06 December 2009

Solstice cards

I have made and sent my own design solstice cards for most of my adult life. Each year I try to do a night design card with the moon in the phase it will attain on that solstice. Inside each card I write either a poem or thought that I've encountered during that year that expressed an idea or philosophy that touched my heart in some way.
This year I've decided not to send out the cards. I designed a card and chose a poem I wanted to include but can't muster the enthusiasm to make and mail the cards. I'm not sure why but I've thought about it.
This fall my dad had a spontaneous hip fracture and had a half hip replacement. His poor outlook has not served him well and he continues to decline losing more and more function. He now requires a walker and oxygen to walk. I doubt if he will drive again. I also don't think he will be able to DJ is dance at the YMCA any longer but he's surprised me before.

I have entered a new phase of my life too. All I want to do is grow spiritually and artistically. I have had some challenges lately in the spiritual arena but I am making inroads and find myself slowly finding my way back to the red road.
In the artistic realm I have found some support and encouragement from a woman I met at a craft fair. I think this will be a great union and we can provide each other with that spark that is so necessary to fresh creative concepts.

I would like to close this posting with the poem I chose for this years solstice card. No sense not sharing that with at least the handful that read this blog:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

- Marianne Williamson

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