Appreciation

I find I now appreciate. Often it’s the small things that get me started. Then I realise and value the larger ones, too.

I’ve often (intellectually) known, in life, if I wanted a better ride and to value what I experience, I need to be grateful. Somehow, I’ve always missed that bit.

As I’ve chosen to engage my passion of Communicating Love, my heart has opened. With my open heart, I appreciate:

  •       The warmth of Spring sunshine
  •       The cool of Spring air
  •       The Loving care my friends bring to me
  •       The Love my partner supports me with; her tireless and constant attention
  •       My Father, my Dad, goes further than any to help and aid me; he’s even done so through years of ingratitude on my side of the equation
  •       Trees in blossom
  •      Water flowing
  •      Plants that keep me company
  •      The beauty of Nature to heal with plants and when we allow Her to help
  •      Big-hearted, Loving people
  •      Wonder, the essence of connectedness
  •      Beauty of the spirit
  •      Stillness, silence and ease
  •      Wonder – when I am in awe of how amazing any thing can be, I am honest to who I am and unlimited in who I can be
  •      Opportunity; I can be what I wish
  •      Potential; unlimited potential
  •      Excitement; as I realise
  •      The love of cats and dogs
  •      How funny, Loving and kind and appreciative my grand-daughter can be
  •      Appreciation brings me everything – resilience, gratitude and resources to be authentic…

And, appreciation is just another word for Love.

Appreciation is Love in action: Love of my self and Love for how there’s beauty, how there’s kindness, how there’s human- and spiritual connection; how there’s Life and light everywhere. How, it’s always there when I choose to allow it to be in my Life.

And, what I love most about appreciation is the opportunity to practise it!!

Finding Hearts throughout My Life

For many years, I’ve been aware of finding hearts in all sorts of unexpected places. I just put it down to a quirk in my awareness. With time, I realised these hearts were messages to say I was Loved.

Places include:

  •  standing in a telephone box, looking down and seeing an elastic band on the ground in the shape of a heart;
  • when I went into the kitchen of a new flat, the washing up liquid spilled on the kitchen counter by the previous tenant was heart shaped;
  • another time, the puddle I looked at was heart shaped;
  • a leaf falling from a tree in Cornwall (do you know how rare they are?) with a heart-shaped hole in it landing on my head;
  • many more elastic bands, leaves and stones…

So many times, when I felt low, depressed, stressed, afraid, lonely or vulnerable, I often found hearts to remind me of Love even though, at the time, I didn’t accept or acknowledge it. I did notice the hearts. Funny how that is, heh?

I now live with a partner whose heart size is far, far, bigger than the size of her body. Wherever we’ve gone to on holiday, we’ve found hearts in streams, in a quarry, on beaches, and all over the place…

How I see this for me:

  • if I look and allow, I will have Love in my life;
  • if I accept my own Love, I will never be without;
  • if I accept God, the very essence of Love to be my Companion, I will always have Love and Light and value in my life;
  • no matter how dark certain times can be, there is always Light – there is always Light, there is always Love – there is only shadow when “some thing” has got in the way, in between…

My choices and decisions need to be about being in the Love not paying attention to the “some things” that may get in the way.

How about you? Go on, share your experiences, too?

Blessings, Benn

The Beauty of Love in Action (regardless)

Love, the driving force and very light of Life and the Universe, is the essence that forms the foundation of many an act of kindness and search for meaning in the world.

Acts of kindness are more than buying coffees or a drink for others; they are so very, very much, much more (is that enough emphasis?). They are the times when others or oneself chooses to be generous, kind or helpful to another when they have to be neither.

In my life, seeking to understand or to find comfort (despite, and often due to, my own torments) without me seeing them for what they were, I was “kinded” to, in a variety of ways:

  • Hardy, my aunt’s dog, was always happy to take me for a walk as a teenager sad and full of anxt; a grand and warm companion;
  • My Grandma treated me for eczema with Calendula flowers in my food and on my body, and with Love – she was often there just when I needed saving!
  • My other Grandma made the most remarkable soups and Elderflower champagne (yum!) and had me to stay during the holidays;
  • At different times, children and cats have adopted me, and my lap, for friendship;
  • One time a very Loving and kind Catholic priest listened to my problems and sent me books about my (then) passion;
  • My parents, at times too numerous to count, have helped me with Love through practical support, money, care and rescue;
  • My step-uncle took me under his wing and listened when no-one else ever seemed to do – his kindness showed I was both valued and important – it felt that unique, it brings tears to my eyes even now most of forty years later;
  • Countless mentors have been there with Love beyond the call – too many to mention: I’ve been blessed with personal accommodation and acceptance and acknowledgement just when I needed it, at times beyond count;
  • What touches me almost most is the Love and trust my grand-daughter has shown me from when we first met – she’s currently seven going on much older and I’m lucky to get great birthday cards, personally designed by her – her enthusiasm for life is priceless;
  • My plants – orchids, Jade (money plants), aloe veras, Peace Lily and Baby Orange Tree – will bloom, grow, forgive, blossom and flourish despite me; I’m honoured they remind me of Love in action as they reveal their beauty;
  • And, last though not least by any means, when I allow to, God for His acceptance, Love and regard for me as His child; I am lucky and occasionally grateful, too…

What is sad is I can forget all of the Love I’ve met because I’ve oft chosen a determined regret, shame, sadness and self-neglect. I’ve buried much of Life’s amazing in neglect, burying it into shadows, unvalued and unappreciated.

Now I make a new decisions and choices:

  • I choose to shine the light of Love to find the Love hidden by my self!
  • I choose to know the Love others’ invested in me;
  • I choose to value their input and
  • I choose to value both my Life and to share that value into the Universe, too…

What have you found Life-changing and how do you express it into the world?