This is a great time of year to gift a seasonal treat like a loaf of pumpkin bread or homemade apple cider mix to a dear friend. I love homemade and home baked gifts this time of year. You can just taste the love that went into making it.
If you’re giving gifts, then make sure you wrap up a copy of my new book, Arms Full of Love, to give with it. It’s sort of hand made. Every story in the book is hand picked, does that count? A lot of love went into this book and it shows in the content. Give a gift that warms the tummy and another to warm the heart on the first cool nights of the new season. My book will be available to purchase on Tuesday, September 25th in bookstores, retailers and wherever else books are sold.
Join me each and every night of the week for love songs and stories on the radio, and allow me to take you and your family to a peaceful resting place in the evening hours. I’ll be there to take your mind off work and school and the pressures of the day, and remind you to slow down and love someone.
Recently we've had some beautiful star-filled nights. I took it upon myself to get outside and see a shooting star and gaze up at the night sky in wonder. I finally got to be still with my own thoughts and let my mind run instead of letting other conversations run my mind.
It's important to build some silence into your life, whether it's gazing at the stars or gardening or sitting in prayer or meditation. It's important to reconnect with your thoughts and listen to the desires of your heart and soul. Some of my best ideas and life-changing ideas have come when I'm on auto-pilot, picking away at my garden in silence, letting my mind wander. When I reacquaint myself with my thoughts, those are the moments I get a healthy dose of spiritual and mental growth.
I hope you can make time for a peaceful moment in your day today. You may just need to wander outside and find a park bench where you can eat your lunch. If it's too blazing hot outside, maybe you can wander into an air-conditioned café and sip on an iced drink at a corner table in the back. Go to some peaceful setting where you can be alone and let your thoughts be present. Just a thought.
A friend of mine just posted a great quote on Facebook today that reads: Hope is wishing something would happen. Faith is believing something will happen. Courage is making something happen. You have to muster up the courage to fulfill the desires of your heart. You have to make time and sometimes make money and that can all lead you to feel overwhelmed…but you have to have the courage to start somewhere.
The wonderful thing about fulfilling your passion is you will meet wonderful people in the wake. It is a blessing you may not expect to find, but the people you meet may end up being the people you needed in your life and they may be the ones to change your life forever.
Don’t ignore the desire to try something new. If it’s on your mind regularly, do something about it. And if you have a good story that speaks to this topic, email it to me! I would love to read how taking action changed your relationships and your life! Email me at D@Delilah.com.
Whenever my mother wanted my siblings and myself out from under foot, she would send us out to the back yard, saying "Find Mommy a lady bug, cause Mommy needs the luck today." We would search forever for one tiny lady bug, and many times with no luck.
The years passed and Mama and Papa grew old and ill. I moved them to the town I live in to help care for them; three months into the new arrangement, Mama passed away unexpectedly in her chair in the living room. The day I returned to her house to pack up her things, the entire wall of the house was covered in lady bugs swarming around the window, next to the chair where Mama sat. I took comfort in that, knowing Mama was letting me know she was fine.
When I am at a low point in my life now, I will find a lady bug in the most unexpected places. Once I found one on my living room ceiling in the dead of winter! I always take a lady bug sighting as a special sign that though I am unable to hug my mother, she still sends her love and luck my way. Dan
If you want more of what you read here, go to my Facebook page and start browsing what other people post. It is a gold mine for real-life feel-good stories. You can post your own story too. Or email it to me directly at D@Delilah.com.
If any of this is applies to you, I want you to try something. I want you to post notes around your house, in your car, on your mirror, in your closet, in the fridge, wherever it makes sense for you…and I want you to write positive affirmations about you or about some outcome you wish to achieve. Positive affirmations redirect your values, your goals and your way of thinking.
I want you to think about the things you are good at, the things you have achieved, the people who love you, the things you like about yourself. Write it down, even the small things. If you think you have a great head of thick, healthy hair, write it down. Because that little reminder will hopefully redirect your focus away from something you don’t like about yourself the next time you look in the mirror.
When you stay focused on the positive, you have the capability to change your entire outlook and adopt a better attitude. When you adopt a better attitude, people are attracted to that and you find yourself in healthier relationships. Practice positive affirmations daily. At first, it may not be easy to hear the affirmation above the internal noise of negative thoughts and feelings, but just like anything, constant practice makes it easier. Just a thought.