Another Day Dawns

Another day dawns
Orange glow over
Treetops green
And dark pink rooftops
Grey clouds skitter away
Purple skies now painted blue
With wisps of white
Birds are black shadows
Slowly turning gold

What’s on your mind?
Another day, another dollar?
Or
Another day, another war?
Or, perhaps, just perhaps
Another day, another chance
To get it right this time?
To make things better
To set Humanity on the path
To Love and Truth and Freedom?

The Universe doesn’t reset each day
And show us its Beautiful Nature
So we can simply carry on
Our pointless, futile lives of
Violence, Anger, Carnage and Death
Or Greed, Selfishness and Ego
Have we become so inured
That we cannot see the message
Of Hope and Redemption
That’s carried in the very air
We breathe, every time
Another day dawns?

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(Image source: Google)

Synchronicity and Wayne W Dyer

So, yesterday the 31st of August was a real milestone for me. I’m in Australia, where the time zone can be more than 15 hours ahead of the USA, so do bear with me if the timing of events I’m about to talk about seems off-kilter to you. My present is your future, you see ;).

I’m going to talk about synchronicity and Wayne W Dyer, and how I’m “connecting the dots” between events that happened very recently.

Last night, on the 31st of August, as I was checking my emails just before bedtime, I noticed that someone had just purchased one of my Lenormand divination card decks. (I have created 17 decks so far, and they are available to order on my eBay and Etsy stores online). What a pleasant surprise! I sometimes don’t get any sales all month, or maybe 2 or 3 scattered over a month.

Not 5 minutes later, another email alerted me to the fact that another of my Lenormand decks had sold, this time not on eBay but on Etsy. Wow, I thought, 2 in one night, Thank You, Universe!

I then had my beauty sleep and when I woke up the next morning, surprise surprise, there was a 3rd email telling me that yet another of my Lenormand decks had been purchased, on eBay.

3 in one night (or day, depending on where you are). That had never happened to me before. The Gods must be smiling upon me.

…and then I read the sad news that Dr Wayne W Dyer, (my favourite spiritual teacher after Eckhart Tolle), had passed away in the night. Oh no :'(! I’d been reading his books and wishing he’d come over to Perth, Western Australia, to give a talk or two…and now he’d gone to that higher realm to do his life’s work from above instead.

One thing Wayne Dyer had taught was that we should not get attached to anything, not even Life itself. In one of his last posts on his Facebook page, Wayne had prophetically stated that the clothes he would wear to his own funeral would have no pockets, as they would not be needed, because you simply cannot take anything with you when you pass over.

I was sad that Wayne was no longer with us here on this Earth. But I’d learnt enough from that great teacher to realise that grieving over his passing would not be the right thing to do, instead he would have much preferred his followers to celebrate his life and teachings, and continue to spread his philosophical ideas, and practice what we’ve learned from him.

I like to think that Wayne Dyer left me a parting gift yesterday. He brought me not 1, not 2 but 3 sales of my Lenormand cards. Because these decks were my own artistic creations, made using digital photography and Apps on my mobile phone, and made available as print-on-demand, they were very much an embodiment of my creative self. I believe that the timing of those 3 sales, and of Wayne’s passing, are more than mere coincidences.

I believe it was a validation of my worth as an artist.

To add, just the day before, I’d bitten the bullet and signed up for a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, with Open Colleges. This is the industry standard entry level requirement for anyone in Australia wanting to work as a Veterinary Nurse in a vet practice. I’d been dithering over whether to do the course or not, last year I passed up the opportunity because the timing and my frame of mind weren’t right. But now, especially after starting my Canine Caring volunteering at the Dog Shelter, I knew I really wanted to work with animals. So this time, I was in the right frame of mind. I start the course tomorrow.

The same day I enrolled for my course, we went to look at secondhand cars. Hubby has a Subaru Forrester that’s way too big for me, and I wanted a small little runaround to help with lugging home bulky items like pool salt, poultry mix and dog kibbles. And also to get me to and from work, once I qualify as a Veterinary Nurse and get a job.

I fell in love with a Kia Cerato hatchback, and a deal was struck with the car dealership.

But the very next day, the deal fell through because hubby’s Forrester had a loan secured on it and could only be used as a trade-in for the Kia Cerato, if he paid $10,000 in cash. Which we did not have. So, following Wayne Dyer’s teachings about detachment, I let the Kia go in my heart.

Then this morning, I convinced hubby to visit some car dealerships in a different area, to see if we could find a cheaper, more affordable car for me. (Strangely enough, as we were having breakfast and coffee before setting off, a friend sent me a email containing a joke about how a teenager was able to purchase a large, brand new car for a mere $15. There was even a photo of said car. Talk about synchronicity!).

We were at one of the car dealerships looking around when the phone call came in from the dealer who had the Kia…offering a different financial deal, whereby we left hubby’s existing car out of the equation.

So, off we went back to the dealership. And before we knew it, I was driving that Kia Cerato home. Happy days!

Again, I don’t believe this happened by accident. I believe it was perhaps a test of my ability to detach from any attachment to the Kia. And I believe it was Wayne Dyer who had a hand in steering that car my way again, after I’d let it go.

Talk about synchronicity! Just as I finished writing the last sentence, what should flash up on my screen but Eckhart Tolle’s “Present Moment Reminder”. And it says “Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found”.

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I feel blessed indeed.

Wayne W Dyer Quotes

Wayne W Dyer is one of my favourite spiritual teachers. I should say “was”, as I just learned that he passed away on the 30th of August. RIP to one of the world’s greats, a rare and kind soul if ever there was one. The world is a poorer place without you in it.

Wayne, thank you for all the lessons you taught me. For opening my mind and heart to the infinite possibilities within me and within each and every one of us on Earth. You came into my life at just the most perfect moment, but you left it way too early.

I will remember your lessons, and I will carry your light always. Thank you, teacher. Namasté.

Here are some quotes I found on Google, by Wayne W Dyer. I hope his legacy lives on long, and that more and more people open their hearts and minds to his spiritual teachings and way of life.

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Furry Friends Daily Five #1

You only have to Google “Animal Friends” to see the plethora of inter-species animal friendships from all around the world. I’m not making this up, neither am I boosting or bolstering the fact that ANIMALS GET ON BETTER WITH EACH OTHER THAN HUMAN BEINGS.

Sure, as a “superior” race, human beings have language and technology and are able to communicate with each other easily. The sad thing is, despite this advantage we have over animals, we’re no good at communicating with our fellow human beings. Terrible, in fact. I guess when we give our Ego free rein, no amount of language or technology will ever bring us Peace.

Animals have no concept of Ego. What you see is what you get. Animals don’t fret about getting to work on time, pleasing the boss, buying stuff, performance reviews, promotions, deadlines, paying the bills, buying more stuff, holidays, exams, celebrations, what to eat tomorrow, buying even more stuff etc etc etc. Animals don’t believe in capitalism, consumerism, communism, terrorism or indeed any “ism” at all. They only have one language, and that is Love.

Animals just exist. And they do that very well indeed, until humans come along and make a royal mess of things, like the cruel bullies we are. The Bible teaches that Man is the guardian over all living creatures, and his job is to look after them and take care of their needs. Well, if that is so, God must be smiting His forehead and rolling His eyes right now, because we sure as hell have screwed up big time!

Take a look at today’s 5 animal friends, (curated from Google Images). And ponder just for a minute, marvel at the miraculousness of these unlikely friendships, wonder at how these animals ever met and fell in love with each other…and ask yourself, WHY CAN’T HUMANS ACCEPT AND LOVE EACH OTHER THE SAME WAY AS ANIMALS. We are, after all, the same species, with common DNA running through our veins. So why are we always at war with each other? Why the violence and hate? Why the killing, raping, pillaging, shooting, blowing up, destroying etc?? Why is the human species so violent?

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Don’t Be You

Buy this!
Wear that!
This is the latest shade!
You’ll feel ever so sexy in these.
Mr Celebrity uses this.
Mrs Celebrity eats that.
Do it! Do it!
Don’t be You.
Don’t be You.

Read this!
Watch that!
Listen to this channel!
Watch the Daily News
For more Mis-information
Red Flags are currently trending
Do it! Do it!
Don’t be You.
Don’t you dare be You.

She’s famous!
He’s famous!
Let’s all try and be like them!
What, no cash? Here’s a credit card!
Live like there’s no tomorrow
For tomorrow will never come
Buy! Buy! Indulge yourself!
Don’t be You.
Don’t you ever try to be You.

Watch this film!
No, not That one
It needs you to think about things
And we can’t have that, can we?
Frankly, I don’t even know why
Those movies are even allowed here
Just take this popcorn and drink
Now go sit in the dark and enjoy
Not being You.

Don’t think!
Thinking uses up brain cells
Here, have this beer
Have this cigarette
Have these $4000 shoes
Buy that dress
And don’t forget the handbag too
Whatever you do, just
Don’t be You.

Here, buy this car!
Buy this house! That one too!
In fact, just buy the whole lot!
You’ll make lots of money
And Money buys Happiness
Yes, it does!
Yes, it does!
Don’t be You
Never just be You.

Being You sucks
You stick out like a sore thumb
Everyone laughs at You
Because You’re different
You don’t march to the same piper
As the other sheep
You don’t belong in the flock
Isn’t it easier to just follow along and
Don’t be You?

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(Image source: Google Images)

First World Problems

Boy, do we have it bad here. So many problems, so many disappointments.

Or, do we, really?

Perhaps what we tend to see as problems aren’t that at all, but rather our psyches making them out to be problems, in the absence of any REAL problems. There’s no real threat to your life, but because you’re so used to a soft life of comfort and luxury, a broken nail can mean total ruination in your mind. The Ego loves being pampered.

There’s an old saying “Those without shoes should think about those without feet”. Don’t complain about your perceived or comparative lack of something, because there are always people in far, far worse situations than you.

We all like our creature comforts, that is true. And when we have them or can afford them, it’s happy smiles all round. Or is it? Maybe it’s more like smug mugs and a sense of entitlement. So, when those  privileges are suddenly removed, we throw temper tantrums. Toys out of the cot.

Those who have never had these privileges or luxuries can only look on and wonder what all the fuss is about. They don’t suffer from “First World Problems” like some people do.

We’ve been spoilt for far too long. Time to disconnect from our technology and reconnect with our fellow human beings. Learn to appreciate what you already have, instead of always wanting what you don’t have. That’s true Happiness.

And here are some First World Problems I found on Google Images. You’ll see just how ridiculous they are, really, in the grand scheme of things.

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National Dog Day

August 26th 2015 is National Dog Day. Invented by Colleen Paige in 2004, it aims to celebrate everything about our faithful canine companions, and to promote adoption of dogs and puppies from shelters rather than buying from backyard breeders or worse, puppy farms.

Here’s the official website for National Dog Day. And here’s the blurb about the significance of the Day, taken from the website:

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige (also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day …to name a few).

National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that Americans have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first and if you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue to see if they might have just the dog you’re looking for.

When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you’re buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references such as a vet. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering parenting.

“Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted, says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They’re unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They’re unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn’t keep their promises about caring for the dog…unwanted because they shed too much…unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED…simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love and protect you. That’s all. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”

National Dog Day can be marked as many a dog’s birthday for those rescued on the day and for all of them it will be akin to a “K9- 4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day.

It may be an American invention, but it’s slowly catching on in countries across the world. In my opinion, EVERY DAY should be a Dog Day, where we acknowledge the place dogs have in our hearts, their contributions to society by way of working tirelessly as police dogs, guard dogs, drug sniffing dogs, companion dogs for the disabled, therapy dogs, or even just as house pets and guardians of the home. They deserve our respect and care, and should not be abused, mistreated or bred for the wrong purposes.

I have the privilege and honour of being a volunteer Canine Carer at a dog shelter in Perth City, Western Australia. My job is to keep the dogs company, maybe teach them a few tricks so their chances of getting adopted improve. But I’ve also found out that I’m a great spokesperson for the dogs when visitors come round. By showing off to visitors what each dog can do, and engaging their attention, I can then sell the dog’s character and attractiveness as a companion animal to the visitor. Interested adopters have to fill out a detailed questionnaire and be interviewed by a trained member of staff, who will try to pair them with the right dog. I feel that sometimes prospective adopters don’t really know what they’re looking for, or might miss seeing a dog because it’s the wrong size, breed or colour, until someone like me brings the dog to their attention. (I like to break the ice by introducing myself from within the dog’s enclosure by cheerily greeting visitors with a “Hello! I’m available for adoption too!” It always throws them when they realise it’s Not the dog speaking.

I’m really loving this job. And I intend to undertake a Certificate IV in Vererinary Nursing (the industry prerequisite for working at a vet practice) in the new year.

Meanwhile, here are photos of a few of my charges at the shelter. Happy National Dog Day!

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Damaged Goods (An Allegory)

Excuse me, said the man
I’d like to return this item

Oh, why is that? Asked the storekeeper

It’s damaged, said the man
I’ve used it a few times
It’s in perfect working order
But now I have a problem with it

Oh, how is that? Asked the storekeeper

Well, let me list it, said the man

One. The colour is not quite right
I bought it thinking it was purple
But my friends tell me it’s lavender
Or mauve, or lilac
I wanted purple purple

Two. It’s an older model
I thought it was this year’s
But it’s actually last year’s
So its lifespan won’t be as good
I need a brand spanking newer model

Three. It’s not the right shape
To fit in with my home decor
I need it to be exactly right
To blend in and not stick out
This one’s too round, not masculine

Four. The size is not right either
I can’t find the right place for it
It’s either too big or too small
For where I want to put it
My friends will laugh at me

Oh, I see. Anything else?
Asked the storekeeper

Not really, said the man
Can I have an exchange or a refund?
If you don’t have the correct
Colour
Age
Shape
Size
I’ll settle for a refund

Well, let me see
Said the storekeeper
You came here last year
With your friends
And you spent hours trying out
All my merchandise
You even took selfies
You discussed how it would look
In your home
You went over every
Colour
Age
Shape
Size
That you could find
You tested out every single function
And then, with your friends
You chose this very item
That you’re now trying to return to me
Well, I’m sorry
The Store’s policy is that
We only accept returns for
Damaged goods
Goods which are not working
Due to a fault
Or goods that need repairing

We do not accept returns
Simply because you
Got bored with it
Or you’ve seen something newer
It’s not this year’s trending colour
It doesn’t fit your home decor
Or your friends are laughing at you
So deal with it, buddy
Take your First World problems elsewhere

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Now apply this to your everyday life. What are you not happy about? Is it the fault of the object or person, or is it merely a reflection of your own thoughts? Did you make a mistake in choosing something? If so, be big enough to admit it and take steps to rectify the situation. Take responsibility for your actions, instead of trying to pin the blame on everything and everyone else. The world does not revolve around you, it truly doesn’t, so don’t just stand there expecting it to.

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Giving Up, Letting Go & Knowing When You’ve Had Enough

Very recently, I’ve had occasion to look in depth at the differences between Giving Up, Letting Go and Knowing When You’ve Had Enough.

At first glance, they all appear similar, interchangeable even.

But they could not be more different.

Giving up is a failing on your part to start, try or continue doing something, where you know there is even the slimmest chance of success. If someone is pulled unconscious from the sea, you know there is a chance they could be revived, so you perform CPR immediately. You do your darndest to bring that person back from the brink. You don’t Give Up and sit there crying, you keep giving CPR until either the person revives, or the paramedics arrive and take over, or it becomes obvious that the person has died.

Letting Go, then, is when you’ve done your best, tried your hardest, and still the Universe said “Sorry, but No”. You made the effort, nevertheless. The outcome just wasn’t what you expected. It was not your failing, or from lack of trying. Sometimes, the people and situations that present themselves in our lives, are just not meant for us. You can try and try, but if it’s not meant to be, you need to step aside so they can go on towards wherever they were meant to go in the first place. Sometimes, what we think are Destinations are merely Pit Stops. (I’ve personally misinterpreted HELL as a welcome sign saying HELLO. True story, that). Sometimes, we fall for the person in front of us, when in reality they were merely in the way of The One. So, in learning to Let Go, we step out of our own way so the Universe can work Her magic.

Knowing When You’ve Had Enough is when you’ve been a willing sacrificial lamb or punching bag to someone else, or in a certain situation or circumstance. You’ve put up with the other person’s behaviour and actions, no matter how detrimental they are towards yourself, because you love or care about them. Or simply because it was the path of least resistance, the passive way, the peaceful non-confrontational way. Knowing When You’ve Had Enough kicks in when you’ve been stretched way past breaking point, and you need to get your Personal Power back, to assert yourself, to say “Enough! No more!” And then you need to move on from there, and put it all behind you.

The trickiest part is deciding which of the three best describe your situation right now. Sometimes, we decide to stay in a particular situation due to fear of change, intimidation, or abuse. Other times, it’s to keep the peace, or because it’s the best option for that moment. It could also be from a misplaced sense of duty, obligation, social standing, cultural tradition, reputation.

Whatever the case may be, when the call comes, we must be willing to take the necessary action to move forward. This calls for courage and inner strength. You are about to do something outside your comfort zone. You are about to change your life’s path. You are about to make a real difference in your life.

Be brave. Always.

(Images curated from Google Images. All copyrights remain with the originators).
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Quotes about Trying

Here are some image quotes I found on Google while researching the poem I wrote a few days ago, “Try”. The subject matter is about people trying. Not just trying to repair relationships, or improve the world, or succeed in life and business, but also about the very act of Trying.

Some people give up without even trying. Some are afraid to try because they’ve seen or heard about others failing. Some are too lazy to even contemplate trying. Some are too ignorant to realize where the problem is, or even the fact there’s a problem, that they should try fixing. Some don’t even realise there is even an option to try. Some don’t try because they think they’ll look stupid if it doesn’t work the first time.

My advice? NEVER GIVE UP TRYING. (Unless it’s the difference between giving up, letting go and knowing when you’ve had enough). Whatever you’re trying to accomplish or do or create, remember it only has to work once for you to realise that the impossible just got done.

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