155. Wonderland

It’s mind over matter, said the Mad Hatter

As his worries and problems gave way 

Alice was smaller and then she got taller

As she slept on a warm summer’s day

 You’ll soon be dead, for it’s off with your head 

The people all heard the Queen say

With teeth bright as a light, the cat sat smiling  

Until he just faded away 

Run Rabbit run, or you’ll miss all the fun

Hurry!  Faster!  Oy Vey

Life is stranger than fiction, read the plaque in the kitchen 

As the sun set on the end of the day 

154. Think Outside The Box

We could all use a little help in some area of our lives. What could you use help with? Who do you go to for help? Do you think outside the box when it comes to asking for assistance? I don’t often enough. There are a few times when I have been in desperate need, and called on my grandmother and best friend to help me from the other side of life.

I have had more than a few times when I was sitting, perfectly happy, in my chaise lounge, using my computer when out of nowhere something happened, like I sneeze and my head falls forward. Once it falls, I don’t have the strength to raise it again. I must say that I have pretty much remedied this by wearing a soft neck brace during the day. But, one time before I started wearing the neck brace it happened, and my husband was just taking off on the tractor to go do some outside work. I knew he would be gone for hours. I began to panic. I use my eyes to type on my computer, so with my head down, I can’t type to call on anyone for help. I have an Echo / Alexa, but with my chin on my chest, talking is not easy. I started yelling for my husband, as much as I could. He was still outside, getting ready to leave. I had a window cracked open, but with my weak voice, and his hearing loss, there was really no chance he would hear me. I started asking for help. Pleading would be a better word. I asked my grandmother to get him back in the house, and then thought to ask his grandmother to get his attention. I knew I had to get him to come in somehow, I didn’t know how long I could sit like that and still breathe enough (my breathing is very poor). Then, I called on my BFF to go get him to come back inside. I knew she would definitely be there for me. Let’s just say that I will never know who got him to come back inside, but I know it had nothing to do with my weak voice yelling for him. He somehow heard me, and yelled that he was coming. He cannot even hear me when he is standing right beside me, but a small miracle occurred, and he came inside, and lifted my head, we put on my neck brace, and all was well.

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Best selling author, Tammy Mastroberte, reminds us that we can call on anyone who has passed, for help. Really, anyone! You can call on your angels, arch angels, your loved ones who have passed, etc… You could call on someone who knew a lot about whatever you need at the moment. It doesn’t matter if you knew them when they were here or not. If you have a question or problem with quantum physics, you might ask Stephen Hawking for help. If you are looking for healing or have health issues, maybe Louise Hay would be a good choice. For a circus quandary, maybe P.T. Barnum would be the best choice, but for animals in general, I’d go with Steve Irwin. Think about it, the possibilities are endless. There is someone out there that you can call on, for absolutely any problem you have! All you need to do, is think outside of the box!

153. Happy Beltane!

Beltane, or you may know it as May Day, is a special day in the year. On May 1st, or about halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice people used to celebrate the coming of summer. It was a celebration of the crops that would come, and a time of fertility, with the rebirth of the earth (flowers, trees, etc.) and more animals soon to be born on the farms. Celebrations differed depending on where you lived but it included things like community bon fires, decorating a May bush with flowers and ribbons, or dancing around a Maypole and weaving ribbon around the pole.

Beltane, or May Day is also said to be a time when the veil between the human world, and the world of faeries & nature spirits has grown thin. It is considered a magical time of the year, much like Halloween. These spirits & faeries are thought to be especially active at this time of year. Traditionally in the past, offerings were left for the fae in hopes to win them over, ( you never want to upset a fairy ), ensure a good planting season, and maybe catch a glimpse of a fairy.

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This is a time of creation. A time of rebirth, a time of change. If you are looking to make a change in your life, there is no better time than May Day, or Beltane. Celebrate in your own way, and embrace the energy that this day holds, to fire up your creative juices and make a change, or begin something new in your life.

152. What If…

What if it is all true. What if at least bits and pieces of all those fairytales from your childhood were actually fact and not fiction?! What if there really are fairies and gnomes, elves, trolls, mermaids and unicorns? On and on I could go, listing things that most of us think are just fairy tales meant to entertain children…things that might be more real than we realize.

What if they are all real?! What if there really is a Loch Ness monster? What if Bigfoot is alive and well, and has children, and a wife and everything?! Wouldn’t that make life much more exciting? It definitely would, and that is probably why people go out and look for Nessie and Bigfoot.

Years ago I read a book called, The Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries. The author presents a record of interviews done throughout the United Kingdom of first hand accounts of sightings of all sorts of magical creatures. Also of interactions handed down through generations in families. Published in 1911, the first hand accounts date back to the early 1800s. It was very interesting, and made me a believer in fae folk.

I follow a Vlogger on YouTube who talked about having fairies in her Christmas tree one year. They had apparently been living in the tree when it was cut down and sold as a Christmas tree. She switched to an artificial tree the next year, so as not to take away anyone’s home again.

What if plants could think and even sing? It might sound crazy, but it is being proven that both are true. There are videos online of the music made by placing electrodes on a leaf of a plant, and you can actually hear the unique song from that plant.

Trees and plants know when a bug comes along for a snack and can actually adjust the taste or flavor of their leaves to something that the bugs will not like. Have you ever seen a plant or tree with just a portion of a leaf eaten and the others left alone? That’s why.

I have heard a story about a woman who owned an apple orchard. She was spending lots of money constantly having the apples checked to see if they were the right size to be harvested for sale to the grocery. The grocer company she sold to had strict rules about what size the apples had to measure, within three millimeters. The woman talked to her trees and told them that she needed them to grow to a certain size and no smaller, no bigger. From then on, 80% of her apples grew only to size she had asked for, meaning she no longer needed to spend money having them checked constantly.

That’s nonsense, you say? I would say, would you rather live in a world where all of this, and more, is actually possible? Or would you rather live in a world where nothing magical ever happens? It’s really up to you. It’s your choice, to believe it’s all possible, or to believe nothing magical is possible. For instance, just today, I woke up and asked my angels and spirit guides to keep me on the right path for the day, thinking right thoughts, and going in the right direction. I asked them to keep the positive messages coming to me. Then, today I am looking for a quote to add to my blog post, and the top quote that pops up online is,

“”Albert Einstein once said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Use this quote to stay motivated when the daily ALS struggle gets you down. “”

Now, I know the Internet is smart, and programming lets it know what I have been recently shopping for, what I like and don’t like, and that I have ALS, but how perfect is this quote for me?! Even mentioning ALS?!! My angels are right there, on the job as usual.

The point of this post is that the world around us is magical! If you start to pay attention, you can see magic everywhere. An intrigued mind is a happy mind. A happy mind leads to a joyful heart. What if happiness and joy were right there in the magic of life, and to find them all you had to do is believe, and take a look around?

151. Q: How do I get what I want? A: Don’t care.

It’s the new magic formula for getting whatever you want…. Don’t care! Really. Because when we care, we worry. We agonize. We doubt. We are impatient. We come to believe that whatever we want will never happen. When all that happens, the odds that whatever we want will actually happen go wayyyy down!

So, you are much better off, if after you’ve decided what you want, you just expect that it will happen and act as if you don’t care. If you don’t care, you don’t even think about it. Every time I have done that, things always works out in my favor. I know, it’s so much easier to do when you really don’t care how it turns out. But the trick to getting what you want, or what some call manifesting, is don’t worry, don’t stress.

I opened my Etsy store, Zuzues Petals, because I wanted to sell some of my vintage and antique items that I no longer wanted. Then, I decided that I enjoyed having my little online store, and I started buying from local estate sales and reselling antiques. I didn’t care whether or not my store actually did well, it was a new hobby for me. My store has done quite well, and kept me busy as well as allowing me to earn a little pocket money.

When I wished I would have a little extra cash to be able to buy something I wanted, I told God / The Universe it was up to her / him. God had to get creative on this one, because I don’t work, I have no source of income other than Etsy and my disability income. I forgot about it, and before I knew it, the money literally just appeared. My husband was looking through a book, and found some money I had stashed back years ago and had forgotten about. What are the odds he would find that cash just when I wanted it? Well, if I had thought about it over and over again, and worried and doubted, then probably not very good. Instead I gave it to the Universe to find a way, and it happened.

Like I said, it’s so much easier to manifest when it’s something you don’t really care that much about. I could do this all day long (manifesting) until it comes to health. Then, I worry, and I doubt. For you, it could be money that worries you, or maybe you have trouble with relationships. All we can do is keep trying. Actually, not trying so hard is a step in the right direction. So, get out of your own way, and expect to receive whatever you want. Keep yourself in your happy place and know that it will happen.

150. The Secret To Life

Why are we here? What is your purpose? What is my purpose? What makes you happy? What makes your heart sing? What do you do that makes your arms tingle, and the tiny hairs stand on end? What can you hear, watch, taste, or see that makes your heart skip a beat? What makes your entire body fill with joy? Do that! Keep doing that. The end.

149. Green Eggs And Ham No More

You may have a limit on how long you will be able to make green eggs and ham. After all, regular ham and eggs might find offense being referred to in any way as “green“. What about Kermit?? Will he have to stop singing his song about being green? What about his relationship with Miss Piggy? I am guessing that someone finds that offensive?! I mean, a frog and a pig?? Come on! That just isn’t right, is it??! Well, I guess they did split up a few years ago, but, they are always on again, off again, right?

The world is changing. Change is tough. Sometimes change is needed. It’s good. It is necessary to life. Life is all about change. Sometimes, people go overboard, and change feels stupid. You can never, I mean, NEVER, make enough changes to make everyone happy! Does that mean we shouldn’t bother to make any changes? No. However when you are changing the gender of a potato in a game, maybe you have gone too far?

We have changed Aunt Jemima. Uncle Ben’s, Mrs Butterworth’s, Cream of Wheat, Land O’Lakes, and Eskimo Pie. I’m sure there are others. Now, Mr. Potato Head, is just Potato Head? Dr. Suess books are next, with some deemed too racist, or at least the artwork is too racist, and certain stories will no longer be published. No, Green Eggs and Ham isn’t one of them. I can pretty much promise, that if Dr. Suess drew characters for his books that are now viewed as racist, that was not his intention. They probably weren’t viewed that way at the time. Would he change them if he were here to do it? We will never know for sure, but I’m guessing he would. Like any other piece of history, when times change, things like books, and the products we use stay the same, that’s why they are a part of our history! Should they change as well? Should they be left alone and used as a tool to learn from? Well, that is the $20,000 question. The current trend is to change every little thing that someone somewhere might find offensive. So, quick, buy up all the old product you can find, because it might be worth a pretty penny one day! I guarantee those Dr. Suess books, no longer published, are going to become collectibles. Although, there are so many out there, it may be awhile before you see any money on your investment. Isn’t that what it’s all really about anyway? Money. I don’t think these companies really care about their customers feelings that much, unfortunately. What they care about is, are those customers buying the competitions product instead of theirs because they find it more appealing? Or because theirs hasn’t changed its logo or name in fifty years?

I would guess that maybe, just maybe, what we truly oppose about all these changes are what they represent to use as individuals. Those logos and brands are a part of our history, of how we grew up. They are a part of our memories. It’s as if someone is suddenly telling us that how we were raised and how we grew up is suddenly wrong. We don’t like that when it comes to fond memories. It doesn’t feel very good. No one finds it offensive that there are now laws and regulations about seat belts in cars and trucks, when many of us grew up without either using them, or even having them available in our parents cars. But, mess with our favorite pancake syrup, or a childhood game, and you are going too far! Every kid should grow up playing with a potato labeled as Mister, with a fake mustache to match his gender! Syrup from a container not shaped like an African American woman just isn’t the same! ….Really??

Believe me, the world will not stop spinning just because we make what may initially feel like stupid changes. If it makes someone happy, or feel better, or feel less made fun of, or whatever the case, then isn’t that a good thing? I know, I know… I just said we can’t make enough changes to make everyone happy.. And that is true, but let’s not live in the past either. Well, enjoy your green eggs and ham, or your Chick O’ Stick, or your Oreo, or whatever it is you enjoy while you can, before someone decides it’s labeled or pictured in a bad way. Change is inevitable. Try to remember, it’s usually a good thing.

148. Drop The Drama, Mama

We could all use less drama in our lives. It comes from everyone and everywhere. It sometimes comes from the places you would least expect it. I was in a birding group on Facebook. Suddenly, I found myself deep in a discussion about cats that live outside and whether or not this so called, “non native” species should be euthanized to save the precious bird population. It was the administrators view that you cannot like outdoor cats and birds at the same time. If you have an outdoor cat, or tolerate their existence, then you are a bad person who does not like birds. All I wanted to do was look at pictures of birds! I left that group and found another one that hopefully has less drama associated with it.

What is it about people that draws us to conflict and drama?! It’s difficult to get away from. It sometimes seems to be in our nature to stir up conflict. We aren’t happy when things are going smoothly. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop. We seek out the drama. In the back of my mind, I knew I shouldn’t read the post titled, ” You cannot love birds and outside cats at the same time”, or something to that effect. I knew reading it would not make me feel good, but I went down the rabbit hole anyway! That little voice in my head was right, it always is. All I had to do was scroll down and not read the post. But, could I do that? I opted for a little drama.

Television networks are making millions of dollars (if not billions) on the drama found in the everyday lives of people. Reality TV is a huge market. People watching has always been an enjoyable pass time of society. Seeing this type of show reminds me that my life is pretty good, not the train wreck that others seem to be living.

Choosing the thoughts that make us feel good is the key to dropping the drama. When you let in thoughts that make you feel bad, you draw in more of the same. Thinking thoughts that make you feel good allows you to control your point of attraction. You are attracting more of what feels good to you. You are creating your own reality. The less attention you give to the problems and drama of other people, the less you muck up your own reality with a bunch of stuff that doesn’t make you feel good! .

147. Be Positive

Okay, I went with the theme song from one of my favorite new sitcoms on my post this week, instead of just a regular song. The video is a little weird, but I like the catchy tune. Now, on with the post….

Did you realize that your mind is chatting away, almost constantly? It rarely ever takes a brunch! Ok, so that was just a test to see if your mind was paying attention. I was going for the word, break, instead of brunch. But, really… our minds just go on and on. Some people call it talking to yourself. Whatever you call it, it probably needs to be reeled back in a bit. If you start paying attention to what your mind is saying, it can be eye opening. For example, my brain complains… A LOT! I mean, if I let it. I have to have help with every little thing (due to living with ALS). That means that I have someone else doing everything for me, the way that they think it should be done, not the way I necessarily would do it. So, I find my mind commenting on everything. Things like moving me with a patient lift kind of get done on auto pilot, because it happens so often, day after day, week after week, month after month… you get the idea. So, it doesn’t always (or ever) go smoothly. Just like other monotonous things, like taking my pills and supplements. Today, I swear, every single time my husband gave me a pill, he hit my front tooth with his fingernail! Every time! My brain had fun with that one… Why does he have to smack my tooth every time?!? Is he doing that on purpose? That can’t feel great on his fingernail. Does he even know he’s doing it?!?

On, and on, my mind goes. If I let it, it points out everything in my day. It’s not always negative. I watch the birds outside my window., and my mind chats away…. Wow! That cardinal is really pretty! Such a bright red! Come on woodpeckers…Can’t you all just get along!? When our minds gravitate to the negative thoughts, that’s where we get into trouble. Negative thoughts just flowing through our brains, sometimes on a loop, over and over and over again. Try to pay attention to what your mind is chatting away about. You might be surprised by what you’ll hear. How do we constantly think, and not even realize we’re doing it? Oh, you think you know every thought that crosses your mind… But, you don’t. Not until you really start paying attention. So, try it one day. May be not even a whole day, just for an hour or two. Really pay attention to what you’re thinking about.

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Once you catch yourself with negative thoughts, see if you can change them, or flip them around a little. For instance, if I think, Don’t hit my tooth again! I could turn it around to, Just bypass my teeth. That has the same basic meaning but it has more of a positive message , rather than a negative one. Some people believe that if you concentrate on what you want, rather than what you don’t want, you have a much better chance of getting it. In fact, if you think about what you don’t want, chances are, that’s what will continue to happen. The trouble is, it’s sometimes hard to flip your thoughts to the positive, unless you really pay attention. I have tried it. For example, I have been stuck waiting on someone to come and help me do whatever it is that needs doing, and I would usually concentrate on what I need done. Example: I am burning up…. I need to pull a blanket down. Or, my legs are killing me… I really need to move them. Instead of thinking about what I want, I try to think about how I will feel when I have the blanket moved… The coolness I will feel, the relief of not being so hot… The relief of my legs being moved, how they will feel when that happens. Some people would call it coincidence, but whenever I concentrate on how I will feel in having what I want, instead of what I want, it seems to come to me faster. Plus, bonus, I’m not concentrating on what is bothering me, so it doesn’t bother me as much! You can do it! Reel in those random thoughts and make sure your mind is thinking positive. Just like the song says, “It’s your prerogative to be positive!

146. Believe In 2021

I am imagining that everything will suddenly change on January 1st, 2021, and life will somehow be better than it was in 2020. Will that actually happen? Who knows, if enough people believe, we might just make it happen.

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Sometimes called, The Tinkerbell Effect, it’s the notion that if enough people believe in something, it comes to fruition. I am quite sure that never ever before have so many people, all over the world, wanted change so much before. We are all tired of quarantines and masks, and so many new ever changing rules about where we can go and what we can do. People from every country, big and small, all over the world are ready for 2021 to begin and change for the better to come to us all. Perhaps the hopes and wishes of so many people will be enough for a miraculous change to come. I’m not just talking about the end of a virus. I’m talking about a change for the better in the way people treat other people. A change in what we know to be important in our lives.

The law of oneness states that we are all connected. What one person thinks can effect anyone or everyone else. The law of attraction states that like attracts like. What you believe or expect, you will draw to you. So, when we have millions of people expecting 2021 to be a better year, it just has to happen! Ask and ye shall receive.

Mark 11:24  

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

So, have a Happy New Year! Lets all pray that 2021 will be a good year, expect it to be and… so it will be!