A Valentine Hero

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Valentines Day for lovers is usually a blissful day to look forward too.   For those that do not have a special someone in their life, it’s a day of misery.   Who says that singles can’t celebrate Valentines?  Have you ever celebrated you?  Have you ever loved you?  Can you look in the mirror and say… that person looking back at me is worth loving?   We all struggle at times with who we are,  and why things aren’t different in our life.   We think that if we could change this or that, or once something happens in our life then it will all get better.    

I want you to stop…take a deep breath.  Today is your life.  It is what it is, for now.  You may not be where you want to be, but you are not where you once were.   If you are alive, that is a miracle.  Many around the world are being slaughtered.  Those people will never get to celebrate another day of their lives, let alone Valentines Day.  If you are able to go to work, count yourself blessed.  Many are without jobs and would just like to be able to make enough to take care of themselves.  If you are able to walk and function, that is amazing.   So many people are disabled and would love to be able to get around on their own.   If you have freedom, that is coveted by many around the world. 

Do you realize how many people would love to have the life you have?  They think if they were just “you” everything would be great!   Celebrate your life, your heart, your strength!  Have a love affair with life and live! You will never get yesterday back, but you do have tomorrow and the next day!  Give yourself a Valentines Day card, show yourself love.  Share the day with a friend, a neighbor or go visit a hospital, a veterans hospital, a nursing home, the list is endless.  This should be the true meaning of Valentines Day.  Sharing love and showing that we care to our fellow man.  Couples usually already know that their partner loves them.  How about showing people that are lonely, wounded, sick or possibly dying that THEY are loved too. That someone does care.   Your heart will shine brighter, I guarantee it. 

~ Melise ~

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Beyond The Veil

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Beyond The Veil means – In a mysterious or hidden place or state.

As a child I believe it was easier to believe in the unknown.  To believe in fantasies, dreams, nightmares, even life after death.  As adults we tend to over-think and over-analyze everything and not leave any room for faith in the unknown.   We plod along in this life burdened down with every day living.  Forgetting the joy we had as children, to allow our minds to wander beyond the veil.  As adults what are we afraid of, that as children we seemed to have more courage?   Allow yourself  to be as a child again, journey back into your dreams.   Find that creative, mysterious place within you.  I believe that when we can incorporate the stark reality and the mysterious, hidden place of creativity, we can find a better balance of peace of mind and joy in our every day surroundings. 

~ Melise ~

The new release from Lindsey Stirling inspired me.  I hope it brings as much wonder into your life as it did in mine.

It’s Gonna Be A Bright Sun-Shiny Day

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It’s been a long, hard road and a very unsettling time for me.  I had to take much needed time off.  I can say now that I woke up with this tune on my mind and am able to say “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way.”  Let’s look for that bright, bright Sun-Shiny Day! :)     ~ Melise ~

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I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skiesI can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Songwriters: GAMBLE, KENNY / HUFF, LEON
I Can See Clearly Now lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

I Will Choose To Testify To Love

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God created the colors of the rainbow. He created the colors on each of us. If you take out any color of the rainbow, it is no longer complete, and it no longer holds its promise. If you take out any of the races that God created, our Humanity would not be complete. It takes all of us. We are all human, we are all mankind. We were all specifically created with promise and purpose.
~ by Melise ~

The media has been bombarding us with images of racial tension these last several weeks.  Tension that has been there under the surface for many.  It breaks my heart to see so many people in pain.  I sat down one evening thinking about it and wrote the above.  

Why can’t we all just be humans? 

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Spreading My Wings Like A Butterfly

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Have you ever felt that you were going through a transformation?  Where circumstances beyond your control changes your life situation. We think we can keep control of our life at all times, trying to keep a tight control on everything around us.  But there comes a time when we have to eventually decide if we are going to let fear keep us from growing and causing us stress or muster up the courage to be all that we can, no matter what life throws at us.  To truly let our spirits live we have to spread our wings and fly, like the butterfly. 

~Melise~

Butterfly – Mariah Carey

When you love someone so deeply they become your life
It’s easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside
Blindly I imagined I could keep you under glass
Now I understand to hold you I must open up my hands
And watch you rise

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

I have learned that beauty has to flourish in the light
Wild horses run unbridled or their spirit dies
You have given me the courage to be all that I can
And I truly feel your heart will lead you back to me
When you’re ready to land

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

I can’t pretend these tears aren’t over flowing steadily
I can’t prevent this hurt from almost overtaking me
But I will stand and say goodbye for you’ll never be mine
Until you know the way it feels to fly

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

So flutter through the sky
Butterfly, fly
Spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

It’s Not Far Down To Paradise

My time is so enjoyable at the beach, it is when I can relax the most.  The sound of the waves and the seagulls de-stress me.  When I took these I was thinking of the song “Sailing” and that I could easily sail away on a beautiful day like this!  I have to come back to Florida for a touch of paradise.      ~Melise~

Sailing 

It’s not far down to paradise,  At least it’s not for me

And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It’s not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Sailing
Takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy 
It gets the best of me
When i’m sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me

It’s not far back to sanity
At least it’s not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Fairy Tales

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Ah, Cinderella.  What little girl has never dreamed of becoming Cinderella?  I loved fairy tales as a child. Well, I’ll admit..I still do.  I always like the beginning and the end.  “Once Upon A Time & They Lived Happily Ever After.”  All stories seems to have a pattern that there is a major crisis but then love conquers all and they go from that point on to live happily ever after.  If real life only worked this way but reality is reality and must be faced. We can conquer one battle just to go on to the next battle.  So let me whisper in your ear a secret…. Sssshhhh, no matter how old you are it’s okay to indulge in the secret pleasure of reading, watching and even dreaming of our own fairy tales. Sometimes it’s just nice place to escape and keep hope alive.   ~Melise~