In November 2018, a year ago, I playfully posed a question on my FB page to ask my friends – what would make the day better for them. I provided several options for answers. I moved on and completely forgot about my playful survey. The post came up in my memories this November and I was surprised to see that there were over 57 responses to my question and that the responses were forming a pattern. I reposted the same question again on November 3rd, 2019 and it drew some more responses from over 30 cities across the globe.
On the graph below, I have showcased the top 8 responses. The top response is spending time with someone I like, followed by a hug and then a soul conversation. These three top responses show our human connection and how important it is across the globe.
I believe that our human connection is what sets us apart, what we long for and what we are also afraid of. While we superficially mask our emotions or spend more time behind screens… perhaps what would make us feel whole, connected and great contributors of our societies, is extending the warmth of friendship.
A few other responders chose red lipstick, making love, not being in the presence of a particular person, going to work, not going to work, staying home, reading all the responses to the survey and a road trip.
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“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho
Fall is the perfect time for gathering all the dreams in my dream box and setting some new goals for the following year. Just as the trees shed their leaves but remain rooted in the earth, I feel that I start letting go of what no longer serves me and start rooting to continue my current dreams or to start building new ones for the upcoming Spring. In the Spring, when the new leaves bud on the trees which has stood the test of winter, I too want to have the freshness of Spring and green gold flowing within to savour all of the dreams which I planted during fall, Nature, in its infinite wisdom provides us with the gentle guidance which we need all the time – we simply need to tune in and listen to our authentic voices. Fall is a wonderful season for rejuvenation and preparation.
This fall I placed these three little scarecrow characters at the front of my yard with the sign, ‘Build Your Dreams In The Fall.” I call them Jill, Jack and Jane – names from the books I read as a little girl. They bring a sense of playfulness to my space and bring a smile to my face when I leave home in the morning or come home in the evening. They are a great reminder to keep my dreams in the forefront of my mind and this fall, I will call them the guards of my dream this fall. It is all imaginary and playful – and this is the whole point of having fun as your play with your dreams. Jill, Jack and Jane are the little triggers which I have placed in a visible space which triggers my mind to remain focus on my dreams. What triggers can you place in your environment?
What are your dreams?
What dream do you want to build?
What do you need to inspire your dreams?
Who do you need to help you?
What fears so you need to let go of?
Our dreams are unique to our soul mission. Some dreams are huge and will have an impact on millions of people. Some dreams are small and they could have an impact that will multiply in future lifetimes to cause a ripple effect. I believe that there is Divine Timing for all things in our lives but I also believe that it is important for us to know the things which make our soul sing. Think of the things which you cannot leave undone in this world because you have been given the special mission to take action to create a small or huge impact to make the world a better place.
What do you need to take action on?
It is early morning and I am sitting on my couch in the living room wrapped under a cozy blanket while the rest of my household sleeps. I feel grounded and safe. I feel blessed that we enjoyed a delicious meal last night and gave gratitude for the many blessings in our lives – for family, friends, good health, our jobs, income, progress with our various project and most of all and being able to overcome and deal with the challenges which come our way.
I enjoy listening to the conversations around the table – any dinner time is a time to catch up on the thoughts and experiences of our lives and how we make sense of the world around us. One of our highlights during the evening was celebrating the 2nd birthday Maggie, Ohri’s dog. It was hilarious watching her reaction to the kids trying to get a birthday hat on her head! Maggie has become a part of our family and it is a pleasure to watch how her presence bonds all of us in our family.
My gratitude for life keeps on overflowing.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle
As I write this blog, the early morning light is awakening as the darkness vanishes. It is magical watching this slow and beautiful transition from night to day. Through the glass door, I can see the thousands of fallen leaves in the backyard and the beautiful fall foliage in the forest beyond edge of my backyard. Fall is here for sure making way for winter where soon those trees will be standing naked yet unshaken at the roots. Just as I enjoyed every single day of summer and savoured the greenery, I embrace fall and all of it’s offerings. For me, it is a beautiful season of reflection, building and creating from within. I love the fall colours, the crisp fresh air, apple pies for Sunday dinners and the feeling of Christmas being just around the corner. I know that as soon as Christmas is over, we will start preparing for Spring and I can’t wait to see my first tulips burst from the winter blues. Each season brings it’s priceless gifts and I am grateful to be alive on this earth, enjoying all what the earth offers to me. More importantly, I have found immense joy in remaining present in the moment, while my mind can also stretch into the future and look forward to the next season.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Here is one more quote to reflect on:
“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” Michael Josephson
Yesterday I wrote a small blog about how changing perspectives can change your results. While I was lying on the ground getting the photos of the sunflowers, I had an awakening moment of the limitless space and blessings between the earth and the sky. Now, I see the sky everyday and I walk and live on the surface of the earth so what jolted this wakening? In that particular moment, with a few view of the clear, blue sky with my back against the green grass, I felt a deep surge of gratitude flow through my body. I felt blessed feeling the sun on my skin and being able to experience the space between the earth and the sky. What limitless blessings we have in this space!
As I returned to my routines I found myself reflecting more about my awakening moment. We have over one million blessings between the earth and the sky – we only need to tune in to what flows to us more often. Often, I find myself rushing through my many activities during the day – so I know that there is a sky and an earth but I don’t tune in often enough to feel that huge sense of gratitude for all that exist in this limitless space. The best part is that most of those blessings are free. I am grateful that I have my senses to see and experience this beauty; friends to spend time with; a warm cup of coffee to enjoy; a book to read; a person to meet from a different culture; big and small animals to watch; planes that fly through the skies; plants that inspire me to garden; children to remind me of the beauty of youth; the dying to remind me to embrace and live life as fully as I can.
I like to think that I am on vacation here on this earth. I want to tune in and enjoy all the blessings between the earth and the sky – millions of blessing! I believe that the more we can count our blessings, the greater our blessings will be.
What blessings can you count now?
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I had a little burst of inspiration to get photos of my sunflowers this morning from an unusual perspective. I found myself lying flat on my back even crushing some of my other plants so that I could capture those gorgeous blooms against the brightness of the blue skies. This required much more effort than other shots which I have taken in my entire life. As I look at these photos, I think of how looking at something from a different perspective can make all the difference between boring and exciting; low yield vs high yield; high quality life vs low quality life; living from a place of limitation or expansion. Our perspectives can lift us or drown us; build us or destroy us; take advantage of opportunities or let opportunities pass us by.. and it is all up to us to figure out when to change perspective, let go of a perspective or adopt a new perspective.
Sometimes it means giving a bit more, going the extra mile and even enduring some discomfort along the process.
What perspective have you changed that brought in a different result for you?
Do you know what I keep on thinking about? How easy life can be lived with simple pleasures which require creativity and passion. It is hard to believe, even for myself, that an hour in my garden, without any disturbances, is enough for deep rejuvenation. And my lavender plants make it so worthy with their sweet, lingering fragrance.
This is one of my new lavender plants. My older lavender plants did not grow this year and I was very disappointed. To make up for my disappointment, I bought some new ones. They grew rapidly and surprised me when they bloomed towards the end of summer. One of my favourite moments in the day is gently pulling at the sprigs with my fingers and slightly crushing them to release the sweet fragrance, which lingers on my fingers for quite a while afterwards. Each time I do this, I am reminded of the quote by Mark Twain which states: “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” How profound and deep.
To make the experience more magical and intimate, sometimes I light a candle next to the lavender plants in the purple candleholder. At dusk, the lit candle makes the garden look ever so inviting and enchanting.
So here is a little postcard for you with a lavender sprig to soothe your soul and a candle to light your path. Be well. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Where beauty does not exist, create it.
I found this sign against a boutique in West Port, Ontario and I think that every word is true but also it is not always easy to live up to these words.
It is in our human nature to get upset, disgruntled and unhappy with people in our lives. Don’t allow moments of disruption or unhappiness to become a lifetime of unhappiness. Five bad minutes of your day does not have to spoil your entire day. We can develop a mindsel to simply say, ‘this moment will not define my day or my life.’ Make up, apologize, ask for forgiveness… do whatever you need to do deposit a little drop of goodwill in the energetic field around you and move on.
Ask yourself if this moment of unhappiness is worth carrying on for the rest of your life. If you died today or tomorrow, would you have any regrets?