Saturday, September 26, 2009

Puppy Size

Someone emailed me this & I just loved it. Must be in a sappy hormonal mood tonight....everything is making me cry! HA!
This is one of the neatest stories you will ever hear. You will know precisely what this little girl is talking about at the end (you'll want to share this one with your loved ones and special friends)!

'Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this,' the mother told the volunteer.
'What is it she keeps asking for?' the volunteer asked. 'Puppy size!' replied the mother

'Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for.' 'I know..... we have seen most of them, ' the mom said in frustration... Just then Danielle came walking into the office 'Well, did you find one?' asked her mom. 'No, not this time,' Danielle said with sadness in her voice. 'Can we come back on the weekend?'

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed 'You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply,' the volunteer said. Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. 'Don't worry, I'll find one this weekend,' she said. Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her. They both felt she was being too particular. 'It's this weekend or we're not looking any more,' Dad finally said in frustration. 'We don't want to hear anything more about puppy size, either,' Mom added. Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning .. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs. Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.
Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said, 'Sorry, but you're not the one.' It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer. 'Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!' She screamed with joy.. 'It's the puppy size!' 'But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks,' Mom said. 'No not size... The sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed,' she said. 'Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!' The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both. 'Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,' she said. Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, 'Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!'
Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day. They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. 'Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.'

I hope your life is filled with Sighs!!! Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends! Life is too short and friends are too few.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Take the Chance!

Because I Said So is on HBO right now...not that I don't have it! HA! I love Stephen Collins...isn't he hot! HA! There are sooo many great lines in that movie, like when Diane Keaton tells "Johnny" it is pride that is creating a wall & he should not waste one single minute. Man! I mean if you don't take the chance on love or risk on finding out & asking someone then you just will never know what it is all about! And if you can't take the risk on that then how will you ever risk other things in life & be able to have the courage to get through life.

I also love the ending where "Johnny" tells her what he loves about all the quirky things others do not particular care for in her he loves! He gets her & also finds her so vibrant. I mean have fun people! Life is meant to have a blast! I think we forget this as we get older & those who don't forget really get what life is really about. Wild Abandonment is not necessarily bad or illegal or hurtful. It gets a real bad name! It is the spontaniety of life which makes life fun and joyful & full of energy.

And on that note I'll just say I bought red & green jingle bell earings tonight! HA! It will be here before you know it & despite the fact that I have medical bills up the Wahoo I refuse to not have fun! I need this holiday to keep me sane! HA! I just saw someone's house all lit up & decorated for Christmas already tonight on the way home. I said, "Thank You God I needed that" and I am going to start decorating! :-) I have Friday off & man I'm going to start bringing the spirit in. And the Lite FM is already playing Christmas music 24 hrs & AOL radio has some channels for Christmas so...let the spirit glow within! Take the chance & light your spirit with love anyway you can! :-)

Thursday, October 18, 2007


OMG...I can't believe it has been this long since I have posted to this journal! Wow! I don't know...just a busy deck garden even went to the dogs! Have to blame it on teaching & that new boyfriend of mine! HA! I just have had fun spending time with him.

So lets see all of Sep I was going into Chicago everyday for my Vax-D treatments & getting home late at night doesn't leave too much time. I'm doing better now & only going down 2 days a week for PT now so bit more time. It has been taking its toll a bit but I wanted to try this to avoid surgery. I have this Willow Tree Angel & this is what I want to feel like & what I'm fighting so hard for! Try to post more often now!

I like this one...Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. - Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Whose Watching You?!

I know, I know..where have I been? HA! Well, lets see, 2 more weeks left of class, been spending time with the new beau & my niece & last week my sister announced she is engaged and is going to be married in mid Oct! This has sent the family into a Wedding Craze. [shaking head] So I'm sure I'll be posting more later about that...but I heard this on the radio a few days ago & it is just AWESOME for my class & I wanted to share it with you. I always tell my students you do have to watch because other kids are observing you all over & they may get in trouble for something you taught them! HA! Hope you like it!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Just Send Love!


Been meaning to get this posted for a few days now. It was odd but I had this really peaceful day. I was so grounded and realized that others are just going to be not so nice in life but it really doesn't have to affect me. I don't mean this like I don't feel compassion for them & not care, but rather it doesn't have to make me upset or have them bring the worst out of me in response. It just popped in my head "Where there is hatred let there be love" and I just smiled, felt so warm & loved and thought that is what I will do all day. I just had a day were I said people can be icky & I can just be soooo incredibly wonderful back to them. I know hard to do everyday, but it was a day that I was able to. I have a bumper sticker in my SUV window which says, "The Best Revenge is to Love Your Enemy". That idea!

Then I was thinking why are these people (or us on some days) so bad? My brain was just firing so wild that day...and on the radio was "You Lost That Loving Feeling" and yep that was it...lack of love. "All We Need Is Love" dadadadada....ha! Dr. Dyer always says to send love out and you will get love & that is really true! It just feels so good to say "You can't make me feel bad!" you know. Just wish I could do that everyday all day long! :-) All we can do is try each new time.

Ok, I couldn't decide! HA! They are all good! Enjoy!

The Righteous Brothers:

Top Gun:


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

We ALL have Special Gifts!

Hi Everyone!

OMG...I could not believe these when I listened! Have you seen them? First is a 6 yr old girl that Simon loved in Britain American Idol. My God what will she be like later when she is older and has teeth! HA! Next a guy who sells cell phones and sings better than Pavarotti! I'd buy his CD today!

I had my little niece listen & told her this is why when people walk down the street you never know what special talents God has given them and we should never judge people.

They made me cry..I know everything makes me cry! HA! I wish I could sing, at least a bit better than I do. I just love singing but hopefully I have some other special gift. I just can't imagine all these people in the world with equally special talents in other disciplines & they are not able to potentiate them for one reason or another. I have students with such great potential but they have to work to support their families or take care of an ill family member etc. I have one student now who is combining theories & taking it to a higher level! And get this...she is only going to be a SR in HS in the fall. She would be great for grad school now! HA!

Well, tomorrow as you walk buy people grocery shopping or someone is stopped next to you at the light, try thinking for a moment that they may have an amazing talent rather than judging them because they are being slow or something!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Embrace Your Transformations


Sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday. I was doing pretty good earlier in the day, took Sam & Ella back to the vet, enjoyed the lovely weather on the way there & back, found a few tops on sale I've been needing and then later in the evening I got into some kind of funk. Interesting how quickly we can go from one emotion to the other, and how very little it can take...which though when you think about it does give hope to go back to the happy state! :-)  I'm still working on it but a bit better now. If my shoulder would loosen up I'd be really happy...of course it may be that I need to get happy for it to loosen up...I know, you can see right now where I'm at. HA!

Ok, so where am I going with this & what is with the catepillars & butterflies etc? Well, last night I read my newsletter from Deepak Chopra on Transformations. And what is the first words right out of the box?

Change can be scary.

EEECK!!!! Well, really? I know that very well. Well, to some know we don't mind change when we are young do we. I have nieces so trust me, even if I couldn't remember, which I do, they remind me all the time! The soon to be 10 yr old came home from school & told her mom that some boy asked her to be his girlfriend. She said yes of course because "he was cute" and he tells her that she has to play basketball with him everyday after school! HA! Not a few weeks before this she got in my car to come for the weekend & said, "Auntie..look at my pierced ears & my nails & my new (training) bra!" AHHHHH! Where did that little girl go? Of course she is all thrilled. I give her tablets to write words. Last time she was picking words out of my psych text to learn...her teacher is going to love that one but I loved it. Well, I went to see what new words she had & instead I found...

"Dear Diary....

I have my first boyfriend. I'm so excited to have our first kiss. He is so handsom(e),"

UGH! I have no idea where she got those genes! ;-) She has been boy crazy for years though she did once tell me they don't like girls & I said well, you know they think girls have cooties for a while but they will come around.

Now on the same day my 16 yr old niece came home & told her mom that her boyfriend of like 8 mo came up to her & her friends & told her he didn't like her anymore, he was at some girls house the last two nights watching tv & wanted to break up with her. My little niece said she was crying all night.   

Now, both are going through Transformations & they are eager to do this. They can't wait to wear make-up, date, drive, go to college etc. I'm like Whoooo baby...lets put the brakes on a bit, but they can't wait. Do you remember this? HA! I do! Like that day I got to walk into my dorm & my folks were leaving! It is a good thing they could not see the big ole smile on my face. Ha! I was just so thrilled to be on my own. Now not that may parents were not wonderful, they were...I think they are worse now! Ha!

Now Deepak says...

With change comes the unknown…the uncertain. And we often fear what we don’t know.

You know it was a bit scary when we were younger, maybe for some more than me but, we didn't really fear the unknown then. We got in that car for driver's was our folks that feared the unknown of that! HA! We didn't fear dating the "unknown guy". We didn't fear going to that college party and not knowing what would happen. Ha! Somewhere later the unknown seems to get a bit scarier. Isn't that interesting. Is it because there are possibly more consequences?  

The next big point he reminds us of...

You have your version of how things are supposed to work out.

Whooo baby! How true is that for many of us! I know it is for me. I mean well they tell you to plan & then they say don't care if those plans work out? This seems contradictory! HA! But I know what he is getting at. We should still keep in mind that no matter how things work out it may be for the best & a lesson for us & will transform us nontheless. How it transforms us also depends on what perspective we choose to have.

P.S. I always love these fuzzy ones when I see them! :-)

Next, Deepak gets really deep...dare he "thinks too much" ha!

But change comes in each moment. You are not the same person you were when you began to read this. Those few sentences above are now part of your make-up. Every interaction, conversation, meal, thought, and activity you engage in today will shift your physiology and your emotional state. We’re often not aware of these subtle shifts because they happen so incrementally. Yet by tomorrow, you will be changed – even if only a bit.

How true! We don't really notice this. It is when we feel the big shifts. This brings me back to how our started me posting on my emotional state transforming. Just think of music how quickly a song can transform your mood, or someone telling a joke or like today in Wal Mart, I'm in line & these parents in the line next to me have twin boys in a stroller. The stroller is one child behind the other. They are screaming & the father is saying "Did you bite the other one" and wasn't being at all bad with the boys but then the older brother, maybe 5-6 yrs old came up to the one behind who may have had his finger bit & he checks out his finger & he gave the most tender hug to his brother...I was like OMG...this young boy when he grows up if he is the same way he is going to melt the womens hearts! It didn't hurt that he was a very attractive boy too. I was like where is my 10 yr old niece...she should meet him, he'd only be 5 yrs younger...ha! My niece is like that too so they would be a perfect match. Well, I was just so overwhelmed with a loving feeling. I was smiling at him so much. He saw me and I'm glad becasue that would be great positive reinforcement (oops did I let that psych term come out! HA!) I was going to say something to the parents but I didn't get close enough to strike up the conversation. That little boy changed my emotional state soooooo much! We get into our adult worlds & stress & if we observe children more, play with them etc we can get back to a good place. And we have to watch what they are observing & learning from us...ugh!

Sorry I couldn't resist with this one! Ha! Humor is good!

Deepak then goes on to say...

One of the reasons we fear this change is that we think that once we change, we will be stuck there – doomed for eternity to suffer the scenario you feared most. But what if you could embrace the fact that your transformation never stops. That wherever you are in your mind will change and wherever you end up, that too will change. The person you will be tomorrow will transform again into the person of the next day and the next. Now you are able to see not just the static aspects of yourself but the ever growing, ever re-birthing, ever-evolving aspect of you. And there’s a bonus…each time you transform…you open yourself to an abundance of possibilities which means you have the ability to be reborn in each moment.

Can I get a YIPEE! :-) You know we forget that when we are down or well it is just hard to realize when you are in the middle of it. When you lost that job, or loss a loved one or a relationship stops etc. People will try to tell you this, which usually just makes things worse but it is really true. This reminds me of the saying in "The Sound of Music" "When God closes a door, he opens a window". I always tell my mom he manages to open the windows on the 64th floor though! HA! Sorry, guess I'm in a better mood now...must be thinking of that little boy again. You know there are just moments in ones life you will never little reminders to think of again later. Like now that Braves just got ahead of the Cubs...ugh! I really do believe there are messages everyday if we are observing...even in ourselves. And I think we give them to others also. Sometimes we are the bad example of what not to do though but maybe that does serve a purpose in a way. No, I'm not excusing bad behavior here but I know when I see someone getting upset I say, "See that is what you look like so be careful!"

A beautiful Transformation I found!

Last point I want to share from Deepak's posting...

In every moment we have a choice. Whatever we choose, we are opening ourselves to transformation and the abundance of possibilities it offers us.

Oh man...the key word here is CHOICE!!!!  We forget that every action we do, even what we speak, listen to & think about is a CHOICE! Who we listen to and Believe...friends or family who do not send good messages, who do not see in us the potential & help us get there rather than bring us down etc! We need to be very careful to resist those kind of messages transforming us in a unhealthy way. It is not love that does this! They may think so but it isn't! And I'm not saying they are trying to be hurtful, even the best of us don't always realize it. I think I need to add a reminder here. I have this on a beautiful poster in my Angel bathroom right next to the angel that is blowing you a kiss. I know interesting theme for a bathroom but...

(I just realized from copying & pasting from the web this was not the one I had. Not bad but I'm retyping this to what I have!)

Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
It is not arrogant or rude.

Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong, but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.

We don't always remember this in the heat of the moment when we are upset. Sometimes we are kinder to strangers than the people we love. Hmmm...something to keep working on.

Lastly, I wanted to use this just perfect collage of butterflies below to remind us to celebrate the diversity in our transformations. We are all on different places in our transformations. We don't all go through the same transformations, and thank God that would be boring. We can learn from each other. We should see the beautiful differences in each & every one of us. Isn't it odd that when we see different butterflies we stop & notice them & point them out. We need to do this more with people! We need to remember that even people who are not quite in a good place are still transforming and have so much potential & we can choose to help their transformation or hurt it.

Ok, have I exhausted this? HA! I'm still thinking! :-)