Friday, February 15, 2008

blessings

If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings. Sometimes the great famine of blessings in and around us derives from the fact that we are not living the life we love; rather, we are living the life that is expected of us. We have fallen out of rhythm with the secret signature and light of our own nature. John O'Donahue

I was drifting through my notes and various websites to find just the right quote to jumpstart my post tonight and there it was......waiting for me to find it. A blessing in itself........a quote about blessings by a beautiful human being spirit who has his loving eye on many of his friends..... keeping them in his sights, remaining beside them all.
Blessings......it is an overused word I'm afraid, but when those little tealights flicker out of our OWN enlightment, our own recognition of them while living the life we love, well then it feels as it should. Uplifting.

It's funny how we can trudge along in the slushie bits of life and forget to remain aware of those flickering tealights. It's so darn easy to do. We can get all caught up in the groaning hills, the unrelenting obstacles so quickly. I have, especially when I'm entrenched in living the expected life. This week for example could easily be looked and frowned upon as one ripe with burdens. Given that this part of the world has been wracked with one life interupting storm after another, it would be very easy to do. Yesterday for example on the day when LOVE filled the air, there was a feeling of deep penetrating frustration all around. I was so struck by the looks on people's faces and the heavy way they dragged themselves around town after enduring yet another snowstorm. The trees were covered in heavy ice weighing them down, but it seemed like it was the same with the people. It's been a long arduous week of coping...........barely.

Sometimes daily strife is such a burden that the ability of recognizing and acknowledging a blessing seems outlandish. And yet, the blessings are there. They don't go away. It all depends on whether or not you decide to see them........to feel them.
Blessings......are gifts of holy fortunes which surprise you when you're the least expecting it. They can be disguised as just about anything. That's what so intriguing about them. But no matter how they are disguised...........they always lift you up to a place of joy. Tonight, I feel like I've been showered with bouquets of blessings which began arriving at the beginning of the week and simply just continued. They are gifts that can assist you in finding the rhythm of our uniqueness and in energizing the "light of our own nature." Blessings are markers which accompany caring compassion, which in turn offer us a chance to acknowledge what and whom we are grateful for. Friends and family............
I have much to be grateful for. More importantly, I have many people in my life who everyday with just their presence, be it face to face or across the miles who are my true blessings. Tonight, I want to recognize them all. Tonight, Iwant to say thank you.




6 comments:

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lovely post, my dear....And all so very true. To live the unexpected life...Yes.....I do think when you follow your heart wherever it takes you, this is the truest life you can live....
Lovely that you thank everyone who is in your life in a supportive loving way.....I understand being grateful for all of these blessings.

Disillusioned said...

Thank you for posting this. I need reminding to look at the positives as well.

Awareness said...

thanks Naomi. Like serendipity, blessings seem to show up more often when we are cognitively and emotionally in tune. For me, finding someone early in the week (I wrote about it in the piece regarding the world) who helped lift a long standing burden/weight off my shoulders, the blessings seemed to trickle out of the once frozen stream, culminating in a gift in the mail from a dear friend and fellow blogger, Pip which was waiting for me on Friday night when I arrived home after work.....music and a lovely note (in the picture) which touched me.

Caroline.....It's very difficult to block the sun isn't it? Especially at this time of year. Sometimes we just need to drop all of the dark stuff and go sit in the sunbeam coming through out windows......and soak it up.

Disillusioned said...

Yes to soaking up the sun!

Marja said...

Very nice. Is that part of your fridge with your treasures on it. Looks very happy. You reminded me to be aware of my blessings again. Thanks

People Power Granny said...

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