"The world is but canvas to our imaginations."--Henry David Thoreau
I have a greeting card hanging on the bulletin board right next to my computer that I read 'I don't know how many times a day'; It reads, "She designed a life she loved." and the brand is She...She must be something special. She is...Celebrate her. I love the message this card evokes; it "speaks" to me.
This week I've been blogging about Cause and Effect or what we think, speak, and do returns to us, and I love ending this subject with designing a life I love! That thought actually invokes the feeling of excitement and anticipation, almost like when I was a child on Christmas Eve! Because, in reality, who wouldn't want to choose their life?
In a small paperback book titled, The Power of the Spoken Word, which compiles teachings of Florence Scovel Shinn (1945!) is written, "You can never do a thing you cannot see yourself doing, or fill a place you cannot see yourself filling-not visualizing, making a mental picture (this is a mental process and often brings wrong and limited results); it must be a spiritual realization, a feeling that you are already there...." I think she is speaking of seeing it and having faith that what you are seeing can happen. She also says, " Why not experiment with faith; trust this invisible God-Power and "In nothing be anxious." but 'In everything by prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.' Could anything be more simple or direct?"
At the beginning of the week I committed to putting together another vision board; I have one that creates how to live the Gospel daily in my life, but I wanted one that encompassed the other parts of my physical world as well. Well, I did it! Thought"full"ness is keeping me accountable and I am loving it! I grabbed some magazines I have laying around and proceeded to look through them for things that resonate with me; things that I want to bring into my life and/or make even better that are already in my life. It took a little while( I am still keeping a look out for a photo of a nice camera and/or an editing program) and this time instead of gluing the pictures and phrases (I think I cut out more phrases than pictures), I found a nice black framed bulletin board laying around the house to thumbtack the cut-outs with(this way I can add and move them around).
As I was looking through the magazines (I was more or less scanning since I am, once again, running behind in my day; one of my cut-outs is a clock with a saying over the top of it about being aware of the usage of my time) I noticed quite a few articles about creating better circumstances in our lives. One of them even wrote about how to make our regular routines more desirable! The more we focus on things, the more of what we are focusing on will appear! (I am now wanting to sit and read through my old magazines; I am sure there are some great ideas that I can hopefully absord.) As much as I would love to sit and read and take notes all afternoon, I still have to remember that I have a responsibility to my physical home! My affirmation for that is, "I am easily moving through my home, cleaning and creating a place that my husband and I love to be." (I will set a timer in each room and move quickly and most likely with my music blaring!)
I invite you to join me on this journey of "designing my life" (but designing your life unless you have some great suggestions on what I can add to mine!*S*). How would you design yours and how does it make you feel to know you have that possibility?
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
-----Margaret Lee Runbeck