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From My Heart to Yours


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In the spirit of the Holiday Season, I offer these thoughts.

In the last several days, I have been in touch with family and friends, old and new, to exchange holiday wishes. Our conversations soon turn toward the happiness we’ve been experiencing. Each person mentions, in particular, what a wonderful Christmas this has been, citing a family gathering, a small, unexpected gift, a thoughtful gesture or a graceful compliment from someone whose opinion they respect.

I have been warmly welcomed into an extended family celebration and sit by a beautifully decorated Christmas tree basking in the warmth from the fire, while I eat my fill of delicious food and watch two overexcited toddlers being babysat by a village. Instruments come out and are tuned, voices are raised in song. The feeling of community is intense and warms me from the inside out.  This happiness is heady stuff.  I wish I could stay in this exalted state always and I revel in it while it’s here.

These positive feelings are buoyed up by the fact that the immutable laws of Nature allow the pendulum to remain in a negative position only so long, before gravity has its say. Now each tick of the clock brings us farther down the positive swing of the arc. Suspend disbelief and consider with me for a moment that things can only get better. Since we are what we think, perhaps we could simply think a better world into existence.

There is a YouTube video: which shows the positive and negative effects of thought on water crystals, and which opens whole new avenues of thought.

Choose to hang on and enjoy the ride! Take an occasional glance in the rear view mirror, but pay attention to where you are now, while you approach the unknown future. If you’re not in the driver’s seat, call dibs on Navigator and indicate your interest in moving up. Life is for living, for being involved.  There are few things sadder to read than stories of a life full of regrets and backward glances.

Here’s a serious thought.  Pretend that you are elderly, certainly you know your story is winding down.  Have this future you sit down and make a list – I mean really think this through! Make a list of all the things that you always wanted to do and never did.  Then come back to the here and now and start to do them.

As you may know, last January I packed up and sold off my worldly goods, including my car, picked up myself and my two cats, and moved away from my whole world of almost 50 years and started a new life in Oregon.  I am happier and feel freer here than ever before.  I made a list of 20 Wishes a year ago, and after rereading it just now, I find that, with a few tweaks here and there, I’m a solid 9 for 20, I’m working on several others and am tinkering with the rest.  I remain, as always, a work in progress.

Thought for the Day:  My most sincere wishes for peace, health, happiness and love, now, in 2010 and always.

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Author: Melody J Haislip

I'm either a transplanted East Coaster or a born again West Coaster. My heart kept pulling me toward Oregon, and when I followed it I found my dream, which I am living daily. My dream of becoming a writer has come true as well. I am in the company of people who speak my language, and the sense of community is healing hurts I didn't know were there. I am very grateful for my enormous good fortune.

6 thoughts on “From My Heart to Yours

  1. Melody, I like your image of not looking in the rear view mirror, but moving forward. I think life brings us turning points where we need to choose to take a positive path. No matter what our age, we do have that choice and it’s wonderful. You are a breath of fresh (Pacific) air, and I so admire your upbeat personality and the warmth you bring to others. Certainly I will count you as one of the very positive things that happened this year when we met through blogging. You are a gem!


    • Cher, thank you for your kind words, and please know that I feel so very lucky to have met you this year and to number you among my friends, even though we’ve not met face to face. As for the rest, having a birthday (on Jan. 6, which is also my son’s b/d) has a wonderful way of focusing your attention on what matters. I’ve had a much more interesting life than I had ever envisioned, and it’s not over by any means. I read something once about enjoying life to the fullest and in my final hours, as the writer of those thoughts planned to do, I’m going to come skidding in, champagne glass in hand and crying, “Wow, what an amazing ride!”


  2. You are so right, my friend. What a ride! May it continue for many more years.


  3. I learned it from watching you!


  4. Oh, this all looks so good. I am envious of your culinary talent! After watching the film Julie and Julia, my husband suggested I take such a course. Do you think that was a hint? 🙂


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