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“CHRIST”MAS IS FOR SHOPPING SPREES…

(© 2014 Kimberly D Miller – Farm in Allegany, Oregon) I have a question for those of you who do not believe in Jesus, and I ask this because I have never understood the practice…why do you celebrate Christmas? It seems that most people really do not understand what Christmas is all about.  Has no one watched, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” recently? For the life of me I will just never understand the need to commercialize this holiday.  This is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and yes, he wants us to give unto one another, but with our hearts and our love.  He means for us to love each other the way he does and give of that love freely to others.  He meant for us to give kindness and help to those we love and those in need the way he would, not go into debt buying an espresso machine for Aunt Sally.  I am guilty of this frame of mind as well because we were brought up getting everything we wanted for Christmas and were never really told of the meaning of the holiday. It

MY THANKSGIVING GIFT TO MYSELF…TREK TO WATERFALLS

While I have just moved to a new state and don’t really know anyone, I decided that the coolest way to spend Thanksgiving this year was to treat myself to something I have been wanting to do since I arrived.  There are two tremendous waterfalls out in the woods here where I am living, but because the road slid off a while back you have to hike in.  I walked about 6 miles round trip, and I loved it.  I have posted my very amateur videos below along with the shots I took of the falls.  I have not experienced anything this beautiful since the birth of my son.  What a privilege it is every time I get to experience the grandeur of God’s cathedrals here on earth. Silver Falls, Allegany, Oregon–© 2014 Kimberly Miller Silver Falls, Allegany, Oregon–© 2014 Kimberly Miller        

THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM…LOL

PICTURE I TOOK OF HACETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE © 2014 – KIMBERLY MILLER It seems I constantly encounter the saying, “There is no ‘I’ in team,” and other such jewels of wisdom and, because I love words, I can appreciate the spirit in which they are created.  I love to take sayings like these and twist them around sometimes just for comedic value, for example, while it is true that there is no “I” in team, it is also true that if you scramble the letters you will definitely find the word “me” in team.  I also love to find spirituality and meaning in words like the fact that the word “time” contains both the words “I” and “me,” one right after the other, which leads me to the thought that “I” must always make “time” for “me.”  Words are not only powerful, but they also contain hidden meanings, most of which fly right over the tops of our collective heads.  As you can well imagine I am a big fan of crosswords puzzles, anagrams, hidden words, scrambles, Scrabble, Boggle and any other game in

THANKS…GIVING…GIVING…THANKS

How wonderful it is to have the chance to experience life here, in this realm, on this planet at this time.  I know that our society has set aside one day a year to be thankful and, growing up I learned that it was based mostly on the story of the pilgrims coming to this land…blah, blah, blah, but I just don’t see it that way anymore.  I was brought up that way, but now I understand on a much deeper level that we need to be thankful every minute of every day for the love, opportunities, answered prayers and other wonderful things that are bestowed upon our lives.  When you are outwardly thankful and grateful for everything in and about your life, you will be amazed at how much more comes your way.  If you are ready to receive all good and wonderful things in your life, open your heart, soul and mind and pour out the gratitude for what you already have.  Whatever you have, be it physical gain, monetary gain, spiritual or emotional gain, it is in your life now by plan, not by chance. 

A DAY ON THE JOB…

One of the nicest things about getting a new life are the new opportunities and new surroundings.  The new job I have finds me in the beautiful surroundings of an Oregon forest complete with waterfalls and rivers.  I just had to take these three, short videos as I was in awe of just how beautiful it is there.

KEEP IT TO YOURSELF FOR YOUR HEALTH…

Habits can be hard to break and, let’s face it, some of them we don’t really want to break, but in the long run, if you want to grow spiritually and emotionally, there are some that will be necessary to break. Okay, so in the past I have written a couple of posts about not gossiping and keeping your judgments to yourself, but it would appear that judging others is actually quite a bad habit that SO MANY people need to break if they are to heal and grow.  Why do so many of us feel the need to judge?  I was guilty of this habit as well, but I try now to see the good and positive things in people and, if they have traits that I feel judgmental about, I am turning that urge into saying nothing and keeping it to myself and working on why I would care about judging them either way.  I realized how pathetic I was being when I would run to, call, or relay in any manner to a friend or acquaintance, my recent judgments about a person we both knew.  So much energy is wasted with gossip and reme

LET’S GET SUBLIMINAL…

In college I did a paper on the way the advertising industry has spent years tweaking our minds with subliminal messaging.  What is subliminal messaging you may ask?  The definition I found on the internet defines it as: existing or operating below the threshold of consciousness; insufficiently intense to produce a discrete sensation but influencing or designed to influence mental processes or behavior: subliminal advertising.  In other words, it is a way of planting words and/or suggestive images into ads to ensure that your sub-conscious mind will take their bait and ultimately buy their product, hence the girl sitting on the hood of the cool hot rod in the hot rod magazine.  This picture is plain and simple, just a simple stream of ketchup being poured onto a simple hotdog, but closer look reveals that it is actually a tongue licking a hotdog.  Even if you didn’t consciously pick up on it at first, your subconscious mind would retain that message and use it the next time you came

S.T.R.E.S.S...

Stress is a major topic of concern these days and rightfully so.  It has been statistically proven to be the number one factor linking together multiple causes for disease and accidents as well as a host of other negative incidents throughout our lives.  Stress  is defined by Merriam Webster as:  a   :   the burden on one's emotional or mental well-being created by demands on one's time. So, as I sat and studied this ominous word staring at me from the computer screen, I decided to make it into an acronym based on how it has affected my life and how it ultimately led to my insanity.  This was my result:     S teadily      T aking      R esponsibility 4      E very      S ingle      S ituation I now have an acronym defining the way I used to live my life.  This was a great exercise for me and I heartily recommend that everyone give it a try.  Think about what causes the most stress in your life and make an acronym out of it.  Write it on a post-it and stick

VIDEO OF MY BEST SUNDAY IN OREGON...SO FAR!

I am not the best cinematographer but I did try to capture the area that I most enjoy spending time in and during this time there were these great surfing dudes out there to watch.  The rock I am standing on is a reef that jets way out into the ocean and there are tide pools to study and on the left, a bank of rocks with crashing waves and on the right is the jetty where the large ships and barges enter and exit the bay.  I love that they call this place the "bay area" because I spent so many years in the San Francisco bay area.  I had the most reflective, spiritual day I  have had in a long time and I wanted to share the sound of the waves and the beauty I was so blessed to enjoy today.

BE THE CHANGE...

In the ever-wise words of Ghandi, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Now, while I agree these are words to live by, I also believe it to be imperative that you first Be the change you want to see in you.  I realize more and more, day after precious day, how fundamental it is that you know you, without a shadow of a doubt, before you take on anything outside of your world. We all live spherically inside our own, comfortable planes of existence, much like a subdivision in a city or town. We have our circle(s) of friends, our work world, our play world and our realities and, while there is no such thing as perfection, we all try to be the best possible versions of ourselves that we know how to be. Yesterday I had the pleasure of conversing with a friend on this topic who always manages to shed new light into my world.   My continuing journey toward my personal regeneration is based upon becoming the most positive version of myself I can be to create the most po