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Archive for September, 2012

Smiles

 

My sister took this phenomenal picture yesterday morning. It is a moth! It was on her back porch screen and it clearly has smiles on it! I see at least two of them, do you?

Smiles, to me, are an outwardly expression of the love and kindness in our hearts. This moth is wearing its smiles and it goes to show you that smiles are all around us. Some smiles are more obvious and direct than others. We only need to be receptive. Can you feel the smile on my face as I you read what I wrote? ¬†I hope so! Smile, it is good for your heart, your soul and your well-being. ūüôā

Celebrating Dr. Angi

Today is my birthday (Sept 19), and, so many loved ones have already posted wonderful birthday wishes for me on Facebook for which I am deeply GRATEFUL!

I feel so blessed to have so many loved ones in my life, family, friends, and many on-line connections who are dear to my heart on many social and professional networks, as well as, here on Word Press. I hold on to every word you say and make an effort to reply to every comment. I do my best to keep up with all my fellow bloggers and their wonderful articles. Each of you have been a source of inspiration to me in various ways.

If I may be so bold as to ask you to do something for me in honor of my birthday. It is¬†totally optional, but it would warm my heart if you could step outside your routine sometime today (or this month) and do something kind either for yourself, a neighbor, a friend, a loved one, a complete stranger or the environment….and let me know what you did.

Many of you know I am doing a Gift Of Love Campaign where I am creating 100 gifts of love to spread around the world. (see www.heartsthatcare.net for more information). This deliberate act of kindness that you do in honor of me would be an AWESOME extension of this campaign and a great way to make POSITIVE changes for the world. It all starts with small acts that each of us can do.

I deeply love and appreciate each and every one of you! God bless you and all your loved ones. ‚ô• Dr. Angi

I wish I knew then what I know now…

 

I am upon the Eve of my Birthday. This is a great time to reflect upon the things I know NOW that I wish I knew five, ten or more years ago. The idea for this article evolved after reading a blog written by Insight: My 25 Rules of Adulthood.

With each day and every new experience I feel I have grown wiser. Passing this wisdom down to my younger self would have been awesome, but was I ready to hear it or understand it? Probably not. I will never know; however, here are a few of the things I have learned thus far in my life’s journey and perhaps you can gain some wisdom from it.

I wish I knew then what I know now:

  1. The difference between IMPORTANT and URGENT; not everything that is urgent is important.
  2. I should only value what I think of myself; and, not what others think of me. And, remember that I am FABULOUS just by being me.
  3. Happiness is a choice; so is fun, joy, love, etc. I can choose to be positive or negative!
  4. Acts of love and kindness deliver more than I might expect as my heart grows bigger and bigger with each gift.
  5. The path will have obstacles, which are there to teach lessons, provide experiences and assist in my growth and development.
  6. In most instances, there is no right or wrong, only different perspectives.
  7. Time does indeed heal all wounds and grant me insight if I give myself enough time and space from my hurts and wounding.
  8. There is a reason for everything…I have lived through many challenges that I now see I needed to go through in order to be who I am today.
  9. I am always where I need to be.
  10. To listen to my inner voice, that whisper that comes when I am sitting quietly, especially outdoors in nature. 
  11. Life truly is an adventure, a never-ending, journey…I just need to show up to participate.
  12. If I truly want something, passionately and with clarity, I will get it.

What have you learned so far in your life’s journey? Please share in the comments.

 

Contrast

We appreciate life more when there is strife. ~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

Extreme weather patterns in the past ten years have rendered many with unforeseen challenges. It is during these times we appreciate more what we did not lose, such as loss of the lives of loved ones. Oh, the joy, when we can use the water again and enjoy the restored electricity and telecommunications. Some people may have to restore or even rebuild their homes; but, once they have survived that hurdle, they can enjoy their new surroundings and be grateful that it was only their house they lost.

It is that contrast that brings out awareness and gratitude. When we are sick, we appreciate our health. When we are cold, we appreciate warmth. When we are without, we appreciate what we have or had.

As we grow older, we appreciate our youth when we gaze longingly upon photographs from ten, twenty or more years ago. We appreciate our wisdom when we no longer fall for the latest scam that we may have succumbed to when we were young and na√Įve. We appreciate the freshness and openness of the countryside after being in crowded and stale city. We appreciate all the opportunities, infrastructure, conveniences and beauty that we have in the United States after traveling to other countries for any extended period of time. I am certain you can come up with many more comparisons.

I believe that if we can express gratitude and honor both ends of the spectrum in life, then we will find peace, fulfillment and joy in our hearts. Without darkness there would be no contrast to the light in our lives. Appreciate both the light and dark moments in your life and you will discover a peace in your heart. For what do you have to be grateful at this very moment?

Not a Luxury….a NECESSITY!

I need to remind myself, as I am sure many of you need to do as well, that rest and relaxation are a necessity, not a luxury. Funny thing is if we keep going and going without scheduling time for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate, it will catch up to us in the form of illness. Then you have no choice but to recuperate.

When we do not take care of ourselves first, then we end up not being able to take care of anybody including ourselves. It truly is an act of kindness to everyone by scheduling the time to pamper yourself . That time is an investment, an insurance policy. Self-love and self-care assures that you will be healthy and in good spirits. This will allow you to be the best you can be for your loved ones and your colleagues at work. I hope you were able to take a little time for yourself this weekend.

It is sort of like chores. If you do a little each day, it is a piece of cake. If you keep putting chores off, then it becomes burdensome and overwhelming. A little respite every day, keeps you healthy in every way!

Music

No matter what my mood is music will alter it, usually for the better. It never ceases to amaze me how music transcends all languages; furthermore, it has been said that “music has charms to soothe the savage breast. ” This phrase was coined by William Congreve, in¬†The Mourning Bride, 1697:

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
‘Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
The silent Tomb receiv’d the good Old King;
He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg’d
Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
Why am not I at Peace?

Incidentally, William Congreve (1670-1729) was an English playwright and poet. He wrote some of the most popular English plays of the Restoration period of the late 17th century. By the age of thirty, he had written four comedies and one tragedy, The Mourning Bride (1697). (From: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7008439-the-mourning-bride )

Back to the topic of music…in my own experiences with music, I know that when I have been tired, ¬†music reenergizes me. When I am anxious, music calms me. When I am sad, music makes me happy. When I am restless, music relaxes me.

Lullabies have been used to lull babies to sleep. Music has been used to set romantic moments. Music is magical. That being said, music can also stir negative emotions, like fear and sadness. Some music can simply get on your nerves. However, I am certain much of that has to do with preference, as well as, state of being at the moment.

What effect does music have for you? Do you have any favorite tunes for specific times in your life? I would love to know.

Laughter… A Mini-Vacation

LAUGHTER is spontaneous fun and a mini-vacation. It can be anything that tickles your heart, as it magically alleviates any stress of the moment! Although laughter cannot be forced upon someone, laughter is contagious.

Have you ever played the laughing game? It is a game best played when you have at least 3 or more people in a group. One person just starts with a single, “ha!” The next person adds another and you get, “ha-ha”. You keep going around each group member adding another “ha!” and you keep repeating around the group of people over and over again until there is a roar of laughter, “ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.” At that point hardly anyone can contain themselves.¬†

Spontaneous, funny moments usually cause laughter. Jokes, puns, riddles and stories with unexpected endings are great ways to encourage laughter. Children and animals are great source of humor. Can you think of any laughable moments or favorite jokes? Are there any specific times in your life that you can now laugh about? Laughter is good for the soul. 

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This Little Light Of Mine

This Little Light Of Mine

Let Your Light Shine!

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine! ~ from A Classic Children’s Christian Song

My heart goes out to those who have been affected by the latest bombings in Libya; it also goes out to all those affected by any violence and negativity that often goes on daily in our lives. I want to be a ray of hope and light. I wish to spread love and compassion to you in your time of darkness. Let these words comfort you. You are not alone. I am thinking of you and sending you blessings.

We all can let our love and goodness shine in everything we do. Light attracts people and creatures by providing a ray of hope by lighting their path into safety. It takes courage; but, our light will draw love and admiration from others. Let us not worry. Let us be the light in the darkest of days to allow safe passage for others. Let us be hope and inspire positive action. Let us BE LOVE.

The Message in a Toadstool

A toadstool…

…fears NOT the darkness.

…thrives and grows in muck.

…stands tall and

…keeps its head high.

What can you learn from a toadstool?

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