Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Rust... Roses... Post Holidays



So, No, it wasn't Post Holidays that I visited my Friend Shelly's Shop RUST AND ROSES in Phoenix, but she's also over at SWEET SALVAGE now too, so you can find her Unique Treasures at both venues now.  I try to hit everywhere during the Holidays if I can manage it, I fell short this Season, but I tried and I apologize to those Friends whose Shops I couldn't get to due to time constraints and personal circumstance.




I do already miss the Festivities of the Holidays, the Seasonal Music and Atmosphere it all imparts as Seasonal decor begins to be taken down and we must wait another whole year to see it appear again.   I am one to revel in and Enjoy it all optimally and could linger in it long past when everyone else is rather fed up and ready to put it all away and behind them.  *Smiles*  I know this about me, I'd like perpetual Celebrations and Atmosphere to permeate most Months of the year actually.




Yes, logically I know we cannot sustain that kind of Celebration Mode and then it wouldn't make the Celebrations nearly as Special if it wasn't different than any of the other days of the year.   But I guess what I'm saying is that the Atmosphere and Ambiance of Celebration is just Energizing, Positive and Uplifting and that's not a bad State of Being in my humble opinion.   I think people crave it in fact and why almost any Event draws huge crowds to participate in it all.




Those that avoid and dislike any kind of Celebration and Positive Energy are usually struggling with their own inner demons that are causing Negative Energy to prevail and bring them down.   It would be my Hope that eventually even those Tortured Souls could Experience unadulterated Joy and participate fully so that their Energy could be Transformed in a Positive way.   When I see someone being absolutely miserable it always makes me very Sad for them, I don't know what it must be like to always have dread for most things that make others Happy and Joyful?   I can't imagine they Enjoy their misery, but perhaps they've become mired in it and can't find a way out?




I do realize that Holidays can be Too Much at times tho' and great expectations can be sidelined by Reality, which sometimes isn't so great and thus leads to disappointment.   Being overwhelmed by the Holiday Experience can be very Real even to those of us who thoroughly Enjoy everything about it.  And so when it's culminated it can bring things back to Normalcy and that is often a relief and more familiar and Real.   The climax of Holiday revelry is now behind us and things are slowly but surely returning to whatever Normal you had before Celebrating.




The let down can subside and business as usual returns things to a State of Calm... or at least Calmer.  I know here at Home that has been the case, whatever let downs they had are soothed, since lets face it, the expectations of Children can be insatiable really even if they got most of what they desired.  With Princess T she got her deflated Soccer Ball aired back up with the New Pump and her Neon one, that doesn't Glow in the Dark after all, isn't bothering her so much Today as it did last Night in the Dark when it didn't Glow as claimed on the packaging.  *Smiles*




And let us Talk about Losing Your Glow, it can happen folks... and not just to Cheap Soccer Balls!   Sometimes we have to face the fact that our Light isn't Shining as Brightly as it should, or did, and we have to try to figure out what extinguished it?   How do you Get Your Glow Back?  Sometimes that Answer eludes me too when my Glow is just flickering and threatening to go out entirely.   Especially during the Storms of Life... and they will come... that you can predict with absolute certainty!   If you're not IN a Storm at the present Moment, Enjoy the Calm, coz it won't last indefinitely... a Storm will rage eventually.




How you Weather it isn't even always entirely up to you, there are variables and factors that all play into the Outcome.   I've had some humdingers of Storms, practically Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Tsunamis of the Issues of Life hitting full force and sometimes without Warning.   Sometimes Life has ended up in shambles in their wake... and you pick up the pieces of what you have left and move on with as much dignity and Grace as you can muster after a catastrophic Storm pummeled you and yours.  




 If it didn't kill you and you're a Survivor of any of it, you get another chance to rebuild Life and make any alterations necessary after Storm damage.  Because sometimes things will never be how they were Pre-Storm and you have to face that fact.  Post-Storm can look and BE quite different.   I'm not even saying it's better or worse, but different... and perspective is everything about how you address those changes.  I've seen people lose their Faith entirely after enduring a catastrophic Life Storm because they can't make sense of the suffering enduring it created.





But I personally don't think Storms discriminate, they hit, they're a part of the Life Cycle in Nature and we're certainly no exception to the Process of Storm weathering.   We're very complex Beings and things go wrong, the more complex anything is the more shit can go wrong with it actually.   Just look at your Technologically Advanced shit to realize more goes wrong with it than when any of it was Simple and pretty Basic.  *LOL*   And we as Human Beings are WAY more complex a Creation than your Smart Phone or Computer!  I quit trying a long time ago with my Average Mind to figure everything out that I cannot explain or doesn't make Sense to me.




The Purpose of Human Suffering for example, or any kind of Suffering for any Living Thing actually, never has made Sense to my Average Mind, I can't wrap my Mind around Purpose to it, so I just don't.   I also don't allow that lack of Understanding to sway my Faith or destroy it either, I wouldn't give the Devil that much due and Celebration.   I like to think it drives the Devil Crazy that I still have Faith and remain up by it regardless of Circumstance or what I or anyone I Love has Endured thru the Issues of Life and the many Storms that have come.  Some which last seemingly indefinitely like chronic Illness or lifetime Disability and how that shapes my Life and those I Love.




I fully Believe that Contentment and Happiness can be found even in the midst of Storms, no matter how long they last or how brutal they are.  In fact, the ones that last longest, or perhaps indefinitely, make it so that some of us just learn to Fully Live even while in the Eye of the Storm.  Knowing that Calm in the Eye of the Storm is completely surrounded by Chaos and likely complete devastation if you don't move with it Gracefully, One with it so to speak, like a delicate Dance you do together in an unlikely Partnership you didn't intend on having.

  


Raging against that Partner you've been stuck with in The Dance of Life really only releases tension and allows you to express your Humanity, however raw.  But your Dance Card may still include that Partner, that Issue of Life that hasn't gone away and perhaps never will.  How will you embrace it enough to still Live Life fully and just Dance?  Your Life, the Hand you've been dealt is completely up to you... and I've managed to Live Fully and rather Happily thru some pretty shitty Storms so it can be done if you make your Mind up not to be robbed of your Joy... or your Faith.




The Lyrics of that one Beautiful Song "I Hope You Dance" say it best and so in case you've never actually read them I'm including them in this Post to Uplift you, because they really Minister to the Soul in a Powerful and Profound way that I can Connect to personally... and I Hope you will also as the New Year approaches signifying a Fresh Start to 2018...




I Hope You Dance
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'
Don't let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider




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Still Dancing in Arizona... Dawn... The Bohemian

6 comments:

  1. Your post came right in time and gives me hope.

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    1. I'm so glad Holly, having Hope means everything! May all the changes you make in 2018 be amazingly Positive ones that give you a Peace.

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  2. If that is the only thing I leave my Granddaughter it will be that song! So well said, and Happiest of New Years to you and yours, Sandi

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    1. You too Sandi, and Yes, giving Sage advice to the next Generation by the Elders is always a huge Blessing to them. May this be a most Exciting New Year for you all!

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  3. Beautiful! I love the lyrics, Dawn. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. I Love them too... it is a Heartfelt Song and every time I hear it I am Inspired! Happy New Year, may it be Prosperous and all you Hope for!

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