What if we are simply to be beacons for one another? I step up for a stranger one day: maybe a stranger steps up for me the next. That's all life is. Opportunities for our beacons to shine. Everything else is just filler. ~Cash Peters
Here is an affirmation that was written for me by my friend and Reiki Master, Lesa Cicciu that I use every day and I hope you will, too:
Tell your body, mind, emotions and spirit to remember wholeness, remember the love that you are and the joy that you share with others - that you continue to share with all of us. Align with and stay focused on the light of love, joy, inner peace, vibrant health, vitality, abundant to overflowing shimmering, radiant light surrounding you, clearing you, healing you, expanding in, around and through you - YOU ARE THE LIGHT! Fill to overflowing with this knowingness for nothing else is true. Nothing else exists. Breathe it in and SO IT IS!
"The very act of questioning why you're here is an indication that
your thoughts are nudging you to reconnect to the field of intention. What's
the source of your thoughts about your purpose? Why do you want to feel
purposeful? The source of thought is an infinite reservoir of energy and
intelligence." - Dr. Wayne Dyer
At times, my intentions seem to fall by
the wayside. I get caught up in the ho-hum of my normal routine and my writing
gets put on the back burner. When Judith and I were at lunch last week, we
decided that we needed to attend another writer’s workshop, so today was the
day, and I am glad that we did. As Dr. Wayne Dyer has touted in the past, in
order for you to achieve your goals, you must see the finished product. The
same goes with surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, in this case,
other writers. And, it is so true. After spending only two hours at this
workshop, we were both ready to refocus our energy on writing. I came home, and
began to organize my blog entries into word documents. I vow to spend every
morning writing and organizing my thoughts. I have four manuscripts in the
works and I did a mock-up of each book cover, which I framed. They sit on
display in my office to remind me of what the outcome will be.
So, return to projects that may have
become victims of the daily grind, and take time to work on them a little bit
each day. Baby steps, Beloveds.
Affirmation: I am not scared. My new passion devours the
One thing that has disturbed me since my diagnosis is the fact that I can no longer be an organ donor. I know it sounds morbid, but it was something that I always wanted to do. I have one friend who had a liver transplant back in the 80's who has lived a full life ever since. Author Steven Kerry Brown, another friend of mine, had an aggressive leukemia, underwent a bone marrow transplant in June and started a blog.
the last story in the book was dedicated to my dear friend, Bill
who passed away last week.
So, Bill, this week's throwback is dedicated to YOU!
On our way to see "A Tribute to Queen!"
I made no
resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing,
sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
I dreaded ringing in the New Year this
year. I wanted to do something new. My friend, Bill invited me to come to his
place for the weekend to ring in the New Year with him. “Just us two old Queens
having fun,” he said. I jumped at the chance. Rose stayed with her Auntie Kathleen
and I made the two hour drive across state.
He is such a cherished friend and we
always manage to have fun whenever we’re together. The weekend was nothing
short of that. He made the most fabulous meal of “Tur-Duck-Hen” for his family
and I, and we ate until our little hearts were content, and then some!
After his family left, we got into our
jammies, sat in our matching recliners, he covered me with one of his
Grandmother’s crocheted afghans and then he did the same for himself. We
watched a movie, followed by the regular Times Square festivities. I have to
admit, I did catch myself slobbering and snoring a time or two while waiting
for the ball to drop, but I managed to stay up for the most part.
Bill popped the champagne cork at midnight;
we each sipped a glass and then went to bed. Nothing crazy, just two friends
sharing the love and the promise of what the New Year would bring. Of course, I
had to joke that I was hoping that ringing in the New Year with a gay man was
not going to be any indication on how my life would be in the Man Department in
the New Year.
One of my friends, when she learned of
where I went for the weekend said, “Oh, Jodi!
That is soooo Sex-In-The-City-Cool!” So, thank you, Bill for rescuing
this damsel and for showing her a good time. Who knows what the future holds?
In this New Year, I am still affirming MY miracle!
Affirmation: This year I follow my bliss! This year I
experience my bliss! This year I become my bliss!
It's hard having to deal with health issues. But, just like forgetting how wonderful you are, you also may have forgotten how to laugh. That's right! I said the L word!
In order to pick myself back up again, I made it my mission to at least find something to laugh about each and every day. If you look closely, you can find humor in anything ... become a people watcher. Go to the mall, the beach or some other public place, sit down and let the show begin! I betcha you'll find something to laugh about in no time at all.
If people watching isn't your bag, rent a comedy or go to a comedy club.YOU NEED TO LAUGH! Although you are going through a bunch of crapola right now, you still have to live! Laughter IS the BEST medicine!
coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the
process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence and ability to
function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with
~ Aaron Antonowsky
It amazes me, how when faced with
challenges such as cancer, the power and the will that we find within
ourselves. Strength that we may have never known existed, suddenly spurs us to
make changes in the way we view our lives. The little things are no longer the
big things. We learn what is really important to us. What a blessing that is.
I have said it before. I had my Plan B in
sight for what I was going to do with the second part of my life. I had the plan
in place to do all of the things that I had hidden away as my dreams and I
was finally going to make them come true.
Then the diagnosis came. It pulled the rug
right out from under me at first. Here I am in limbo again, but the question
is, “Am I really?” It took a lot of soul searching and assessment on my part.
Only God knows what he has planned for us. Or what lies ahead. I truly believe
that I will get through this and come out of it a much stronger woman on the
other side. Someone who not only will beat this cancer, but who will become an
instrument for even bigger and better things than my original Plan B!
So, all I have to offer to you is this -
release the notion of trying to control your destiny. Allow the divine
intervention to flow through you, knowing that all will be well. And so it is!
Spirit, take the wheel!
Affirmation: I possess the courage needed to change my
life for the better and the good. I trust that Spirit is guiding me.