Tag Archives: Thoughts

Things I Love About December

 

The invigorating scent of fresh pine

Peppermint flavored everything

Swirling snowflakes dancing on the wintry winds

and on my blog

Christmas music ringing out on the airways

The color red

Frosty windows

Animal tracks in the snow

Hot cocoa

A crackling fire on a cozy hearth

Warm winter clothes – mittens!  🙂

The extra sense of wonder and excitement in children

and in my pets

and in me

The increased spirit of giving and goodwill people have toward one another

Pretty packages containing special gifts for loved ones

Celebrating the greatest gift of all – the birth of Jesus ❤

Holiday lights sparkling everywhere

The warm glow of candlelight

Spending extra time with family and friends

Baking festive holiday treats

Clear crisp wintry night skies filled with bright stars

Frost on my windows

oh wait, I already mentioned that  😉


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I’m experiencing a slight bit of overwhelm here in my little world at the moment, so I made this list to remind myself of everything I love about this time of year.

What do you love today?

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Beyond the Branches

 

Just beyond the chaotic mess of branches that crowd your busy mind

shines the light

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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 Witnessing the dawning of a new day always has a special way of bringing peace and fresh hope to my heart.   May your heart be filled with fresh hope today too, and may the light be shining bright…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thoughts of You

 

In the morning just as I awake, there you are, already in my thoughts, mingled in amidst the remnants of dreams and my drowsy awareness of the day ahead.

It’s warm there, in my bed, and in my head, I want to linger there, to immerse myself in all that warmness, and allow the thoughts of you to play out in my mind.  Sweet and sensual.

But the demands of the day beckon, so I open my sleepy eyes and arise, taking thoughts of you with me into the day.

 

And in the evening as I’m falling asleep, there you are, still in my thoughts.  I try to bring you with me into my dreams, in hopes that we will meet there, where imagination knows no limits and our fantasies run wild and free.

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Being Peace

 

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”

                                                                                                    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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Does it sound strange to say that I crave peace?  Like, isn’t ‘craving’ something in and of itself, sort of the complete opposite of being peaceful?  Leave it to me to be a contradiction.  😉

But I do – crave peace.  And I have peace, much of the time.  But sometimes life just heaps so much weight onto my shoulders, there’s so much required of me, so many things to do, so many people that need me, my knees begin to buckle under the strain, until finally, my strength gives out.  Splat, there I am sprawled out on the ground, I’m not any good to anyone like that am I?

I don’t do it on purpose, I just pick up things along the way.  And sometimes I let the people I love put things on me too, because they have needs and I want to help.  But the best way for me to truly help, is for me to first have peace within myself, because then I ‘can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in my family, my entire society, will benefit from my peace.’

And I know what I need to do to have that, I just get caught up in all the other stuff sometimes.  Well, that, and my erratic hormones.  Maybe it’s really balance that I crave.  😉

 

Wishing you a day of balance, a bit of what you crave, and lots of…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought… Let Us Love

 

Let us love one another, be a support and stand beside each other through all life’s growing pains.

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For together, we can become a field of beauty, and help make this world a lovelier place…

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© Julie Rehnelt 2015

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought

 

Amidst all the mayhem and troubles that life can sometimes bring, be on the lookout for the tiny treasures that may be hidden within each day, for there is always beauty to be found.

 

I spy with my little eye

a baby Oriole spying back at me…

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Can you even see it?  I could barely spot it, and I knew it was there.  The color of the leaves is great camouflage with the color of its feathers.

 

Playing I Spy with that little baby Oriole camouflaged up in that tree makes me think of the I SPY book series.  I worked in a school library for 11 years and some of the students’ favorite books to sign out were those I SPY books.   They’re a sort of picture puzzle, riddle book, each page is overly crowded with pictures of every day objects and the reader has to find a specific item hiding in plain sight amidst all the mayhem.  Some of them can be a bit challenging, even for me as an adult, and I’m great at puzzles.  I once had to undergo a battery of grueling tests, one of which consisted of being timed at putting together a puzzle from random shaped, abstract pieces.  I not only immediately figured out what it was supposed be, but I put it together in a matter of seconds, and apparently I was the only one who had ever succeeded in assembling it at all.  I’m not sure what that means in the grand scheme of my intelligence or my personality type at large, but if nothing else, at least it means I’m good at certain types of puzzles.  😉

Anyway…

I guess what my thought is, is that sometimes life is like that – like an I SPY book.  Sometimes the pages of our lives may seem overly crowded with this or that, and it’s a challenge to find the little treasures hidden in plain sight amidst all the mayhem (or amidst the camouflage of tree branches), but keep a lookout, there is beauty to be found.

 

Wishing you a day of beauty and hidden treasures…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sometimes Shadows

 

Sometimes shadows

fall over my heart

and into my mind.

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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It’s one of those days…

 

The good news is – if there’s a shadow, then there is surely light too.

Wishing you light today, and…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

Because sometimes… it’s best to just put a sock paw in it…

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😉

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought

 

Dreaming is free.  Its only cost… the power of using your imagination.

© Julie Rehnelt 2014

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought

 

Despite life’s various constraints, always allow your spirit to soar…

© Julie Rehnelt 2014

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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