Laugh, and the world laughs with you; . Weep, and you weep alone; . For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, . But has trouble enough of its own. . These words were penned by Ella Wheeler in 1883 after she had comforted a distraught young woman on a train ride to the Governor’s Inaugural Ball in Wisconsin. The poem in its entirety was published as Solitudein her book, Poems of Passion. The meaning is as fresh today as it has ever been. When we are in good moods and being positive, we find others who want to share that emotion. When, however, we stumble and have our times of sadness, we often find ourselves alone.
In this time of digital sharing, there are all sorts of templates available for all of our work, if we choose to use them. This is particularly beneficial if we are in an area of work where our job is a matter of filling in the blanks and securing specific information about a group of clients. That, however does not always fit the modality of what we need if we are working on a larger project that includes others to help achieve our goals. For those times, we need a plan.
Many poets, authors, and psychologists have written about sleep. What purpose it serves and how it can serve us, is something we often ponder ourselves. I was raised to believe that sleep was something that was necessary but not something to enjoy. Those very hours spent sleeping somehow robbed us of time that we could be using doing something more necessary in life. We slept, but it was viewed as a waste of “productive” time.
I saw the theme words and was excited to find snowflake as one of the theme words this month. There is so much magic associated with snowflakes. I am thankful for the opportunity to just let myself go wild with the topic.
What an appropriate time of the year to be discussing vision. I am not sure about you, but I use the month of December to reflect on the ups and downs of the year. I also use it as a time to decide what worked and what didn’t work. I look at the dreams of the previous year and see how those dreams translated into the visions I held for this year. Sometimes they match up and sometimes they don’t. This is what I am doing as I write this article. This year, however, I am even more enthusiastic about my dreams and how the vision I hold will be translated into successes in the coming year. Hopefully, this will resonate with you and your dreams become the successful visions that you will look back on at the end of our new year.
We hear constantly that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I am here to tell you that I think the most beneficial medicine in my life is laughter. Now, for those who want to debate, I will allow that the ingestion of an apple a day is very benefical, no doubts there. For me, however, I could go a day without an apple, but I do not think I could survive a day without laughter. I am also lucky in that respect because regardless of the state of my life, I have always been able to find humor, somehow, someway.
The days, weeks, and months of life go by so quickly. When we were young children, our days went much more slowly. Think back to a time when you were young. It seemed like school would never end for us to get to a long summer break in the time of year when we wanted to be outside enjoying life. Then, once school began, we thought we would never get to Christmas vacation and the excitement of Santa Claus. It was an easy time.
This month I wanted to really concentrate on writing an article that would just “wow” the socks off of everyone who read it. What I have come up with will be a way we can begin to change our way of thinking and reacting, to bring ourselves to a more natural approach to life. When I ponder the topic of things that are unnatural, my focus immediately turns to what is natural instead. The very word natural causes me to dwell on nature and the restorative powers that it possesses… the magic it possesses. When we think of nature and realize the sexual approach to keep the species intact, I realized that the themes for this month are intricately interwoven when we take a true look at the three not as an individual term, but rather as a beautifully woven plan in the Universe.
As I considered this month’s theme, I realized that when we think of hunches, we usually associate them with something on the negative side. We have a hunch it is going to rain, or a hunch we are not going to have enough money to buy something we are anticipating. It usually works out that when we have a hunch that something isn’t going to go our way, it usually doesn’t. Then, being the humans we are, we decide that hunches never lead to anything good in our lives. Having decided this, we then begin to ignore our hunches, thinking that nothing good ever comes from them so if we just ignore them, our life will progress more smoothly. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Long ago, before the day of the combine, farmers harvested wheat by hand. They used a scythe and then beat the wheat to separate it from the husk. In this method, some of the husks would fracture and fall along with the wheat. It then became necessary to use a light wind to blow away the remains of the husks, or the chaff, so that the wheat that would fall would be free of the chaff before taking it to market. The reason I shared that with you was to bring you a point of reference as we discuss our selection of friends. Do we keep them, or do we cast them aside? What place do friends share in our lives? What kind of friends are they, loyal friends, or fair-weather friends? Does it even matter? Can we have a variety of kinds of friends?
This month has been filled with excitement for me and as I pondered what I would write about, I thought of all of the new experiences I am encountering as a writer. What does this have to do with a theme of a sensuous life, you might ask. It has to do with every day of our life. We can choose a sensuous life or we can deny it. When we live a life in tune with the senses, we experience more deeply and more fully. I will lead you through a typical day of mine and see how it compares with one of yours. I will use today as it has been unfolding.
One of the themes for June is “remember.” This is especially apropos since my birthday is in June. It is during this month that I find myself reflecting or remembering times gone by. Many people reflect in January as the New Year rolls around, or at the end of the year as they leave where they are. Not me, I think about what has happened since the last anniversary of my birth. There have been some times that space in between those years has been filled with anger or sadness in addition to joy and happiness. There were also years that, for whatever the reason, I did not even acknowledge the happiness and dwelt only on the sadness or anger. But, this year marks an amazing transformation in how I perceive this last year.
As I begin thinking about luminosity, I remember teaching my 6th-grade science students about the bio-luminescence of a kind of algae that causes a glow to be noticed underwater. There is the luminescence we see as we notice the brightness of different kinds of stars in the sky. Luminosity can also refer to the quality of being intellectually brilliant, enlightened or inspired. Looking at all of these definitions and situations, we see the overriding definition of a brilliance that is noticeable in some way to the observer. It is to this kind of luminosity that I will address my offering this month.
When we thinking about turbulence, the first thought I had dealt with turbulence in an airplane. You get this turbulence when the differing air flows attempt to move around each other. As they do this, they exchange momentum and energy and become a relatively unstable air mass that can cause an atmospheric disturbance. (My attempt at a simplified definition.)
RELAX – When we look into the Spring season of the year, our thoughts turn to refreshing ourselves. Our grandparents would go out into the yard and gather a combination of poke, doc, plantain, and dandelion “greens”. They would take them in and boil them up, and enjoy the tonic effect they had on the body after a long winter’s break from fresh foods. There would be a garden planted with lsAa showcase for picnics, long walks, and creating games to keep the kids occupied. Our grandparents and great-grandparents knew the value of work and the knew the value of relaxation.
We are ready to embark on a remarkable adventure, one that will take us wherever we want to go. This adventure is what we simply term “life experiences.” I cannot say that I have always viewed life as an adventure. I grew up in rural Indiana and was warned from an early age of all of the pitfalls that awaited me if I did not exercise extreme caution in life. I was raised to believe that my parents were in charge and knowledgeable about such things and that if I did not heed what they told me, there were consequences to be paid for that digression.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word enchantment? I think of a forest full of fairies and magical happenings. Some of you may think of a caldron bubbling, just waiting for a sorceress to cast a spell. The word evokes different meanings for us all, and it is usually an image of something magical and mystical that could not happen in what we term, “real life.” When looking up the definition, we find that it has a couple of different meanings. One is,” a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual.” and the other is, “a magical spell.” Then when we delve a bit further and look at the synonyms, we find the words, fascination, captivation, and enthrallment. Now we are left with something a bit different to work with. Now we have a meaning that can be worked with in our version of “real world” speak that takes away the mystical…. or does it?
This is a very interesting theme this month and I admit to beginning early in order to come up with something that was remotely worth publication. The first thing I did was to look up the definition to see if there was something hidden there that would help me.