Threshold of Newness…

If you’re blessed to cross the threshold of the new year, be mindful of what you carry with you. The past has passed, life is short. What ever needs forgiveness, release or healing – take care of it. Do the necessary work, commit to the process or risk being stuck.

Unhealthy cycles continue as long as we allow it. Unresolved issues further discord, dis-ease and resentment. An inability to adhere, heeding the truths that we profess to have learned…is like a self-imposed prison. 

It’s clear, we can’t change the stories that have impacted us. We can, however, change the impact of those stories over our thoughts, beliefs, words, behavior and our relationships. It is in Him we live move and have our being, we are God’s creation.

Honor the sacredness of your path, it’s exclusively yours.

Live wise, live well and live whole. ~Storm

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The Perfect Gift!

During my young years of parenting, I envisioned a time when I could actually celebrate the holidays with a personal sense of meaning. A holiday specifically designed, separate from the grandeur focus of materialism and stress.

It’s so easy to allow oneself to get caught up in the suppose to haves during the holiday season. This is especially true when one has not yet defined their own meaning for the season. As a young mother, I entered into that overwhelming burden.

I can’t tell you how many times finances didn’t allow for numerous purchases – not only for the children, but for the many others that must be included in the list of giving.

It’s interesting to me how I longed for my own meaning for the season, yet – I was not ready to own its separation from the seeming norm.Needless to say, I danced the dance of holiday woes longer than I care to admit – surrendering my mind, body and my finances to stress! I could write a book about that alone!

Reality finally hit when a truck-load of unexpected challenges made its unpredictable arrival. Loss of income, the set-backs that it ignited was enormous! Saving were being spent on a daily living, which ultimately led me into making wiser choices regarding day to day spending. This, of course affected the holidays too. It’s the welcomed challenge that created relief!!

 As I re-evaluated my life and the environment that we called home, I also examined how I  would explain to my loved ones that the holidays would be something different and creative this year. Choosing  my words carefully forced me to examine my emotions when speaking, (did I believe, or connect with what I was saying?). Instinctively, I knew that this was my window of opportunity to design my personal meaning for the holiday season, I seized it.

To my amazement and surprise, my household was ready for the change. It was the year that the entire household decided to pull names from a box. Each person would be responsible for one individual. We all agreed to one specific gift – not one that the giver wanted to give, rather – one that the receiver desired to received. This, I thought was an exceptional ideal, as it gave us all the advantage of not wasting our funds on the excess of giving gifts that usually end up in storage. We each would honor and be grateful to receive the one gift that we really wanted. The family’s willingness to flow into a new meaning for the season was met with joy and unexpected ease…this truly was the perfect gift! The gifts that we gave to one another that year created for us one of our most memorable holiday seasons to date.

My personal meaning for the holiday season is not separate from my philosophy for daily living. I am aware of what’s practical for my life. I accept fully what’s uniquely mine. I live without comparisons to others, and make the most of its meaning with gratitude. This is wealth, it is the perfect gift.

What’s your perfect gift for the season?

Live wise, live well…live whole. ~Storm

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Take Some Time…

Take some time to breathe. All things can not be accomplished in one day.

Seize some time to relax – breathe. Can you feel your breath…can you hear it?

Slow down – breathe. Command your thoughts to stop. When you slip back into thinking…breathe more intently. Listen to your breath, escape into the calm…the peace.

Breathe (inhale), breathe (exhale) – slow, relaxed and calm…breathe.

Take some time – breathe. ~Storm

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