I Took a Walk

I took a walk. Among all the fallen leaves on the ground,  I found these to be the most visible and beautiful. One orange. One yellow. It wasn’t the size. It wasn’t the color. It wasn’t even the shape that caught my eye.  It was their beautifully embedded veins within.

I picked them up and held them toward the light. Their old age displayed a work of art. The veins which once held life were now empty. But even in its emptiness, the leaf continued to breathe life within me.

Nothing stays the same for very long. The deluge of transition shifts with the seasons leaving us with new surroundings. If that’s not happening, then life is not being lived to the fullest.

Like the veins in the leaf, I believe we’ve all been given the same life giving source to a pure life. These leaves, once green and dancing on branches, giving shelter…have now fallen in the shade of a vibrant warmth where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.

Much like the fallen leaf, we face trials and triumphs.  And while giving all it had to give, even until its last breath of fresh air…it still brought out a sense of life within me, with all its exposed veins and distress.

Beauty comes in all forms. Even in death. For me, life is a series of revelations. Every aspect of life, the good and the not so good, is an awakening. The more I look within my soul, the more I see who I was, who I am, and who God still wants me to become. Sometimes, we have to believe in something before it can actually be seen. I believe God has given me a purpose and it’s for me to seek and find.

When all is said and done, and much like the leaf, I have breathed my last breath…my prayer is that I have been uncompromising in my dignity, integrity and my deep faith in God. There’s nothing more valuable than the veins to the direct blood line of my soul.

 

@TheViewFromMyWindow

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Are We Connected?

Hello Friends and Fellow Bloggers,

I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and enjoying life in all that it brings you.

After spending some quiet time away from my blog, podcast and other social media platforms…I’ve come to realize I’m not really connected as I once thought.

It’s been over a month since my husband and I left for our #route66 adventure and although it’s good to be home, I’m still missing that sense of freedom of the road. Freedom from the electronics. Yes, I did post my journey on Facebook only because I did have friends and family who wanted to experience the journey with us. Other than that, I was free from all the noise from the internet, television and all the connections. Unplugging made me realize how unconnected I really was.

After returning home, I felt a sense of loss. I found myself looking through the many photos taken on the road. I found myself reminiscing and wanting to go back. I found myself realizing that social media had stolen way too many of my glances and what my real connection should have been. So my question is, “Are We Connected?”

The link below is my most recent podcast episode which was published last Friday. If you click on the link, you will hear the view from my window, a.ka.-thoughts, of what  I think true connection is all about.

Below the link are the podcast notes to read, as well. If you have the time, please click the link and listen in on the ten minute episode. Feel free to share any or all thoughts. Do you ever feel you are over-connected to the wrong source? Life is so short. Are we using technology as a tool or is it using us?  Please listen and share your thoughts. 

Hello Everyone and welcome to The View From My Window Podcast where life is explored through positive thoughts. Everyone has a window and each window has a different view. I’m Laura, your host and this is the view from my window.

Hey there my friends. It’s Friday and I’m here to say I’m back on the air and I have truly missed you all. I have been gone for a while traveling and it was amazing. I wish I could have taken you with me on my Route 66 adventure. You would have loved it. From the breeze of the Pacific Ocean to dusting the desert dirt from my boots and everything in between…was absolutely amazing. Although I couldn’t take you with me, you are so capable of awesome everyday experiences, as well.  You can see, touch, smell, taste and hear everything God gave you in this magnificent place we call earth. Which leads me to Episode #25: Are We Connected?

Now I will be the first to admit I am socially connected to many platforms. There’s Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Google Play, LinkedIn, IHeart Radio, Itunes, Spotify, Pinterest, and the list just keep on growing.

But the question is: What am I connected to? What is the source of this connection? Well, it’s people. People like me and you who have something to say, something to learn or something to share with each other. But how personal and in touch are we with each other? Is it meaningful?

I can remember the days when I talked to my friends from a rotary phone which was attached to the wall. That seems so long ago, but actually it really wasn’t. Time and technology just keeps moving forward and stops for no one.

I remember that phone on my bedroom wall. The longer that stretchy spiral chord was, the better. Some of you know what I’m talking about. Right?

There were no voice mails. No texting. Just the ringing or busy sound on the other end. If they didn’t answer…no biggie. I just called back later. Funny how things change. Not only can we call, text and leave voice mails, but we can also take pictures of ourselves with that very same phone in the palm of our hand. Google can show us the world with a simple swipe of the finger.

But, Are we really connected? I don’t think we are. We can have all the new shiny gadgets of technology at our fingertips, but it won’t give us the satisfaction of watching the sun set fade into tomorrow and rise the next morning. Breathing in the air while standing on top of one of the seven wonders of the world knowing who created it all, doesn’t even compare to that recent post with over a billion views. No hashtag measures up to releasing laughter and sharing a memorable moment with those we love.

Don’t get me wrong. Social media is all well and good and it serves its purpose but it’s not the connection we truly need to sustain life. The real connection is living life through God and all His amazing creation.

The older I get the more I realize that my days are numbered and so are yours. We won’t live forever, folks. But our legacy can. Our connection we have with God can be handed down through generations. Our true source of happiness, peace, joy, contentment and comfort does not come from gadgets but from God.

Hebrews 4:12 says that His word is alive, active and powerful and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God. It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for instruction in righteousness that we may be complete. Be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

That my friend is what we need to be connected to. That is our source.

We, as a people, a nation of families, as parents, as individuals…need to find God. And I promise you, He won’t be found in the noise of the world-wide web.

I have been so blessed to be able to wake up each day and communicate with people in so many ways with technology. But nothing communicates better than a hug, a kiss, a smile, a friendly wave, a word of encouragement, a prayer, a pat on the back or just with a listening ear.

With that being said, I want to take this time to say “THANK YOU” to all of you have been so encouraging to me through this podcast. You have been generous with your “likes” and comments. I appreciate you and your feedback. You are more than welcome to share the view from your window on any topic or subject. I am eager to hear what’s on your heart and mind. Don’t be shy. Share your thoughts. Do you think people are connected to the wrong source?
In the mean time…

I hope and pray that in all your life adventures, you find God. You find the beauty of His creation. You find the comfort of His promises and you find the true source of life in His Word.

I’m going to leave you with a song I found on the internet…of all places. Too funny. Right? But this song is called It’s A Beautiful Day…And it leaves me with a happy, upbeat feeling of appreciating all of my God-given blessings.

I hope it does the same for you.

Until next time,
Love you guys.

A Rain Has Come and Gone…

Daylight arrives. A rain has come and gone with a vague feeling seemingly without cause. And I find myself over thinking, once again… leaving a fuzzy disconnect.

As I looked through the pane of glass, my eyes were drawn to the lines in my parents old red swing. Retracing the lines of time, I was instantly drawn to the voice of my mother as she would sing church hymns. Or the sound of my father’s snore after a hard day’s work. Reading between the lines, the slats of that old swing tells a story like no other.

Amazing how the universe is always speaking to us, causing those serendipity moments and lapse in time.

As real as the red in the wood, so are the days of my youth. The best truths are rare when read between the lines and finding my purpose within the prolific lines of life is a rare and beautiful thing.

I once read a quote that said…”Rare is a union of beauty and purity.”

And so it is with my life.

A rare treasure I hold. Nothing elaborate. Just a line of generations to pass on the greatest wisdom of simplicity. Along the red swing slats are life learned lessons of love, respect, tolerance, sharing, honesty, and a family bond framed within hearts and souls to reach our greatest potential.

 

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The Flip Side of Valentine’s

Today is Valentine’s Day. Yes, the time of year when it is said to be the most romantic day of the year. That theory, I’m not sold on just yet. There other days throughout the year where I have experienced romance, and oddly enough…it usually is not on Valentine’s Day. 

Here are some fun facts you may or may not know. 

  • The first commercially printed Valentine’s Day card was produced in 1913 by Hallmark. Today, more than a billion Valentine’s cards are sold each year. 
  • February 14th is also Single Awareness Day.
  • According to Hallmark, more than 50 percent of this holiday card is purchased within six days before the 14th.
  • There will be more than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate sold for Valentine’s Day. 
  • Among those buying gifts, 3 percent are those who buy for their pets. 
  • On this day, in the U.S., 189 million stems of roses are sold. 

That’s a lot of cards. A lot of chocolate…and a lot of roses. 

I think it’s awesome that there is a day set aside each year to show love and affection for others. The world we live in could sure use many more days like this, if only it didn’t cost a fortune. 🙂

But, I want to focus on those out there who are facing this day of love without the one they love. This is one of those holidays that can make a person realize who they may be missing and just how much. Then again, for others…it may not matter at all. But if you find yourself feeling a little low on this day of each year, let me say…You are loved and maybe you can lift yourself up by sharing that love with others.

5 Things to Consider:

  1. Pay-It-Forward/ Do a good deed for someone. It will make them smile as well as yourself.
  2. Find the positive in the day. Look for things that make you happy. Things that make you smile. Make an effort to look for the good in others.
  3. Love Yourself. Do something for yourself that brings joy to your heart. Laugh Out Loud! 
  4. Change Your Focus. Don’t concentrate so much on who you don’t have but rather on who you do have. Appreciate those friends and family that are near and dear. Let them know they are loved.
  5. Realize the value in each day. Valentine’s Day is only one day a year. Realize your worth and the value of each day given. Be humbled and thankful for each breath taken.

I also want to take this time to offer my heartfelt love to those who are in anguish over the most recent shooting today with at least 17 killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. I can’t even imagine the grief they may be going through. May God be with the them and comfort them as they go through this horrific loss. ~ Laura

 

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