Wednesday, November 22, 2006

a morning of contrast

Ever since re-committing to a more spiritually oriented life I've been receiving email inspiration each morning from the teachings of Abraham. Today's was, as usual, simple yet potent. Its topic was following one's bliss, and it stated that if you feel joy and speak of joy, then you're following your bliss,and therefore your life's purpose. Abraham is always reminding us that our emotions guide us if we let them, and that's how we know when we're on or off course. I'm trying to learn this lesson. I know that, regarding my #1 dilemma of the year, whenever I drive through the urban neighborhood which I think I want to move to, I feel energized, glad to be there, and generally stirred. Where I live now I feel dull, isolated, lonely, wistful.

A few short minutes after reading today's Abraham message, my child, who had been leafing through a catalog from Plow & Hearth, exclaimed, "Mama! Listen to this! They're selling a tool to get you out of a car when you're trapped inside!.......How do people get trapped inside their cars???!!"

This was a rude awakening from my Abraham-induced wonder. I took the catalog from the incredulous child and examined the ad for the "Lifehammer" tool. Like the child, I couldn't imagine how people became trapped inside cars. We laughed about the silly notion at first, until I read the explanation. This tool is intended for people trapped inside a wrecked vehicle. The LifeHammer will slice through a locked seatbelt with its protected razor, then smash out the window with the precision steel, double headed hammer. There is also a key chain version of this tool which you can carry with you at all times to ward of any and all unforseen disasters.

All I can say is, I'm glad that I'm not fear-based enough to be a candidate for the Lifehammer. Good heavens. Every choice we make determines the course and quality of our lives. What kind of message do the buyers of LifeHammer send to the universe? I choose to recycle the catalog and head out to the college art museum, throwing caution to the wind, inviting joy, not tragedy.

24 comments:

Trée said...

Count me in Betty. I'm all for joy. In fact, joy in part of the heading in my blog. Joy, joy, joy. Even just looking at the word feels good. Reminds me of 3 Dog Night-- Joy to the World, all the boys and girls, joy to the fishes . . .

Happy Thanksgiving Betty! :-)

Betty said...

And a joyous Thanksgiving to you, Tree!

Hugs,
Betty

garnet david said...

LifeHammer! The tool to get you out of any deadend marriage, any financial ruin, any tightspot. One tool to rule them all. (sorry, just love the name. it should be a movie)

Betty said...

Garnet- The Lifehammer tool of fear can indeed be used on any threat from car wrecks to failed marriages. If I had the time and the imagination I'd write the screenplay.

Hugs,
Betty

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Thanks in advance

Betty said...

Dear Mr. Anonymous,
Thanks for stopping by, and I will check out your blog....
Hugs,
Betty

Kelley Bell said...

HI EVERYBODY!!!!!

Wow, I feel like I just walked in on a virtual Thanksgiving feast with all my blogger friends.

A thankful feast of bounty to you all!

(Kel raises her glass)

Betty said...

Yeah, Kelley- this is the best feast I've ever had! Thanks for joining us. Party on, bloggers!

Hugs,
Betty

Kelley Bell said...

You inspired a grand idea.

I have set the table over at my blog, so we can all sit down and break bread together, or actually break a leg together, as we are talkin turkey!

Betty said...

C'mon, everybody- let's gather over at Kelley's!

Betty

Sideways Chica said...

Happy Thanksgiving Betty! Love the LifeHammer story...reminds me that children do know a lot more than some adults. ;)

Ciao bella...and hugs to you and the child.

Betty said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Teri! I'm definitely glad that the child perceived the Lifehammer as wacky, even before I became involved.

Hugs,
Betty

'Thought & Humor' said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...
Happy Weekend,
Dr. Howdy
P.S. Come back anytime:O)

Shankari said...

Fear isn't a factor but some of them wrecks in my life, guess I'd be the ideal model for demo-ing the need for a lifehammer! :DDD

Hugs to you & the kid!

Betty said...

Hi, Dr. Howdy, and a Happy Weekend to you, too.

Hugs,
Betty

Betty said...

Dear Shankari,
Oh dear, I hope you never find yourself needing a Lifehammer again! After publishing this post I thought about the fact that car wrecks happen to everybody, not just those wielding Lifehammers, and frankly, it's one of the main reasons why I've never liked to drive. It also occurred to me that in a way, owners of the Lifehammer are optimistic, if they think they'll be in good enough shape following a wreck to free themselves!

Hugs,
Betty

Leann said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

So far so good...I went shopping today and spent money only on me..lolol

Betty said...

Leann- Hey, you're off to a great start, I'd say. Keep on enjoying this holiday season and providing inspiration for the rest of us!

Hugs,
Betty

beckyboop said...
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beckyboop said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the idea of following my bliss. I do feel and speak joy. However, I sure can whine and complain. I'm gonna have to watch that.

The Lifehammer sounds a little scary. Maybe the person who invented it experienced something traumatic associated with being trapped in a car. You always hear seat belts save lives. However, I've heard that they can trap you in a car.

OK, I agree, the Lifehammer people are optimistic.

I had to delete my last comment....misspelled words do not make me feel bliss. See, there I go complaining... :)

Happy Holidays!

Lisa said...

Betty,

Thanks to you I now know what the heck that thing is in my glove compartment. My husband gave it to me years ago, I threw it in there, and haven't thought about it since. Knowing me, if I needed to use it I would probably forget that I even had it!

Betty said...

Beckyboop- It is challenging to try to be joyful and positive all the time, especially for someone like me who specialized in complaining until recently! It'll pay off, though- I know it. Keep it up!

Hugs,
Betty

Betty said...

Lisa- I sure hope you never need the darn thing, but I bet now you will think of it if, heaven forbid, you do!

Hugs and safety,
Betty

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