Thursday, January 9, 2014

fix, control & prevent pas

afternoon sun through icy branches / Winnie & Sam / in the backyard / looking out into the Northumberland Straight - ice as far as the eye can see / snow buddies Winn & Sam / on the away to Inn the Elms for lunch with Mary P / ice laden spruce boughs / 29 Black Street bathed in sunshine / ice, ice baby / deep snow on the little birdhouse / back yard trails / Mr. Samuel Leon Berger ;-) 

no more trying to constantly fix, prevent and/or control - this is the year of having faith & learning to surrender

Surrender is the ultimate sign of strength and the foundation for a spiritual life. Surrendering affirms that we are no longer willing to live in pain. It expresses a deep desire to transcend our struggles and transform our negative emotions. It commands a life beyond our egos, beyond that part of ourselves that is continually reminding us that we are separate, different and alone. Surrendering allows us to return to our true nature and move effortlessly through the cosmic dance called life. It's a powerful statement that proclaims the perfect order of the universe. 

When you surrender your will, you are saying, "Even though things are not exactly how I'd like them to be, I will face my reality. I will look it directly in the eye and allow it to be here." Surrender and serenity are synonymous; you can't experience one without the other. So if it's serenity you're searching for, it's close by. All you have to do is resign as General Manager of the Universe. Choose to trust that there is a greater plan for you and that if you surrender, it will be unfolded in time. 

Surrender is a gift that you can give yourself. It's an act of faith. It's saying that even 
though I can't see where the river is flowing, I trust it will take me in the right direction. 

Debbie Ford

We're back from the vet and Miss D had an excellent senior dog check-up. Dianne suggested that Winnie's symptoms (back legs giving out & weak hind end) are most likely caused by her poor old arthritic legs (over the years she's torn both back cruciate knee ligaments) combined with a particularly terrible and hard winter - tres icy everywhere & bitter, bitter cold. Mama'a been catastrophizing yet again … oops guilty. But such a relief to get the opinion of a vet that I trust completely & love dearly. Miss Dee also had her much too long black toe nails trimmed to help her walk a little better on that darn ice - which is everywhere.


  1. I really enjoyed reading this post and reflecting on the words you shared with us today. This really hits home for me - surrendering - despite life's circumstances, to live life the best I can and to its fullest potential. Thank you for always inspiring myself and others around you. My life would truly be incomplete without you and your wonderful world to visit. Much love. xx

  2. Hey Sweet Pea !! what a perfectly lovely comment, it made my day. You & I have been on such similar journeys over the last 5 or 6 years. We're both in a good place and getting better all the time. I think you don't reach the lands of Faith & Surrender until you've travelled those bumpy, difficult roads that leads to them, hit a rock bottom (or 2 or 3) that's how it feels to me anyway - like suddenly, naturally of course Faith is my word for 2014 but I would never have chosen it unless I'd struggled through all those ups & downs ;-) Regards to Mr. Toast & much love right back at ya ! xoxo Susan & Gang

    Kelly Clarkson's - Stronger - the perfect song

  3. Awww...well, I appreciate your sweet comment as well and you're right - we both have been through similar journeys these past several years AND, we're both coming out shining like gold, too! Uh huh. :)

    Thank you for the Kelly Clarkson song. I'll go take a listen to it now. xx

  4. I should have read this post first, I am so pleased that Winnie had a good health report from your vet, that is such good news dear Susan.
    I love all of these photos, I know it must be cold but the snow looks so beautiful and the ice crystals.
    There is so much good advice in these words from Debbie Ford, I am getting there, going more with the flow instead of trying to control my life and wishing for things/ someone I will never have.
    Love to all, Dianne
    xoxoxo ♡