The Bear Goes Over the Mountains, to see what she can see…
Can you SING along with me?
OH, the bear goes over the mountain
the bear goes over the mountain,
The bear goes over the mountain, to see what she can see…
Did YOU ever sing this little song when you were a kid? I sure did!
Click on this link to hear the song and sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGJuoodm_BM
Well, OK, I hope you took the little side trip and saw the video and now you have a happy heart and a joyful spirit after singing along. It’s good for my spirit to be a child again this morning and spend some time just singing along and watching a video that is so cheerful and happy. Isn’t it?
Take a deep breath now, and RELAX. Go ahead, and do it a few more times. Let your hands go limp, relax your feet and legs, breathe in and HOLD IT, and then slowly EXHALE. OH, it feels so good!
This morning, Mama Bear (that would be me, of course) climbed back over the MOUNTAIN and ARRIVED at January 6, 2014. The climb up that mountain is treacherous and at times I thought I might not make it all the way up. I slipped backwards a few times, made mistakes, stumbled, fell, and got discouraged. But then, I decided to pick me up and keep on going UP. I INTENDED to reach the top of the mountain, and so I did. Now, what do I see from here?
On my other blog, Walking by Inner Vision, I saw what I could see. I saw dreams and goals at the top of the mountain and I saw me as I sat at my computer writing my first blog article for 2014, just one year ago. Today, Mama Bear stands at the beginning of 2015. I can see over that mountain through all the months that brought me here to where I stand today.
There was only ONE THING I planned to concentrate on for the entire year –
The Essence of Intentions. Today, my intentions are stronger and wiser than they were a year ago. I have grown.
May I suggest that we spend a few days, right now, to map out the journey YOU will be taking in 2015? If you have not yet done it – this might be the day.
INTENTION begins the moment when we decide to take the action of thinking about what we want to do, where we want to go, and what we might become in the future.
Oh, I know, it is so easy to make excuses for our failures, but please don’t bother to even think of failures or short comings, any inability to deal with your life! Please don’t be so hard on yourself. When I am walking the dogs and they sniff into things that are not good for them, I say, “Leave It” and that means – move on!
A long time ago the brilliant author and Nazi death camp survivor, Corrie ten Boom, was thinking about her mistakes and failures, and then she remembered what the Bible teaches us. Corrie said that -after we recognize we have sinned, we can ask God for forgiveness – and then she said “God has buried our sins in the deepest sea and he has put up a sign that says, “NO FISHING.” My dear friends, please think of that and don’t go fishing for what has already been forgotten. Your mistakes are buried, never to be revealed again so the next time you try to dredge them up, say to yourself, “leave it.”
The only person who can CONTROL each of your DAYS, and how you think of them, is YOU! Your day is your choice, so choose what makes you delighted.
Don’t be afraid of failure. Write your INTENTIONS out and keep them on your mind for the following year and a year from now, you can climb the mountain and see what you can see. I think you will like the view from the TOP of the MOUNTAIN!
Be GOOD to yourself!
How can we determine what our INTENTIONS will be?
We begin by asking ONLY ONE question:
“What will I GIVE?”
What is it that you want to GIVE to OTHERS this year?
The only thing we know for sure is that we have this moment, today. We have no assurance that we will see another day, as we consider our intentions for the unknown future we imagine we may have.
Sit down today and begin to write YOUR INTENTIONS down.
Sit down today and think about your lifestyle, your gifts, your talents, and write down how to make a difference in your own life and GIVE from your HEART to others. What do YOU have to share? Everyone already has things to give. What will be your gifts for others this year?
I have created a list of my own intentions for this year. I’ll be walking on the HIGH ROAD, and it will be STEEP at times, and sometimes even frightening, but I will keep on going. How about YOU?
I’ll share a few of my intentions with you, and others are mine alone to keep in my heart – between me and God. All of my intentions are based on my love of art, music, philosophy, and faith. My faith in Jesus Christ and His guidance form my life is the core of my world view.
Each of my intentions recognizes the gifts I was given by God, and my desire to follow the path He has for my life. that
1.) I INTEND to spend some time in silence and prayer each day. If only for short periods of time – maybe I’ll begin by sitting quietly in a secluded place where I can be alone for awhile. Silence is where we can be open to the leading of God in our life. I can begin by just sitting alone for 15 minutes, twice a day.
2.) I INTEND to nurture my own creative spirit through art and writing time. When we get quiet and begin to do creative work, we find we pass into a place that is “timelessness.” There is nothing else in our life that is as important as spending some time alone to experience what creativity can do for our spirit and in our life.
For me, that means I’ll be working on art projects in my studio; reading GREAT books in my library; writing my TWO BLOGS; getting my work PUBLISHED in books and periodicals; displaying my ART in galleries and museums, and whatever else may come Up that will be a nice surprise for me this year. (God has great surprises and HE is always right on time.)
3.) I intend to REST each day, to restore and refresh my inner being. Life is not about what we DO as much as who we ARE inside, in our thoughts and our intentions; I’ll stay focused on BEing rather than DOing this year.
4.) I INTEND to surround myself with friends who are like-minded, those who love the Arts and Faith – those who sow seeds of Faith, encouragement and life. That means I won’t be reading or watching things that tear down, demean, or dishonor people of good will. Life or death is in our tongue and in the words we say. I’ll choose life!
5.) I INTEND to read rigorous texts and follow the trail of ideas that have come to us from centuries before we lived. There is nothing that exists today that does not have an historical context. I have set a goal and made a list of the books I will read this year.
6.) I INTEND, THIS YEAR, to financially and physically support ONLY charities in my own locale – people in my own community and state are worthy to receive our help and it’s part of being a good citizen to help them as we can. My focus for gifting will be on
1.) animal protection and rescue in our county
2.) regional art organizations
3.) institutions of higher learning in our area.
Bob and I believe in building strong communities and it begins at HOME as we all pitch in to make our HOME a better place to BE. We will be buying all we can locally. We want to support local people. We love our village, our small western Pennsylvania city, our state and this is where we chose to spend our lives so of course, we want to make it better. We are proud to live in Ellwood City, PA and we are committed to bringing honor to our own community organizations. We love our neighbors and we love our community and our state. We have a grateful and thankful heart for them all.
If you want to see what my INTENTIONS were for last year you can go here and read them: