Friday, December 19, 2014

Wild Possibilities

By Cathy 

"A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you." 
~ John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdon 

she reaches out to touch the branch
crushing the needles carefully between her fingers
their pine sent floating up around her
she closes her eyes 
she walks with her dog around the pond
a wet carpet beneath their feet, layers of scattered dying leaves 
and a cushion of dark green moss
she breaths deeply taking a moment to attend to her heart 
and to be alone with her thoughts
she has always tired to listened to her heart
but understands now she often only eavesdropped 
and what was overheard was deeply monitored
screened to protect herself  
afraid of the heart break or challenge
she has learned over the past year 
that her heart is not something to be ignored
and that if she pays close attention,
especially when it is uncomfortable or raw
that there will be growth
she has also learned
that she has value and substance and courage 
and that she is worth the fight
and so she promises herself, 
as she contemplates on the new year ahead
that she will continue to listen and fight if need be
with grace and gratitude

Today will be my last regular post here. I say regular because I am hoping the ladies will invite me back from time to time to share. I am sad about leaving, but also know that I have to listen to my heart. My time here has been amazing and full of growth and friendships that I know will last.

I thank the amazing woman photographers here in this space. I thank them for welcoming me, encouraging me and accepting me into their fold. And to you our readers, holy smokes, I can't even begin to tell you what it is like to have one of you comment on something I have written or a photo I have taken. It fills my heart so.

So I am not going to say goodbye, but just leave it at thank you. I will be around here and there and I will be looking for you.

Isn't life grand!

Love, Cathy 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Life According to Linus

by Judy

"I never thought it was such a bad little tree.  It's not bad at all, really.  Maybe it just needs a little love."
- Linus van Pelt-

We're all a little bit like that Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Don't we all just need a little love?   A kind word, a loving gesture, a smile, a hug.  These simple things can make all the difference in someone's life.  

Share your love this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Don't Forget to Add This to Your Holiday List

by Susan

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and oh... I'm really hoping so here.  You see, it's about 1:00am and after working 12 hour days, no weekends off... I'm scrambling here to put together a post.  Ugh! Let's face it, I'm beat.  When my family sees this post they will pretty much just laugh it off and be like...'YOU'RE (???) telling people how important it is to practice self-care?' ... and then the laughter would come.  BaaHAAhaabahaha....... humbug.  :(

So, with that little introduction said, I'm going to practice a little self-care and get some sweet sleep.

Here's wishing everyone a most beautiful, healthy and happy holiday! Cheers to all of you! 

Nighty night.

Happy Holidays! ~ xo's

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