As many of you know, I live on a boat. One of my all-time favorite marina activities is the seasonal parade of lights. Many boats are decorated with multi-colored lights and fabulous displays. I love *magic*..and part of the wonder of the parade is that the week before, boat owners come and decorate..so when we liveaboards wake pre-dawn we are ‘rewarded’ with newly lit boats..magical indeed:)
I don’t love to hang the lights on my boat. Each year, I have a new story. Last year I literally electrocuted myself, while my neighbors watched..Obviously one should not attempt to hang boat lights in the rain! Lovely:)
The boat parade is this weekend. So, I think I should hang lights..my children love it..and it really is magical. Only “problem” is I have established in my mind that I do not love to hang boat lights..it is quite a chore.. This year though, I have added incentive–special guests will be with us this season, and I believe they will enjoy the boat in her magical aura….
So, I wake and decide I will change my thought. I decide that hanging boat lights is a pleasure that will absolutely be ease free and delight filled. I will thoroughly enjoy hanging boat lights this year!
Of course, to embrace this new thought, I believed I should also create different external circumstances. I called my friend and bartered dinner for hanging lights..win win:) As I prepped dinner, the aromas filled the inside of the boat. I lit a candle, had some of my favorite music playing. Waited until night-time, when the moon and stars were out. And under the moon and stars I hung my lights. Joy fully..Lovingly…hung the boat lights..
I affirmed that decorating was ease free and fun..and it was ease free and fun!!! I did cut myself a bit..but minor..and it was enjoyable..because I knew it would be!
Part two of this story is simply this:
Last year at this time I had stage 3 cervical cancer. I was a few weeks away from surgery. My physical activity was severely limited. I was told that I would probably not be here on Earth for the following holidays. So, after the season, I was going to throw my lights away. Why use the energy to painstakingly pack and store them if I wouldn’t be here to use them?
This year, when I plugged in the first strand of lights, I was struck with the simple fact that this moment simply wasn’t “supposed” to happen. I am so glad that my thoughts do not include ‘supposed to’ in them! How awe-some, how amazing..my heart flooded with gratitude as I looked at this simple strand of lights and thought how precious life truly is. Then, my friend came to help me. Amazing to me because we follow the tide and were in an ‘out’ cycle. How significant is that? I opened my heart and impossible became not only possible, but quite magical:) My heart fills with gratitude when I think of All in my life that truly would not happen if I allowed my thoughts to remain the same.
The moment I change my thoughts and open my heart, is the moment that magic fills the space and magnifies the wonderful in it! Anything truly is possible when I allow it to be!
Speaking of change…as you may have noticed *grin* I took a chance and reworked my blog to be most heart centered. Against the advice of a few marketing gurus. My mind said I don’t think so..my heart said yes please!….And then, a gift of delight! From Zeenat, the author of Positive Provocations, and a beauty filled friend!!! She designed my new header and asked if she could present it to me. To me, the butterflies and glitter girl..who now has a new header that captures my essence and the essence of all that I share here! I love it!!! So very much!!!!
Thank you, Zeenat, and thank *you* dear readers for being patient and gentle as I create new and different through this blog.
I invite you to change your thought and open your heart to something new and different this season..What will you embrace as the new year begins?