For That I Am Grateful

There once was a time when I could not fathom the thought of living without my mother. I was much younger then and my mother was alive and vibrant. She and I were two peas in a pod and life, despite our growing pains, was sweet.

My mother is dead. Well, her physical body has returned to whence it came, the soil, but her spirit remains alive and vibrant. I am no longer able to hug or hold her, but I am able to spend time with her and call upon her guidance. For that I am grateful.

There is an expression “You don’t know what you don’t know”. I never knew back then, when I could not fathom the thought of living without my mother, that I wouldn’t have to. I did not know one’s spirit lives on, remaining ever present, even after the physical body has returned to whence it came. I also did not know I could be even closer to my mother in spirit than I was when we walked this earth plane together. You don’t know what you don’t know – until you do, that is.

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The Spirits Speak on Success

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear someone speak about success? What do you think it would take for you to feel successful?

You have your own definition or interpretation of success and your own markers. What does success look like? What does success feels like? What does it take to achieve success? Is it a meaningful relationship, a profession that pays well and nourishes one’s soul? How much forethought and planning is required?

The markers change as the years roll by and as you achieve success in one area of your life and subsequently in another area. You find your mate and cultivate a meaningful relationship, work toward and achieve that ideal job or business, and then you decide to focus on creating financial security, to carry you through retirement. Your markers change as your life changes.

As your markers change, so do your needs, wants and desires. Your perception of success ebbs and flows. You may not even think about ‘success’ all that much.

But what if you were presented with insight from those who have gone before us, concerning the very idea of success? Read More

Call Your Mother!

Call your mother! How often have you heard those words over the course of your lifetime? It doesn’t matter if you are young or old or somewhere in between… if you have ever had a mother or a mother ‘figure’ in your lifetime, you have heard the words “call your mother”!

If you are thinking about calling your mother right now and can do so – you may want to pick up the telephone and make that call. You know your mother will be happy to hear from you.

If you are thinking about all the opportunities you had over the course of your lifetime to call your mother, but you did not, regret not – I will help you to do so now.

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(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home*

Every time I hear that song I am transported back in time to the days of yore. Transported back to the days of my mother happily preparing for the holidays, bedecked in a Christmas apron, decorating the house in her usual flair and baking all sorts of cookies and sweet treats. As far as I was concerned, my mother, Leah, was the star on the top of our Christmas tree; her jolly presence set the house ‘aglow’.

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Yes my Dear… Animals Too!

Would you agree that our canine, feline and other non-human companions/family members are as important to as our human companions?

They have their own special way of communicating; we understand and respond accordingly. Oftentimes, we refer to them as our ‘buddy’, ‘good friend’ and ‘family’. We form tight, loving bonds and are often left devastated when our animal companions transition to cross over the ‘rainbow bridge’.

Perhaps you have lost a companion and experienced the exact same cycle of emotions as you did when you lost a family member, friend, spouse or partner. I suspect you know what I am talking about. The same seven stages of grief, as defined by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: shock or disbelief, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, depression, acceptance and hope, apply to the grieving process whether you grieve for a human or an animal.

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Enjoy Yourself – It’s Later Than You Think

(This article is a message directly from my mother, Leah, who is in spirit. She felt the need to ring in the New Year with loving wisdom for us all. I hope you will enjoy!)

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. Not to be all doom and gloom, but to be realistic.

I always felt as if my life had been swept up by some forceful river and carried along at a pace I was sometimes comfortable with, other times, not so much. Though on some level I felt I had all the time in the world, there was a secret place within me, shared with no one, which I felt I had to enjoy every single minute – now – because it was later than I thought. Read More