Who You Calling Witch…

I was a real Witch yesterday…and…not just because I was dressed up for Halloween…it was just the mood I was in…and…still find myself in this morning…and…even without…Bertha’s…assistance…I know the cause…

Ghosts

No…my house isn’t haunted…and I haven’t been visiting the graveyard at midnight…but…there are certain times of the year…that ghosts of past events…sneak back into my experience…

And…just like real ghosts…I smile as I type that…they can walk through the strongest walls that I’ve built over the years…trying to keep them out…they float in and out…effortlessly…

The funny thing is…they are masters of disguises…and…until I actually brought them to my conscious awareness…I thought my foul mood was related to something else entirely…AKA…refinancing my mortgage…

But…Berthaokay…maybe I did need her help…showed me that…I wasn’t really upset about that…I asked to refinance it…I researched it…I knew it was the thing to do…I wasn’t being forced…but…that’s the way it felt…

I just had some old painful emotions…connected to Halloween…some frustrations and feeling out of control…that I need to release…

And…I know she’s right…it’s time…to exorcise those ghosts…with time in the contemplation chair…appreciating them for what they have brought into my life…peeling back one more layer of the artichoke…healing with the forgiveness prayer…

Perhaps then…we can all sing…Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Jane

Everyday Forgiveness…

I got up…dark and early this morning…grabbed a cuppa and started to check out Facebook…then Twitter…was it a coincidence that three of the most prominent posts I saw were quotes about…forgiveness…

Bertha…said…NO

I tried to reason with her…foolish, I know…but it was early and I wasn’t fully awake…I’m not angry with anyone…my life is going well…with the exception of starting back to work next week after having the summer off…things are groovy…

Not good enough for her…seems she’s saying…that there are things every day that I need to forgive…minor annoyances…a friend doesn’t call…my extremely clever social media post gets no attention…the grandkids are too busy playing to say hello…someone grabs my parking space as I circle the parking lot…the person in the Post Office line…takes way too long…when I’m in a hurry…yeah…did he really need to mail those X-rays…and shouldn’t he have figured out how to do it before he got in linewhen I just needed to mail a quick package and grab my take out order for lunch…did I mention I was hungry

Um…uh…I do remember those things…and…then several more start popping in my mind like Jiffy Pop…I won’t bore you with all of them…the list is growing quickly…

Bertha’s…point…is that it doesn’t have to be a major life event…to warrant forgiveness…and forgiveness doesn’t have to be specific…I don’t have to spend time forgiving the man at with the X-rays and all the other slights during the day…rather…she says that I forgive them by keeping my focus on the positive things…on the things that I appreciate in my life…by spending time in contemplation…prayer…the Forgiveness Prayer…meditation…all of that contributes to an attitude of…overall…ongoing…forgiveness…it’s letting go…instead of harboring…

She says that…this is one of the most important life lessons I will learn…that it’s not the things…big or small that happen to me…but the way I deal with them that truly shapes my life…hmmm…

I then remember my friend…Teresa Morrow…and some of the major life events she’s experienced…the death of her mother when she was only six…divorce…rejection of her relationship by her family…and how beautifully she let go…and continued in a healthy way…writing about her experiences…instead of harboring them…learning her…Life Lessons From the Heart…and shining the light for others…

Bertha…seems to be satisfied with my reflections…she’s turned off the flashing, neon sign…FORGIVENESS…that she’s been holding all morning…and leading me to the contemplation chair…I guess there’s still work to be done…that’s right…she said it would be…ongoing…

Jane

PS…in case you are wondering…the Forgiveness Prayer…is said entirely between a person and their own soul…not to or about another person…it’s about releasing…and goes like this…I love you…I’m sorry…Please forgive me…Thank you…and is actually the ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono