growth, changes, and achievements that my family has made that have made me a better person.

This year, I am so proud of my daughters and the choices they have made and the love they share with my grandchildren. I am so grateful to my parents for guidance and love they continue to offer unconditionally. I can add more to the list, and I am grateful for that in itself. This time of year can warm the heart even if the temperatures are falling along with the leaves. I know I have observed many of Scrooges and Grinches this time of the year, but it’s my choice to choose how I want to celebrate. I like the warmth from within, when the temperatures can be cold, so I’m thankful for the blessings I have been given and want to share beyond the last month of the year.

That last month of the year, my grandson counts the days from Thanksgiving to Christmas for that school break again. Folks come out and about shopping and decorating for the season. Even with the economy and unemployment, folks seem to want to please as they struggle financially. Some folks can become extremely creative with gift ideas and crafts to share with love ones. People give toys, food, and other things to those less fortunate. It’s a time to be with family also and again share a moment of Thankfulness. I know I get detracted with holiday stresses, but I believe Dr. Seuss stated it well in the story, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, when the Grinch had not stopped Christmas from coming, and the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Blessings to all!

Labor Day

What is the "American Dream"?

To build on being creative, one must construct upon the history or should I say the traditional ideas, rules, and social patterns that are relevant, fulfilling and will provide development and productivity.  There must be continuous assessment and acceptance to change that which has become futile.  To continue what has a purpose for the best interest of others and change that which has become inadequate, hinders, or becomes an obstacle to the growth of our economy and the American workforce.

Today, I am celebrating, like so many, Labor Day.  It is more than a calendar date for fashion etiquette, end of the summer or just the first Monday of September.  In the late 19th century, it became a federal holiday that was established to observe and pay tribute, to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the American worker, the “workingmen’s holiday”.

Growing up, I had observed and listened to the various stories my parents and grandparents shared related to taking pride as a worker and being a part of the principles that it was honorable to labor, to work.  Even during difficult or hard times, they still seemed proactive to promote the fundamental dream, which anyone that worked hard and took pride and responsibility in their job could accomplish for their families, the “American Dream”, would become the backbone to achieve and provide for their children, a better future.

There is something to be said about history.  So many traditions, rules and social patterns continue without modification that have either out grown their purpose or may had only been a temporary fix, but continue to influence a perspective that may not be serving its purpose today and have become more of a hindrance to the growth of jobs and the economy.

During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was remembered by the working force, for his words, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Businessmen and Bankers did not view the President favorably.  President Roosevelt introduced The New Deal Program.  It was directed to bring back hope and encourage people to regain faith in themselves as the working force and the foundation of the “American Dream.”

Today, we face some of the same economic challenges of yesteryear, and have again witnessed the influence of bankers and the anger their actions and decisions can provoke in the labor force, so on this holiday, I want to recognize and give tribute to the working force that struggles against the deterioration of jobs, remains determined to provide for their families, and willing to take responsibility and voice the importance of why Labor Day was established.

Gift of Freedom

Happy 4th of July

I plan to enjoy the 4th of July, Independence Day of the USA, a day of celebration and commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of 1776.  The day has a history and meaning, but to most it has become a Holiday for friends and family to gather for cookouts, parades, fireworks, and the celebration of togetherness.  It is a day to celebrate when I realize the opportunity of freedom I have been granted with the heritage, history of journeys of others that saw and believed in a dream and made the sacrifice needed so I could be where I am today.  Society, as I know it, has evolved to the patriotic tune of liberty and freedom.  So, today as I enjoy family and friends, display the colors of red, white and blue, join into the outdoor cookouts and end the day with watching the amazement of fireworks, I am grateful to those of the past, present and future for their dreams, commitments, and sacrifices so, I would have the opportunity to live in a country that supports a gift, I call freedom!

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