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A few days ago I had the opportunity to mind my friend’s nine year old daughter for the afternoon. Usually her brother would be there as well, but this time it would be just the two of us and I had a plan. I wanted to do something really special with her and I knew of a children’s concert at a local library that I was sure she would love. But, as it turned out, she had plans of her own. She wanted to go to the public pool that I had brought her to many times before. And nothing, I mean nothing, I said could change her mind. In fact, she was really upset with me for trying to talk her into going to the concert.

 I have to admit, I was very disappointed that my plan wasn’t working. I really had trouble letting it go. I so much wanted us to have fun together doing something new and different and I felt like she was missing out on a great opportunity. In hindsight, I realize that I was the one missing out. While I was mentally plotting how to make things work my way, she was having the time of her life in the water. My time would have been much better spent being fully present with her at the pool where she wanted to be. THAT would have been really special.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula
Photo: my friend’s daughter, photo by Kathleen Geraghty

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A while back I wrote about being tired and confused while trying to make some major decisions in my life, and that I finally stopped trying so hard to figure things out and just began praying out loud, “Thank you for the perfect home, job and income for my life’s purpose.” Then I would relax and trust that they would appear. I have to admit though that I still harbored my own ideas of how they would show up. By “home” I meant the place in which I would live. The “job” meant being hired by someone and “income” implied either a salary from that job or payment for my services.

 This past weekend my son moved out of a house that I own but no longer live in. That allowed me to go in and begin some much needed repairs so I can sell it, hopefully, soon! There is still a lot of work to be done so I can list it for a decent price. The other day, as my boyfriend worked alongside me for ten hours, I commented to him that I guess this is my “job” for now. That’s when I GOT IT! The house is the perfect “home, job and income” all rolled into one! And it was right under my nose all the time. J

Is there a decision you need to make? You might want to take a moment to say thank you for the answer that already exists. Then, pay attention! It might be closer than you think.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula
Artwork: “Suspended”, SOLD

 

 

 

 

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An Open Window (#14)

An Open Window   (#14)

  I used to rent an art studio in an old, converted mill building. Each floor was divided into about thirty studios but the dividing walls didn’t go all the way to the ceiling; there was about an eight foot space above them. The windows in the building were huge. One night, before the screens had been installed, a pair of doves flew into the building. When I arrived the following morning, they were frantically flying back and forth the whole length of the building, trying to find a way out. A fellow artist was there with a handful of bread trying to direct the birds towards the big, wide open windows to no avail. I remember saying to her, “It’s so frustrating to watch them. They think they are trapped. The open windows are right there! All they need to do is slightly change their direction and they’d be free.”

I’ve heard that the same thing is true about bees. If you leave them in a jar with holes poked in the lid for long enough, they will get so used to the confinement that, even when you take the lid off, they won’t know enough to fly away!

 I think that we humans are sometimes like the bees and the doves. We are blind to the windows of opportunity that are right in front of us. Are you feeling trapped in a situation right now? Perhaps if you just look at it from a slightly different angle, you might see that the window to your freedom has been open for you all along.

Wishing you many open windows to let your spirit soar!

Paula

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