Another Dream Come True

I have fantasized about walking through a vineyard more times than I can count. My fantasy became true today! One item checked off from my bucket list!

I must confess that I have felt jealous when my friends talk about their vineyard experiences. I have researched countless vineyards across Ontario and Quebec and drooled over the photos and the experiences from the visitors. Each summer (for the last 6 summers), I have had it on my list of things to do but somehow never got to it. What is it that draws me to a vineyard? I believe that it all started from reading romance novels when I was in my teens. The couples who walked through the vineyards were always in love and the vineyard seems to be a perfect place to walk and celebrate their love. Some couples even got married at vineyards. I also love wine and grapes. So if you put it all together my attraction to vineyards can be summed in three words: romance, grapes and wine!

This is another re-affirmation for me that we simply need to keep on reminding ourselves of the things which we want to experience in this lifetime. The earth is our school as much as it is our playground. Whatever we can imagine has the potential of becoming our reality. Keep your visions, dreams and ideas alive by constantly revisiting them. They may not happen right away but don’t lose hope – as long as it is in the vortex, it is only a matter of becoming aligned for the manifestaion to happen.

Here are some photos to enjoy. Being in nature is the best thing for the spirit.

What is on your bucket list? Do you need to create a list of the things you wish to experience in this lifetime? Start today and go after each one!

Love,

Mags

What is the WINNING factor?

What is the winning factor for you?

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have experienced a bunch of people, including myself – WINNING something or the other, or even WINNING someone! Two of my friends are getting married!

Christmas brings on that magical feeling that boosts our feelings of giving and receiving gifts, love and treasures all around us. There are many more opportunities to participate in social activities and most people seem to be in good spirits.

At our Christmas staff party, I won a beautiful collection of teas. Several other colleagues also won prizes from performances or by participating in a raffle draw.

Gemma, Aranjit and I

At a recent fundraiser, two of us won prizes from our tables, after my partner had jokingly sang, “abakadabrah… abakadabrah” on our tickets!  We have decided to take him to all future fundraisers!

Chinese Community Centre win

Those wins made me think about many other times I have won prizes such as a $10,000 prize draw…

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Claim Your Magnificence

This beauty greeted me in the garden this morning. It is one of my favourite flowers. I fell in love with it when I first saw it in the store and could not leave the store without it. It was the most beautiful and largest hibiscus flower which I had seen compared to other hibiscus flowers. It presence says; “Look at me! I am magnificent!” Each summer, I look forward to those beautiful blooms and I have the same reaction each time: “You are so magnificent!”

The hibiscus does not need seek any kind of reassurance from us to claim it’s divine beauty. It survives the winter and takes about four months after spring to bloom. It shows it’s magnificence by simply being itself. Those who have eyes for such beauty will find it and embrace it. Others may pass by unaware of it’s presence. Their lack of interest in it’s magnificence does not take away from it’s beauty or presence.

As individuals, we are all blessed with our unique gifts and talents. We all have a special space in this great universe. We were all created with a purpose. However, sometimes we get discouraged when we don’t feel appreciated, loved and acknowledged by others. It is important for us to claim our magnificence every day and be like the hibiscus. “Look at me! I am magnificent!” If you believe this of yourself, then others will believe it too. Do not let someone else’s approval determine your magnificence. YOU are magnificent. Claim it.

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Love,

Mags

Ask for help

One of my earliest teachings in life was that we all had a Guardian Angel who watched over us. During our First Communion classes, we learnt the prayer:

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day,
be at my side
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. Amen,

The thought of each one of us having a Guardian Angel has always brought me comfort. Later in my adult life as I explored the concept of angels more thoroughly, I learnt that our angels are always present but we must ask them for help. They will not barge into our lives. They wait for us.

I find comfort in knowing that my Guardian Angel is only a thought away and that I can ask for help. And you know what? I have discovered that there are many more angels that are available to us. We just have to learn how to tune in and connect with them. In times of need, crisis or desperation, hold the thought of an angel in your mind. Even if you don’t know much about angels, I am sure that one will bring comfort to you.

I have a couple of angels in my garden. This one sits quietly amongst the flowers and never fails to bring calm to my spirit. When we purposely place objects in our environment to have a positive effect on our minds, we can move our lives from a place of feeling low to experiencing the highs of life.

For me, images of angels bring joy and calm to me.

What about you? Do you believe in angels? What other symbols do you use?

Love,

Mags

A homeless man reminded me of a very important life lesson…

If you know me well enough, you would know that I have a very soft spot for people who are homeless regardless of how they became homeless.

Today, when I got out of a store an elderly homeless man approached me and asked for money to buy food. I told him that I had no cash. I truly did not think that I had any cash in my bag. I walked quickly past him towards my car. I noticed that he walked slowly with a limp. He seemed a bit disoriented and I felt dreadful that I could not help him.

I walked to my car and sat in it for a few minutes checking my phone. Suddenly I heard a knock on my window. There he was again asking me for money. “I am hungry. Please for some change to get some food.”

“I would give it to you if I had it.” I told him gently. “I don’t have any cash.”

He stood steadfastly looking at me and repeating his request. His stare and helplessness made me feel very uncomfortable. How could I walk away without helping? I started searching through all the pockets of my bag and jacket. Bingo! I got $4.00 worth of coins. I gave them to him. He gratefully accepted, thanked profusely and showered blessings upon me. It was only $4.00. I was almost ashamed of myself for giving only $4.00.

The lesson he reminded me of was PERSISTENCE. How often have I given up on an idea or something which mattered greatly to me because I was not persistent. I accepted NO too quickly. I was too tired to repeat my ask. I was afraid of being rejected. If I had been rejected a first time, chances are that I would never try again. Many times I have failed to follow up with a potential lead only because I did not get a positive response right away.

This homeless man did not accept my first no. With his limp and slow walk, he persisted and followed me to my car. He put the required effort and repeated his ask, not accepting my rejection. Eventually, he pushed me to go beyond my limits and to dig further to find the $4.00. If he was not persistent, he would not have gotten that money and I would not have gotten the satisfaction of helping him.

Before giving up on something your want, try asking again. A ‘no’ can eventually become a ‘yes’ with a little more persistence.

Love,

Magdalene

Are you embracing the darkness?

For several weeks I had been watching the sunflower bud slowly enlarge then even more slowly it eventually broke into this delightful bloom. As I observed it, I noticed two things:

a) The bud was taking a long time to open

b) I could not rush the process. If I pried it open, I would destroy it.

When the bloom finally opened, I was delighted. It took my breath away. The wait was over… but every bit of that wait was worth it. Yes, the bud took a longer time compared to other flowers but a SUNFLOWER is a SUNFLOWER – bold, huge and beautiful!

When the bloom finally opened, I was delighted. It took my breath away. The wait was over… but every bit of that wait was worth it. Yes, the bud took a longer time compared to other flowers but a SUNFLOWER is a SUNFLOWER – bold, huge and beautiful!

I think of how easy it is for us to get frustrated when we feel stuck in a dark place or simply when we feel that we are not making as much progress as we would like to in our daily lives. When you go through such moments, think of the sunflower bud and how MUCH MORE you are than the sunflower! It is o.k if you need more time to heal, restore, create, think, plan, regain your perspective etc. The darkness can only work in our favour when we understand that it is simply a natural process to bring balance life. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Don’t be afraid of being in the dark… have faith that all things will work out for your highest good.

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