Hi, this is Dorothy. Welcome to November. Have you been, as I have, doing those things that come up in the fall of each year, such as putting away the garden hose, raking leaves? As I drove down a local street last week I marveled at the vibrant colours of the trees, from bright red to orange to golden yellow. Now, being a 'fair weather' person, I am grateful to be living on the west coast and I certainly hope for a gentle winter. I also know that, when we are in contact again, the homes in the Park where I live will be arrayed with cheerful Christmas lights, making it one of the wonders of my world... which brings me to this month's topic.
What comes to mind when you think of the Seven Wonders of the World? We know that various lists have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, cataloguing the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. I'd like to suggest an alternative view, on a more personal note, that came into my email box a few days ago through Mary Manin Morrissey's Daily Dream Builder (Mary.M@MaryMorrissey.com) It is: to see, hear, touch, taste, feel, laugh, and love.
I suggest it takes the experience from "something out there", to something that we do each day, but so often without thinking. What a precious gift to be able to see the colours around us, particularly at this time of year; to hear music, radio, or even tune into the silence; Cadi, my cat, loves to be touched and she purrs loudly in appreciation. Think of the taste of your favourite food - how much you enjoy it. Feel gratitude for your life, your friends, a good night's sleep, and remember to laugh each day. Remember too, to love yourself, for being uniquely you. You are one of a kind, so be the very best you.
I find the fall and winter more of a contemplative, reflective time. Please join me in being consciously present as we experience these seven wonders and consider the gifts they bring. Let your imagination run free and radiate whatever you want to bring into your life. You can have anything you are willing to become, it all starts with your thinking. So just listen to the inner voice that whispers, "you can do this".
Have a wonderful month. Do keep warm. If I can support you with personal mentoring, I would be delighted to hear from you. In closing, we live in a wonderful world and YOU are its Wonder.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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