Infinite Possibility (making choices)

“Infinite Possibility”
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Hey Damon!

Happy Friday!

I’d like to talk about something today that has caused me to think a lot over the years.  In my childhood and into my twenties even I really believed that there was a RIGHT or WRONG answer to every question.  I saw the world and all of the people it housed, and all choice as right or wrong – everything was black and white and the way that I was raised to believe was without a doubt the “right way”. I could not understand another way of looking at things and I certainly couldn’t fathom that what was right for one person could be wrong for another.

I have changed and grown a lot in recent years and I have gained a lot of temperance. I have realized that when we think we know everything or have an answer for everything that we take away infinite possibility.  I believe in possibilities now and I’m grateful.  We have the God-given gift of agency and we must live with the consequences of our choices.  Sometimes choices aren’t clear, sometimes we struggle to make them.  I think that often the biggest rewards come when we simply make the decision.  If we will just act and then trust ourselves and the universe, to send us the best possible outcome, I think that we will move forward in life with purpose.

I love this quote by Elisabeth Elliot: “When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.”

I also love this one: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, page 333)

You and I were recently talking to a friend who told us some of his beliefs.  When he was done talking, telling us the things of his heart, he stated: “But I could be wrong”. That was like a breath of fresh air to me!  Someone who knew what they believed but had the wisdom to know he didn’t know for sure – that he didn’t have all the answers, and that he could be wrong. I believe that we should go through life making choices and learning from them.  After all, aren’t we here to grow and learn?

Hey Marisa!!

Happy Friday!! Wow…you’ve really nailed it with this post. I, like you, grew up with the same black & white view of the world, often to the point of causing harm to others because of my own judgment. And I agree 100% that sometimes when we’re confronted by tough choices that are seemingly-equal, it’s usually the Universe’s (God’s) way of saying, “Just choose already! No matter which path you take, you’re in my good hands”. This is so true; when we plant our heels and resist making an apparently-daunting decision, it’s usually our way of screaming back: “Keep me here! I refuse the options before me”. This bold defiance usually keeps us in an endless loop. But when we simply take one step, rather than pigeon-holing ourselves onto one direct path, we instead celebrate the freedom of choice. And since Nature is energy demanding constant movement and transformation, whatever choice we make always rewards us by taking us not along a definite “fate” based on that choice, but rather, it will ALWAYS bring us back around to what our soul is actually expressing, whether our conscious mind is aware of it or not. So in effect, multiple paths will invariably lead us back to our soul’s expression. Do you agree? In the words of our friend, “But I could be wrong”…

You, as usual, say things in an eloquent way that hits home. I love the feeling of free thought and free action.  We may not always agree with what others think or say or do but the beauty of life is that we are all diverse and want/need different things.  The way our lives all mesh and weave into a beautiful pattern is nothing short of amazing.  We really can learn something from everyone and I believe if we keep this teachable attitude we will have a life of joy and positivity.  SO, my challenge for us all this weekend is to feel free!  Make choices!  Learn from your choices and the choices of others! Be happy and do something to celebrate LIFE!!!

Dance! Sing! Play! Laugh! Enjoy Life! It’s your choice!

Spank Me!! Birthday Musings Pt. 2

Hey Marisa!!

It’s that time of year again to celebrate another birthday. Last night I had a great time with my parents at one of my favourite local restaurants, Tokyo Pot; shabu-shabu style food is a perfect way to unwind. I then unwrapped many great presents (incl. the AWESOME Love Never Dies Blu-Ray!), and have so much to look forward to today on my actual birthday: biscuits & gravy for breakfast, Paul Anderson’s The Master, cake, and lots of relaxation. But just as importantly as what’s to come is the reflection back on a past year; no one year of my life has offered-up so much sheer change as this past one has, nor have I ever changed as much in a single year as I have in this past one; I truly grew up at age 35.

In this past year I lived on my own for the first time ever, went through a divorce, reconnected with you, eliminated about 70% of my clutter, changed my mindset about material possessions and a wealth mentality, honed my intuitive and healing abilities, learned much more temperance, discovered the meaning of real love, dismissed many old ways of erroneous thinking, adopted a new wardrobe beyond my usual blacks and greys (who’d have ever thought I’d be caught dead in orange or yellow?), realised my true priorities, adopted inspirational films as my favourite movie genre, and shed MANY unhealthy habits and beliefs.

In short, I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and more than I could’ve ever imagined; and it shows: Every friend and acquaintance has told me one consistent thing this year: “You look happier than you’ve ever been!”, whether they see me in-person, or in pictures. So thanks to you, and thanks to those who support ish! And thank you many times over to those friends and family who’ve been so very supportive in so many ways this year. I cannot even begin to imagine how much more amazing and impactful my life will be one year from now, based on the past year’s progress alone, but here’s to Year 36!!

Thank you everyone for making my life full!!

-D

Hey Damon!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Reading your birthday musings made me think of all you have been through in the last year also.  You were always a good and kind-hearted soul but I agree with all of those other people when I see you in person or in pictures…you glow.  You have taken all of life’s challenges and anomalies and made them work for your growth.  I am proud of all you have accomplished and learned this year.  You are such a huge inspiration to me and to all of us who read ish and glean from your study and knowledge a better way to live life.  Thanks for all you do.  You are truly the epitome of what Inspire, Shine, and Heal means to me.

ish goes all FALL! (decor, DIY, recipes & movies )

Here at ish we love fall!  So we thought we would take some of our favorite fall foods and ideas and share them!

Who doesn’t love to adorn everything with harvest decorations?  Here are some of our favorites:

Country Living has this great idea! Take any long tray or box and add lovely fall scented candles, some gourds, leaves and pine-cones and you have a beautiful tribute to fall!

The candle wrapped in old sweater pieces is the epitome of fall!  Add a leaf for even more flair. This idea comes from the folks over at HG.

Fall foliage wrapped candlesticks!  So simple and elegant! We found this on Martha Stewart’s site.

Decorating pumpkins can be a great way to add fun and whimsy to fall!  Pumpkins aren’t just plain old orange anymore either!  They can be painted, glittered, or decorated to fit any room in your home! Better Homes and Gardens has some fantastic ideas!

Decorating front doors and porches is a blast and it looks good through all of the fall season! We love the red leaves around the door! Check out this awesome site to see 90 doorway ideas from simple to ornate!

This is a fun craft to do with little ones.  They can help with the whole craft and then watch the birds enjoy their hard work!

Cheese Ravioli with Sauteed Butternut Squash and Thyme

We had an ish dinner and made this delectable fall dish!  YUMMY! It’s easy to make and delicious!

How about a cosy evening at home? Here are three perfect Fall films to really set the mood for the season:

Babette’s Feast (1987)

Some movies can only be described as delicious. In Babette’s Feast, a woman flees the French civil war and lands in a small seacoast village in Denmark, where she comes to work for two spinsters, devout daughters of a puritan minister. After many years, Babette unexpectedly wins a lottery, and decides to create a real French dinner–which leads the sisters to fear for their souls. Joining them for the meal will be a Danish general who, as a young soldier, courted one of the sisters, but she turned him away because of her religion. The village elders all resolve not to enjoy the meal, but can their moral fiber resist the sensual pleasure of Babette’s cooking? Babette’s Feast deservedly won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This lovely movie is impeccably simple, yet its slender narrative contains a wealth of humor, melancholy, and hope. –Bret Fetzer

Sleepy Hollow (2000)

Master storyteller Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands) weaves an eerie, enchanting version of this classic tale of horror. Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane, an eccentric investigator determined to stop the murderous Headless Horseman. Christina Ricci is Katrina Van Tassel, the beautiful and mysterious girl with secret ties to the supernatural terror.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

No film better utilizes Audrey Hepburn’s flighty charm and svelte beauty than this romantic adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella. Hepburn’s urban sophisticate Holly Golightly, an enchanting neurotic living off the gifts of gentlemen, is a bewitching figure in designer dresses and costume jewelry. George Peppard is her upstairs neighbor, a struggling writer and “kept” man financed by a steely older woman (Patricia Neal). His growing friendship with the lonely Holly soon turns to love and threatens the delicate balance of both of their compromised lives. Taking liberties with Capote’s bittersweet story, director Blake Edwards and screenwriter George Axelrod turn New York into a city of lovers and create a poignant portrait of Holly, a frustrated romantic with a secret past and a hidden vulnerability. Composer Henry Mancini earned Oscars for the hit song “Moon River” and his tastefully romantic score. The only sour note in the whole film is Mickey Rooney’s demeaning performance as the apartment’s Japanese manager, an offensively overdone stereotype even in 1961. The rest of the film has weathered the decades well. Edwards’ elegant yet light touch, Axelrod’s generous screenplay, and Hepburn’s mix of knowing experience and naiveté combine to create one of the great screen romances and a refined slice of high society bohemian chic. –Sean Axmaker

Happy Friday everyone, and Happy Fall!!

Hellfire and Damnation or God-Given Genius?

Damon and I got talking about Mozart yesterday and what an amazing genius he was.  We both love his music and think he was very inspired. Damon asked if I’d ever seen the movie Amadeus.

I have seen this movie.  It is amazing.  I started thinking of what I know of Mozart’s life.  Some looked on him as pure genius and some believed that he was possessed of the devil.  Some were supportive of his genius while others were jealous and tried to ruin him. One thing remained fairly constant: people were in awe of him, not only his ability to create unmatched music but also by his eccentric personality. He had many “bad” habits and while he was a musical genius he certainly struggled in other areas of his life.  Who of us does not have talents?  Who of us does not have struggles and bad habits?  I think that we are all similar to Mozart, it may just be easier to see the vast diversity in his larger-than-life scale.

Sometimes we look at each other and only see the faults.  We may have 100 things we like about someone but one or two things that bother us or that we disagree with keep us from experiencing the 100.  I challenge us all to take time to stop, to notice, to support the good, the gifts, the genius that lies in each of us.

-M