Inside the Mind of Isadora


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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

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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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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

 


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Nurture Yourself – Life is Just a Moment

I read this, “Life is Just a Moment.” 

It’s insightful. It’s touching. 

The ending has a profound lesson.

           Perhaps, because of all the recent events in the news and my personal life,

 we need to focus on Living Life in every moment. 

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A man died…

When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.

Dialog between God and Man:

God: “Alright son, it’s time to go.”

Man: “So soon? I had a lot of plans…”

God: “I am sorry but, it’s time to go.”

Man: “What do you have in that suitcase?”

God: “Your belongings.”

Man: “My belongings? You mean my things … clothes… money”

God: “Those things were never yours, they belong to the Earth.”

Man: “Is it my memories?”

God: “No, they belong to Time.

Man: “Is it my talent?”

God: “No, they belong to Circumstance.

Man: “Is it my friends and family?”

God: “No son, they belong to the Path you Traveled.”

Man: “Is it my wife and children?”

God: “No, they belong to your Heart.”

Man: “Then, it must be my Body.”

God: “No No… it belongs to Dust.

Man: “Then, surely, it must be my Soul!”

God: “You are sadly mistaken son. Your Soul belongs to me.”

The man with tears in his eyes and full of fear took the suitcase from God’s hand and opened it…

Empty…

Heartbroken and with tears running down his cheeks he asked God… “I never owned anything?”

God: “That’s right. You never owned anything.”

Man: “Then? What was mine?”

God: Your “MOMENTS.

Every moment you lived was “Yours!!!”

Do Good in every moment

Think Good in every moment

Thank God for every moment

Life is just a MOMENT!

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

and I am in that place in me.

We are One

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 Becca at On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea 

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A tree grows in concrete

As such, a sight to see

I hadn’t given much thought

To how lonely it might be

One tree, weatherworn, twiggy bark

Hardly standing, day in and day out

Alone, trying to be burly strong

In need of care, no one did

City life, concrete at its’ feet

Rain, sleet and snow

No breaks, nothing but woe

Yet, there it stands for all to see

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Wednesday Writing Prompt –

Speak to or of your city of ultimate bliss:

the city you grew up in or the city you grew to love.

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Reflecting on our Mother’s Words

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When we reflect on our lives we can’t help but include our thoughts on the one person who’s had the most influence on us:

‘Our Mother.’

She forms the person we’ll be from the beginning of conception. We are who we are because of her.

Despite the way we may feel about her, she is the major player in the formation of our lives.

There are lessons a mother teaches us.

But, it’s always up to us to put them into practice.

It’s always up to us to be in charge of our decisions.

Sometimes, we ruminate and get stuck on what we weren’t given or how we were treated by her.

This shouldn’t matter.

For in the end, if we fail or if we succeed, we should never forget that the final choices are always up to us.

The poem below reflects a Mother’s words eloquently … enjoy Reflection by Secret Garden as you read.

Happy Mother’s Day to all … Isadora 😎
2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Secret Garden – Reflection

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Reflections of a Mother

I gave you life, 
but cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things,
 but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you directions,
 but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom,
 but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church,
 but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong,
 but I cannot always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes,
 but I cannot make you beautiful inside.

I can offer you advice,
 but I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love,
 but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share,
 but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect,
 but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends,
 but cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, 
but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you the facts of life,
 but I can’t build your reputation.

I can tell you about drink,
 but I can’t say “no” for you.

I can warn you about drugs,
 but I can’t prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals,
 but I can’t achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness,
 but I can’t force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins,
 but I cannot make you moral.

I can pray for you, 
but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can tell you how to live,
 but I cannot give you eternal life.

I can love you with unconditional love all of my life
….. and I will.
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The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

Nothing is worth more than this day. 

©Johann Wolfgang von Gotthe

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like this quote because it reminds us that we should be present in our day.

Nothing is more important than to be in the now of the day.

Simple quote with a powerful message for us.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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The rules of the challenge are simple:

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:  since it’s the 3rd and last day for the quote challenge and there are many,

 I’d like to alter the nominations by inviting anyone who desires to be a part of the quote challenge

to join in.