Goddess Gift :: Goin' with the Flow

In case you've noticed, the Goddess Gift E-zine unexpectedly took an unanounced summer vacation. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, of course. And you know how we hate feeling outta' control, don't you?

I suddenly found myself underwater, big-time traumas hitting me from all sides. Talk about a journey to the bottom of the ocean! Funny how life gets messy that way sometimes, isn't it?

But, dear subscribers, in the immortal words of Willie Nelson: You were always in my mind . . . you were always in my mind. The good news is that I'm starting to get my life back and the next issue is in the can. Almost. It should be getting to you soon now that the floodwaters have receded, leaving an awful muddy mess that's just about as cleaned up as it's gonna' get!

Happy Mabon! (It's the Autumnal Equinox)

This is the day that we celebrate the autumnal equinox, a day on which the sun and the moon are in perfect balance, sharing the stage in equal measure. It is a day to meditate on where you need to find more balance in your life.

It is also a night to honor the dark goddesses of death and destruction. On this night when the veil that separates our world from the Underworld is at its very thinnest, it is a good time to send messages to those who have died before us. It's also the best time to release pain and resentments you've been holding onto for so long.

Make a list of all that you wish to release and then, under the full moon, trust the dark goddesses and torch that list, letting those legendary ladies carry the smoke where it needs to go. You'll find you have more room in your heart for gratitude and love.

It works for me.

And so does the following musing that was written by Erma Bombeck, American humorist and columnist, after she found out she was dying from cancer.

 
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the
wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ... live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.

Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what God (and Goddess) HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.
 


And we've got something else to celebrate this week. Goddess Gift is nine years old. And what a wild, wacky wonderful ride it's been! Liz and Sarah join m in thanking each of you for being such a
huge part of that.

Together we've made stories to tell, shared some hard times times and had quite a few good laughs together, haven't we?

And it's become a Goddess Gift tradition that on our anniversary, we celebrate by sharing the bounty and offer our loyal subscribers the chance to take the Goddess Quiz at the lowest price of the year. (Sorry, dear reader, the Anniversary Sale has ended, but you can use this link to read more about this full-scale personality assessment that tells it like it is, goddess style by using this link to the Goddess Quiz.)

Mastering the art of connection
with the goddess within
allows us to tap into
a deeper well of self-worth, strength,
and an internal power that
many of us have barely imagined.

In closing,
   a reminder to...

Put First Things First.
Set aside your burdens, even if just for a moment,
and make time for your Self.

Sharon

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