Well, if that title doesn't lead to some interesting search results; I haven't been blogging long enough.

Honestly tho: these squirrels!
They did not care one bit about Left Brain and I trapezing through their woodland smorgasbord of nuts.
Again, hello pervert searchers!!

I swear I could actually hear them saying:  "Just look at all these nuts! LOOK AT THEM!"  *nom nom nom*

On the serious side, it's a great thing locals do by handing up these bird feeders in our nature reserve.    You may have to look real close to find the actual birds, since I grabbed Left Brain's cell phone to capture these shots.

I was there for an intense hike in the snow -- not to play photographer.
But, well.... if you are a photographer; then you'll understand that it was too beautiful a day, and too cute a scene to simply pass by.

Also, it's a snow day here, so all the kids are here.
Also, two other families will be joining us because people are under the impression I like spontaneous parties.

So yeah, nuts all around.

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Do you have a cat that helps you make the bed?
I have a cat that helps me make the bed.

Then I crawl into bed only to find his shed fur all over my pillow.  Nothing like a mouth full of cat hair before you drift off to dreamland.  But, it got me thinking about shedding.

I know, not the best segue but work with me because my uterus is angry at me and since that is also a kind of shedding, it's the best I can manage right now.

I feel like I might be losing control of this post.

While I cannot find any good reason why cat has to shed all over my house, other than to keep my vacuum in good working order, or annoy the allergy sufferers who visit me;  I do know why my body sheds each month.

I am so sorry.  But stay with me!

Women are far more in tune with our bodies and our surroundings.  There is power in that!   We feel the changes inside us, even as we focus our energy outward into daily life.  Our blood is a Life Force, and that is to be honoured.   Yes, I know, it can also be a total raging ##@#!  for about 5 days each month too.   But why might that be?

Perhaps when the time comes for our body to shed what it has carefully and magically been preparing during our cycle (Life!);  our modern society demands that we still focus all our energy on the daily tasks of Life.  Life is still our focus; but not the Inner Self that we should be tuned towards.  Instead of being heightened to the messages and signals of our bodies; we are heightened to the pain and wild mood swings, as we double over while still trying to reach that OTC extra strength magic pill we have dutifully placed high out of the reach of little ones.

We have an arsenal of apologies and excuses and jokes to fling at those who comment on our monthly visit from Aunt Flo, as they flee from our over stretched emotional displays.   Instead of respect for our ability to bleed and not die: we become a punchline.

Or, we are a symbol of something that has become more taboo than natural, and not discussed at all.   Shame and embarrassment take the place of reverence and respect.   We hide away and suffer alone.  Thus, becoming completely disconnected from our natural cycle.  We hate this monthly "Thing" that has overtaken our energy and revealed our ugly, resting bitch face to the world.  Instead of honouring that ancient cycle of preparation, shedding, and renewing that was once believed so powerful and insightful that women would gather together; bonding over their shared "magic."   Important decisions were made, insights revealed.

No, they were not sent to caves because they were dirty.  Or because they were feared as evil during this time.  Read your history.

That's a modern twist.

So we ignore our natural rhythm and curse our bodies for this monthly affliction.  When in truth, our monthly process is So In Tune with the Natural world around us, and thus our own internal spiritual energy.   Do you ever feel more creative?  More intuitive at that time of the month?   When I stop trying to work against my body's natural process; I know I do.   It's like a well has opened up that I kept a locked door across all the other days.

It is that Fountain of Life within me!!

Now, I know all too well that of course discomfort and outright pain so bad you'd punch someone else in the gut just to feel better also arrives.  Not to mention the migraines.   It's very hard these days to "have a nice period" as that commercial suggests.

I need to learn to recognize the WHOLE process:  cleansing, renewal, preparation, life sustaining. Blood is Life.  Your entire identity is literally contained in one single drop of blood.

Honestly, I am shocked if you are still with me.
I went from cute cats snuggled under sheets.... to dripping blood.
But seriously ladies:  We Have a Super Power!

We are the Phoenix!   Born of our own ashes each month.
We shed our symbolic skin and are reborn.  It's a healthy process; not a shameful one.

So...... (yes, my points need to come sooner - I'll work on it) I think it is only natural, at this time of year when humanity considers Fresh Starts and Renewed Promises, that we absolutely take the time to reconnect with our Inner Workings.  Reclaim a wisdom that has been lost; or stolen.  Now is the time to release any negativity and step out into new spaces!

What will we cast off?
What will we reclaim?
How will we set our intentions as we continue onward in this New Year?

Your natural cycle is not an unwelcome intrusion.  A liability.  You simply exist in a world that runs counter and is ever at odds with what your body knows it must do.  A world that has little respect, and less understanding as it tells you to "carry on."    And the disconnect grows.
You must ask yourself who is best served by those notions?

I typically medicate myself enough to probably put a baby elephant out cold for 3 days.
And I certainly don't mean to trivialize some very real issues that is many women's reality each month.  Please, speak with your physician, as many things are actually not normal and you do absolutely deserve to have your voice in this matter.  Demand answers and the help your body may require.  You do not have to suffer because it's your due.

From now on, I am going to reclaim ownership of my feminine inner workings.  Acknowledge the spiritual connection.  The ancient wisdom that resides within.  Oh, that doesn't mean I won't pop an extra strength Tylenol should I need one.   But I am also going to take the time I need and do some yoga and mediation.  Listen to my body.   Reconnect.

This "curse" I live with changed me from a girl, to young maiden, to a young woman, to finally a mother, and from that hopefully a wise elder of my circle one day.  I'm shedding the shame and the humiliation, and claiming the Respect.

That is my mantra this new year.  I realize I have arrived at this conclusion in a rather round about unconventional manner.   Or did I?  Perhaps I just followed a natural progression long forgotten.
Finding the One Good Thing in every day.   Every thing.
And you know what?   The more one good things I find.... the more seem to just be lying around the corner; waiting for discovery.

This tree that stands majestically at the top of our local sledding hill, is definitely One Good Thing about standing out in the cold and wind for 2 hours.  I love the way the setting sun rested upon it's wooden limbs.  It is so old and gnarly, and often it can be seen with both snow, birds, AND children draping it's bare branches.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Month - time to shed the old and make a fresh start.  
Let's start with One Good Thing.  

Time out for Mom

What One Good Thing have you found today?
If you'd like to make this an ongoing life project, please feel free to join the new monthly link up each Monday.   Find Info HERE.   Don't forget to use #onegoodthing if you are on Instagram. 

Next week:  Show me Love.  Now is your chance to get all lovey-dovey.  Share a craft, share a poem, share a date night idea.  

How many are ready for a Do-Over for 2016?
Like, January; you're just a practice month.
Let's being again.

I've received comments about how busy I am.
Yes.  I am.

"Can you manage to pencil me in?"
Well, that depends.   Will your attitude be joining us?

I am learning statements such as that, seem to come from individuals who are not involved in anything.   Beyond their own lives and home.   And that's okay -- good on you for knowing your limits.   Please understand though:  if you tend to look around and realize how bored and dissatisfied you have become: I am probably not available to be your spontaneous entertainment.  I wish I could be some days. That would be the easy button.

Or, maybe they just miss me.  IDK.  I'm really not that interesting that others should reject an entire world of possibilities, just to come hang with me.  I'm busy because I'm out in the world.  Yes, I am a stay at home mom.  I realize that's confusing and contradictory.
I want to make in an impact in others lives, in a real way.  That takes time and commitment.

I am intentionally busy.  No, I am not avoiding you.  I'm not undermining the importance of Friendship.  Most importantly, I am not busy, for the sake of "busy."  That leads to stress and chaos and probably overwhelming pity me feelings of nothing can function without me I gotta be there or it will all end in disaster and I sure hope they appreciate all this work I do.   No. Nope.
Purposely busy.  That implies:  WITH PURPOSE. 

I just like good things okay. 
I especially like it when the good things come from within me.   And I put them out into the world.   And more goodness blossoms!!  Yay.

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you 
will carry it on to completion....
~ Philippians 1:6

My Pastor gave a great sermon today on this verse.   My My - how timely.
Now, I know we are all not of the same Faith.   That's okay, we can still learn from one another, right?   We can still share our hearts.
Thus, I would like to point out something about that bible verse:  "started a good work."

It's saying someone began a good work in YOU.  Way back when; before you got HERE.  A.Good.Work.Began.

That means:  You Have Purpose.
Someone thought you were special enough to live a Life designed for a specific intention.  You have all the tools within you, to complete the work.  Now I am not saying you have to believe in God to be a good person: but still... that sounds pretty darn cool.
I mean, I feel quite special.

I ask you World:  how many of you feel Special?   I mean feel it deep down in your bones?   Feel it fill your Spirit?  Know it your knower?

And if you do Feel/Know it -- why are you hurting so much?
Why the Hate, Greed, Violence, and Death?
Why so many bound to self destruction?   A good tree should bear good fruits!
Those are not good fruits! 

Kindness.  Compassion.  Peace. Love. 
You do not need to be Christian to have those good Gifts.  Believers don't corner the market on bearing good things into the world. In fact, we Fail.  And Fall.  Often.
Imma keep trying though.

The second part of that verse says something quite remarkable too: "to completion."

That means, I am not done Growing yet!  I am imperfect, but .... it doesn't stop there.   There is Hope!   The good work begun will not be lost or abandoned or set aside for other things.
Wait....for it...
Unless I do that.

Tapping into that good work that has started within you and allowing it to be the ruling factor in how you operate in the world requires something from you.


Thank you Pastor for that little Truth Nugget.  Also, Ouch!
Yeah, I gotta walk the walk.
Shut down Facebook before I leave that snarky comment on a post.  Resist complaining when the activities I have intentionally chosen begin to overtake my time.   Resist reading the comment section of pretty much any article on the Internet.  I cannot control the voice and choices of others:  but I can control my own response.  Choose not to feed into the negativity that others spew. 

Good fruit doesn't spoil the bunch.

A mind focused on the negative cannot produce good things. Thus, I will have to co-operate with that good work begun in me, and make the Active Choice to focus on the good things of this world.

Let that drip down into the deepest, darkest trench in my heart.  You know that place: the one where we lay up all the hurts, guilt, jealousy, hate and rage so that we can summon it up whenever we are feeling badly.   Whenever the world strikes at us, so we can strike something ugly and powerful right back.  We hold onto those things.  Black spots on a heart that should beat true love red, but pours out vile in measured strings, as I succumb to the foulness in this world.  Adding to it.  I can make my spirit match that of a world that has lost Hope; and together we circle tethered by our blackened and broken heartstrings.   And there they lay, one day unable to tune to the goodness any longer.

What if I laid One Good Thing down beside those tuneless strings?

The one that is Perfectly tuned, because it had been set there long ago.  Deep in the foundations of my creation, and has been waiting for the heart song that would call if forth.
To completion.
What if that was the string I chose to pluck.   More and more my choices intentionally tuned  to notes playing out goodness upon my heart.  Consuming my mind and spirit.  Then I carry that song out into the world.  Whistle it in the grocery aisle.  Hum it in the face of opposition and strife.  Sang it out loud and clear when the evil presses upon me.

Just One Good Thing.
Intentionally chosen.   Purposefully designed.   Cast out into the World.
It's my choice.
Can one person change the heart of the world?

Well, thankfully: it can be your choice too.    We Are Many.
All we have to do is set our finely tuned strings to notice the beauty hiding all around us.
Share that #OneGoodThing, and see how it invades the darkened spaces.

Daily.  Weekly.  Monthly.
Tweet it.  Gram It.
Together; we can teach the world to sing.
And just like that:  We are the change.

OneGoodThing @ Ink 

Okay, on the less serious side, I am sharing as my #onegoodthing today, something FUN!!
Because if you live in Canada and it's a freezing cold day of snow:  you go seek fun.
Others may not find racing headfirst down a hill on a thin piece of plastic "fun"... but my kids sure do!

Since I missed Claudia's Art Link up yesterday due to some Girl Guide training, I wanted to tap into the creative side of myself today, and share this good ole clean (cold) fun with you:

Look at all that Joy and natural beauty.
Definitely good things.
Saturday Art @ ImagesByCW

#OneGoodThing is the amazing idea of a weekly link up celebrating the beauty and good that we take the time to notice, hosted by Suzi from Boca Frau.   Myself and Claudia from ImagesbyCW will be joining her each week on Mondays.   I hope you will join us here each week, or daily on your Instagram/Twitter//Facebook with a photo, a poem, a story, an inspiring quote: whatever good you find in your day - we want to share it with you. 

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