Does Patiently Waiting Pay Off?

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Does Patience Pay off? I don’t know. What I do know is, while I have been waiting patiently for something to happen regarding a legal issue I am up to my eyeballs with some things about this issue took place these past three days that may have shaken the ground some.  Now my case may be moving forward faster then a locomotive. I don’t know this for sure, which means now I will have to sit patiently and wait to see what happens next.

Ahh yes!The patience angel is sitting on my shoulder and smiling. She is whispering in my ear “Let’s wait and see what happens now that you squarely landed the ball in THEIR court.”

What took place may also be a fantastic blessing coming to me along with a loving card signed by my friend the patience angel.

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The Patience Angel

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The patience angel is with me again today.  She is whispering in my ear “Please wait and write a poem instead of writing your post on ‘From The City Of Holy Cross To The City Of The Crosses.’ ”

Something tells me that my muse and the patience angel are working together to guide my writing today.  To tell you the truth I’m not ready to write my post on the Crosses.  I need to do more research in order to get some facts down.  This may sound like procrastination, but, it really isn’t.  When my posts are strictly about my musings I can write directly about the subject at hand.  However, when my post includes musings as well as some structured facts then I have to spend time in the research mode and not just rely on creatively writing.  Hmmmmm. This sounds more and more like the collaboration of my muse and the patience angel to get me to slow down and “smell the roses” before I venture forth with my Crosses historical and current day tour dialogue.  And so I will follow my muse and the patience angel’s lead.  I will post the poem that unfolded this weekend in front of my mind.

THE PATIENCE ANGEL

There is an angel on my shoulder

She is always near and with me

both night and day

My constant companion

She brings me peace

She softens and guides

my every way

She teaches me

She leads me

to live my life from greed

The patience angel shows me

God won’t give what I want

God gives what I need

This gift is from above

and heaven sent

She whispers in my ear

If I’m smart and wise I will follow

these directions very closely

To live my life fully without any fear

©2014 Merriam Kathaleen

 

 

 

 

 

While I Patiently Await My Muse

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I decided to write this post while I patiently await the words to come  tumbling forth for my post about the crosses.  Oh Boy!  Here’s that patience angel again.  I am writing about the differences and similarities of my original hometown Santa Cruz, California (Holy Cross) and my new hometown Las Cruces, New Mexico (The Crosses).  While I am writing about the obvious, the crosses, I am also writing about so much more.  Yes, even though my words about the crosses and so much more are not physically being written down in a post, I definitely am writing the post in my mind.  I am patiently awaiting my muse to speak to me, to join me in the dance of words that are pirouetting within my writers mind.  Has this ever happened to you?  You are working on writing and the words come together in your mind and while those words gel within you and before you get them written down you get the urge to write on a completely different topic.  Well, that is exactly what is going on with me.  I’m working on what words to bring together about the crosses and the so much more while I am writing this post.  I call this percolating my muse’s coffee.  Even though I don’t drink coffee anymore I can still percolate it for my muse.

As I percolate about the crosses and the so much more I realize that I am practicing patience.  How about that?  The patience angel just pops up in front of me as I think I am writing a post.  She tells me nope, you are not writing this particular post.  Instead, you are going to write about having the patience to let the words dance around in your mind first before you actually write them down.  Yesterday I started to write my post “From The City Of Holy Cross To The City Of The Crosses” thinking I would finish it.  I was completely wrong about that plan.  I realized that I needed more time to write about the crosses and the so much more. Instead of a historical and contemporary tour dialogue of the Crosses Cities I decided to write a post about why I was taking my time to write it.

I’m learning just because I wanted to dance with my muse it doesn’t always mean that will happen.  My muse is telling me “Let’s listen to the music a bit longer before we begin the dance”.

 

The Hungry Beast Strolls Downtown Las Cruces Searching For Food

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Ok, there really is no beast.  In fact, the hungry beast is me.  You probably guessed that, right?  I left the library after I worked on Tags for my blog posts.  I was famished.  I started walking down Main St., the main street of downtown Las Cruces, in search of a place to eat.  This was quite a feat.  It was around 6:30 pm and by now all the stores downtown that even exist were closed.  Yep, what few stores there are in the downtown were closed for the day.  With hardly any stores around that also means next to no restaurants, coffee shops or just charming eateries.  Which means the hungry beast I was would have a difficult time foraging for a place to satisfy my need for food within my budget. I was in luck!  Our local hamburger diner, Days Hamburgers, was open til 7:00 pm and I stopped in for a quick burger and fries.  What would our downtown do if Days was not here?  What would I have done if Days Hamburgers had gone the way of the dodo bird and just gone out of existence like the other restaurants have?  Thank goodness this was not the case and I enjoyed a fast food re-pass that I wolfed down before they closed. Days has been a downtown staple feeding famished people like me since 1932.  https://www.facebook.com/days.hamburgers

Unfortunately, our downtown is not a shinning example of Main Street U.S.A.  Check out this website to learn more about revitalizing downtowns throughout the country. http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/    No matter how much our city council and the newspapers tout our beautiful downtown this still does not cause the much needed stores or restaurants to magically appear.  Our downtown has a dirth of empty buildings leaving citizens like me to dream of a beautiful, busy, fun thriving people friendly happening place.  Alas, I can only dream because no matter how much I click my ruby slippers together I still remain standing in what I call a shadow of a downtown.  Until saavy and intrepid boutique store and restaurant owners decide to take the leap of business faith our downtown will remain a nothing zone.  Even though downtown Las Cruces has beautiful metal benches on which to rest our weary bones, artistic lights lighting our way, thriving flowers and trees to enjoy this still does not make up for no places to browse in or actually buy from.  Since moving to Las Cruces I have shared my thoughts about the emptiness of our downtown.  I have shared with people I know and with people I meet my concern about not only the emptiness, but, the non-existence of a downtown.  Does this help our downtown problem?  I honestly don’t know.  I do know that most of the people I talk with about the lack of our downtown agree with the fact that we have a problem while sharing comments of their own about the situation.  Do we have solutions to our problem?  Not really, because everyone is like me, no money to put where our mouths are.  If I had the money I would open a coffee shop where everyone could drink their favorite caffeinated beverage while munching yummy pastries or overflowing sandwiches as they turn the pages of a good book.  I would open a native American silver and turquoise jewelry store. We are in the southwest after all, the home of native Americans and turquoise.  I would open a stunning wine tasting bar that features the great wines of New Mexico.  Last but not least, I would open a great shoe boutique.  As a woman, I can never have too many unique shoes.  Right now I can dream about my entrepreneurial ideas and of course when I win the lottery I will have all the money I need to bring these big dreams to reality.  In the mean time there is a real store in our downtown called Run Culture.  Not only is this the only retail store that is open for business in our downtown it may be the only store in the entire county that is dedicated to a running culture.  Run Culture is owned by Carlos Rivas who I think is a great business owner and cheerleader for bringing people together in our downtown.  Carlos is brilliant.  He has started group runs events.  Every Wednesday evening runners can join each other in 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile loops through downtown Las Cruces.  Check out http://www.runculture.com for information about the store’s events.  Thank you Carlos for being the first store owner to help build interest in our downtown.  By the way, these Wednesday runs are growing every week.  More and more people are coming downtown to run the loops.  Yay for Carlos and his Run Culture.

The next big news for our downtown is that we will finally have a downtown plaza.  Yes indeed.  Finally after 20 years of waiting for a downtown revitalization plan to be fulfilled Las Cruces hopefully will be breaking ground in January 2015 for a downtown plaza.  I have learned to be a skeptic about these sort of things.  Over the last year I have seen signs posted about this business and that business coming soon.  Guess what?  As I happily waited for the coming of these new businesses I found out that the words COMING SOON have a very different meaning here in Las Cruces than they did in San Jose, California where I moved from.  These two words in San Jose were synonomous with immediately as in probably happening next week.  Here in Las Cruces they must have a completely different dictionary because I have found that COMING SOON is synonomous with maybe or maybe not or please wait until we decide to make it happen.  Any way, as I learn the new definitions of common terms I will be waiting patiently for the Downtown Plaza to be built.  Well, maybe or maybe not.  There is an article about the proposed Plaza in the Las Cruces Bulletin dated 6/27/14.  The article can be found at http://www.lascrucesbulletin.com.

I have found that patience is my challenge to learn as I walk my daily path.  I just wish the path was not so BLEAPING long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking Time To Take A Deep Breath And B-r-r-e-a-the……….

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Started my blog so swiftly fast and quickly

Everything fell into place just so sweetly

Didn’t take the time I needed nor did I

stop, look, read or heeded

WordPress information handed to me

so neatly!

Slowing down now to search and study

the WordPress site designed to help guide me

 

Please accept my little poem describing my initial experience as I first hurled myself into the blogosphere.  Today’s post is about how I am slow-w-w-w-ing down and taking time to read the helpful hints WordPress has to offer newly minted bloggers such as I am.  I am a poet, and apparently my poetress self emerged as I was beginning to write my post.

Now that I have some posts under my belt I have decided it is time to really get serious about my blog.  I chose WordPress because they have designed creating blogs to be as simple as possible.  Believe me, the greatest technology luddite of all times, if I can figure out how to start a blog then anybody can.  Thank you, WordPress for your Zero-To-Hero Guide.  I am now learning about Tags, Topics, Pages, Gravatar, and OH MY WORD everything else.

No, I am not advertising for WordPress I am just giving them kudos for the help they provide. I am very grateful that they are here so that I can create a blog there.  There being the internet, of course.

I am having so much fun with this wonderful experiential experiment I have embarked on.

What Do We Do When The Universe Brings Us A Gift?

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Yesterday my friend Rosy and I went to the Mesilla Valley Mall.  Now as far as malls go this place can’t compare to the MALL in San Jose, California where I moved from or the MALLS in Jersey City, New Jersey where Rosy is from.  By the way Rosy lived across the bridge (yes, that bridge) from New York City, the city of stores, MALLS and SHOPPING!.  I am so sorry to say that the Messilla Valley Mall can’t hold a candle to San Jose’s two-story MALL with its 100s of stores and certainly shows no comparison at all to the shopping one has available in Jersey City and New York City.  The Mesilla Valley Mall is a shadow of the San Jose MALL and just a speck compared to what is found in New York City.

On my first visit to our Mesilla Valley Mall I kept looking for the second story.  No second story was to be found.  After meeting Rosy and her boyfriend Glenn I found out that they also looked for a second story and found none.  I guess you can take the person out of California or New Jersey but you can’t take the California or New Jersey MALLS out of the person.

Rosy and I both know that local Cruceans just think their mall is terrific.  Rosy and I think it leaves a lot to be desired, but, we still go there and check out the stores.  Though neither of us can really call it a mall we are grateful it is here, especially on these very hot summer days when the mall provides us a cooling place to hang out.  Besides, since there IS no downtown in Las Cruces to speak of (I will be saying more about NO downtown in a future post) Rosy and I have no choice but to go to the Mesilla Valley Mall when we get an urge to go shopping and to spend time where the temperature is cooler.

There we were taking our typical stroll through the mall when Rosy decided she wanted to stop in a hair salon to see about getting a conditioning treatment for her curly hair.  As we walked toward the salon we were stopped by a kiosk person who was giving out hair straightening treatments for free as long as you were willing to hear a speal about their $300.00 hair straightener.  Actually, the young woman definitely caught our attention and Rosy said yes.  For 20 minutes she was treated to not only a hair straightening treatment, the iron the young woman used conditioned Rosy’s hair as well.  As I stood watching Rosy enjoying the treatment I was marveling at what happened. Rosy and I were walking toward a salon where she would probably end up spending a lot of her hard-earned money on a conditioning treatment when this young woman appeared out of nowhere to offer Rosy not only a hair straightening treatment but a conditioning treatment along with a relaxing time, all for free.  The Universe had definitely given Rosy a wonderful gift.  I could see how Rosy showed her gratitude by accepting this gift.  I had the opportunity to see all of this happen right in front of me and Rosy and I had the blessing of sharing this beautiful experience with each other.  We continued walking through the mall and shared quite a conversation about this blessing.  I shared with Rosy my perspective and she shared with me her perspective as we talked about the way the Universe opens up to our needs when we are open to receive what the Universe gifts us.

I thank the Universe for the gift I have received of Rosy and Glenn’s friendship.

TITLES CREATE THE EXPERIENCE

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When I write a post I find myself writing the title first.  I then write to the title.  What I mean is that my words that I write seem to follow the meaning of the title.  These words just sort of come tumbling out of my mind or is it they come tumbling out of my thoughts.  I just had a quick discussion with myself about it’s my mind no it’s my thoughts.  I know! It is both.  The words come tumbling out of both my thoughts and my mind.

This is what I call a female/male moment.  What I mean is that my female side stepped up and said my words come tumbling out of my thoughts and my male side stepped up to say that my words come tumbling out of my mind.  Then, in order to actually continue writing without any interruption my female side and my male side worked in partnership and collaborated on the words to be written down.  What an amazing experience.

In astrological terms my Venus, the feminine part of my personality that connects with my inner knowing and intuition, is the guardian of my thoughts and guides me as the words tumble forth.  My Mars, the masculine part of my personality molds my mind and hands my words to me to use as I see fit.  It is my Mercury, the planet of communication, that is the recipient of the words from my thoughts and my mind.  Mercury is the designer of how I write what my feminine and masculine collaborated on.

Now how does this relate to the title of this post?  Well, I did say my words follow the meaning of the title. This could be a stretch, but, you can’t get more experiential than what I wrote about in this blog.