GIVING UP MY OBSESSION WITH DISSATISFACTION

GIVING UP MY OBSSESSiON WITH DISSATISFACTION dis·sat·is·fac·tion di(s)ˌsadəsˈfakSH(ə)n/ noun lack of satisfaction. “widespread public dissatisfaction with incumbent politicians” synonyms:discontent, discontentment, disaffection, disquiet, unhappiness,malaise, disgruntlement,vexation, annoyance, irritation, anger; There is definitely a culture of dissatisfaction in the world these days. I have always been a person who has lived with a sense of dissatisfaction with ‘what is’. It could be that I’ve always seen the possibilities of beauty in everything and the ‘real’ world never really added up to my ideal. So I lived in dissatisfaction. It sort of messed up my joy and it messed up my appreciation of this present moment. The only peace you can have is in THIS present moment, say all the worlds gurus. The anguish of dissatisfaction and longing in its many forms — from idealization to preoccupation with what’s missing or with what should have been different leads to unhappiness. I always felt I had to…

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HAVE YOU EVER LOST YOUR ENTHUSIASM? I did.

HAVE YOU EVER LOST YOUR ENTHUSIASM?? Well…I did for a very long time. The word ENTHUSIASM comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos, which consists of the root words “theos” (god) and “en”. (in). Thus enthusiasm literally means “God within.”Hmm. I think we all agree that enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. They say that you should follow your enthusiasm in life. That makes sense. Here are a few more quotes on enthusiasm: Enthusiasm creates miracles. Enthusiasm + Passion = Success. Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: ‘Nothing in life was ever achieved without Enthusiasm.’ I totally believe in enthusiasm too. I used to have enthusiasm and zest for my mixed media art business but I hit a major burnout last year and decided I couldn’t do it anymore. I had my art business since 1999. I owned a gallery/studio in the Smoky Mountains…

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ARE THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE REALLY FREE?

DO YOU BELIEVE THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE? or not? Sunsets, Friendship, Cuddling a cat. Great conversation. Noticing the colors of a rainbow. The sound of a babbling mountain stream. Creativity. Inspiration. Writing. Meditation. A good hot steaming cup of coffee? (Well, almost free. 34 cents per KEURIG cup!)   I was wondering about this topic today after my conversation with a spiritually attuned wise friend of mine. We had a very long chat. We chat at least once a week and I love our deep talks. She is a meditation coach among other things. She doesn’t charge me anything for her time. She sincerely likes to share her wisdom, her strength and her time. Whereas other therapists I’ve had in my life (and I’ve had a few) seemed to look at their watches when ‘time was UP!”. OK. You have to leave NOW!! With her and I she never…

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YOU CANNOT BE CREATIVE WITHOUT VULNERABILITY

YOU CANNOT BE CREATIVE WITHOUT VULNERABILITY There’s no way around it! vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty noun the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. (This post is for my writer friends). A few of my friends who write mentioned that they haven’t felt ‘brave’ enough to share their work yet. They both said they preferred to keep their writing to themselves in their journals. I find this interesting but I could relate. I told them that its ‘brave to show up and be seen’ and I really mean that. Honestly, I’d prefer to opt on the side of bravery these days. When I first published my poetry book ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’ it was scary. I felt super vulnerable to open myself up and share my ‘ugliness’ with the world, but I did it! It was DAMN VULNERABLE! One of my…

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CONVERSATION WITH MY FRIEND IN IRAQ.

CONVERSATION WITH MY FRIEND SABAH IN IRAQ (Part two of ‘An Unlikely Friendship’) This is the second installation of my story ‘An Unlikely Friendship’ with my friend in Baghdad named Sabah. We met a few years ago (somehow?) on FaceBook and we’ve been friends and corresponding every since. This is our chat from 9:42AM– March 7, 2017 Hi Sabah! How are you doing lately?? I haven’t heard from you in awhile. Hi Michelle. Im Eh, What you think about this picture? What do you mean… think???   I mean if it’s real or not Yes! I think its real.   I mean this is not from movie It’s real In mousl. I wish this end fast. Do you believe it can end?  Yes How?  Someday I hope. I believe in Trump — maybe he can do something for us God LETS HOPE!! TRUMP might be cracking down on it! Is he?He says he…

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A FEW POEMS FROM MY 3rd BOOK.

 Here are a few poems from my chapter ‘Alive with Alliteration’ from my third book ‘Word Explosion’.  DRIPPING in DIVINE I am dripping in divine decadence daringly dabbling in dangerous dalliances damaging dialogues and diatribes DAMN! I thought it was dandy to have dappled in the dazzling darkness I was deadlocked dreadfully descending decaying in the depressing deficits now I do DECLARE! that I am definitely not defined by any deficiencies no longer denying demons and determined to diligently dedicate to my desired destination I have decided to diffuse my defensiveness no longer directionless No longer am I discombobulated or discouraged by my dreams DEDICATION! I am decidedly disavowing any type of disgraceful distrustful disgruntled dispirited depressed or downer people not dismayed by disquieting distressed diatribes Yes I may be dismally distant but I no longer need diversions and am not divided I am dizzy and dripping with the dynamic divine. I no longer…

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