Archive | April 2016

Change

Change and just the idea of it can be scary but it can also be thrilling and beautiful and we can focus more on that than the fear.
Your post reminds me of the song “You’ll Never Know” sung by Ringo Starr.
” with every dawn everyday is full of chances
to find some good before it’s gone
you’ll never know which way a day is gonna take you
there’s always some surprise that comes along to shake you
a simple rule of thumb that’s often been neglected
is take life as it comes expect the unexpected”
I share this song somewhat frequently because it’s so true, inspiring, and beautiful.
I love the changes of the seasons and weather.
This is a beautiful post and beautiful photos!

Eliza Waters

IMG_1386One thing we can always count on is change. Nature has taught me that nothing stands still. The way of living things is birth, growth, death and repurposing. Life is nothing more than a river of molecules passing through form. Forming and dissolving.

Dec2011 100After I posted a graceful ash tree next to a stream last Sunday, that afternoon, I chose to walk that same beautiful trail for my afternoon amble. I was struck by the ironic timing of my post when I came upon this development: IMG_1374

Clearly the combination of the stress crack (visible in the first photo), moisture, rot, freezing and thawing over many years, yielded to the high winds we recently experienced.

IMG_1373So yes, change again happens in the forest in way that is evident to the human eye. The life force continues. I will witness the elements dissolving this tree slowly back to the earth, microbes breaking it down to…

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Laundry, Earth Day and Meditation

This is simply beautiful! I love how you find so much beauty and pleasure in something that most seem to see as a chore or as now outdated. In my house, we don’t have a washer or dryer so we go to a laundromat but my sister doesn’t like her clothes to go in a dryer so my mom hangs hers out in the backyard. She sees it as a hassle though. Lol
It’s great that you keep up your sweet tradition in the face of all the changes and modern habits.
Many people just do what everyone else does just because it’s “the thing to do.”
I love the feelings of simplicity and bliss that your post provokes and how you incorporate a meditative practice into it. And these are beautiful photos!
Thank you for sharing! 😀 ❤

Eliza Waters

IMG_4356All my life, I’ve hung my laundry to dry on a clothesline when the temperature is 40F (4C) or higher. To some, it’s rather quaint and old-fashioned, but to me there is something reassuringly domestic about seeing clothes hung on a line, drying in the sun and flapping in the wind.

One can guess a bit about the people who live there; whether there are children or only adults, what they do for a living, maybe they dress finely or casually. It speaks of life in the current moment and fashion, a snapshot of their lives.

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When I was small, my mother washed clothes for nine of us and all those clothes were hung on the clothesline to dry. Breezy weather was best of course, things dried quickly. In winter, the laundry came in freeze-dried, stiff as boards and had to be beaten into softness.

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Best advice for dealing with facial wrinkles

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“stop standing so close to the mirror then you won’t see them!” 

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Yup!  

(sorry if you clicked open my post hoping to find some magic wrinkle solution….i have  nothing of that sort!) 😉

 I saw this recently and it’s really funny but also conveys a certain wisdom. 

It trivializes having wrinkles! But wrinkles ARE trivial! Lol

Like who cares?! 

And seriously though, wrinkles don’t hurt or anything, at least not physically, so out of sight, out of mind, right?!

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Wrinkles are just part of aging and living is a good thing so having wrinkles is just a reminder of our blessing of life.

Many people are denied the gift of life. Sickness, accidents, homicide, heart attacks, ruptured brain aneurysms…all claim the lives of way too many each day… those people would have probably taken wrinkles any day over the fate they suffered. 

But we don’t have that choice. 

We can just have gratitude for what we have while we still have it. And forget what we cannot control.  

Also, I have a non life threatening and currently uncurable/mostly untreatable facial pain disorder, usually the pain is mild and not a problem but it flares up to seemingly unbearable levels sometimes, so wrinkles are the least of my concern! 

I’ll take the facial wrinkles over the facial pain any day! When we have a serious illness or pain, it puts things into a certain kind of perspective and we often come to see the triviality of things that once seemed important or are considered serious by many. 

My pain is near constant but only the mild kind. The moderate and severe and the unbearably severe are not constant and usually not long lasting. So the thing is, when the headache flares up to unbearable levels, I see how trivial everything truly is. Then I promise myself that when the pain lessens I will for sure never ever again complain about anything trivial. I’m not much of a complainer anyway but can’t honestly say I never complain or take things too seriously. 

But I always go back to getting used to not being in severe physical pain and forget my promise. Sometimes I remember out of nowhere what it’s like to be in that much pain (it’s like a severe toothache all over the side of my face and sometimes a severe burning sensation like being burned with scalding water and a hot poker driven through my eye socket, I imagine, and like electric shocks searing through my face and head – I don’t know how anyone can endure it but somehow we do) and just remembering reminds me to trivialize everything but in a good way. And each headache is a beautiful reminder. 

Wrinkles aren’t something I get all worked up over but other things I do sometimes like if I don’t get enough sleep or have a sinus cold and have dark circles around my eyes or my face breaks out (lack of sleep is a bitch like that! Lol).

But when my chronic headache flares up, it’s like it all goes out the window and I couldn’t care less about everything else.

While it’s unpleasant that it’s something so severe that does that to me, it’s also a great thing that I have that reminder.

Like now, I’m not in severe pain but just remembering this pain reminds me. 

And this funny suggestion above!  

I hope this puts a smile on your face! 😀

“And there are lines upon my face
From a lifetime of smiles
When the time comes to embrace
For one long last while
We can laugh about
How time really flies
We won’t say good-bye
Cause’ true love never dies…
You’ll always be beautiful in my eyes”

Beautiful in My Eyes – Joshua Kadison – mobile

Beautiful in My Eyes – desktop

Oh my! My heart just melts! ❤ ❤ Listen to/read those lyrics!!

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And I hope you're having a lovely day or night wherever in the world you are!

Much love & light, 

Xoxo Kim 

Magazine… Thursday???

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I totally forgot about magazine Monday! (lol that name is so cheesy! When I come up with something more clever or creative, I will change it!) I remembered when I woke up Tuesday morning thinking it was Monday morning! What a disappointment!

For the last two or three weeks I have been sharing inspiring photos I take of things in magazines. I look for positive things in “trashy” or degrading magazines or things that I put my own inspiring spin on. I meant for it to be every Monday but this week I forgot!

So here instead is Magazine Thursday! lol! ;-D

Some of these I may have already shared but they are the only ones I have access to right now. I’m at work but I have no customers at this moment. I’m getting more organized and prepared and will share new ones Monday (if I remember…)!

So here we are:

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Let’s drop all negative thoughts & habits. 😀

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What an interesting perspective! I feel that it can be interpreted different ways. What’s your interpretation?

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The magic words! ❤

Let's open our minds to welcome everything good. ❤

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Love everywhere. ❤

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Let every year be the year of magical thinking! ❤ 😀

Here is the first edition:

https://inspirationalgem.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/magazine-inspiration-3/

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Much love & light to you now & always!

xoxo Kim

Oh, rats!!

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This isn’t my photo but it’s inspiring! The uni-verse is out to get me! Lol jk but everything I have is breaking and not working! My Facebook and e-mail accounts have been having problems and my phone broke today and that’s mostly what I use for blogging(not talking because I have no money so no phone service!). Now I’m using my Kindle and don’t really know what I’m doing because I mostly use it for books. Seriously everything I have been doing isn’t working out and I come up with a solution then something goes wrong with that but I find it hilarious! Not because it’s funny when things go wrong but how many things are going wrong at once , it’s like a joke! My dog chewed some of my clothes yesterday and ruined them! But hes too cute to be angry at! Lol Even my neck isn’t working ! It has been stiff and in pain for days but it’s funny whenever I go to turn my head and realize I can’t! And last night I got cut really bad at work . I have to work seven days a week for a while which is difficult with an injured hand! But it’s great to have work! 😀

And it’s a fun job! I’m going to still post everyday as long as I have WiFi (which may go off soon – as i said, i have no money even working seven days a week! Lol ) and the technology I need! I should probably stop here for now, this kindle is heavy for an injured hand. But at least it’s my left hand which is not my dominant one. There’s still so much beauty & positivity in the unpleasantness and it’s great to be a clown who can laugh at it all! 😀 And none of it’s that bad anyway, all trivialities!

Much love & light to you! It’s a beautiful Spring day here in Philadelphia!

I hope yours is a great one! (I don’t know how to do the hearts on kindle!)

Xoxo Kim

 

 

Who I am

Very inspiring and liberating! What a great reminder not to feel restrained by our past, our experiences, our current situation, labels…anything…and those are beautiful statues and great picture! 😀 Thank you for sharing!

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Should we let the past

Define who we are today?

I am much more than the sum of my past.

And I let who I am today, speak for itself.

I am not the person I was then and I am not the person I will be tomorrow.

I am, who I am, right this minute. Nothing more and nothing less.

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I also need to dust more often.

Peace

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Carry the Uni-verse <3

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(lol This face has been appearing in many of my posts in various forms! I love it! It’s a flower pot in the backyard and I take many pics of it, this one I distorted and put a bokeh effect and colored it. I use my camera now for pics but haven’t yet uploaded them to my comp. so don’t have very many pics to use until I do that soon! So the face it is for now!)

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” ~Andrew Boyd

What a beautiful quote that rings so true!  

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Compassion and Empathy can be painful but it's worth it! But it doesn't have to drag us down. We can learn to carry it well and use it for good, to help heal, inspire, uplift others in any way we can even in the most simplest ways like an encouraging word, an inspiring quote, a warm embrace….

Much love & light to you! 

Xoxo Kim 

Beautiful thoughts <3

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“To make your life beautiful, impregnate your thoughts with beauty.” ~Debasish Mridha

No matter what is going on outside, if our thoughts are laced with beauty, life will be beautiful. And we have the ability to choose how to think. Sometimes beautiful thoughts come naturally while other occasions we may have to work harder and make the choice to think positively.

“Fake it ’til you make it!”

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Today was another looonngg day at work! Very busy and fun! 😀

Much love,

xoxo Kim

Love to Live <3

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“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

If we maintain a positive attitude, we see beauty more easily and that helps further increase our positive mood and love for life. ❤

I love beautiful reminders like this!

Thank you for the comments, I still have a few to get to! I have been working more/later hours at work and it has been busy! It's an ice cream/water ice place and they tend to get busy in warm weather! So I have been posting here late and mostly just short posts. But I make it a point to post something at least once a day!

I appreciate every comment I receive!
Thank you so much!! ❤ 😀

Also, I have quite a few wonderful blogs to catch up on! ❤

Much love & light to you, I hope it's a beautiful day or night wherever in the world you are!

It's a lovely Spring night here in Philadelphia! I am so happy many flowers & trees have fully blossomed. It seems to have been happening gradually but then I just noticed today how they seem to have just appeared right before my very eyes!
When I saw the beauty of the green leaves, I was filled (and still am!) with immense gratitude & felt so much love and awe well up inside. ❤

Reminds me of this song:

Baby What a Big Surprise – Chicago – mobile

Baby What a Big Surprise – desktop

One of my favorite music groups!! Always has been! ❤ 😀

xoxo Kim ❤