Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Random Holiday Musings



It was good to finally recall where I'd stashed everything I'd wanted to decorate the house with, I felt positively Victorious!   I put things away so well sometimes that finding them again is like The Thrill Of The Hunt... only not quite as Thrilling and just a Hunt!  One that becomes just annoying as you rattle your brains trying to remember where in the Hell...???!?!!  *Winks*




For a Woman that now doesn't finish a sentence before drifting Off Topic and not even remembering what she began talking about, I suppose Finding anything again after my Memory lapses on it, is nothing short of Miraculous! *LOL*   So, a Christmas Miracle occurred and it only took me half of a day before the Epiphany came to me about the large Vintage Suitcase Trunk I'd stashed it all in right there in the Entry Hallway!   




You know, the big Black one that sat there hiding in plain sight all year with German Glitterized Scrabble Tiles spelling out CHRISTMAS sitting on top of it so that I wouldn't Forget the Contents of!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*   Okay, so we've established that I don't look Down so much anymore.  Which is probably also why I once stepped on a Scorpion barefoot in said Hallway and smooshed it to Death before realizing Holy Crap and jumping back in better shape than said, now deceased and flattened, Scorpion!   So I probably should look Down more, but then I'd probably run into things!  *LOL*




Should it bother me that I'm now so overweight that I accidentally crushed a Scorpion to Death in a split second, when you almost can't kill those damned indestructible things by any other method... no matter how hard you try and even try to beat the living Hell out of them with deadly objects?  Well, sometimes I Confess that I do ponder that Truth!  *Winks*   This is Why I walk Fearlessly thru the Streets of the City I suppose, I pity the Fool... should I start to throw my weight around, they're doomed!!!  *LOL*

  


And of coarse this is MY Stocking... with a Mink and Bling Cuff, Leopard Print Velvety fabric with Bettie Page exclaiming "Hell yeah I've been Naughty...", but you probably figured that one out before I even told you, right?  *Winks*  I got this Stocking years ago in the Historic District of Downtown Glendale when they used to have an abundance of Antique Shops and Destination Shopping.  Sadly the area is in a state of decline and becoming blighted again.  I'd been told by Small Businesses that their greedy Landlords upped the rents too much and a paradigm shift happened as Businesses closed up Shop and had to moved out.  Now many Lovely Historic Buildings are boarded up and a once vibrant Community only has the occasional Festival that draws Crowds anymore.




I Hate when that happens... and hopefully it will revitalize in time before circling the drain completely, I so Miss being able to Shop there and having the really Wonderful Small Businesses I Supported for many years.   Do you have areas that did the same my Friends?  Short sighted greed can completely destroy a Community when only Commodity Based Thinking prevails.   I'm not opposed to making money and enjoying reasonable levels of Success, especially in Real Estate, but Sensible heads must prevail or things quickly go awry in that Industry and the backlash Costs us all dearly!   That's also why I have this Love-Hate Relationship with Gentrification too.  It can revitalize an area, but it can also be extremely destructive, like a plaugue of Locusts moving across the Land devouring everything in their path with their insatiable appetite for more!




I see the Gentrified areas of Downtown Phoenix and some of it is Good and some of it has consumed so much of what was an integral part of History and replaced it with what only the very wealthy can ever afford.    Who and what has been destroyed and displaced is anyone's guess in The Process.  The Process of who has the deepest pockets and most influential connections... and does what they will, because a lot of money buys options not available to just anyone, puts people in their pockets and absolute power absolutely corrupts.  So my Love-Hate Relationship with it all continues... it can't be stopped once it begins, so you might as well Roll with it.  If you have a Get Yours While There's Still Some Left Mentality, you might be able to get in on the ground floor... before you're Priced Out and excluded.




It happens in the Burbs too tho', I've been looking at the recent Comps of our Home and seen the price point go into the stratosphere already as the Market recovered sufficiently with Luxury Homes.   Not so much blood in the streets now for the current Buyer to make Bank, so, if we dump this joint, we'll do very well.  If the Value soars into the upper echelons of the stratosphere I could very easily fall out of Love with the place and Cash Out of Subdivision Hell and go back to a Simpler Lifestyle with NO debt load remaining and no HOA.  Yeah, I still Believe the HOA's to be The Devil... Hate 'em, never want another one in this Lifetime if I can convince The Man to go Nomad again!  *Winks*   




Not that I wanna go thru the enormous hassle of Moving again... it's too Epic when you get this much shit accumulated over a Lifetime!  *LOL*   Besides, it sure looks purdy around here, I ain't gonna lie, I am getting used to Lux Living after spending a lot of time in The Hood dealing with Urban Issues and all that nonsense.  I'd like to find some Historic Home again tho' that is NOT in a blighted area and can still be had for a reasonable price point that doesn't seem Crack induced!   Lord have Mercy the Gentrified areas must be smoking something with the price points they're asking for these puny abodes that you couldn't give away a mere five years ago!   You want WHAT!  *Yikes!*  The Die Hard Banker in me just won't be price gouged like that per sf of Real Estate! 




Why do you think the bottom has fallen out a few times and the bubble burst... with the Investors and Developers laughing all the way to the Bank while the Local Economies and Residents suffered tremendously for the short term greed and predatory lending practices!   And Why am I contemplating all of this at Christmastime my Friends, because Christmas should be about Giving.  Perhaps if those that have had huge economic gains Gave Back to the Communities that made them Rich and saw them as Communities and not just a Commodity, there would be Conscience and Benevolence behind the Development and Profits.  Just a Thought, we'd all be the Better for it, instead of constantly running Damage Control behind it.




You have to ask yourself in this Lifetime, what have you Done?  What have you Given... what have you Given Back... or have you just Taken?   To be sure there are those who are just Takers and are quite Content to just Take.  With the Open Hand always extended and a sense of Entitlement clouding their Conscience about what have they Given in return, if anything at all?  It's so easy to Take you see, much harder and Sacrificial to Give and Serve others, especially without an Agenda or any Expectations and strings attached.   And if it doesn't come Naturally and with the right motives and Joy, it can be a Process to Work upon being better at it, but it can be Learned with Practice.




The Joy of Giving and Serving cannot be measured though, it is a privilege to both be able to Give and to Serve, especially if you have lack, it can be tremendously Sacrificial as well.   But Givers always Gain, ALWAYS, it's that Divine Law of Reciprocity and even if you aren't a particularly Spiritual Person it will still Work in your Favor because Givers are always in Favor.   When people are Generous I have never seen them going without whatever they have True Need of, it comes to them through Reciprocity in the most unexpected of ways sometimes.   And those that are stingy and Takers, well, they usually always have a lack, an excuse and a complaint haven't you noticed?




And all they really have to do to turn it around is to take that Open Hand, the one they always expected other people to fill with something FOR them... and reverse it by extending that Open Hand filled with something to GIVE TO and for another instead.   Their whole World would then be Transformed, along with them being Transformed with it!!!   Their Hearts would be filled to Capacity also, with a Love and Caring about someone else... instead of a self-centered ego that is never, ever satiated and consumes constantly because it is never filled and will always have that Void that only Love can adequately fill.




I've moved thru many a difficult time in my Life, but having always Given, I never had a lack that wasn't filled, almost Miraculously and often Anonymously, by someone else who was a Giver too.   It's like a Tribe of sorts, Givers do Connect to one another as Like Minded Souls and collectively they can accomplish so much!   So we would like to constantly add to The Tribe, The Giving Tribe of people who Collectively can fill the Needs of Humanity one person at a time.  Being the Hands and Feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here on this side of Time and Eternity.  It is after all WHY we Celebrate Christmas, isn't it, or it SHOULD be anyway.   I would be puzzled why any Unbeliever would Celebrate it at all actually, WHY?   Though I suppose some do... for whatever reason they Connect to The Season and Holiday?




But whatever reason you enter into Celebration I can Respect that and if you are Embracing all that is Good about it... all that the Spirit Of Giving should be... then you are part of the Solution rather than part of the Problem to the ills of the World I suspect.   You are very likely going to Give something to someone and there's no real down side to that extension of Love, of Generosity and Self Sacrifice since it will Cost you something... in Time, in Talents or in Treasures... and that's a Good Thing... ALL of the time!!!   You will be Rewarded, since the Divine Law of Reciprocity will always Outgive you... ALWAYS!  And it has no limits whatsoever so there is no End to what can be Given and that's a pretty Exciting thing too!




Luke 6:38King James Version (KJV)

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

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Blessings and Love from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


3 comments:

  1. Indeed, recognizing we are all parts of a whole, guarantees we will receive when we give - for we widen the channel when we do.
    Love the points you make here.
    And great point about community versus commodity. That got me thinking:
    What's the difference between commUNITY and commODITY? hmmm... sounds like it's understanding the truth of oneness - that together are stronger - versus emphasizing separation.
    My sense is that we are moving into a deeper understanding of that truth in this nation - as we go through this current period of turmoil.
    It takes time - and yes, lots of turbulence - but I think this is what we are doing.
    Today's election is certainly interesting - a man who worked for justice for four girls versus a man who harassed and assaulted girls. A man who worked for more justice in the South versus a man who says the Old South under slavery was the better life. Can't really get any more clean than that on values, eh? Since they aren't difference in gender, heritage, etc.
    I'm glad you're feeling better and enjoying the spirit of these holy-days.
    Able to crush a scorpion with one step! Shouldn't you embroider that on something you wear?
    Enjoy the many beauties of the season - including the opportunities to be kind and generous with others. That's my favorite part of the holiday.

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    1. Yes, I certainly agree about that election Today... things get more and more 'interesting' for sure as to the polarity of people... and embroidering my Scorpion killing abilities on something is hilarious! *winks* May you also find all of the Beauty of the Season.

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  2. I hear a baby magpie squawking outside and think of the long suffering parents giving and giving again.
    My eldest son just started making some gifts for Christmas and is suddenly filled with excitement for the day. I think he understands the message.
    His younger brother was puzzled why he wasn't excited about getting presents. Just not his love language I suppose.
    That scorpion killer story...hilarious, and just a touch spooky!
    xo Jazzy Jack

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