Inside the Mind of Isadora


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Be Who You Are

You can’t be everything to everyone   

You need to be everything to one: yourself.

Often times, we live our lives based on what others expect of us.

If we don’t meet their expectations we wallow in self-doubt and deprecation.

We can’t bare the pain we see in their eyes or read in their words. 

Our lives are ours to live in our own way. We can never please everyone. 

Yes, we can hope to be seen as who we truly are. 

Unfortunately, we can only be a beacon of light guiding others to the path of kindness while healing our own wounds.

If we embrace our own journey with open eyes and travel to the places and moments that heal us, we will find greater joy for life everyday. 

Every moment we savor in our lives is an immense gift of peacefulness we couldn’t see before.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

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When your life passes you by

until you believe that you’re no one

Every time you’re tempted to cry

make a om of your own

Take your time

Searching high and low

Try to climb every doubt every soul

Through the sky, there’s a path you know

Take your time to catch the frame of every rainbow

Free times for a lifetime

Sound of the universe

Waking the dream of the sleep

Suddenly silence

Take your time

Searching high and low

Try to climb every doubt every sorrow

Through the sky, there’s a path you know

Take your time to catch the frame of every rainbow

 


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Take my Hand and Walk with Me

 

While on a cruise for our 50th anniversary, we renewed our vows.

These were the words I spoke:

Take my hand and walk with me

 in quiet places; 

Where butterfly wings create a melodic song.

Sing and play in secret meadows; 

where grasses sway 

with soft summer breezes 

from dusk to dawn.

Share with me a simple life 

of placid days and starry nights; 

where we can lie on yielding grasses,

while waiting for the morning light.

Take my hand and dance with me, 

until stars twinkle brightly in your eyes.

 For simple pleasures love can hold; 

even when winter’s edge grows bold. 

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

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These were the vows my husband spoke:

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Without you,

Life is just existing

With you,

Life is worth living.

You put a name on the

Songs birds sing

And, you bring the smell of flowers

To a breezy spring

You are my sun,

You are my moon 

My hearts soar’s 

With loving wings.

2019©Al DeLaVega

There are so many things I could say about our special day: August 21,1965. We stood before God and said our vows. It was a celebration with family and friends. We were a perfect example of youth with all of the innocence that accompanies it.

Our lack of knowledge gave us freedom from moral wrongs. 

We knew one thing only: LOVE. 

We thought we were the perfect example of what a life of love should be. We were fearless about what the future would hold. 

We had a special bond that held us together: LOVE.

Did we expect to have troubles??? 

No.

But, trouble is an inevitable part of life. When trouble comes you simply need to hold your head high and face that trouble directly. 

There were many; they came often. 

You can’t be youthfully naive and not have trouble sitting at your table. 

We both felt strong and confident that we’d be able to conquer everything. And, we did.

Those of us who’ve had the joy of celebrating many years of marriage do so with a badge of honor. 

Conquering trials and tribulations along with creating joyful and loving moments together are part of how relationships bond together. 

What gives us the honor to celebrate so joyously?

Our commitment for a lifetime together. 

And, we’ve been. 

We celebrate another anniversary with our hearts filled with joyful LOVE.

Enjoy … Isadora
    2019©IsadoraDeLaVega


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An Inspirational Morning – Enchanting Spring

  Spring is in the air.

 It was a hazy misty morning when I went out on my lanai this early morning. The temperature was warm. I had gone outside to observe the vast nature that is my backyard before attempting my Tai Chi meditative exercises. I’d been unable to do them outside because our temperatures had been a bit chilly. Our cold temperatures in Southern Florida in winter are 60’s during the day and 40’s in the morning and at night. 

 Now, our spring season has arrived.  We’re experiencing temperatures in the mid 70’s in the morning. The warmer weather has brought a great many birds back to our estuary. 

 On this morning, the break of day showcased a bald eagle majestically flying overhead while a white egret waded in the water swallowing small fish. 

The bird feeders I’ve strategically placed on my spring blossoming orchid tree are starting to attract red cardinals, hummingbirds and scrub jays. I can hear tiny chirping from baby birds in the holly berry bush I planted several years ago. They’re waiting for their daily feeding from mama birds who’ve gone hunting. These are panoramic views and sounds that never disappoint nor do I tire hearing. 

 As the sun breaks through the mist, a shimmer blankets the water on the lake. It’s a hypnotically mesmerizing tranquil place of peace. It’s a time of quiet contemplation before the day ahead. I’m looking at my orchids that are still in bloom while others are forming buds for future blooms. Nature is slowly awakening with all of its’ beauty. I’m enraptured by the many blessings I have. 

Today stretches before me waiting to be shaped into the creation I choose to sculpt deciding what shape and form it will be. It will be as unique as me. It is all up to me. I am going to make it a GREAT day. I hope you will, too, unless you have other plans.

Isadora 😎

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

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An Artist Am I

Flower-Purple-760A.web  Petite Fleur                                 2015©art and photography by Isadora

Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
©George Bernard Shaw

Flower-purple-original-2a.webOriginal Photograph                       2015©photography by Isadora

 


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At the Beach

My beach has a big umbrella casting shade over my empty chair.

Warm water touches my skin and soothes the ache within.

Palm trees are growing, warm breezes blowing.

Salty air in every breathe taken in.

I picture myself there day after day.

 My beach is my haven, my comfort, my care.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega 

At the beach, life is different.

Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment.

We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.    


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Nurture Yourself – Dream

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May all your ‘DREAMS’

have colorful stars

to take you

on a flight

of peaceful tranquility.

For tonight

is dark

but in the morning 

light rises anew.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

Johnny Mathis – Dream – Dream – Dream


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Sunday Song – Imagine

Any peaceful step

even calming your own feelings and emotions

contributes to peace in the world

Imagine by John Lennon

John Lennon – ‘Love’ – lyrics

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John Lennon was one of the songs added to ‘The Musical – Beatles

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The next concert will be ‘Moody Blues’.

 


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Attitude of Gratitude

We all need to be reminded to be grateful for what we have in our lives. 

The treasures we, sometimes, take for granted.

Below you will find my Gratitude list that is forever growing.

  1. my gentle spirit – for it keeps me centered daily
  2. my smile –  the 1st thing people see when we meet
  3. my touch – for the ability to know textures and liquids
  4. my hands – for holding onto my husband and childrens for love
  5. my eyes – for their bright sparkle to see everything
  6. my hearing – for the sounds of nature and children laughing
  7. my feelings – for the aura I can sense in people 
  8. my laughter – it’s infectious
  9. my taste buds – for it allows me to experience bitter and sweet
  10. my heart – for the beats that keep me alive
  11. my love – for my heart is always full for sharing
  12. my husband – for the commitment he’s given me
  13. my loving husband – for his never-ending love
  14. my caretaker husband – for the nursing he provides me when i’m ill
  15. my companion husband – for his friendship in all that we love to share
  16. my provider husband – for his hard work to give me everything I need
  17. my playful husband – for the childlike games he does to make me smile
  18. my game husband – for partnering with me to compete in board games
  19. my dedicated husband – for his addictive love for me since we were 16
  20. my children – for bringing me adventure from the day they were born
  21. my friends – for the lessons I’ve learned from them
  22. my home – for the peaceful sanctuary I feel when in it
  23. my art – for the creativity in my everyday life
  24. my jewelry – for with it I provided for myself
  25. my knitting – for the peacefulness I feel when I focus on creating
  26. my paintings – for the emotions I can express 
  27. my passion – for the intensity of it
  28. my orchids – for a hobby that provides a focus and beauty for me 
  29. the moon – for the light it shines in my darkness
  30. the stars – for their shine let’s me know I am but a speck among them
  31. the clouds – for taking me on visual rides when sleep escapes me
  32. the misty air – for upon my face I feel it’s caress
  33. the brisk cold air – for it gives me a sense of being alive
  34. music – for allowing me to hear the beauty of notes
  35. music – for being the instrument of my dancing
  36. dance – for the movement it gives to my body with grace
  37. dance – for the fluidity that creates seamless elegance
  38. poetry – for the words that can mesmerize
  39. story telling – for the tales that keep me fascinated
  40. my curiosity – for it keeps me yearning to know more about everything
  41. air – for it reminds me to breathe in order to live
  42. my age – for it reminds me that I am alive
  43. aging – for I can now brag about knowing something
  44. tea makers – for providing more varieties for this tea lover
  45. cruise lines – for creating a mode of travel I adore
  46. my doubt- for I am always trying to surmount it
  47. my excellence – for I’m always trying to reach it
  48. my goodness – for I’m always trying to be a good person
  49. my kindness – for I’m always focused on being kind
  50. fairytales – for I always want to believe
  51. my virtues – for I’m always trying to be righteous and moral
  52. my wisdom – for I want to be a wise older woman
  53. my hope – for this world to have peace realized
  54. my awakening – for I’m always trying to awaken my spirit
  55. my Isadora – for there is one and the only one: me

Namaste,

Isadora 🙏🏻

2019©isadora DeLaVega

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Dawn @ Tales from the Motherland is starting off her 2019 year with an inspiring gratitude challenge for us. To read the rules and to join in click here 

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Life’s Dance

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,

turn routine days into joy, 

and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

©William A. Ward