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Why Did I Choose “The Delicate Beauty Of My Soul?”

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In this modern world women have had to learn to become several different roles.  Many times it is very hard to find the balance in our lives.  I have friends ask me if there is anything that I don’t do.  I have had that question in my mind for awhile now pondering over the meaning of it and how it does apply to my life.

Having been an advocate against injustice, I’ve had many tell me that I am courageous and don’t seem to fear challenges.  While I might feel fear, I force myself to walk through it. Then that is what made me realize, I don’t think I get to acknowledge enough the delicateness of my own soul.  As women we find we do have to wear so many different hats.

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Most of the time we don’t get the luxury of just wearing a beautiful delicate Easter bonnet. To be a weaker vessel, to be a delicate female.  We have learned we have to be strong women in order to survive. I am proud to be strong.  But have we now learned to fear that weaker more delicate side?  Did we sacrifice that in order to always be strong? 

So, I decided to honor that delicate side by starting this blog.  Thus the title “The Delicate Beauty of My Soul.”

I was not able to blog on here like I wanted too.  My other one took up much of my time, and I became burnt out and very ill.  Being diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses has set me back.  I’ve been drawn back to this blog as I desperately need to do more for me. I am a work in progress in learning to listen to my own needs.  So, in learning to simply be, I welcome anyone else that wants to join this journey.

Pull up a chair and lets have a cup of tea.      ~ Melise ~

Maleficent

Maleficent’s Heart

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As a child growing up, I loved the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.  Everyone always fell in love with the character Aurora.  Everyone always disliked the evil Maleficent.  Maleficent represented evil, darkness and death.   Then comes along this new spin on Sleeping Beauty. A glimpse of Maleficent’s past.  

 

In this version, although Maleficent cast a spell on Aurora that she would die on her 16th birthday, we see her being drawn to this innocent child.  Aurora is likewise drawn to Maleficent, although she appears so dark and evil.  

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Aurora and Maleficent have created an unusual bond through the years.  Aurora wonders why Maleficent could not fly like the other fairies.   We finally see the past of a younger Maleficent, the betrayal she endured.  Her trust had been shattered and the thing she loved most, that gave her strength, was brutally taken away from her. 

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I ended up loving this new version as much as I did the original.  I saw Maleficent in a new light. In opening her heart to Aurora, in sharing her pain, she learned to love again.  

Stepping outside of the fairy tale and looking in our real, every day world, it makes me wonder. How many times do we hide behind our pain?  How many times do we bypass others that are in obvious pain?  What kind of difference would it make in life if we learned to love the different, the unloved, etc…..or is that just fairy tale thinking? 

~ Melise ~

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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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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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~

Come Away With Me

I was suppose to take a flight today from Montana to Florida.  Only to return to Montana next week.  We have fires going on all around us in Montana right now.  At the same time, we have a major tropical storm that is hitting Florida.  Thus the reason for my trip being canceled. I have truly been learning to live in the moment.  I have eliminated expectations.  Right now, in my life, with the work that I am doing, it requires that.  I literally at times do not know what is going to transpire within the next hour.  It has taken time for me to get to this place in my soul, it did not happen over night.  I am always one that liked to know what schedules might be in advance.

 I am learning to embrace this new way of life as I see amazing things happen when I allow things to happen in a way that is bigger than me or what I could have done. I am becoming more experienced in listening to my gut instinct or that still small voice inside of me.  At the same time,  I am still trying to honor the time that I need to be just me.  It is hard sometimes, to take that extra pampering that is needed for the soul and rejuvenation. 

  At least I am on the path of continuing to remind myself, just to get away. 

Come Away With Me In The Night

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows
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So won’t you try to come

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me

And I’ll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

-Norah Jones

My Heart

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I know it has been a long while since I have been able to share anything on here.  It is not because of lack of interest but because of a lack of time.  I have the other blog that is requiring much from me at this time as I am fighting hard against the injustices that are going on all around us.  I have another Law and Justice Committee Meeting in June and there is much to prepare for. Especially before elections. Being a voice for those that have no voice.   This is just a simple photo, nothing much, yet it says a lot. This fight is taking so much energy, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I feel that there is not enough of me to go around.

So for today, “It’s Not Much But It’s All I Have, I Give My Heart.”

My Song For Now ~ “Faith Of The Heart by Rod Stewart” ~