living ‘my passion’

dscf2271i know when i am living ‘my passion’ for i awaken into each day with joy and enthusiasm and an abundance of energy for the unfolding of my desires …

this joy and enthusiam and energy are sign posts that i am headed in the right direction … i must be vigilant of these internal sign posts

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

experiencing of joy

dscf34583i am born into this life ‘in the image and likeness of God’ with my main purpose being the experiencing of joy … out of my human freedom i add all else … my feeling life is the indicator of all else that i have added – if these indicators are not to my liking i may choose again to add that which leads me back to joy

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

what i do want

dscf22881so what is it that i want – all too often i only discover that from travelling along the path of what i do not want and am stopped in my tracks with the realization of ‘what am i doing here?’ … in this moment of consciousness i can turn my thoughts to what it is that i do want and through placing my attention here create a new path where my true self walks in confidence and joy

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

we all make a difference

dscf23741it is of the utmost importance to reach down into that place of knowing and of remembering that ‘i make a difference’ – remember this especially when there is no evidence in the world of this difference being made  – most times it is not something obvious but our mere presence that makes the difference … i do make a difference – you do make a difference – we all make a difference … hats off in acknowledgment of the differences we are making … thanks be to all of us

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

celebration of life

dscf2512thirteen of us sat on the couches around the fire at the ‘Empress’ toasting my dear friends mother ‘Kay’ who just passed away at age 93 – we scattered her ashes along the beach and gathered to celebrate her life with Bristol cream sherry and hors d’oeurves and stories from those present of ‘Kay’ and of each of our own mothers … this was a coming together of old friends with whom we share history and those new with whom to discover awaiting tales of yet untraveled roads – we were lifted to a new level of inner acknowledgment of our own presence and the difference we make in the lives that we touch … thank you ‘Kay’ for sharing yourself with each of us and leaving us fuller for the experience

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

eat dessert first

dscf8611‘ you dare to be different’ – the words from the mother of two young children sitting at the table across from us at the restaurant.- we ordered dessert first following the suggestion from a birthday card of years ago ‘ life is unpredictable so eat dessert first’ – whenever we go out for dinner dessert is first – it usually calls forth a response of excitement from the waitress with ‘my kind of people’ or ‘wish you had been my parents’ and even ‘not unless you have a note from your mother’ – it makes absolute sense because what if we are too full from dinner to have room for dessert! – the sweets satisfy that yearning and when the dinner comes we often eat only half taking the rest home for tomorrow’s lunch – it also leaves the savoury tastes lingering from the main course … it is interesting how it always gets the response of being an out of the ordinary ‘no-no’– i find it as a metaphor for the rest of our lives – doing all the things that are necessary or shoulds and always leaving the wonderful things to last where there is often not enough time or money or room to accommodate them … it is my suggestion to now and then put dessert first – not as a rule of thumb but as a treat and see how it lightens up life

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

baby boomers at perfect age

christmas-2221the baby boomers are retiring! – oh my goodness i am one of them! and i will be 60 years of age really soon – somehow that does not seem possible the years have flown by so fast – i remember as a young girl thinking that i would never even get to 30 and that seemed so old and here i am twice that now with grandchildren thinking that 30 is so old – it is interesting that each age i am at seems to be the perfect age and it does keep getting better – i spend time with my daughters with their extremely busy lives of careers and raising families – i recall the high stress of those times and of hardly ever having a spare moment for myself and the juggling of all the facets of my life and wondering when i would ever get to sit down for an uninterrupted cup of tea – i see that they seem to thrive on that high pace and are inspired to accomplish incredible feats in so many arenas and even a cup of tea and an occasional chapter in some ‘recreational reading’ – i admire my children’s generation and even though there are so many more things to juggle than when i was their age the majority still manage to keep their priorities and enjoy the precious moments they carve out for family – we’ll talk again about the moments carved out for we baby boomers – similar to the swan gliding softly upon the water visiting those who have the time to say hello – until then

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen

feeling at home at my children’s

dscf2336it is so lovely being at my daughters’ homes and feeling at home – my arrival is announced with shouts of glee ‘grandma is here’ and a shower of hugs and kisses and being led to view all the things that are new since my last visit – with husbands and children and pets and very busy lives there is always a buzz of activity in the air and there is never a shortage of things to give a helping hand with – the constancy of feeding and clothing the families provides the opportunity of sharing in the food preparations and the doing of dishes and the folding of mountains of laundry – when the tasks are all done the bonding is completed with a walk or some games or a good movie … upon leaving i feel very loved and appreciated and take home lovingly prepared things and the satisfaction of having lightened the load and shared the bonds of familial love … i am reminded of similar visits from my mother and how much she was loved and appreciated and how important she still is at 93 to myself and my children and my grandchildren

the best is always yet to come

according to maureen