Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.
Untamed flowers grow
beside the road, wild, untouched,
Abracadbra. I am the magical faerie queen of the watery orb and I get to change the planet with the whoosh and wave of my magic wand. Imagine, if you will, a straight slender stick of Elm wood about 15 inches long, fat finger thick, hand rubbed and polished to a fine shine, fitted with a grip handle of the finest gold, braid wrapped with silk ribbons in white, pink, and purple that stream down in colored clouds. Inlaid spirally along the shaft are tiny iridescent opals and the tip is a small, perfect, dark purple amethyst. Every whoosh and wave shoots out a shower of rainbow sparkles and lightning bolts. Let us begin. Shazam.
Magic Wand: Haters will no longer be haters. They will no longer experience a feeling of superiority or difference, and there will be no distinction between them and other people, so nobody is “lesser” than them and they are not “better”.
Magic Wand: Bullies will no longer be bullies. They will no longer experience feelings of inferiority by responding with oppressive behavior so others will feel as badly as themselves. There will no longer be any satisfaction in shaming others for any differences whatsoever.
Magic Wand: There will be no more wars. Differences in politics, religion, race, economics, possessions, and whatever other will no longer be a cause for killing other people and destroying their property. No sons and daughters will ever be killed or injured in the name of war or profit or jealousy again.
Magic Wand: There will be no more Us vs Them. Now it will all be about us and taking care of each other.
Magic Wand: Capitalism will merely be about profit to the benefit of all people, not at the expense of other people.
Magic Wand: People who aspire to and achieve leadership positions do so voluntarily, not in the quest for money, celebrity, or fame, and are never bombastic blowhards who incite violence with impunity with lies and hate speech.
Magic Wand: All the Bigs (Big Agriculture, Big Pharmacy, Big Business, Big Corporations, Big Finance, Big Banking, Big Economics, Big Capitalism, Big Military, Big Medicine, Big Diet, Big Health, Big Fitness, Big Government, and all the others) are from this point on no longer in existence as money generating machines.
Magic Wand: Water, the gift of the universe, miracle of the heavens, and basis of all life will be honored. Clean, pure, drinkable water will be freely and easily available to all people.
Magic Wand: Fresh, natural foods will be easily accessible to all people through greenbelts established and cultivated in every neighborhood.
Magic Wand: Animals who provide us with food will be treated humanely and with respect.
Magic Wand: Bugs, insects, and other creepy crawly things will stay in their place: outdoors, and will not invade homes or possessions, or crawl on your body even when you are outdoors with them.
Magic Wand: The medical paradigm will no longer find fat or the fear of fat as the basis on which medical caretaking is determined.
Magic Wand: The magic wand cannot make every body perfect, without pain or malfunction, but it can make health care available to all people without health being commodified and a source of profit.
Magic Wand: The magic wand also cannot change accidents, injury, illness, aging, or death. It will however make those life processes less distressing and uncomfortable.
Magic Wand: There will be no more addiction. People will value each other and experience a sense of belonging and worth and no longer need to deaden and numb their feelings with any sort of substance.
Magic Wand: Elders who are unable to work and the disabled will be cared for in their own homes without judgment of their abilities or warehoused in centers and neglected. Children will never be abused, but will be treasured as the precious miracles they are.
Magic Wand: Nobody, not one man, woman, or child, will live on the street, in their car, under a tree, or squatting in an unoccupied house. The comfort and security of a home that will never be taken away from you shall be experienced by all human beings.
Magic Wand: Safe housing will no longer be about profit, but will be provided for all people as a basic need and not something which has to be earned.
Magic Wand: Homes and possessions will be self-maintaining, never requiring dusting, sweeping, washing, cleaning, vacuuming, painting, or polishing.
Magic Wand: When and if mechanical things break they will be fixed overnight by elves. Technological equipment as well. Just go to your nice warm comfy bed and all will be well and working properly in the morning.
Magic Wand: Human beings will experience “enough” and the feelings of security enough can produce. People who have earned more than enough will recognize that and willingly share their excess with other human beings.
Magic Wand: Artistic endeavors will be encouraged and supported as the true wealth of the human spirit. In all arts from gardening, to culinary, to writing of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, to drawing and painting, to music and singing, and all others.
Bibbity bobbity boo. So be it. **POOF**
Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Still dealing with a wonky camera which sounds like it will require an expenditure of my carefully guarded dollars, so again using borrowed or old pictures.
The particular orange that is California poppies. The soft pink of wild roses growing on the side of the road. Purple and magenta clematis. Bright yellow Asiatic lilies.
Current View – The Wrecking Crew! (2015, rated PG) a documentary about session musicians who made most of the music us olders are familiar with before it became the norm to play your own music both in session (on recordings) and on stage. Fascinating how many songs we are familiar with from the 50s and 60s were not recorded by the musicians associated with them. * Sense and Sensibility (1999, rated PG), from the novel by Jane Austen, starring Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. While I have never managed to connect comfortably with the work of Jane Austen (as a literature major what’s that about?!?) I love Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman who really brought this work to life. This movie will go on my list of all time favorites to be watched again. If you enjoyed Gosford Park or the Downton Abbey series you might enjoy this movie. * Finished season 2 of Grace and Frankie (2016, not rated) with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and, forgive last week’s error, Sam Waterston (last week: Waterson). When they come up with a winning combination of fun and drama they just can’t make them fast enough for me. I might watch the whole 2 seasons again, just because it was so much fun.
Currently Reading – The Passenger (2016, fiction) by Lisa Lutz, an accomplished mystery author (check out The Spellman Files, the first of her Spellman series). Ms Lutz has a tongue in cheek way of approaching serious mystery; she amuses as she mystifies. This novel satisfies my fantasy curiosity during my time of changes and transition of what it might be like to live on the run, constantly changing appearance and identity, seeking random sleeping arrangements and sources of income. A novel with elegant plot twists and the original dirty deed is not revealed until the very end, I’ll be re-reading this in the future. Recommended. The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts (2012, psychology and physical fitness) by Hanne Blank. Practical advice for people of all body shapes and sizes on approaching exercise and how to work with large bellies, big breasts, thunder thighs, and bubble butts (words not meant as negatives but descriptives), and get over the stigma fat people often experience when exercising. Yes, concurrently.
This week I have been grateful for:
- A fanciful, creative, curiously wild brain.
- A variety of weather, warm, cool, wet, dry, and in-between.
- Local teenaged students finding their voices in protest against racism and bullying.
- Those teenagers’ surprise when they found out I participated in similar protests (walk-outs and sit-ins) against the Vietnam war. I’m glad they knew about the Vietnam war.
- Laughing at Mister Kitty aka George Murphy being territorial and yowling at other kitties to get out of his yard.
- Still being able to walk around the block, even though it takes me as long as it used to take me to walk 3 miles.
- My local aquatic center where I am able to move most of my bones and muscles nearly without pain while I am in the water.
- The relief I feel when I’ve gotten through another day and it’s time to go swim.
- Sleep despite the disturbing, likely pharmaceutically induced, dreams.
- Opening doors to fresh clean air after wiping down some of the house with peppermint cleansers.
- A lovely two hour nap outside until the bugs finally got to me.
- A coffee date with a friend who has been supportive during my recent change to unemployment.
- Getting another small corner cleaned.
Hoping you have a lovely week.
Namaste. Peace. Blessings.
Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch
Floral paragraph dividers by Susan Branch