Monthly Archives: November 2011


Evolution:  that last step was a doozy!~Astrid Alauda

AFFIRMATION: Today, my life is a DOOZY. A beautiful life filled with wondrous love and friendship. I am grateful!


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”)

Life is not something that is done to us, it is something that we do. It is called Living. When we greet another day of life, we appear at a crossroad in Mind, Body and Essence.  The degree may vary from person to person. Some may be present in one, two … or serenely present in all three. We are all unique in that aspect. It is at the crossroad where we choose our path, based upon the wholeness of our thoughts, words and actions.

The beauty of volition is that we are afforded the opportunity to change paths on our journey, or start over, so long as we have Life. Always. However, choices are not always easy and not always without confusion.  From birth we are nurtured to travel paths prejudiced by the choices of our parents, ancestors, society, cultures, environments, religions, education, and governments.  The awakening is when we become aware that we cannot live another person’s life; we can only live our own.

There are an endless number of side roads that branch off the path called Life, yet all of them lead to the same destination. There are no perfect journeys and there are more than one “right” path. The paths of volition. Below are several paths that I have experienced. You may have traveled along some, all, or quite possibly, none of them.    Let’s take a look!

When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.
(Charles de Lint)


Strong belief in a power greater than ourselves. Faith creates a beginning, middle and end in any journey. And the opportunity to start over when needed.


Honest dialogue and consistent caring solidify inner strength that makes getting through tough times possible and rewarding, such as confronting a difficult history and making amends.


Optimism is like a flashlight in a dark room. Don’t underestimate the power within that cultivate the possibilities of what can be.


Helping others is intoxicating and requires no invitation. Charity is the nourishment of gratitude.


Stubborn might be a more accurate word here, but launching into a determined mission is not for the meek. What was originally a short-term project could become a lifelong pursuit. You just don’t know at the outset.


A positive view fostered by empathy cures a lot of ills. When Love is shared, it grows.  Love is also the source of the essence within.


Remaining in the present with our eyes focused on the illuminated horizon of possibilities.


How many times have you been told: “No, that won’t work”? “Why bother, it can’t be done”? I have heard both plenty of times; mostly from myself.  Do you achieve what you set out to do? Does  cultivated self-doubt and negativity of others  stop you before you take the first step towards an attempt?  Courage goes hand in hand with learning.  We can’t test the waters of the unknown until we find the courage to step away from the  shore that we know.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
(Proverbs 3:17)

The paths discussed above may or may not be for you.  You possibly have discovered paths that I have yet to experience. We have to choose for ourselves which path or paths help us develop or progress along our journey. Choosing the appropriate path may require seeing things a bit differently.  For me, it requires keeping an open mind and an open heart.  I try to not make it complicated.  I trust that each and every experience expands my awareness.  An awareness to use when I find myself at the crossroad again.  Don’t be surprised if the path you choose leads you to an unexpected place. Enjoy life—live it while you have it!



Supreme blessedness.
bliss – felicity – happiness – peace – serenity

A little drowsing cat is an image of a perfect beatitude. ~Jules Champfleury

AFFIRMATION: Today, I take my Best and my Attitude and live a life of BEATITUDE. Best + Attitude = BEATITUDE!


The Gift of a Smile brings …

    Art of Balance
    Bliss from Learning
    Compassion amid Courage
    Ego behind Faith
    Freedom among Friendship
    Good News concerning Gratitude
    Happiness within Harmony
    Heart with Honesty
    Humanity considering Hope
    Inspiration on Journey
    Joy around Kindness
    Life amid Love
    Mankind at Meditation
    Music underneath Namaste
    Peace inside Photography
    Poetry alongside Growth
    Respect toward Serenity
    Soul beyond Spirituality
    Spunk in Strength


        the Trust


            the Truth


                the Universe.



Encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good).
boost – cherish – cultivate – nurture – stimulate

Warm weather fosters growth: cold weather destroys it. Thus a man with an unsympathetic temperament has a scant joy: but a man with a warm and friendly heart overflowing blessings, and his beneficence will extend to posterity ~Hung Tzu-Cheng

AFFIRMATION: Today is made up of a collection of moments of life filled with faith, hope, and love. I will use each moment to be motivated and empowered by the heart and soul. May my existence leave a residue within the Universe that FOSTERS love and peace.



Brave; adventurous.
dauntless – fortitude – resolute – valiant

All deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea, while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore. ~Herman Melville

AFFIRMATION: Today I reflect upon the INTREPID courage which exists within. How closely it is connected to the element of truth. One rarely fears that which is known and one rarely gains courage without being an INTREPID adventurer in life.



Most conducive to a favorable outcome; best.
The most favorable conditions or level for growth, reproduction, or success.
Adjective: best – greatest
Noun: ace – champion – excellence

The human individual lives usually far within his limits; he possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. He energizes below his maximum, and he behaves below his optimum—it is only an inveterate habit—the habit of inferiority to our full self. ~William James

A recipe for OPTIMUM living:

    1. Maintain a daily inventory of Self, listing the positives and negatives. Revisit your list often to get a good idea of those areas that you excel and those areas that need worked on.
    2. Do not compare yourself to others. Everyone has aspects that can always be developed and improved—no one is perfect.
    3. Lighten up! Do not take yourself so seriously. Really, in the grand scheme of the Universe, just how significant is it? Human life is way too short to spend it in misery and angst. Enjoy each day of life you greet doing the things that cultivate that which is positive: Love, Live, Laugh.
    4. Attend to personal growth. View every life experience as an opportunity to learn and grow from, no matter if it is a positive or negative experience. From the time we are born to the time of our death, growth and learning never ceases.
    5. Respect yourself. Treat yourself as well as you would treat a stranger. The source of love is within us all.  The love we give others is an accurate reflection of the love we give ourselves.
    6. Reach out to others when in need. Asking for help to improve the areas in your life that are in need of improvement or healing exhibits harmony and maturity.
    7. Recognize the difference between self-esteem and arrogance. Self-esteem is not painful or agonizing. The components of self-esteem are positive thinking, determination, and desire to live an honest and sincere life. The opposite is true for arrogance.

An OPTIMUM life is full of love, respect, and success.



  1. Showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
  2. (of a plant, animal, or machine) Able to endure (specified conditions or treatment).
benevolent – fair – forgiving – humane – open – patient – understanding

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own. ~Eric Hoffer

AFFIRMATION: When I open my heart, my mind and my eyes, I am TOLERANT of other persons, places and things. I make room for differing opinions, perspectives, regardless of whether I agree or disagree. There is plenty room in the Universe for respect and TOLERANT diversity.



Expression of gratitude.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. ~Henry Van Dyke

AFFIRMATION: Today I reflect on all that I am thankful for: family, friends, nourishment, shelter, air and life. A heart of THANKSGIVING is not to be celebrated or visited just one day of the year, but every day that life greets me. THANKSGIVING is universal. There is never a bad time to give gratitude—better shared than kept silent and hidden away.



Present, appearing, or found everywhere.
pervasive – omnipresent – universal

Ubiquitous: When it’s going well, the fact of it is everywhere. It’s there in the song that shuffles into your ears. It’s there in the book you’re reading. It’s there on the shelves of the store as you reach for a towel and forget about the towel. It’s there as you open the door. As you stare off into the subway, it’s what you’re looking at. You wear it on the inside of your hat. It lines your pockets. It’s the temperature.  The hitch, of course, is that when it’s going badly, it’s in all the same places. ~David Levithan

AFFIRMATION: Today, I am aware of the UBIQUITOUS existence of the divine source that was, is and forever will be. I let go of fear and embrace trust.