Sunday, January 21, 2018

Family and Friends

I thought I was called to California for a two-fold purpose. One was complete, though not without its share of challenges. But the abundant joys delightfully won out. It’s up there as one of the happiest times of my life. The other was a case of someone’s bright intentions being followed by the lack of commitment to make it happen. Sometimes peoples’ decades old habits can keep them trapped their whole lives. I was a bit bummed but kept in mind not to take others’ choices personally. As much as I’d like to change the world…..I can only be fully responsible for myself.

This brings up a couple more observations. First, many of us have been raised in a culture of thinking being selfish is negative and being selfless a virtue. We, particularly women, were conditioned to take care of everyone else first. Then, if time and resources remained, tend to one’s own needs. By now most have heard the drill on an airplane about the oxygen masks. If you are traveling with a child or someone who needs assistance, put your mask on first then help others. Same thing with life. The healthier you are in mind and body, the more powerfully you can assist others. Of course, there are exceptions here that chapters can be written about. However, for the most part, this is true. If you are completely selfless and don’t take care of your own needs, you will not be able to be the shining change in the world you can so powerfully be. Abraham via Esther Hicks says, “If we were standing in your physical shoes, that would be our dominant quest: Entertaining Yourself, pleasing Yourself, connecting with Yourself, being Yourself, enjoying Yourself, loving Yourself. Some say, “Well, Abraham you teach selfishness.” And we say, yes we do, yes we do, yes we do, because unless you are selfish enough to reach for that connection, you don’t have anything to give anyone, anyway. And when you are selfish enough to make that connection—you have an enormous gift that you give everywhere you are.” What one thing can you do today to nurture yourself in order to honor God inside you and more significantly have a positive impact for others?

The other self-observation revealed I was still managing to attract people with not so healthy personality traits in my life. On a more optimistic note, I now recognize it much more quickly. Noticing has allowed me to be able to shift paths and not have the negative effects that I unwittingly allowed in the past. It is a daily practice of mine to visualize and invite only healthy and positive situations in my world. The more viscerally and deeply I feel this reality inside, the more profoundly I see it in my outside world. I invite you to please join me in creating Heaven on Earth starting with wherever                                                                   on Planet Earth you happen to be playing in at this time.

For my part, in California I ended up assisting in three moves. Seems like that is one of my
gifts/callings as I have helped family and friends in this manner numerous times over the years. This might even be an expected natural ability for a gypsy/traveler. Fun fact: My maiden name is Pauckert. That got mutilated regularly and frequently became Packer. It is a joke in our family that we are good packers (not to be confused with The Packers) and I teasingly vie with my Mom for the claim of being the best. Too long a story for now, but one of the moving processes resulted in receiving 4 tickets to the Wax Museum in Hollywood - thanks Hollywood Storage! It was a fun opportunity to enjoy time with family.

Without all my Angels in the wings (pun intended), I would not be able to have come this far on my
incredible journey. I bow in deep gratitude and appreciation to each one of you – and you know who you are reading this! A shout out to  AXICOM provider of high-quality and affordable IT services for small and medium businesses….and gypsies. While Costco and Dell were less than stellar on many counts with my computers, once again, the Knights in shining armor of AXICOM rode in to save the day! Some of you who know me closely also know that I’m often seriously tempted to disappear into the jungle and oust all electronic technology. AXICOM is definitely a big reason you and I are still in communication and you are reading this at all! While I never know for sure where my path may lead, it appears we will remain connected on this physical plane for some time to come. Abundant blessings and thank YOU for brightening my world!