Friday, April 1, 2011

Gradual warmth.. Gradual Success

Here's the problem with living in the south. February - Hot. April - Cold. Seriously?

Today the high will be 64. Tomorrow 75. Sunday 86.

Pick a season.

Another things that drives us crazy down here - when you wake up, it is 40 degrees. By noon, maybe the mid 60s and by 5pm, a solid 78. Only to drop right back down.

For a girl with a problem deciding what to wear, this has become a major issue. I always enjoy the colors of spring. But the temperature changes, I always seem to forget about those.

So here I am, at work 30 minutes early, all settled in at my desk. I have my 12oz latte with no fat milk, and I ate my super (low WW point) breakfast thingy and I am trying to get in a pleasent mood.

It's not easy.

I have a little devotional book I read each morning. It is not a religious one, more of a "journey" one. The author speaks to the very core of what this blog was even about in the first place. The book (which I have owned for probably 10 years) is "Journey to the Heart" by Melody Beattie. I believe I wrote a post about this book once, a long time ago.

As I was sitting here, feeling "blocked" - I decided to read my meditation/devotion of the day. It is soooo dead on, I want to share with you a few pieces. See if this speaks to your heart.

The title was - Learn To Clear Your Path. Whoa. Just that alone almost stopped me in my tracks. But Melody goes on to share a story about a woman who was trying to get pregnant and shared all of her obstacles. Though that bit did not speak to me, I did understand the desire to have life a certain way. I struggle with that daily. Here is how she wrapped it up:

There are often roadblocks on our path. Roadblocks, barricades, detours. Things to go over, around, or under. Sometimes, the roadblocks are telling us no, this door isn't opening. Find another way. Other times the roadblacks are telling us that the road we have chosen is very special. If we want to go down it, we will have to try. We will have to focuse. We will have to muster our energy and show the world how badly we want it. We will have to overcome each and every obstacle, one by one, as they appear.

She went on to ask a few questions - What do you want badly? Are you willing to go through an obstacle course, if need be, to achieve it? Are you willing to be tested by the universe? Are you will to focuse, push forward, got the distance?

I thought about these questions and my answer is - Yes, I want something very badly. I want a successful, happy marriage with my egyptian. Yes, I am trudging through an obstacle course, and yes - I have been tested.

I also want to excell in my field at work. I want to be healthier and I want to make some changes in my personal life. Yes, yes and yes.

Sometimes, the road ahead is blocked, but clearing the way becomes part of our journey. Learn to tell when it is time to let go, to surrender, to search for another road, a different path, another dream. But also learn to tell when it's time to move forward, through obstacles if need be, because the dream is electric, charged by Divine energy and love.


Leanne said...

Ok . . . I feel like you wrote this one for me. It speaks to me, in many ways. Thank you for putting it out there, and for reminding me that we all face obstacles. I need to knock down the obstacles right now ... but I'm still trying to figure out how.

Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

I am facing that right now, I need to paint 16 paintings and attend a week long painting workshop, while trying to motivate myself to do so.
I will have artwork on exhibit the end of May with 10 of those paintings. 5 for a mentoring session and 1 for a gift.
My biggest holdup is picking up the paint brush!

Mitzi said...

I'm with you on the weather. I'm totally confused. It is April, not suppose to be cold. Loved this are such a good writer Nicole.

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

Northern CA is very much the same way during the same months....hard to adjust. Great post today,really hit a few nails on the head for me!


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