Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Years Wish

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Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well, I am doing good, I felt the need to write a poem for the new year for me and you as well, I hope you all have a Happy New Year, Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care, Janet

A New Years Wish

I wish for this new year,
to bring happiness and peace
for me and all my friends indeed.

I wish for less stress, more time
to sit and relax. Taking time to see
the sun shine through the trees,
as I enjoy upon my face a gentle breeze.

I wish to carry less baggage, free
my heart and soul from all that has
happened. Letting go of the pain
of loved ones lost, but remembering
the memories that mean the most.

I wish to learn progress not
perfection, as I turn my life
in a new direction. Take
small steps, that will lead me to my
true self.

My wish of a growing family has
come true, My niece Kim in August and
Christa in June. As the loved ones have
passed, so much has been given back.

I wish for all of you these same truths,
life takes and gives, and we should make
every day a new years eve. A time to start over,
a time to once again believe.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Mindful Minute
















Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well, I am doing good. I had a great Christmas with my family. I bought Briana a princess castle pop up tent and we played and laughed in it for most of the day. I wanted to write another loving kindness meditation today and when I went through my book I found this picture of Elsie in her garden with this loving kindness meditation. So I took it as a sign or message that I should share this with you today. What a beautiful garden she had here on earth. I am sure she is still surrounded by a beautiful garden. Thank you for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

The Mindful Minute
The real mindfulness practice is being present in your daily routine and actions. The goal is to cultivate mindfulness in any enviorment. You can learn to artfully create a spacious stillness in your mind, a radiant calm that allows you to be fully present as the world around you shifts and tilts.
As you walk through your day today see if you can repeatedly return to the present moment. While you're working, can you bring your attention to your breath? If your body begins to ache, can you take a moment to stretch and breath? As you're talking to others can you remain aware of your own inner dialogue and quiet it down so you can truly hear the other people?
Start today and commit to twenty four hours, one hour or even a minute of mindfulness. Wherever you are right now, choose to pay attention, on purpose, to the world around you. When your attention begins to wander say to yourself, "May I be calm and at ease." "May I be peaceful" Don't try to fight or change your experience: just stay in the moment and see what comes.
You might be surprised to find that the more you're able to calm your inner chatter, the more your senses and awareness will come alive. You'll be able to see the world as it is, not as you think it should be. Not only will you benefit, but everyone in your life will benefit from your increased awareness and calm presence.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Last Gift Edited



















Hi Everyone,
I hope you are all doing well. I am doing pretty good. I don't want to come across as being depressed for the holidays as I also have much joy with my family and especially Briana who is so much fun lately, she is a hoot!! and I am so grateful for my friends and all the new friends I have met through my blog. You have helped me in so many different way this year I can't thank you all enough. But I also want to share with you what is going on in my life as well. Tomorrow will be two years ago that I last spent Christmas with my mother and mother in law. I still have moments of tears, tears of missing our traditions even though my sister carries on my mother's tradition by giving me socks every Christmas and I love her for that. My mother loved the holidays at my sisters house with all of us and her grandchildren. She would always go out and buy a new sweater or shirt, and do her makeup and hair. She was living on Disability but she managed to give of her six children and 10 grandchildren a gift, even if it was small. The thought behind those small gifts was simply I love you, and this is my way of showing it no matter how big or little. To be remembered is all that is important my mother would always say. What a sweet soul she was. I am grateful to have had both of them in my life, I miss Elsie's special cream cheese and celery every Christmas and her candy and smiles. I noticed today my father in law is also having trouble with his new normal, he just did not seem himself. He was just going through the motions. He is lost without my mother in law. At his tender age of 83 I worry he may just die of loneliness. It was said to me that after the losses it becomes your "new normal", but I don't know how long it will take me to get used to the feeling of this "new normal" or if I ever will. I will always long for the "old normal" even when I have been healing and starting over and have gratitude for everything and everybody in my life. I am sure all of you who have lost loved ones will understand what I mean.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

The Last Gift
At this time two years ago my mother was in Hospice care. She had suffered a double stroke 16 months earlier. At first we thought there was a chance she would recover. But the damage was too much for that to happen. She was paralyzed and had many other issues. Amazingly enough she could still talk and remember the past and all six of her children. At times she was so clear you would not have thought nothing had happened to her. As time went on she began to get aspiration pneumonia and urinary tract infections over and over again. It got to the point that she could not eat regular food because her throat was damaged from the stroke. She had to have puree food and thick it. Her quality of life was slipping away. After treating her many infections, it was clear they were not going to go away. Her health was failing. The Doctor said there was nothing more that they could do. My siblings and I discussed the situation and we knew what we had to do as painful as it was, we had to let her go. She had fought and suffered long enough. My brother being her health care proxy had to sign her into hospice care. The Hospice care began around Thanksgiving. When Christmas came around she was very weak and heavily medicated, but could still converse with us. I wanted to buy her a gift for Christmas, but every time I went into the store, no gift seemed right. I froze in a way. I could not handle the fact that I was buying her the last Christmas present from me. After a few attempts to buy her a gift, I just gave into the fact that I just could not do it. The shiniest diamond would not have brought her a moment’s happiness or peace. I don’t think she was fully aware of any gifts she did receive. Now that I am reflecting back I think I know why I could not buy that last gift. Even though I was in a lot of pain my instincts knew the only gifts she needed that Christmas were spiritual. I realized I was giving her those gifts every day. I gave her the gift of time, by leaving work to be with her as much as I could. I gave her the gift of comfort as I held her hand when she was scared. I gave her the gift of unconditional love as I kissed and hugged her when she needed it the most. I gave her the gift of peace when I told her everything will be alright, and I would take care of my brother Jimmy who she lived with for 20 years. I feel the last gifts I gave her were the best gifts I had ever given her. The gifts she had taught me throughout my life by example.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

Two Beautiful Women that I was blessed to have in my life!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Let go of the Negatives, Focus on the Positives















Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing well, I am doing good. I have been busy working and getting ready for Christmas as I am sure you are all as well. I am enjoying my new job even through it is the busy Christmas season in retail. Today was a great day because it was my first Sunday off in a while, we had a big snowstorm so we made warm meals all day and decorated some more for the holiday as the logs in the fireplace added to the coziness of the day. I wanted to share the next two ways to live the 365 ways to live the law of attractions. I am sorry I have gotten behind, I will be posting again before Christmas.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

#7 Let go of the Negatives, Focus on the Positives
A thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the law of attraction allows us to quickly achieve our goals and get more of the stuff we want and avoid attracting the things we don't want. With deliberate and focused application of the principles of the law of attraction we can all achieve our full human potential and perhaps work together toward creating a more harmonious and just world. The law of attraction as already noted works in response to thoughts that have become energized. What if deliberately focused your attention on something that you wanted to call forth in your life...something you deeply desired to manifest? Would the law of attraction bring it to you? The answer is yes, always.

#8 Anyone Can Use It
Anyone can work with the law of attraction to deliberately make choices about what he or she wants and doesn't want in their life. He can use the law to help him work out his dreams, desires, and ambitions. So, too, he can repel the things he does not want. Indebtedness worries, for example, can bring more debt. But when thoughts of poverty are replaced by images of abundance, the law of attraction springs into action to replace lack with abundance. The law of attraction is not wishful thinking, daydreaming, or momentary flights of fancy. A wish is not a strong enough intention. The law is always working to give people the very thing they most desire.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas pictures of Briana

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well, I am doing good. I wanted to share these Christmas pictures of Briana with you. We also did her 2 yr.old picture. She did not like having her picture taken, she wanted no part of it, so we were lucky to get what we got. I enjoyed babysitting her yesterday, she just loves her Mimmi, she won't let Christa do a thing for her when I am around, no Mimmi do LOL! I have gotten behind on my blogging now that I am working full time. I will get back to the law of attraction, lovng kindenss meditations and Angels 101 one at a time over the next two weeks, So thank you so much for continuing to follow my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift of the Heart from a Blonde with Curls

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Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well especially during this busy holiday season. I started my new job at Target in Hanover Ma and like it so far. It is easy working in Photo and the service desk. You meet some interesting people, if you know what I mean! This time of year is wonderful to me spending time with all of my family at my sister's house. We always have a lot of laughs and the love we feel for each other has survived many turbulent and traumatic times. I feel the worse is over for us having lost both Mom and Dad who instilled in us strength and forgiveness no matter what. Family is the most important gift you will ever be given. So this year I am grateful to all the true gifts my parents gave me, values to live by through power of example. My selfish side still wants them physically here with me, but I have to remind myself, their spirit is and I will be reminded as I look at all they left me with, loving brothers and a sister who is the salt of the earth. The generations to follow are receiving their gifts as well through us. This story touched me because I agree with Bonnie, gifts of the heart are learned even from a child who bounces and smiles not knowing if tomorrow will come. Look at all the gifts around you and pass them on. Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

A Gift from the Heart,
by: Bonnie, A Heartprint Original

December is the busiest time of the year. Everyone's busy preparing for the holidays and continuing family traditions. Has it ever crossed your mind, as to how many really stop and think what Christmas is all about? Are we teaching our children the true meaning of Christmas or how many gifts need to be bought? If we have taught our children the true meaning of Christmas, what we've instilled in them will be carried into generations to come. I like to see families create traditions all year long. Afterall, the original gift to all of us here on earth, was given from His heart. For through our hearts, one single gift of kindness, can touch an endless amount of hearts forever.

This is a story about a child that saw the importance of giving and never thought about giving up. Some may think a child isn't old enough to carry enough wisdom to teach us all a lesson in living. But I've learned a heart grows from life's many challenges and sometimes a child's challenges can be far greater than some adults. We met a little girl seven years ago, during one of my daughter's occasional hospital stays. Her name was Beth and she was my daughter's room mate for a week. Beth was a very happy girl despite her medical problems she was facing. Her long blonde curls always seemed to bounce with her smile. The girls got to know each other well and had become good friends. On the pediatric floor of the hospital, we saw many seriously ill children. It was so sad, even though my daughter had an uncurable kidney disease and not a very good chance of living to see old age herself. We always saw many children with all kinds of cancer, and sadly enough Beth was one of those children. She was doing two weeks of chemo and radiation. I was amazed at her will and determination to never give up despite how very sick her treatments made her. She was always concerned about my daughter and the other children with cancer she grew to know over her many hospital stays.

My daughter's IV treatments were done after a week and I was happy to finally bring her home. We were awaiting the final discharge orders when Beth appeared from the other side of the curtain that separated their beds. She said, "I want you to have this. I know you need a new kidney, so keep this angel pin with you till you get better. She will watch over you so you smile all over. My friend, John gave this to me to watch over me, but it's time for this angel to watch over you. When you get your new kidney and smile, you can give this angel to someone that needs her too. I'm done reading my book so here's my bookmark that has a poem on it called, Don't Quit!, I know it by heart anyhow." My daughter thanked her and the girls exchanged hugs and big smiles. I knew, we may never see Beth again, but we never forgot the gift she gave from her heart that day. During that year, we found out Beth has passed away. It was so sad to know such a beautiful little girl was no longer bouncing smiles to everyone she would meet. Her sincere kindness will stay with us forever.

We kept that angel for six more years. My daughter had gone beyond what medical journals had studied and expected from her disease. Was it the angel watching over her or pure luck? My daughter ended up on kidney dialysis for over a year, and one month after almost loosing her, a kidney became available and she received a transplant. My heart tells me, an angel upstairs was watching with a loving smile. My daughter had kept that angel pin and now she felt it was time to give it to someone who needed watched over till they could smile again. She gave it to an elderly man trying to overcome the damage from heart problems and undergoing extensive therapy. His family has informed us, that when he returns home he wants to give the angel to someone he knows suffering from a brain tumor.

How many families and hearts this angel has touched no one knows for sure.

But all it took was one single gift of kindness, that has and will touch an endless amount of hearts forever.

So this Christmas season, look around and see that gift that can't be bought. Create a tradition with your children or maybe someone you love. Make someone's day and do the unexpected, let a friend know you care, or greet a stranger with a warm smile. Give the gift that keeps on giving. It's open twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, it's a gift from your heart. After all, isn't that what Christmas is all about?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well I am doing good. I thought I would share this funny video with everyone, especially facebook users, you will have a good laugh :) Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet

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