Flying on the wings of….. kindness, appreciation, compassion and persistence

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A  wish…
that we may fly on the wings of…..
kindness, appreciation, compassion and persistence

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 Expanding upon this wish…
with words from Brother David Steindl-Rast,
from his beautiful and inspiring video “A Good Day”

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“So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart.  And so I wish that you would open your heart to all of these blessings and let them flow through you.”     (from  “A Good Day”)


“That everyone you meet today will be blessed by you….
just by your eyes…
by your smile…
by your touch…
by your presence…
and let them flow through you.
Let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around you.
And then it would really be a good day.”l ou.
(from  “A Good Day”)

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flying on our own wings,
wings with so many precious qualities delicately woven into them…
flying gracefully along,
with kindness, appreciation, compassion and persistence…
with strength and courage
and perhaps even…
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a sincere and heartfelt wish

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A full transcript, below, of  the words in the video, “The Good Day,”
These same word, spoken by Br. Steindl-Rast, are also part of the wonderful Louie Schwartzberg TED video Gratitude. (starting at 4:44 into that video)

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted by Becca Givens at “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.”  Please visit Becca’s blog for her Nurturing Thurday post and for links to other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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“Friday Wishes” …. feeling the goodness of giving and receiving caring, kindness, good will…..

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“Friday Wishes”

Feeling the goodness of giving and receiving…
…….feelings of being cared about…….
…….warmth, goodness, kindness and love…….
…….appreciation, affection and nurturing…….
…….gentle encouragement and support…….
…….uplifting positive energy…….
…….giving and receiving kindness, goodness, caring and good will…..
…………..Friday Wishes…………….

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“Pausing…noticing…appreciating…being grateful…” Nurturing Thursday

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s blog for her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to posts by other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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“Friday Wishes” …. An Irish Blessing: May the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face….

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An Irish blessing….a long ago gift from my aunt, a blessing that hangs above the bed, nestled warmly into a scarf, resting upon a textured tapestry of comfort…extending the wishes and blessings to all…loving kindness wishes….combining multiple traditions, numerous cultures, universal wishes…

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May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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May we all feel…
happy and contented,
healthy and strong,
safe and protected
and living with ease…

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 “May the Road Rise to Meet You”  a lovely song, written and sung by Roger McGuinn, formerly of The Byrds

 

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“Friday Wishes…” May you feel happy and contented….

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“Comings…and…goings”…. appreciating warmth, love, friendships…..

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Ahhhhhhhh….the many  “comings and goings” in our lives…the continuing and continual “comings and goings” of situations, circumstances, people, friendships, connections.

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Much of the time, at least for me,  life seems quite steady, consistent and stable… living and appreciating the wonderful-ness of steady relationships with people…the  love, warmth, friendships and connections.  These are all so precious.

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That apparent steadiness seems so consistent, so continuing, so reliable….so predictable, so trustable.

And yet… the “reality” is… (and, at times, this is such a bewildering surprise to me)… everything is always changing…everything….100 % …constantly, continually changing…. whether I consciously realize that or not…things change… continual comings and goings….there are continuing  “hello’s” … warmth, love, friendship…”thank you’s” …. and “good bye’s”

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And so…to appreciate the beauty of so much warmth, love and friendship in our lives… to be thankful and filled with gratitude…to live with and to say “thank you” each and every day…thankful for the abundance and beauty of this amazing warmth, love and friendship…

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To  learn to understand and accept…whether I “like” it or not, things do change…and lead, at some point,  to  “good bye’s”… to not be so “caught off guard” and so “bewildered” and “surprised” by that… we don’t know when, we don’t know how…but to learn to accept that things “change…”…and to appreciate what is “here” while it is here.

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To realize and accept… everything is constantly changing…

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….. remembering the “dynamic” nature of everything in our lives…….

….. remembering to live with a sense of deep appreciation and thankfulness, while that amazing preciousness is “here….” in our lives right now…….

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And when things do change, to continue to carry these precious qualities and that deeply felt appreciation in each of our hearts….

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Part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca’s Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.  Please link to Becca’s blog to ready her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to the posts of other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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But….but….but….what about the way it’s “supposed to be” ???? …learning to accept and let go

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A few years ago,  I realized that if I wrote, produced, directed  and “starred” in a movie  about some of the ways I was living my life, it might be titled…..

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“The Way It Is Supposed To Be”

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Direct link to a youtube of “The Way It’s Supposed to Be”

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Sometimes I seemed to have very firm ideas, preferences, hopes and expectations for how I wanted things to be…how I thought that things were “supposed to be….”

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…I was wanting things to be a certain way…
in my own life,
in the lives of my loved ones,
in the lives of my “not-so-loved” ones
and  in the lives of the rest of the people in the world…

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And at times my  “firm” ideas were even developing into rigid expectations…

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It seemed that I was writing or creating a “script”
that was leading to lots of impatience, disappointment and frustration…

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“frustrations”
when things weren’t going the way I thought things were “supposed to go”

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After several years of frustration,  I realized that my PERSPECTIVES about “the way it’s supposed to be”  could be turned around…a different movie COULD be created, once I was able to develop a broader awareness of and understanding about the deception and rigidity in each of my own original points of view….

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I realized that we DO have the potential to turn around each of our own “life movies…..”

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We may not be able to turn around the “life movies” of others around us…but we do have the positive potential to re-script, re-write and freshly act in our own more flexible “life movies.”

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These new movies will probably still involve
each one of us writing, producing and directing our parts in those movies…

But…the “movies” can now include
our own transformed “preferences, hopes and expectations….”

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creating our new movies….


movies in which we’re living
much more accepting, happier and more satisfying everyday lives…

for both ourselves and others….

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So….here is that 3 minute movie/slideshow…. “The Way It Is Supposed to Be”

“The Way It Is Supposed to Be”a “movie”  that describes my own journey…

a journey we’re all taking…

a journey that started out with me living with so many fixed wishes and expectations….

moving along to an increasing awareness of the unhappiness I was creating by holding so firmly to those fixed wishes and expectations…

watching myself go through a transition from the unhappiness coming from living with those firm expectations…..

through a sense of bewilderment of not understanding why I was so unhappy….

and eventually transitioning to a deepening and expanding sense of “understanding” and “acceptance”

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So…now showing….
from me….by me….Kathy…
(a movie so similar to the one we’re all living)
created by the imaginary film company
Illusional Film Productions”
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“The Way It Is Supposed to Be”

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Direct link to a youtube of “The Way It’s Supposed to Be”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGGElMejX9o

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May we all learn to let go of our “supposed to be’s”
and be able to enter the flow of ……..
flexibility, patience, kindness, acceptance,
tolerance, understanding

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Note: I see that I posted this “The Way It’s Supposed to Be” slideshow in 2011, 6 years ago!  And I can’t even find the pages I originally created…and hence the copy/pastes  I just did from the youtube slide show…. those original pages are even older than 2011!  Oh my goodness….I’m still learning the lessons in that slideshow!  Wow!!!…it sure seems to take a long time to learn some newer perspectives, lessons and points of view! Wow!!!… I’m still struggling to take in and learn these ideas!  I guess it’s a journey!… Here I am…. shifting back into living in a flow of developing more flexibility, patience, kindness, acceptance, tolerance,  understanding and wisdom!

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