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Joy To The Girl

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From time to time, a book falls at your feet and when picked up from the floor of Barnes & Noble, it quite literally drags you to the cash register…sometimes kicking and screaming.    I have often resisted this oh.so. powerful urge (mainly because I am cheap…I confess).  I beg of you…if you are inclined to resist these messages from God (or Source, Buddha, Universe, the freaking Beatles…whoever)…STOP immediately!!  Buy the book!

This “situation” which I will describe in more literal detail in my PS, happened to me last week at Barnes & Noble (or in Lori world…nirvana).  And…on a very tight budget, I heard a little voice in my head say, “Sold!”.  The book and “Barnes and Noble-men” were nice enough to offer an amazing sales price of $12.95.  I love a bargain!!

So…

I know what you are thinking…

What is the book….?

Well, wait for it….close your eyes and hear the melody of your favorite song….and…

It is called “A Course In Miracles”.  It is not credited to any author.  The copyright is listed as :

“Compilation (insert that little copyright do-hickey which I don’t know how to type)2005 by New Christian church of Full Endeavor, Ltd.

I am currently on page 126, but I couldn’t hold out on you guys…I had to share.  Every non-fiction book I read changes me, it’s true…but, this book is simply revelatory!  Sorry to be so “ethereal” and all; but, I really mean it..DAMMIT!!  As you can see, it didn’t change my trademark irreverence.

So, I am about to shut this down for today, but, I want to talk about this book more.  I am going to blog about it for the foreseeable (thanks SpellCheck…didn’t know it had the ‘e’ behind the ‘r’) future; because:

  1. I can (and you can’t stop me)
  2. It’s freaking awesome….I mean it!!
  3. Because I love YOU and you will only benefit from this beautiful text
  4. The “Holy Spirit” made me do it…

K?  So, sorry I have been away for so long.  I wrote a book called “Building Better Believers: The How-To Parenting Guide To Raising Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Visionaries”.  I obsessed over it…to put it mildly.  I completely detest multitasking; because God granted me with a one-track mind and I finally stopped fighting it.  Enough said?

Don’t misinterpret my absence for lack of love, laughter or words (not that you would..haha)…just a temporary shift in focus of which there will be more to come in the future.  Thanks for reading…tell a friend and leave a comment, will you?

Much Love and Laughter,

Lori

(PS)  I heard about the book from another book called “Spirit Junkie” by Gabrielle Bernstein (which I highly recommend).  Also, Marianne Williamson is a Course in Miracles interpreter.  I just love the visual image of the book dragging me better…don’t you?

(PPS)  If you want to buy MY book, which will also change your life…you can do it right here.  Also, close2bliss will be moving soon to my new website which is under construction (believersvillage.com).  I’ll be sure to send you the details when the move occurs..until then…See ya!!!!

Instructional Note: To get maximum enjoyment from these posts…Read…Click Video Link…Sing Along…Dance Around the Room with Reckless Abandon…just saying…

 

Mother’s Day

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I mentioned on my last post that I was going to discuss my Mother’s Day Gift given to me by my beautiful Laney.  Well, first off, she created the most exquisite “bouquet of flowers” that consisted of a cut out of her hand print folded beautifully with a little yellow tissue paper in the center to look like a Calla Lilly.  I guess that’s what it was supposed to look like…my knowledge of flowers isn’t the best.  Anyway, three beautiful white flowers were mounted on popsicle sticks and place in a little terra cotta pot that she decorated with her own two hands.  The greatest thing about the plant is that I can’t kill it!  That is a miracle in and of itself.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with a green thumb or the desire to cultivate one.

I pledge to you, Laney, that I will cherish this potted plant always.  I will display it proudly in our home and I WILL NOT allow it get ruined under a pile of junk or shove it somewhere in a house cleaning rant.  It will be cherished always…until the flowers dry rot, of course.  Who knows, perhaps I’ll get the chance to embarrass you with it on your first date night.  Don’t get me wrong, it is nothing to be embarrassed about….unless you are a teenager, of course.

Part two of the gift was a questionnaire called “The Mother’s Day Fact Sheet”.  This is an edited version…check it out!

My mother’s name is Lori

She is 60 years old  (I’m actually 43 :()

She weighs 3 pounds. (I’ll tell you my diet tips later…)

I’d like to live with my mom for the rest of the days more years. (I’ll enjoy that while it lasts…)

My mother’s favorite T.V. show is American Idol (She knows me pretty well!)

I can tell when my mom is mad when she puts me in bed (Only occasionally true)

My mother deserves an award for hugs (That one brought a tear to my eye.)

Now, I am not so grateful about my daughter adding 17 years to my life.  Conversely, I am ever so happy that she reduced my weight by oh 100 pounds, give or take ;).  I also know that the day is coming when she will be eager to leave the nest.  I remember how sad my Mother was when I left the nest to go away to college; but, I returned for a while as many of us do.  And, I have made a resolution with myself that I will not whittle away the time worrying about the day when she flies away.  I will spend my time preparing her and strengthening her little wings.  Sure, I will be sad to see her go; but the other side of me will be so proud to watch her soar.  Interestingly enough, I know that our relationship will evolve into that beautiful friendship that I now have with my own mother.

What do you do with your children to prepare them for flight?  I would love to hear about it!!  Who knows, I might just write a book about it….

Much Love!!

Lori

PS:  A little science for you to think about…from the ages of 2-6, your child’s mind operates in a theta wave state.  This means that everything they observe goes into their subconscious mind.  The conscious mind actually isn’t even working at this point, everything bypasses straight into the subconscious.  They are highly creative and imaginative and can believe in magic and miracles during this stage.  Furthermore, the words and actions that they hear and see from all of us who have a hand in their upbringing go into the file cabinet of their psyche.  Make sure you are adding ‘files’ that will serve them well and help them reach great heights.  In other words, don’t fill their subconscious minds with nonsense that will lead to debilitating fears and erroneous beliefs .  I’ll tell you what I do.  I CONSCIOUSLY think about what I am going to say to Laney even if I am feeling impatient or angry.  I then structure my words and actions in such a way that the file I place in her cabinet is beneficial to her in the long run.  Think of it this way, do you want your child to lead a healthy and long life?  Based on research, their emotional state has a great effect on their physical health.  And, their emotional state will be a direct indication of the beliefs that are held in their subconscious minds.

PPS:  Oh, and if you are thinking that it is a lot of effort to control your words and actions…it isn’t.  When you practice it, it becomes second nature to you.  And, even if it is a great effort…isn’t is worth it?

Oh, and Laney when I receive my award for hugs, I’ll do it  With Arms Wide Open!!

Hello Stranger!!

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Well, I am a little heartbroken today.  I just realized Casey got voted off last week from American Idol and I miss him already.  I know you are probably thinking that I have been under a rock or caught in some weird time warp and I suppose that is not far from the truth.  I simply had to choose some higher priority matters last week and I did not get my AI post done.  I am so sorry; but, I simply won’t burden you with any further excuses on the matter.  Let’s just say that I am a recovered “Excuse-a-holic”.   And, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t gone back to watch the full episode….but I will; and I will share the results combined with tonight’s results tomorrow.  Thanks for understanding.

Lately, I have been hearing and reading a lot about the struggle that people are having making the law of attraction work for them…to their benefit.  More and more fascinating scientific evidence is being shared every day to help people believe; but, I think people DO believe.  I just think they are having a hard time relating to the people that they watch, read or listen to.

You see, when I watch the experts talk in webinars, etc., they seem so….there.  Does that make sense?  I actually heard someone ask Bob Proctor if he ever has a bad day and he responded by saying that at this stage of the game he only has bad moments.  When the bad emotions rear their ugly heads, he is very proficient at shifting so they don’t last long.  Once upon a time in his life, he admits to having bad days, weeks, even months.  Through conscious effort, actions, results, and many years of practice, he has achieved mastery over his own mind and most importantly, his emotions.

For me, it feels a little like treading water.  I know that the effort to swim will get me to the shore.  I am fully aware that I can’t tread water forever or I will exhaust myself and drown.  And, I also know that once I reach the shore, when I stand on solid ground, it will feel effortless.  So, my advice to myself and those of you in this same “boat” is to move in the direction of the shoreline.   Oh, and when (or if) you stop along the way and become tempted to tread again, don’t.   Swimmmm…Forrest….swimmm!!!   (In case you don’t get it;I took that from the movie Forrest Gump, speaking of being under a rock ;))

You see all the coaches and mentors in the achievement business say it is perfectly normal and necessary to feel the resistance.   You just have to isolate the source of it, deal with it, and sidestep it.  Furthermore, remain focused on the end goal…what your life will look like and the emotions associated with achieving that life.  Write the description of it on paper, read it over out loud twice a day or as often as you need to.  Meditate over the thought of having it right now!!  Then, as the creative urges hit you, act on them without hesitation.  Take it from me, the hesitation will take you too far off course.  The fear and the insecurity that arise are normal too.  Just ask yourself, if I take this action, what is the worst thing that can happen?  I assure you it will not kill you; and outside of that, what is there to fear?  In your mind you may think failure…but the difference in the successful people in this world and the people who have achieved mediocre results is THE SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE FAILED MORE!!  And…they recover quickly; because, if success likes anything it is speed!!

Okay, time is up on this little self therapy session……See you later!!

Much Love!!

Lori

PS:  Do me a square….pause for a minute or two in silence today and focus your most positive energy in the direction of healing for everyone facing a life threatening disease or illness.  I feel strongly that if we do that regularly great things can happen!!

PPS:  I would love to hear how the law of attraction is working in your life; so, talk to me, please.  Oh, and raise your glass  to Navy SEAL Team Six for finally making a martyr out of Bin Laden!!

Idol Worship….Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For YOU?

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Okay, last week was Motown…my first musical love and last night was Elton John!!!  In case you don’t remember, he is my selection for ‘tunes to take when stranded on a desert island’.  Those songs written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John just speak to me in a way that music is supposed to.  Before I get into the American Idol stats I want to first give you a little trivia on the pair.  Hope you don’t mind.  First off, did you know Elton’s real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight?  He changed it to Elton Hercules John in homage to two of his co-members in Bluesology, Elton Dean and Long John Baldrey.  Bluesology served as a backing band for a number of R&B groups, most notably The Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle.  He was known as Reggie.  Patti LaBelle still refers to him that way.  Of course, now he is Sir Elton Hercules John.  He was knighted by the queen on February 24, 1998.  He also resides part time in Atlanta, GA!!  We Georgia natives love that fact!!

I heard Elton in an interview once when he appeared on “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton on BravoTV (aka best network on TV).  He talked about the partnership with Bernie Taupin which began in 1967 (an amazing year…my birth).  This is how it went down.  Bernie would go into a room alone and write the poem that would become the lyrics of these amazing songs.  He would then bring the finished product to Elton and he would sit at the piano and turn it into a song.  He said on average it took no more than 30 minutes to complete the melody and the arrangement.  He even went on to say that if he went past the 30 minute mark he would just walk away from it.  To prove his point, he looked out into the audience which consisted of students of the Actors Studio and said bring me a passage in a book right now and I will sit at the piano and turn it into a song while you watch.  (There was an amazing grand piano set up on the stage.)  And, he did it in about 5 minutes.  Oh, and the song was good!!  He has sold over 250 million records in a career that spans 4 decades.  He has won 6 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.  Surprisingly enough, that was his first year of eligibility.  I am shocked by that fact.  I mean, hello…R&R Hall of fame!  What took you so long?

You know through the years there has been a lot of turmoil in Elton’s life.  All of it was self imposed due to substance abuse issues, etc.  Our turmoil is always self imposed; but, he is such an inspiration.  He overcame his own demons, he achieved more than he probably ever dreamed that he would.  He lives his life the way he wants to.  He gives back to the charities that mean the most to him especially his AIDS foundation.  The millions of dollars that he has contributed and raised has funded research that has saved countless lives and continues to do so.  He is happily married now and recently adopted a baby boy.  He is 64 years old and I just realized I missed his birthday (March 25th).  I guess the b-day party invitation got lost in the mail.

Okay, cut to Idol.  I was overwhelmingly thrilled at the performances last night!!  I got goose bumps on top of goose bumps several times over the course of that 90 minutes.  And surprisingly enough, I actually am awarding some new folks today with my three top prizes: Favorite Performance, Original Naturability, & Goose Bump Award.  My ultimate favorite performance last night goes to Haley Reinhart who sang “Bennie and the Jets”.  I love the song and I thought she really brought something unique to it.  I love the rasp in her voice.  I’ve always been drawn to Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks for the same reason.  Haley also has to get my Original Naturability award for last night because she took that song to a new place and I admire that.  So there it is, two down, one to go!  The “Goose Bump” award who I have given to Jacob Lusk two weeks running has to go to Pia Toscano.  Last week, Randy told her not to sing another ballad but she didn’t listen.  She sang “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” and I nearly cried.  She didn’t stray too far away from the original arrangement of the song because it is hard to tinker with perfection; and the arrangement of that song is perfect!  But, she inflected on the notes in an amazing and surprising way and I’m kinda speechless over it.  You know Randy said he heard a little Mariah and a little Whitney in there; but, I totally disagree.  I think what she had was a whole lot of “Pia” in her voice.  She will be a legend…mark my words.  Furthermore, I am relatively certain at this point that she will be your next American Idol.  Sorry, James, I still love you, my little rock and roller!!

You know I don’t know if anyone can relate to this or not; but, when I watch this show it is like an other-worldly experience for me.  I really get inspired by it.  And on nights like last night I felt like I was literally transported to a concert with seasoned professionals playing for me.   Oh, and their average age is 20!!  Amazing!!  The talent and the poise and the drive of these kids is something to really respect.  I am so grateful to be on this ride with them and so excited about their future in the music business.  I just believe the benefit of music is so overlooked these days.  I mean, it is more than just a beat to be danced to.  The music is the accompaniment of all of our memories.  You know, Stevie Nicks wrote a song for Joe Walsh (Eagles) when Joe lost his young daughter in 1974 in a car crash when she was being driven to nursery school.  The song is called “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You”; and in that song there is a lyric that says, “In all your darkest hours, have you ever heard me sing?” I think that says it all, because in my darkest (& brightest) hours I have heard a lot of people sing and the light came on again (or it shines brighter).  Does your light come on when you hear someone sing?  I know the answer is yes…you don’t even have to say it!

So without further adieu, I am going to link you to two songs today.  One by Elton John and it is called “I Feel Like A Bullet”.  It wasn’t one of his most commercially successful songs; but many of us think it is one of his best.  I chose it to introduce you to one of his greats that you may not have heard before.  You will love it!!  The second link is to the Stevie Nicks song that I just referenced………..hope you enjoy!!

Much Love!!

Lori Hamilton

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I Feel Like A Bullet

Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You

 

Wild Horses…We’ll Ride Them Someday

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I thought it was the prerogative of women to be fickle.  I thought that was one of the little fringe benefits of being a girl.  Don’t our husbands, boyfriends, brothers, fathers, etc. make fun of us all the time for changing our minds?  Well, guess what; you guys are fickle too.  Case in point, my husband whined so loud the other day when he found out about the post entitled “She’s A Maniac” because I talked about his bad habit of taking my keys, losing his wallet, losing his keys, losing his religion…you get the idea.  I took it to heart and decided that I would only mention him briefly ,if at all, in the future.  Well, now, on Thursday he whined because he said I never write about him in my blog.  I’m going to write this one quick because I know on about Tuesday of next week he’ll whine about me writing about him in my blog.  Oy!!  (Oops, hope I didn’t manifest that future whine-fest!  Also, some of this interchange may have been ever so slightly exaggerated for humorous effect!!)

All jokes aside, though, my husband is the person I am most grateful for.  You know I was never that girl who dreamt of getting married.  I didn’t plan my wedding at the age of 12.  I never considered what my dress would look like.  I suppose I always assumed I would marry and have kids; but I wasn’t exactly racing to the altar.  I married at the age of 38…for the first & final time!!  Oh, and I did race to the altar because of the “situation” (hint:  bun in the oven).  Actually, we were already engaged.  We had been talking about marriage for say a hundred years or better.  Technically, maybe 4 years.  I think we both felt like we were already married.  I know I did!  There were no invitations, no white dress, no flowers…just me, him, a preacher we just met, and his wife.  Funnily enough, we were supposed to wed the day before our actual nuptials but we got snowed in on top of a mountain.  The “silver bullet” ( aka 2002 Mercury Sable) isn’t exactly equipped for the elements, if you know what I mean.

My dress was a black two piece ensemble I purchased  from “Motherhood Maternity”. [I actually wore the dress several times…it was my only maternity dress :)].  I have often wondered if the preacher knew I was pregnant; or if he just remembers me as that chubby girl he performed the wedding ceremony for.  Anyway, it was a wonderful day!  Not traditional which is fitting of me.  It wasn’t about anything but the love of two people who could have just as easily never  met.  I am so thankful we did.  You know it was the law of attraction in action.  I had always pictured this man; this relationship.  I guess I just didn’t believe completely that he existed.  My husband is truly the most amazing man I have ever met.  He has made me a better and stronger person.  He planted a beautiful seed of confidence in me many years ago and it is growing into an amazing tree as we speak.  He is patient and kind.  He is smarter than Webster & Google combined.  I suspect he will be remembered as a man of great spiritual significance when he leaves this life to pursue another.   He made me a mother and a step-mother of four beautiful children.  He is my best friend and my soul mate.  Ed, I love you!!   I am so glad you are mine!!  I dedicate this song to you…..wild horses really couldn’t drag me away!!

Much Love!!

Lori

PS  Don’t let the one day that is your wedding overshadow the forever that is your marriage!!    (My quote!)

PPS  If your heart tells you it is time to close a door…do it.  It is the universe’s way of telling you there is a better door in need of opening.  I did it (a few times); and it lead me to you, Ed.  Do you understand?

[This song was written by one of the best songwriting duos of all time…Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  People always speculated that Mick wrote the lyrics about Marianne Faithful; but he said that is not true.  Their relationship was long over by the time it was written.  It was probably like a lot of amazing music….it was inspired by a culmination of life experiences.  Keith actually wrote the “Wild Horses” chorus.  The most interesting tidbit of trivia about this particular song, though, to me being a Southern girl is that it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama in December of 1969.  I was barely 2; but it is one of my all time favorite songs and that is why I chose it to share with you today!   It is also very fitting!!   Oh, I actually had the great thrill of seeing them perform it live!!]

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Thanks Big Guy

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Happy Sunday, my sweet friends!!  You know that this is Gratitude Day here at close2bliss.  I have always had this overwhelming sense of gratitude since my first recollection of being alive.  I remember thinking as a kid how lucky I was.  I have a family that is truly exquisite.  I will definitely give you more details about that in future posts; but, today I want to share a story of two people who I recently met that have given me great joy.  I will only use their initials as I have not asked their permission to use their full names, yet.  If they agree to it, I will give you more information later.  For now, I am going to refer to them as ‘T’ &’ A’ (really, no pun intended).  I met these two delightful ladies at Laney’s preschool.  I don’t know them well; but, I really consider them friends.  They have always been abundantly friendly to me.  Have you ever met someone and instantly you felt like you have known them forever?  These ladies are just that way!  They always make me laugh!  They are both great storytellers; and I always feel terribly grateful to know them.  Today, after dropping Laney off at school, I talked to ‘T’ (She is’ A’s’ mother) for close to an hour.  In that hour, she told me several delightful stories about her life and her family.  ‘A’ is her only child; however, she talked about all the “foster” kids she has “raised” and loved in her life.  Specifically, she talked about a special young man who is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  She mentioned a recent phone conversation she had with him.  He confided in her that he feared for the lives of his men and his own.  He believes that they are not taking this war thing seriously enough and are making careless mistakes.  You see, they work in a recon unit for the USMC.  I don’t think I need to tell you this, but they are knee deep in danger all the time.   One little blink or misstep could mean the death of all of them.  Anyway, I ramble, but ‘T’ asked him what she could do to help.  She is always helping someone.  She is a self-proclaimed giver.  What she decided to do is put the fear of God in them and she made a video (or a recorded message, can’t remember which)  that she sent over.  In the message she said, and I am going to paraphrase, that if he was hurt in any way due to their carelessness that they would not be able to find a rock to hide under to escape her wrath.  I’ll bet that made a huge difference in how they conduct themselves.  I also bet that video will save lives.  Can you imagine how the families who will get to hold their loved ones again might feel about it…do you think they would feel grateful?  I know I would!

Now, I am a girl who was born into many great blessings.  The obvious ones are family, health and friends; however, my intention for sharing this story is this…be grateful for the blessings that you never expected, too.  In the hustle and bustle of life, it is far too easy NOT to take the time to enjoy the simple moments.  I don’t know if ‘T’ will ever read this, she does not own a computer….and doesn’t intend to.  (Hell, she doesn’t even text!!  She actually picks up the phone, dials the number, and speaks to the people she loves….maybe I should try that more often! )   I am sharing it because she made me smile that day.  She made me laugh.  She made me feel like shedding a happy tear.  She made me stop and take a minute to give thanks for all the troops who have risked their lives (and sacrificed their lives) in all the many wars in history.  We enjoy safety and freedom because of them.  I guess, in a nutshell, she made my day and I am eternally grateful for that.  Hope you find a ‘T’ or an ‘A’ today; and I sincerely hope that you will not be too blinded by the thought of your ever growing “to-do” list to notice  :).  Actually, I am going to expect that you will notice; and be grateful for that too.  After all, the law of attraction says to expect what you want to happen, right?

Much love!!

Lori

PS  “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”  Anthony Robbins

PPS  Sent another letter to Joe Vitale today and I am very grateful for his highly anticipated (but not yet received) response to my scholarship “application”………One day I’ll post those letters!!

This song was originally written and performed by Carole King and it’s called “You’ve Got A Friend”.  This is the version that I love the most because it is performed by Sweet Baby James.  Yes, James Taylor, folks.  His songs evoke such emotion in me and in millions of others.  Let’s be grateful for that!  Sing with me, won’t you?

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The Diva’s Dollhouse

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I have a daughter, you know I do.  I speak about her all the time and she is the love of my life (right beside my husband, of course).  She is also very demanding.  She expects ON A DAILY BASIS to be fed.  Most often she wants to eat 3-10 times each day.  She can’t bathe herself completely.  I mean, she is 4 years old and she can’t wash her own hair…I mean, she can’t get all the soap out!   She can wash her own ass which is a plus; but, she expects me to do the shampooing for her…the nerve!  She also expects my undivided attention (when she’s not watching SpongeBob, that is) and she constantly wants to have fun.  Furthermore, no matter how much I cajole her or beg her, she simply won’t go into that “box”. (inside joke…tell you about that later)  No, she wants all of me.  She’s also quite messy.  I fear she got it honest!  My husband and I are both quite scattered, as they say.  Interestingly enough, though, when I tell her to pick up her toys….she actually does it.  It’s quite miraculous, really, she actually strives to please me.  Sorry, think I just had an AHA moment, here.  An epiphany……..

A few days after this last Christmas, I was putting away the mother lode that Santa dumped on our doorstep.  I know what you are thinking; and, no, I do not have time on Christmas day or night to put it away.  My Christmas day looks a little like this…BBBBLLLLUUUURRRRRR!!!!!!!!  A lot of places to go and people to see, you know.  Not complaining, I love the hustle and bustle and wouldn’t have it any other way.  But, back to the track, I was cleaning.  If you know me well, you know that I get quite irritated when I have to clean.  So, I was walking around bitching and moaning and sighing.  My brow was furrowed.  I was pissed and all of a sudden I looked over and I saw the “Barbie Dream House” that Laney received from Santa.  Now, if you are familiar with Barbie, you know this is the pinnacle of Barbie-dom.  It is quite possibly the most coveted Barbie item out there until next year when they tweak it, make it better, and force Santa to bring us the new and improved one.  Oh well, Goodwill can use the old ones, can’t they.  Anyway, back to the track, yet again, a tear came to my eye.  (I am a cry baby of happy tears!)  I walked over to the Barbie Dream House which is probably close to 4 ft high and I placed my hand on the pink plastic roof (maybe its purple, I can’t remember right now) and I closed my eyes and took a long deep breath.  Then out loud, I said, “I have a daughter and she has a Barbie Dream House.”  The most amazing feeling came over me at that moment.  You know the one, that warm feeling  of complete bliss.  I am pretty sure it was God’s hands on my shoulders saying, “You’re focusing on the “right” ball, now.”  Some may say it is that Pause and Reboot moment…whatever.

Now, I’m still trying to make that strategy work when I iron Ed’s shirts or scrub the toilets; but, I can’t seem to find  the relevance in those things and that damned Barbie dream house.  Perhaps you can give me some suggestions in your comments……

Well, I’m out of words, only a song remains…………

“She’s got a smile that it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories

Where everything was as fresh as a bright blue sky

Now and then when I see her face

She takes me away to that special place

And if I stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry..

Whoa….sweet child of mine

Whoa…sweet love of mine

She’s got eyes of the bluest skies, that if they thought of rain.

I’d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain

Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place, where as a child I’d hide

And pray for the thunder and the rain to quietly pass me by…..

Whoa…..sweet child of mine

Whoa..oh..oh..oh..sweet love of mine

Whoa…oh..oh.oh…sweet child of mine

Oooh, yeah….oh..oh..oh..oh..sweet love of mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

etc……..”

That is a song entitled “Sweet Child Of Mine” by quite possibly the best rock and roll band of all time….Guns ‘N Roses.  If you don’t know their music, you need to acquaint yourself.  I know, you can’t get past the hair and the tattoos and the sex, drugs, rock and roll thing; but, the box set entitled “Use Your Illusion 1 &2” is phenomenal through and through.  If you are not a believer, it will change your mind.  It is rare that you can listen to an album and not skip a single song.  You will skip nothing on these two.  Sadly, GNR is no longer together; but, the music is immortal!!!!! Listen to it, learn it and LOVE it!!  (Oh, and click to hear Sweet Child of Mine)watch?v=7ISz6BhrDXk&feature=related

Much love!!

Lori

PS:  I forgot to mention the families of the Tsunami victims yesterday(I mentioned the victims); but my prayers go out to you.  I’m not sure what the silver lining is to your cloud, but I sincerely hope you find one.  I know, in time, you will.

PPS:  Jack Canfield once told a story of Mother Theresa refusing to go to an anti-war rally.  She said, instead, that if you have a Pro-Peace rally, I’ll be there.  Let us stop being anti-whatever and be pro-whatever (fill in your own blank, there).  I suspect if we do, the world will be a better place; don’t you?  (The correct answer here is…YES; just so you know!)