March 20, 2013

My Latest "Fix-Up" Before And After

March 17, 2013

Between The Rocks In Our Lives

We all have rocks in our lives.
Whether we want them there or not.

Everyone of us has rocks somewhere.
If you hear someone claiming they have cleared all the problems  rocks out of their lives forever...get suspicious.
(That could just mean they threw them in their neighbors yard.)

That is because there will always be some boulders in life that are permanent and are too big to remove.
Those may come in the form of health issues, our childhoods or our pasts, loss of loved ones, or other such painful experiences.
And sometimes smaller rocks just "show up".
So what do we do with all of them?

Perhaps with all the rocks, trials and adversity that are a given in the gardens of our lives,  we can plant faith and hope flowers.
We can find and enhance the beauty, the blessings, in spite of our rocky experiences.

When I was in Seattle I found these sweet little flowers growing amidst the rough, hard surfaces surrounding them.

It didn't seem to matter to these fragile plants that they did not have the perfect "environment" that you see in the Cottage Garden magazine.  
They were going to bloom and grow in spite of the limited choices they had.
And in so doing, their surrounding was beautified by their presence.  

 When our life is looking like it is hard to bear, may we get on our knees and dig deep within, creating beauty where we believed there was no place left for any.

"How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence."  ~Benjamin Disraeli  

March 3, 2013

Dear Prince Charming,

Dear Prince Charming,
Where are you?!!!  
I am still waiting......

Not aging so gracefully,

Look closely.  See it?  It's Cinderella's 21st century "glass slipper"!!   Sure it looks like a stiletto but times and fashion have changed ?!

Her shoe is hooked onto a stop sign in my neighborhood. That is why she wrote this letter. 
Because Prince Charming hasn't even picked her shoe up, let alone even begun to look for her!

OK, we have to talk. 
How many of us are waiting or have waited for Prince Charming and nothing?
We went to the ball, danced all night (or almost), heard and believed all these promises about loving us, and always being there and never letting us go, and wanting to spend the rest of our lives together and poof.  
All gone in the chime of a bell (or text or some other form of message).  (Or nothing at all).

In us trying to do the right thing and rushing to get back home (or to some of our other responsibilities in life we have), we lost our footing shoe.
We were just trying to find balance.
And yet now here we are all alone.
We have not heard anything from the Prince with all that charm!  
(Who named that guy anyway?)

Where is he?  
Where are you?!

So how long has it been?
How long have we been waiting?
How long do we intend to wait?

Maybe when the Bible talked about being patient this is not one of the times it was talking about.

People.  Go back and get your "Slipper" yourself or go get a new pair, but do not use the excuse of not having it all, hold you back from going on with your lives!

If he hasn't come through, he probably isn't.
And if his memory was clouded (for whatever reason) and he can't remember what street you were on, he can get out his GPS.
If he really wants to find you, he will.
Quit making excuses for him!

Until he does come back (if that is in his plan), let go of the lost possession.
Unless you are the Old Woman with all those children who serve broth without any bread and actually needs her shoe to go home to, move on.

Do not let someone else hold you up at the stop sign!

In the meantime.
I hope you dance....

"Love cannot be found where it doesn't exist.  There's a difference between being patient with someone and wasting your time." ~Unknown Author

And nope,that is not my shoe-although I have been known for waiting....

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