This word that chose me

This word that chose me….
comes back with the stealth of a cat
seeking a warm lap.
In the middle of the mundane chores of 
a winter morning,
gray, and dull, and cold,
 as I wipe away dirt and grime,
 this word that chose me….
touches me on the shoulder.
 And in that moment
I see that it is all good,
the dirt, the grime,
the winter morning, gray and cold,
simply because 
in this moment
is all that matters.
~ Deborah L. Tisch, 2014 ~

One Little Action

In January I wrote here that I am intentionally inviting into my life such things as quiet confidence, an open heart, deeper listening, daily gratitude, self kindness, abundant living, and simplicity.  During the month of March we were encouraged to commit to doing one little thing related to the One Little Word we chose for 2011. Self kindness became that one little thing for me to practice.

I find that we have to work hard at this every day. Each and every day of our lives. Because it is so easy to let our own needs go by the wayside, to allow others needs to come first (to a fault), to think we will be considered selfish if we just do something for our own personal edification or care.  Then the question becomes how can we show kindness to others when we don’t practice it on ourselves?

I’ve been able to notice this need in myself and take some positive steps to address it. That in itself is the Gift from this One Little Word that has entered my life.  

I invite you to think about what you are doing to be kind to yourself, 
or to start doing even one little thing, 
taking one little action this week that shows kindness to you. 


Images for One Little Word

Finding images that relate to the word “Gift” was my assignment recently, and it was harder than I thought it would be.  I have been through the slump, the waning interest in my One Little Word, but now it has been revived. And the images I have selected, shown in this collage, bring new thoughts, new insights.
The clock represents the gift of time, something I am more acutely aware of at this point in life, how I use it.
The Christmas gift, with all the gold wrap and shiny images makes me aware that material gifts are nice but not the most important thing.
The next little package is what I created to make me think of my OLW for 2011, and in B&W it is still lovely. Not flashy, just simple. A simple gift….
The star keychain was a token of thanks that I received. This reminds me that expressing thanks is vital to life and I need to practice this more frequently.
The image of the stairway with a ghost like figure on it – this represents the gift of dreams. Dreams are a true gift from God. Paying attention to them, learning the language/symbolism of those dreams helps me grow.
The piano keys are all about talents and abilities, not just playing the piano.  I have been blessed with many talents. How I share them or not share them affects me and those around me.
The heart shaped leaf in water reminds me of love. Love found in unlikely places and circumstances. Love within me that I must share.
The M & Ms are in the shape of a heart, too, but the message here is playfulness. Maybe it is also about photography.   Still thinking about that one.
The open hands remind me that I must be receptive to this word, gift, and to all that it brings into my life, that my hands and heart must be open to whatever comes.
Thanks for the gift of your friendship, for stopping by and sharing my journey!

The Gift in Every Day

Have you ever had someone send you a note or card that was just the right thing for you at that time? I’m talking about one of those times when you were given the exact word of encouragement or support, and it just brought tears to your eyes or made you laugh uncontrollably.  You know what I’m talking about.  

Years ago a friend sent me such a card, and it included the saying that is on this photo. This was when there were no cell phones and long distance calls were done on a limited basis. Fax machines were the new thing for sending information quickly, using that rolled up paper that soon faded.  When you wanted to say something to a friend you sent them a letter by the regular mail. Not very many people were using email or even knew what it was.  

That card stayed in my possession for a long time because it spoke to what was happening in my life then; recently divorced, wondering how I was going to get my life together, feeling really down, you get the idea.  The message is about changing your point of view, seeing life differently, choosing to look at it from a different angle…rather than trying to run away from reality. 

Fast forward to now, and the message is still important to me but for totally different reasons. This time it came to me as a “spin off” of my One Little Word, Gift.  I’m on a quest to find the Gift in Every Day.  This is my way of looking for the best blessing of the day, the thing or event that most stretches me to grow, even if it’s something I don’t necessarily like. 

If you have a favorite card or letter like I’ve mentioned here, consider bringing it out and reading it again. See how it affects you now, and reflect on how you have grown or changed. Are you where you want to be, or do you need to look at life through new eyes?   

Thanks for sharing this part of my journey!