Can extract sunshine from a cloudy day!

Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness. Carry a vision of heaven in your hearts, and you shall make your name,your college, the world, correspond to that vision. Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer wrappings. The great, enduring realities are love and service. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty. ~ Helen Keller
L❀VE ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥ •´¯`•.¸¸.♥Fiat Lux ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥L❀VE ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥ •´¯`•.¸¸.♥Fiat Lux ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥

Sunday, January 23, 2011

♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥•.¸¸.• .♥My Inspiring Guides

 ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥•.¸¸.• .♥ 
The first vibrant beacon to illumine my path was no less than the incontestably funny Barbara Johnson, author of the vivaciously written, "Stick A Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy.Her voice was my voice when I was a wee' lady 20 something freakish mother me! Her humor was a holy umbilical connecting her inner funny to mine.

Barbara's bubbly yellow book was  my loving elixir, gulped in potent doses in between the manic of youth with its mundane madness of frying chicken, fixing bed, folding laundry, catering to hubby, carting two active boys to elementary, and washing my hair every day.

"Pain is inevitable but misery is optional! 
~ Barbara Johnson

It was the 90's and she was my totem of sanity, my nicotine of resilience, my sangria of balance, a woman in a book who zealously guided and bridled my young wild self to calm and clarity. Ah, so many ways to describe her! She dug out' humor from the driest desert of days imaginable with stories lifted from a life she lived that seemed hell bent on whacking her out. Disappointments, bad vibes, grave news, crises, burnt bread became reserves of strength and catalysts of courage. I was transfixed. Her optimism was grounding. Pussy willows, cattails, soft winds and roses...I grew... a geranium of smile inside of me!

My mentor to a life of  "no whines, no complaints," Barbara imparted the dire boring folly of a "victim" mentality, espousing to the young wife in me that it isn't what happens in life that primarily matters, but the graciousnessby which one takes it, rolls it and wears it! That was powerful. That was strength. 

Married 21 years, yes, I am.  And to this day, I owe that  happy geranium in my heart to a woman I met, not in person, but in spirit. Her life of seeking the gracious happy best in everything was a bud of joy planted, and  germinating still in my soul.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸

 ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥•.¸¸.• .♥ 
In the same manner of encouragement, I offer this blog to the life and stories of women the world over. Ordinary women who lay no claim to movie star fame, but whose lives are seeded with the most fragrant buds of wisdom that sow light as a prism refracts light...
....wherever we are, whether we know each other or not, have met or never will, we all are intertwined in a garden of pretty as life is meant to be. I offer this space as a little geranium garden of joy and a rose orchard of peace. 
May you be inspired. May you be blessed. May you be happy!   
This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.. 
let it shine..let it shine...
Namaste! Love and Light!
The Lady Prism 

L❀VE ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥ •´¯`•.¸¸.♥Fiat Lux ♥´¯`•.¸¸.• ♥ •´¯`•.¸¸.♥L❀VE

ART CREDIT: You might be wondering about the artwork. Do take a moment to click here and know more about it. This site is a collection of artists and paintings that inspire me. Blessings!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

♥¸.•*"Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ"*.• Creation

"My friend R, using her phone while I go get myself some coffee."

The greens and the yellows, fresh and alive and brimming with vivaciousness! The following pictures attest to the aura of my year. A beginning opened by meeting friends and receiving good cheer. This must be my year for "IT!" And while some grapple with resolutions, I, merely have the following at heart:♥¸.•*"Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ"*.•

To create beautiful relationships.
To create beautiful connections.

To meditate on beautiful thoughts.
To create beautiful words.
To create beautiful lessons.

to create beautiful meals.
To create beautiful things .
To create beautiful mornings, afternoons and evenings..

And to give all the beauty that I create to the beautiful friends and family life has given me. 

A beautiful heart..that's all I 'm aiming for...♥¸.•*"Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ"*.•

My favorite neighborhood coffee shop

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Pardon of 2010 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

♥¸.•*"Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ PARDON!

To pardon each day and not hold it against itself. To pardon it for its puny disappointments and disparaging ways. To pardon it for its illusions and unmet resolutions.To pardon it for its uncouth brashness. To pardon it for its malaise. To pardon it for its funk. To pardon it for its blasé. To pardon it for umbrage and chafe.  To pardon it for its ills, improprieties, neglect, rudeness, hurts, callousness, ungratefulness.To pardon it for its oppressive heat. To pardon it for its malevolent rain. 

To pardon everything, everything, everything. Anything and everything!

To pardon the mirrors. To pardon the walls. To pardon exits and entrances. To pardon dead leaves and aphid ridden roses. To pardon termites and vermin. To pardon the chime and the clock. To pardon the seconds. To pardon the minutes. To pardon the hours. To pardon shadows. To pardon others. To pardon myself.....

Each evening, in quiet retrospect, to pardon in gratefulness, 
and fashion afresh each morning.. 
a novel welcome feathered in my heart
for life...

2010. You have been a master teacher to me. A trickster and a charm, you were. There are years more deserving of thanks. And so, I - for all the ubiquitous  lessons earned, most graciously, thank you for this lesson of "pardon." Goodbye.

I shine besotted to my new word for this new year - PASSION!!

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