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The Life Changing Power of Words

 
Could your life forever be changed by only one thing?

I have experienced dynamic changes in my life because of a few words. Words can have better or worse impact on your life.

I was in fourth grade when I erred in a school project because I wasn’t a dab hand at drawing. The teacher walked up to me, visibly annoyed and spoke five words that had an effect on my personality for a long time. He said, “You are good for nothing!”

I guess, these words did not hit me instantly but had a gradual influence. I started seeing the truth in it when I stumbled at something. The words reverberated in my mind filling me with diffidence. Until one evening my dad’s words pulled me out of the eclipse. His words I remember fell on me like bright rays of the sun bringing everything in the right perspective.


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Those four words helped me define myself. Those words support me when I get into self-doubt even today.

I remember, I was a nervous wreck when he walked into my room. He casually asked me how my day was. I didn’t get through the university I was aiming at and was devastated, I kept reciting the words of my art teacher, “I am good for nothing!”

My dad said, “it’s unfortunate son because all I know is, you are your belief!” I locked my eyes with him and he was smiling. An understanding dawned instantly as if he had unlocked the door that freed me. Since then I have never let someone’s opinion outline who I am. I have created my own beliefs that work well for me. I am watchful of my words and have an affirmation for every negative suggestion.

Words make you profound or foolish. Words can take you towards freedom or push you towards doom. How we use words defines where we are going?

The words we use can nurture our relations or shatter them.

Strangely, when we start a revolution against something it grows in even larger proportions. Haven’t you noticed a rise in obesity rates ever since anti-obesity drive started? Wouldn’t it be better to use words that take you towards the solution and not highlight the trouble area?

Words have power to get manifested especially when we feed them with our belief.

Words… words are all I have to take your heart away…” in the calming voice of Boyzone, was playing in my car one summer morning as I drove to work. The weather was warm with cool breeze making it extremely pleasant. I parked my car and closed my eyes in rapture… I could feel the drizzle on my face and hear the wind sing in my ears.

When I entered office I heard my colleague complain about the wet weather and the haze. He felt sick while I felt rejuvenated. What do you think the only difference was? Our self-talk was different and so was our experience. That’s the power of words.

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Upcoming Special Events :
Feast of John the Baptist, June 24, 2015
Rose Month, June, 2015
Summer, June 21-September 22, 2015
Graduation, May-June, 2015
4th of July, July 4, 2015
Canada Day, July 1, 2015
International Joke Day, July 1, 2015

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June 23, 2015   No Comments

The Butterfly Effect Of The Now!

The major sufferings and diseases are a cumulative effect of miniscule moments of anger, grief, envy and many such negative emotions which get trapped in our cells leading to disease.

It is necessary therefore to nip the evil in the bud. Rectify the moments and it will surely have the butterfly effect on your entire life. Be the catalyst. Be the change.


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I interviewed a few friends of mine who always smile and make the environment around them lighter and easy to live in. I am sure frailties of life touch them too and there are moments of disappointment, but they succeed in transforming the state. Like the butterfly lingers and crawls, stays enclosed in a dark cocoon only to emerge with a splendid wing and rainbow spirit, these people surpass the suffering and do not stay in self-pity or painful memory even when it’s passed them by.

Every individual is different and has various parameters defined for happiness and joy. We have various ways to deal with our problems. Some dwell on sense pleasures others gratify their emotions. Few rise above the mind and body and rejoice in their spirituality.

Some follow the “away-from” while others prefer “towards” approach. Away-from approach is escaping or diverting away from the problem area to give the mind time to absolve whereas towards-approach is moving in the direction of the challenge and not rest until it is resolved. Both approaches are valid as far as you are not draining yourself and moving towards happiness.

I came up with a list of ways to make the moments better thereby enhancing the quality of your life. Sharing it straight from my journal and hoping you will add on to the list and together we will create a butterfly effect for creating abundant joy.

Top 10 Ways To Make Life Better In The Now

1. Take a deep breath and release the resistance.
2. Let stray thoughts be driven away by Go(o)d thoughts.
3. Steer clear of negative environment.
4. Straighten your spine and wear a smile on your face. Physiology has a lot to do with the state of your mind.
5. Recall a happy moment from the story of your life and relive them to be in a positive state of mind. Nurture them more than feeding your woes.
6. Gratify your senses- good food, enchanting fragrances, scenic beauty, walking in the thicket, listening to music, dancing to the beats or anything which has a feel-good factor for you. I generally love to make myself a warm cup of coffee and sit in my special place with a book. It relaxes all my senses and lifts me up instantly. Eventhough it’s an ‘away-from’ approach it works brilliantly.
7. Talking with friends or people who reassure you can put you in a better spot because of the innate human-need for appreciation.
8. Practicing gratitude can elevate you to the zenith of contentment. Each small act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time.
9. Remain awake and aware of where you are in the map of life. When you are aligned with the visions of your life you buy in peace in the moment else the detours can lead you to chaos.
10. The moment is yours so seize it and make the most of it.

This list is not exhaustive and is awaiting your inputs to create a positive butterfly effect. Please drop in your much appreciated comments here or tweet me @BobEditor123 with #WaysToMakeLifeBetterInTheNow

Upcoming Special Event :
Butterfly Day, June 19, 2015
Father’s Day, June 21, 2015
Rose Month, June, 2015
Summer, June 21-September 22, 2015

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June 16, 2015   No Comments

Friends In Need

 
I was sitting outside the psychotherapist’s clinic gaping at the clinical wares, dismal look on the queue of clients and the busy receptionist taking appointments and continually complaining about having no empty slots.

I was wondering, what causes people to get so stressed. The mind is powerful vehicle but aren’t we at the steering wheel?

Kate, the once bubbly and vivacious friend of mine was inside the cabin. She is having some mood disorders lately along with frequent spells of crying for which she cannot identify the cause. She had become irritable. Her eyes looked vacant. She asked me to accompany her and I agreed.

Kate emerged from the clinic flushed and distracted. As we walked out into the fresh summer evening breeze, I decided to talk her into taking a break as she has been working too hard lately as if work was her escape. She is dear friend and her whole demeanor had changed lately which worried me. I needed to find out why she was running from herself.

She agreed to visit the Jones Beach with Aaliyah and me in the weekend. We drove to one of the New York’s biggest beaches with 6.5 miles of sand and two-mile boardwalk.


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The weather was pleasant and cool sea breeze played with the surging waves washing our feet just before receding into oblivion as we took long strolls along the shoreline.

Kate discussed the mounting stress she was under. Aaliyah questioned her about her relationship with her boyfriend. She has been in a relationship for a long time and I was a little shocked that she didn’t invite him to this weekend getaway. She looked hesitant but revealed how he always spoke to her ruthlessly and was grumpy almost all the time. She blamed herself for not being able to make him happy and lost herself to work. She lived in misery but was fearful of moving on without him.

“Some relations become our habits, we mustn’t be with them but we can’t muster the courage to be without them. I don’t even have the confidence to be by myself.” She said.

We asked her about what is it that she wants in life? She almost instantly replied, “Love”. Aaliyah retorted, “And I don’t see you getting anywhere near it, if you continue to choose living in a toxic relationship, love makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. There’s immense acceptance when you are in love and you are not constantly trying to change each other. The only significant factor that keeps love alive is respect. If you have lost that there is no point continuing.”

I added in agreement to Aaliyah ,“ Kate, you have to reflect upon it as you know in your heart you deserve happiness in life, it’s your decision , communicate your feelings with him and give your relationship a fair chance but choose yourself above all cause if you cannot stand up for yourself than you surely can’t for others.”

We all went in for a swim and I observed Kate was in her deep thoughts throughout the evening. I hoped we didn’t add on to her woes. Aaliyah gave me an assuring look and said, “Sometimes we all need a jolt to snap out of the daze we live in.”

She sat on the shore playing with the sand, staring at the setting sun.

We met again at dinner time. To my relief, she looked radiant and her beautiful smile was back. We were waiting for her to share her contemplation. I kept the conversation flowing and we spoke at length about her work and her achievements. I believe if we want to remain in a positive state of mind we must choose to stay long in the winning moments rather than lingering long over the letdowns.

Finally, she said, “Thanks to both of you for giving me the gift of me. I had lost myself and lived in a shadow. Today when the sun melted in the ocean I let the ‘vulnerable -self’ submerge too. I’ll stay positive and explore life. Give it a fair chance to be joyful and whole. I will release others to experience whatever is meaningful to them, and I free myself to create that which is meaningful to me.”

We all smiled. It was a luminous moonlit night and the stars shone brilliantly in the sky.

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June 9, 2015   No Comments

7 Billion Dreams -One Planet, Consume With Care

 
It’s been another beautiful weekend in New York. Warm, sunny and bright skies followed by drizzle and cool breeze marking the end of the week. The rain and the wind gave the city a renewed freshness. The smell of rain rejuvenates my soul.

Strolling on Sunday afternoon with my friend Donna’s teenager son, Ethan, I was so fascinated with the way the young think today. Highly aware and responsible, this indigo generation is definitely here to revolutionize. These children are independent thinkers.

We were pondering over this year’s World Environment Day theme, which is 7 Billion Dreams.1 Planet. Consume with Care. I was very excited about this new United Nations Environment Program where masses have come together to be a part of the dream team including many celebrities like Leonardo Di Caprio who have shared their dreams of a perfect world and taken a pledge to make individual efforts to achieve the same.


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I was pitching in my dream of having a pollution free, clean and peaceful world. I shared my efforts of conserving energy, opting for car pools and taking special care to avoid wasting resources. Only about .003 percent of the water on Earth can be used by humans so I pledged to save the resource as much as possible.

Ethan, looked at me and asked, “Uncle Bob, I believe the bigger dream of conserving and creating a perfect world environment is ultimate but it’s largely variable. We have to resolve the problem, I agree, but primarily we must get down to the root of the imbalance. It’s always the inside-out approach that works.

Pause to look around. What do you see, chaos or clarity? When our mind is in a confused state we often tend to mess up our surroundings. We have to assess our state of mind and realign the scattered energies which are locked up in wanting more, enticements, feeling of lack, jealousy or massaging the ego. When we harmonize the inner state by becoming aware of what’s important and what’s not we are prepared to take a pledge for the world at large. It starts with an individual. It starts with you and me.” I smiled at this eloquent speech coming from a teenager and it made me think.

Why pledges are broken and resolves weakened with the passage of time? I feel it’s because we are trying to work on the surface of the issue.
We can clean up the chaos within and without by being mindful.

The simple activity of organizing the desk just before I sit to work helps me clean up my thoughts, my priorities for the day is set and I don’t have to grapple with unimportant and urgent tasks. I take stock of my surroundings and care for the same.

When you pause each day and observe you will notice something needs to be straightened up, maybe the plants need your attention or your desk needs to be organized, may be your neighborhood park needs cleaning and when you are watchful and willing you will see the weeds of unwanted stress fall out.

Be a part of this powerful mission 7 Billion Dreams. 1 Planet. Consume with Care. Take stock of your world first and remember to follow the inside-out approach.

Share your idea of a perfect world environment and your individual pledge to change your environment for the better.

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June 2, 2015   No Comments

Because I Cherished Peace I Chose To Live As A Warrior!

Fred, my friend and a war veteran says, “I chose to fight because I cherished peace for my countrymen.”

My heart goes out to the pain and sacrifices these brave men and women endure. They value life and yet are prepared to die in the service of the country. To protect fellow countrymen they yield their independence.

Fred shares that he loves America so much but spent most of his life in foreign lands far from her shores.

Fred shared about his unlikely encounter with a young and beautiful Asian girl with a bright smile in Vietnam. He was posted there for a long time and had a weathered face, sunken eyes and tough exterior. Their friendship started out slow. From greetings to small talks to sharing lunch together. Fred loved to share his war stories with her and she shared her daily concerns, love and relationship challenges “There was an instant connection between us,” recalls Fred, “She was a bolt from the blue.” Fred helped her navigate through her emotional turmoil.


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When it was time for Fred to relocate with his troop he parted from her with a heavy heart. On the last day he placed in her hands a wind chime he had crafted for her from sea shells as a token of thanks and said, “I don’t have much but I wanted you to know that you have done what many others would not simply by being my friend.” The girl had tears in her eyes when she said her final goodbye.

She wanted him to stay as much as he wanted to take her with him but that’s what a heart of a soldier is trained for, he chooses a higher love over himself.

They live a secluded life detached from their loved ones. The price of freedom is high and these valorous men are ready for it.

Many of us are sleepwalking through life and when occasionally we do open our eyes we despise what we see around us. We sit back and complain about a nation which is at unrest and constantly at war with enemies within and without. How many times have you noticed yourself using should and should nots for the policies of the government and people in general?

Being mindful is the first step towards an integrated and peaceful nation. Memorial Day is to honor and sing the glory of those dauntless heroes who fought to preserve dignity, independence and peace of America.

“It’s easy to get lost in oneself, Bob but we must remember that we are the drops of the ocean and our reality is the ocean.” I couldn’t agree more with him as I had seen the short-lived, falsifying happiness that emerges from the distorted ego identity.

“How can I contribute in building peace in the world, in the country, in the community, in my family and within me is what we need to ponder upon,” said Fred looking in my eyes and I felt a wave of appreciation surge within me. I honor the spirit of patriotism and selflessness in the soldiers. Happy Memorial Day!

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May 25, 2015   No Comments

Who You Want To Be? The Dean Asked On The Graduation Day!

 

Life doesn’t come with a rule book of what you can or cannot lay your hands upon. We decide our own boundaries and sit in a time-box created by our own beliefs. We bustle about without having a clear understanding of our goals. Fred, my friend has lately enrolled himself in a certification course on philanthropy which has been his dream. As a young lad he never got a chance to prioritize his desires. He is a retired Vietnamese war veteran in his sixties and now he realizes his dreams with enthusiasm.

Whenever I sit with him at the pub post work, my hopes to learn something new and challenge myself to stretch my self-created boundaries get renewed. The zeal to constantly recreate the spirit of Graduation Day excites me. Lately Aaliyah and I have enrolled for a Tap dancing workshop. We come out bubbling with high-energy after each class and laugh about the uncoordinated movements which resulted in stepping on each other’s foot. We are giving a good competition to the young lads out there who are fascinated to see us sway with the music holding each other.


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Having a good life isn’t so difficult. It all depends on our choices. The choices depend on one basic question that we must ask ourselves, who we want to be? Sometimes decision making becomes challenging because although we want to opt for ‘A’ but we get stuck in ‘B’ because of the secondary gains it has, because we fear change and even because we get trapped in our comfort zone. In that case we must ask ourselves, who we really are?

I remember few words of the commencement speech delivered by the dean of my university on my Graduation Day. He said, “When you leave here today and begin the next stage of your life, do not get lost in the world’s perception of you. Create your own story, be a perpetual learner and never give up on yourself, do not expect the world to be fair but and don’t let that rob you off your goodness.” He questioned us, “what are you all looking for in a job, explain in a word.” Most of the graduates answered, “Stability!” He asked if you had enough money in the bank and time was also not a constraint, what you would do. Silence fell upon the group and suddenly there was clarity as the secondary gain was taken away. I thought to myself, I would be a student of life and pen down my thoughts to share amazing insights about life and make it a huge celebration. Here I am following my heart and the rest has been taken care of. Everyday can either be a drag or a fiesta. So choose well. Learn new skills. Enjoy more.

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Upcoming Reasons To Celebrate:-

 

Graduation – May-Jun, 2015
It’s Graduation! It’s time for your friend/ son/ daughter/ bro/ sis/ loved one who has graduated to don the robe, put on the cap and look smart! Congratulate them and wish them good luck for a bright future ahead with our warm and wonderful Graduation ecards. Send them from these cool and cute wishes and make them feel special.

May Flowers – May, 2015
The May Flowers are lily of the valley and hawthorn. Celebrate these beautiful blooms of summer. Send warm floral ecards from our site to your friends/ family/ loved ones to make their days bloom with joy.

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May 11, 2015   1 Comment

3 Lessons Learnt From Motherhood

 

Motherhood is a promise, lifelong vow to nurture and stand by the side of your beautiful dream. Have you ever noticed the sheen in the eyes of a mother holding its newborn to her bosom?

I interviewed mothers of varied age-groups and walks of life, the successful and professional to the simple homemakers about their happiest moments in life and I discovered that 98% mothers reported their happiest moment to be when they held their baby for the first time. It also superseded the rating given to the moment they fell in love or became independent.

Most of them said, it was the moment of bliss and nothing else felt the same. When asked to lay three primary and significant changes in their lives that came about with motherhood, most of them said, firstly, it has made them a responsible individual, as children are mirrors and inevitably an image of their mothers.

Donna, a mother of two teenagers, Emily and Ethan, confessed that whenever she finds something is amiss in the behavior of her children she pauses to reflect and tweak her own attitude. The results have been more effective than nagging or reprimanding the children. The fact is you need not be perfect but you need to know how to make up for your follies. How to get up, dust yourself and get going is important for the children to learn from your life.


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Secondly, it teaches patience, a reservoir of calm is needed to bring up a child in this world. You have to put a lid on your flying temper and play the waiting game. Megan, a mother of two young daughters, shared how her patience level rose from being nonexistent to full blown. From battling to make them eat to waking up all night when they are unwell, saying no to grownups’ outings or giving up on full-time, high paying job and compromising on the “me-time” willingly are a part and parcel in qualifying for being a good mother. She shares jokingly, “Bob, when they were infants I waited for them to speak and now I wait for them to shut-up for a change.”

My girlfriend, Aaliyah was only sixteen when they she was diagnosed of renal failure. One of her kidney was not performing and had to be replaced urgently. Her parents managed to get her a donor and she was operated for the same. It’s been over 10 years and she is hale and hearty now. Lately, when her mother took to the bed, her medical papers reported she was living on one Kidney. It struck her and she found out after much deliberation that her donor was none other than her mom.

I realized that last but not the least, motherhood teaches you what unconditional love really is, what it feels to love someone to bits and surrender for that one brilliant smile on their face which reaches your heart.

The ultimate exchange between a mother and a child undoubtedly is honest and seamless love.

Upcoming Events:

 

Hug Holiday Week – May 3 – 9, 2015
It’s Hug Holiday Week! So pamper your loved ones by taking them in your arms and giving them a warm squeeze. Express your love to your friends, family and loved ones.

Cinco de Mayo – May 5, 2015
Hey, it’s Cinco de Mayo! So get into the festive mood and dance your blues away with Mariachi music. Celebrate Mexican history and tradition with friends/ family/ loved ones and send them cute and warm cards from our collection to wish them a great fiesta.

Teacher Day – May 5, 2015
Our teachers are always very special. They make learning a wonderful experience for us. But it is not often that we thank these wonderful people who help in building that foundation on which our dreams and desires stand. On Teacher Day, reach out to all those splendid people with our ecards and tell them how important they are to you and to the society.

Nurses Day – May 6, 2015
It’s Nurses Day! So appreciate the dedication and effort of those who nurse us back to the pink of health. Send warm and cute cards from our site to your friend/ colleague/ loved one, who is a nurse and wish the caring angel a great day.

Nurses Week – May 6-12, 2015
It’s Nurses Week. Time for all of us to reach out to the angels whose healing touch help us to fight ailments. Make them feel special by sending them our wonderful ecards.

Mother’s Day – May10, 2015
It’s Mother’s Day 2015! Mom has the strongest and the quietest influence on us. She takes care of so many things yet she does so with a smile and lots of love. And though we feel it in our hearts, but sometimes leave our appreciation unsaid. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show her your love and make her feel special with our funny and thoughtful ecards.

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May 4, 2015   No Comments

Default Labels Of Happiness Or Designing A Free Fountain Of Joy – Your Choice!

“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.” – Hafiz

Human Beings essentially have one fear that is predominant and stays in the psyche at all times. It is the cause of all his knee-jerk reactions. It is what keeps him from attaining his maximum potential. It is what keeps him from making lasting relationships. It is also responsible for breakups and breakdowns. It is the fear of unknown, which leads to yet another phobia of accepting the new, neophobia.

How often have we heard of the phrase, “known devil is better than the unknown devil…”? What if the stranger is not a devil but an angel?

So what works internally in our neurological maze…?

An interesting finding in human psychology is that we behave in accordance to our belief-system. We have some fixed neurological pathways that are formed by the stories we tell ourselves in any situation and by taking the route over and over again we reinforce this trail of belief-system.

The purpose of our brain is to protect but sometimes this conditioning is self-deprecating, borrowed and false. The pathways lead us to nowhere. We seem to get lost in our own set patterns.


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We meet people for a short while or run through an experience and labels fly out of our Pandora box. “She is too sugary, must be a trickster”, “he is too critical, must be jealous”, “a bigger paycheck means more happiness.” We get stuck in the default labels of happiness.

No wonder, no relationship is stable in this world. You think you have met the perfect one and you ticked all your preset checkboxes and after just a little while the dynamics change and your ‘list’ has a big, bold, red stamp of failure on it.

We could either just sit, buckle up and enjoy the roller coaster ride of life with all the “ouch” moments and the “aha” moments or we could just close our eyes and scream in the loops and turns, gasp for breath in the fear of the next turn, even when the track is even. The fear of “what-if-I-fall” keeps us from enjoying the ride.

Have you ever wondered how our default filters get triggered and we have no control on our thoughts and eventually our words?

So what can we do to let go of the beliefs that are not working for us? Well, if I had to put it in one word based on my life-experiences, I would say, “Awareness!” If you are aware and listening to your internal dialogues and observant of outward reactions to people and things you would know where you are coming from.

So just let go and transcend your fears with faith. Don’t jump to conclusions before it’s even begun. Give others another chance and yourself a break from assumptions. Design your free flowing fountain of joy. It’s Get Happy Week! So enjoy and create happiness.

Upcoming Events:

Get Happy Week, May 1-7, 2015
It’s Get Happy Week! Reach out to your dear ones and click smiles on their faces. Enjoy every moment. Send cute and warm ecards from our site to your friends/ family/ loved ones and wish that their days are full of smiles and fun.

May Day, May 1, 2015
It’s May Day! Dance around the maypole and let your heart be swayed by the beauty that’s all around. Send fun greetings to your friends and family.

Brothers & Sisters Day, May 2, 2015
It’s Brothers & Sisters Day! Celebrate the special bond that siblings share, the caring, the sharing, the love and the fights which make the relationship real fun. Send warm and cute ecards from our site to make your bro/ sis feel special.

Hug Holiday Week, May 3 – 9, 2015
It’s Hug Holiday Week! So pamper your loved ones by taking them in your arms and giving them a warm squeeze. Express your love to your friends, family and loved ones.

Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015
It’s Mother’s Day 2015! Mom has the strongest and the quietest influence on us. She takes care of so many things yet she does so with a smile and lots of love. And though we feel it in our hearts, but sometimes leave our appreciation unsaid. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show her your love and make her feel special with our funny and thoughtful ecards.

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April 27, 2015   1 Comment

Have You Ever Hugged A Tree?

“Believe me, you will find more lessons in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you what you cannot learn from masters.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux

I was visiting Helsinki the capital city of Finland, last spring, and was mesmerized by the beauty of this watery geography. It’s on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. As I was walking down the pathway in the Kaisaniemi garden one morning I noticed a group of people hugging trees. I was awed by the gesture and watched them do the ritual. They looked calm and peaceful as if it were some kind of therapy.

They then sat underneath the tree like a child sits in her mother’s lap. Looking at me gaping in awe one of the women in the group asked me to join in. I didn’t hesitate a bit and joined them in the peculiar regime. I thank myself for doing so as it has changed my way of looking at things.


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She guided me very gently and asked me to let go of preconceived ideas about reality in general and become one with the environment around me. Plants are our elders and have been here before us and will live on after we have gone, they have so much earth wisdom. We can tap into it if we allow ourselves. She asked me to find a tree that calls me. “How would I know?” I asked. She replied, “Just listen to your heart.” I was pulled towards a white birch tree which was very tall almost reaching the sky.

She asked me to take permission of the tree, even though it seemed weird in that moment I followed them. I had established a connection with the tree, an instant friendship was built. I picked up trash from around it, watered the roots and sang Finnish songs along with them. One of the men played the kantele, a wind instrument. It was blissful.

Love surged within me. We hugged the trees. It was a beautiful moment. The leader of the group guided us to relax and breathe with the tree. I felt my heart beating with the vibration of the tree. We exchanged energy and a vow to protect each other.

Unless we have a connection with nature we will never understand the importance of the Earth Day or the National Arbor Day. We may fear the alarming statistics of global warming or increasing cancer rates or rising sea level and be a part of the mission but real participation comes when we feel integrated with nature and our planet earth. When we plant a tree we reap love in our life.

Have you ever wondered about a place where you can roam in your own heart space? Have you ever stopped by and expressed your gratitude to the trees that stand true to their vow of sustaining life? Have you ever hugged a tree to soak in the higher energy it emits, releasing you from your worries? Have you connected with the innate wisdom of the age-old tree? Have you ever nurtured a sapling?

Communion with nature has a power to transform negative emotions, bring clarity of mind and reduce stress. Spend quiet moments with them. Take a walk in the woods and hug a tree.

Events To Celebrate This Week:

 

Administrative Professionals Day® – April 22, 2015
It’s Administrative Professionals Day®! It’s time to reach out and appreciate all the administrative professionals you know for their support.

Earth Day – April 22, 2015
It’s Earth Day! So celebrate the beauty and wonder of our planet.

April Showers Day – April 22, 2015
Hey, it’s April Showers Day! So enjoy the sunny skies of April and the sudden showers of rain that make way for the flowers to bloom. Shower good wishes on your friends and loved ones.

National Arbor Day – April 24, 2015
National Arbor Day is the time to plant and take care of trees. Hug a tree.


April 21, 2015   2 Comments

Lighthearted Humor Gives Meaning To Life!

It’s the month of the year when we are reminded to laugh out loud and enjoy. It’s time to take life easy. Enjoy the amusing sound of a giggle or the rip- roaring sound of laughter.


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“There was a tiger chasing a man in a forest, he ran franticly merely escaping the paws of the furious animal, huffing and puffing he climbed on a tree and held on to a branch, the hungry tiger waited under the tree with his sharp teeth and an open mouth salivating for its prey. When suddenly a rat came by gnawing at the very branch he was hung upon.” Aaliyah narrated a story yesterday to a bunch of kids in our neighborhood. She was creating online thank you greetings in colorful floral patterns with the children who enjoy the magic of their art work come alive with animation.

She put her light pen down and continued in a dramatic tone of voice; rising and dropping pitch got everybody sitting on the edge of their chairs.
I was sitting on the couch writing my journal and couldn’t help myself from getting engrossed in the story, I noted the children were listening with wide eyes and dropped jaw and Aaliyah was enjoying the engagement.

“What happened to the man Aunt Aaliyah one of the children inquired with great curiosity?”
“What do you do when you get into trouble?” Aaliyah asked.

“Well! Aunt the other day when I broke Mumma’s iPhone while playing virtual tennis I just closed my eyes and pleaded God to make me invisible or blow me up into a giant so I could scare her instead. When I opened my eyes my mum was towering over me like the hulk.” The whole group broke into laughter and it was an amusing look on the child’s face.

Aaliyah then continued, “The man also prayed hard to get away from the situation, he asked God to save him and he would do anything in return, suddenly he heard a voice coming from the sky, “Do you promise you’d do anything if I saved you?”, the man was shaken and in a harried state said, yes I would do anything God, please save me!”

The voice came back asking him to let go of the branch. He was in utter confusion and disbelief cropped in his heart. The branch was weakening with the mouse still chewing on it. His strength was fading. He looked down at the tiger waiting to devour him. He looked up to the heavens and yelled, “You must be kidding me, is there anyone else up there?”

The children tittered again and then Aaliyah asked me to conclude the story as I was grinning from ear to ear by now. They turned towards me staring for something extraordinary.

I started, “the story represents our faith. Our trust weakens with situations. We hold on to the sinking ship never realizing that a loft afloat on the surface of the water is enough to carry us overboard. We never let go of the fears and let God take over completely. Our belief should be rock solid so nothing can sway us.”

Just then a child completed me with great excitement, “…and we must keep our promises of returning his favors!” We all chortled. I said, “Certainly! We must also remember to say our thanks to him.”

Have a great week and enjoy it thoroughly with your family, friends and neighborhood. April in Latin means “to open”, so open up to more fun this month, it is the humor month.

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April 13, 2015   No Comments