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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sometimes, you get messages from various sources. When you get the message consistently, you have to stop and reflect on what lesson the Universe is conveying. Today was such a day.

First, LEANJEAN posted a beautiful blog about her memories of her grandparents and parents, and talked about the laughter that surrounded her childhood.

Then I got an email about following your nose down memory lane:

How to do it

Think about a smell or taste that has a happy personal memory for you. Maybe it's the taste of watermelon candies, or the smell of fresh-cut grass? If the smell or taste is something you can easily re-create, then find a way to do it today. If it isn't easy to re-create, try to relive it in your mind by recalling as many details of the experience as you can.
Why it matters

Smell and taste trigger our earliest and strongest memories! When you re-live a happy memory, it can actually make you feel happy, thanks to the tight link that our brains create between emotions and memory. And quieting the mind to let memories surface also creates the same effects as meditation: you'll likely reduce your blood pressure and take deeper breaths.

Then I got a text message from a soon to be Step granddaughter. She was sad because it is the one year anniversary of her favorite cousin. She was reaching out for comfort and assurance. My reply was too feel the feeling and to share this little clip;

I have been reading others blogs about gratitude, and the culmination of today's input is I am starting my own gratitude journal.

#1 Today I am grateful for the memories of the people who have been in my life, who cared for me and became a part of who I am.

Some are no longer with me: My step-father, my two youngest sisters, my brother, my grandparents, my friends, some beloved pets. It is hard to say goodbye, but because of those sad times, I am a stronger person. The passing of loved ones in never easy and a piece of my heart died with them. But my heart expanded, and made room for more. As I begin my blogging experience, I am devoting a blog to each one. Not in a Debbie down way, to to share the joy they brought into my life.

Peace and blessings to you all!

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    1610 days ago
    When we went to Applebee's on Veterans Day, there was a 25-minute wait before we would have a place to sit. We decided to wait in our son's car. Out of habit, I got in and buckled-up. I notice my son was laughing and nodding to my husband to look at me. I said, "What's so funny?" My son told my husband, "Mom's all ready if we get rear-ended here in the parking lot!" That's when I realized I had buckled up and we were parked!

    My son may remember me for being weird.

    My mother baked every day. When I smell cinnamon rolls, she made the best!
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    1611 days ago
    Gratitude is an emotion that we should feel every day. I love how November has turned into a month of thanks, rather than just one day. I always have something to be thankful. One of those things is my amazing collection of SparkFriends, and that includes you. Hugs to you as you remember the joy that those people brought to your life.
    1611 days ago
    emoticon blog!
    1611 days ago
    Thank you Sunny such an uplifting blog.Love is what it is all about! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1611 days ago
    Great blog! The first thing that popped in my mind upon reading about the smell memory thing, is whenever I smell oatmeal, especially with butter and a little bit of sugar/sweet n' low added, it makes me think of the rare mornings when I had breakfast with my grandparents after spending the night. It wasn't my favorite thing to eat but it always makes me think fondly of them.
    1611 days ago
    This time of the year, my thoughts are really triggered by smells, reminding me of family passed. Esp. my grandmother. Wonderful memories, though. Like a warm hug.

    LOVE that piece you posted (another member used that and indicated her nephew, only 21, had died.) We have to love right now. Not wait.
    1611 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1611 days ago
    Oh, Sunny...this blog makes me SO happy to read! It is an amazing tribute to the people you loved who helped you along the way. But beyond that, it is you celebrating the lessons you learned from them and that is even a bigger joy! As you well know our Josher was our angel in this world and he continues to be our angel on the other side. I firmly believe that the human soul NEVER dies it just transforms and comes back over and over until it learns the lessons it signed up to learn. I am so blessed and happy that I found you in this vast world of spark because I love your spirit and your verb! I love your pioneering spirit of just getting your back into life and living it!

    I'm praying for your happiness and your success in all that you endeavor and your health and your continued bright light inspiring so many! Blessings be to you dear one! emoticon emoticon
    1611 days ago
  • LSIG14
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing your Gratitude Attitude! A friend on Facebook started a Gratitude List and I thought that was such a great idea for Thanksgiving. She posts one thing that she is thankful for every day. I have started my own list here at home and I have so many things that I may have to continue into the new year. Lets keep this joy going!!

    1611 days ago
    Wonderful blog and made me pause to wonder what smells mean so much to me. My mother up early baking bread. Campfires traveling between moves with trailer and u-haul cross continents with my parents and we 5 kids. My grandparent's bathroom had a special smell of lavender and something else. Probably ben gay or something, lol. UBC rose garden at the end of exams.
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    Wonderful blog. emoticon
    1611 days ago
    Hi Sunny..........
    This is such an emoticon idea!!!!! There are nothing like happy memories to make us smile and go back to a time in our life when we were truly happy. I met my best friend when we were 3 years old. She now lives in Arizona and we talk about once/month for at least 4 hours. When she called on Tuesday, we talked about her Grandparents and mine and the homes they lived in and many other childhood memories. When the conversation ended, I actually felt physically healthier because I was so at peace.

    This is a great idea that I will share with others.
    1611 days ago
    lovely blog---- I enjoyed reading it--and why am I not surprised that you were the little one with the big voice-I bet they listened to yu too!!--- Fond memories eh?--- Hugs-Lynda
    1611 days ago
    i love how focusing on what we are thankful for changing how we think about things in life. I look forward to your lists.
    1611 days ago
    This is such a beautiful blog Sunny! So many things make it an open passage for my memory to awake. Especially when I am up at Lake Tahoe and see the lake. My childhood summers were on our boat with my dad taking kid after kid water skiing. We even got 7 kids up at the same time and was a hit with all the people watching us. It was a memory I will never forget. The smell of fresh saw wood reminds me of something in my childhood. Unfortunately, I don't have great memories of my grandmother, she was a socialite that didn't have a nice thing to say and treated her DIL, my mother so terrible, I just didn't ever like her at all. Though supposedly my grandparents on my mother's side were wonderful loving people that I have no memory of at all. They died at an early age. My memories of my dad are clear as day and my mother, well she will be 90 in January.
    1611 days ago
    My motto has always been Love-Peace-and Happiness. I close my eyes and go to the sights, sounds and smells of the big waves rolling in on Lake Huron's beaches. emoticon emoticon
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    1611 days ago
    My mother passed 40 years ago on the first day of spring. And I still think of her daily but not so much that it is painful, but in something I would like to tell her, or about someone we knew. My dad has been gone 34 years, and I was always Daddy's little girl, so over half my life I sometime felt like an orphan, at times, it a good thing my brother and I have always been close. He has been my foundation, and his wife is like a sister, as it should be. WE really do need to appreciate every day we have with loved ones. cause someday they will be called back.
    1611 days ago
    emoticon Gratitude keeps me sane in the bad times and increases my joy when days are good!
    Thanks for posting this! I'm looking forward to the next blogs.
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  • PROVERBS3128
    Enjoy! I hope you have a wonderful time finding out how blessed you are!
    Love and prayers,
    1611 days ago
    And peace and blessings back to you!
    1611 days ago
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