Saturday, November 29, 2008

Giving Thanks

It is simple to give thanks
Though we seldom express
Inflicted with sorry or fear, some unique duress
We open our hearts and our mouths come to pour
I'm thankful, I'm blessed for that reason or more
Show it more often, daily perhaps.
Just say it , just show it and have no regrets.

I am guilty of this and need a reminder each day to practice what I preach.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pride -n- Joy

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Meaning behind the title

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Remembered has a significant meaning, so I thought I would share it with you. The meaning of kaleidoscope in Webster's dictionary is a tube containing loose bits of colored material and two mirrors at one end that shows many patterns as it is turned. Let' s break down the definition word by word and try to compare it to the lives of those that have touched my heart.

First of all the tube to me is symbolic of the space and time occupied by life. We are all born with a certain amount of days to live. Everybody has their own tube or unique set of circumstances that determine physically where they live, with whom they live and what happens to them in body, mind and soul.

The loosed colored particles are symbolic in that all people are unique. We are born a certain color, determined by the heritage of our parents. We are taught early on to think a certain way and act a certain way, until we are old enough to have thoughts and opinions of our own. No two people think and act exactly the same. There is no such thing as a defined cause and effect in the human race. That is the beauty of meeting and being asked into the personal lives of my patients' and their families. Every new situation brings about a color of it's own. Just like the leaves on the trees, the colors of their journey change as the process moves forward.

The two mirrors at the end to me are representative of reflecting on what once was and what is to come. They represent the continuum of life's journey from beginning to end.

The turning motion of the kaleidoscope are all of life's joys, sadness, challenges, triumphs, failures, and acceptance that are the result of living. Each patient is, as I said, unique and some of their kaleidoscopes turn slowly and some turn quickly, but they are all beautiful, meaningful events in their lives. The turing motion is the impact they had on all others in their lives, some deep, some superficial, but non-the-less, leaving their mark.

Finally, the beautiful butterflies are all their lives in metamorphosis, or a changes in physical and/or psychological form. Butterflies work so hard be who they ultimately are. Their entire lives are spent working toward the next stage. In the end they are marvelous, majestic creatures, beautiful and for all to see. Much like the lives of the dying. It isn't until we know someone is declining that we marvel in the unique beauty of their lives and how they have touched us.

Let's do ourselves the favor of trying to be present in our own lives. Look at your loved ones and think how lucky you are to have them in your life, even with all their imperfections. Take hold of the beauty of their uniqueness. Stop to smell the roses and listen to the music. Peer through the kaleidoscope and notice all the vibrant colors of life and enjoy.

Friday, October 31, 2008

My thought for today and always...

I am responsible for the energy I bring into a room.