The Word “Possibilities” Feels Liberating to Me. It conjures up a sort of spaciousness in my mind… and I like that.
There’s an obvious paradox going on right now… although we are physically being confined to a limited amount of external outings and gatherings, we also have the great opportunity to truly be or invest in ourselves at a deeper level… to learn new things, discover old hobbies, explore all the places you can reorganize in your house, and touch base with some family and friends that you haven’t talked with in a while.
I actually think that the world is on a grand retreat…
…a much needed break from all the business, agendas, routines, politics, etc. I feel that we’re each being asked to take a good look at ourselves and the lives we’ve been living, and perhaps use this time to give our inner world some vital attention. To come back to what is most important in life. To recognize the simple actions we are each taking, rather than mindlessly moving through our day on autopilot.
During this unsettling period, I find that focusing on the possibilities of our temporary, new normal is a much calmer and productive way to spend my time, rather than concentrating on the things that are beyond my control. With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless. Not only in tasks or projects I can take on, but also in exploring the many facets of what makes me, me. What am I drawn to doing these days? Whether it’s resting and catching up on sleep or trying out a new hobby or perhaps baking a loaf of bread… I can choose to take this precious time to acknowledge what feels nurturing and respectful to my life, which ultimately will then have a benevolent affect on my outer world.
Lastly, rather than allowing my mind to worry or resist about what is happening…
… I actually find myself in gratitude for the realization of how temporary this beautiful life is and my deep appreciation that as a human race we are becoming more conscious of our interconnectedness which will lead us to creating a new world that works for everyone.
I received a poem that I find especially poignant right now. It has been credited to the beautiful Mother Teresa.
A Tribute to Life
By JEAN TREBEK
Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex. Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.
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Thank you, Jean, for reaffirming my belief in the Good that is birthed out of our current situation.
It is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. And if we are happy with where we are, we can bump it up or sit graciously in gratitude.
It is clearly a time for forgiveness, of ourselves and those we perceive as doing some transgression. A time to consider if we are living in the past or dreaming of the future. And if that’s the case, it’s time to get back to the present moment.
And yes, we can also embrace a constructive distraction from the seeming chaos. We can plant a garden, inside or outside, Peter Martin has shared his expert advice.
We can organize or reorganize our physical space with the Joyful Genie,
aka, Natalie Soriano.
And there’s my favorite pastime… trying out Jean’s wonderful recipes. Truth be told, I’m more apt to go for the desserts!
And the daily practice of Alison’s affirmations can remove the negative, fearful thoughts in an instant.
While I miss my physical connection with my friends and family, I’m grateful for the ways we can connect virtually; grateful to be able to learn new technology.
I’m sorry for the devastation and I pray in gratitude for the healing.
I give thanks for the time to reflect, to change what needs to change within myself. And I am ever so appreciative for the way people have come together in innovative and loving ways. I choose to spend my time there, and release the thoughts of fear, blame and regret.
Dear Jeannie, Thank you so much for your generous, heartfelt response.
Be well, I love you.
Jean. I read an article in a magazine today. Guidepost. Very nice article. I am a cancer survivor. Thank God. 2014 my life changed. I knew it wasn’t the mumps. The lump on the side of my neck. After many test , second opinions I did decide to take radiation and chemo. At the same time. During my test I found I also had cancer in the upper right lobe of my right lung. I was shocked. Had no symptoms of any kind pertaining to the lung. I had the upper right lobe removed. I survived pneumonia I only had a ten percent chance of surviving just the treatments. Thank God today after nearly Six years I am cancer free. I recently had a gear attack. I Am doing fine with that. We have to fight and never give up. Hope is beautiful. I actually prayed to die. I was ready. I thought if I could just go to sleep and not wake up. I would awake. Finally one day I said “ God I thought u answered prayers. Okay I will pray to live no matter how tough it gets. I had wonder family friends. Fantastic medical team for which I will be forever grateful. I lost my older sister approximately a year ago. Cancer. Devastating. She left this world rather quickly. Thank God for that. I admire you for your patience. Your love and support for your loved one. I admire you for your faith. I am so glad I found insidewink. I prefer my data not be published if at all possible
I made a couple typos. I meant heart attack. Wonderful friends not wonder. I love the poem by Mother Theresa. Best of luck to Alex and all your family. Be strong
I know this is a long shot but I feel compelled to tell you how much Jesus Loves you and wonder if you ever heard the true gospel message of how Jesus went to the cross for you and for me, to pay the sin debt for mankind he was buried and rose the 3rd day. The bible is very clear about heaven and the only way to get there is through Jesus. By faith bow your head and call upon the Lord Jesus to save your soul with all your heart, invite him in. He will not deny you or anyone who will turn to him for complete forgiveness of your sins. The bible says all have signed and come short of the glory of God. I called on him September 19th 2008 and He heard me and saved my soul .please this is for you, your husband who has been prayed for by many. I was 50 years old when I realized how much the Son of God Loved me and wanting my sins forgiven and to know I would be in heaven when I died. I pray you will, Thank you for listening you can hear great preaching from Pastor Mickey Carter at Landmarkbaptistchurch.org , he Loves the Lord and you can trust him. Because I care Pam Heck
Thank you for your comment and your interest in insidewink.
I am aware of the Truth teachings of Jesus Christ…may they serve you well.
I am a Conservation journalist of 43 years. The reduced levels of pollution is inspiring because of less automobile travel. We realize it will quickly increase when life is back to normal, but for now a fine reprieve.
I agree with you on appreciating life, but we miss seeing our grandchildren. Personally, I just go fishing. I hope Alex’s health continues to improve and thank you for this positive message.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings…I’m glad you found this website. I sincerely appreciate you missing you grandchildren…it is hard, I get it. Thanks for your well wishes for Alex, he’s doing good. Many Blessings to you and your family. Jean
Your insightful words are a reflection of my consciousness as it is. At this incredible present time I/WE get to strengthen our awareness, health and humanity. It’s time to awaken and render my/our highest authentic essence knowing the truth. We are so Blessed.
I really appreciate you,
Thanks so much for your beautiful comment..I really appreciate you too!
Be well. Love always!