I am mentally preparing for a Wise Woman Wisdom Celebration on Sat, May 12, in Tustin, CA. I will be one of the Key Note speakers and the place will be filled with old friends and new friends. It should be a great day and I hope you will consider joining me. All the information is below. I know I should have just added a link but I haven’t learned how to do that yet. So I’m devoting this blog to an adaptation of the flyer.
A day filled with Wisdom, Inspiration, Celebration, Music, and Fun!
Saturday May 12, 2012 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Unity Church of Tustin – 14402 Prospect Ave. Tustin CA
The Annual Celebrate Wise Women will present a day of unique opportunities to participate in a variety of events designed to enhance inner growth, self-improvement and self-empowerment.
Music Provided by Gail Chasin * The Tushmal Singers * Leah Santos
Key Note Speakers
Dr. Jane Claypool is the author of Wise Women don’t worry, Wise Women don’t sing the blues, Spiritual Practice and Science of Mind Skills.
Dr. Felice Gersh will be speaking on Maintaining Sexuality and Sensuality at Every Age”
Pam Pence -‐Yoga Therapy Patti Christensen -‐Story Telling
Sandra McClintock Astrology Karen Rauch Carter Fung Shei
Patti Christensen Aromatherapy Annie GlennReflexology
Adelia-‐Healing Powers of Sage.
Email address: email@example.com
Web site http://www.cwwevents.org
Facebook page: Celebrate Wise Women 2012
Tickets are $60.00 at the door. $45.00 before May 1.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: RACHEL LAMPERT MAIL TO:
RACHEL LAMPERT * 23446 CAMINITO SALADO * LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653
I enjoyed a perfect birthday. I am very happy I was born in April and I have especially enjoyed it since “they” named April 22 the official Earth Day. I know it has more to do with Spring and blooming flowers than me, but it feels personal. Then there were all the flowers, cards, messages and gifts from family and friends to remind me that my presence here on Planet Earth does make a difference.
Mother Earth and I are One – we are in perfect accord. I stop and smell the flowers, I smile at the blue skies, and I visit the ocean often. Like RW Emerson and the other Transcendentalists, I find God in Nature.
Did you know that more people are born in April than any other month? We are closer to our animal nature than we might like to think. We pop out and announce our presence with gusto, just like little sheep or goats. We are on the same schedule as the spring flowers and go through the same process of youth, maturity and old age as they do.
In my heart, I am the same person that I was at age 11, 18, 35, 50 or 65 but this was birthday #79. That makes me old and I notice it physically. However, I find the ageless Jane is a very active part of my emotional and spiritual nature. I am One with all the different ages of Jane.
Memory is part of what makes me different from those little goats and sheep. Since I am human, I can think about the past and the present as well as the future.
I have memory and I am capable of thought and belief. I think and believe that I am one with a Power For Good that is eternal and greater than my physical body. I am One with Life.
Birthdays are great days for reflection and as I have aged, I have become more reflective. This year felt very special to me, partly because I have more time and partly because writing this blog has made me pay more attention to my life.
My birthday seemed perfect in so many ways and I did focus on the many blessings of the day. There were some surprises but no disappointments. I was surprised my coffee maker died but I was happy that I had an answer when my daughter asked the proverbial birthday question. “I want a new coffee pot,” I answered. “I want one just like the old one – with no fancy buttons – just on and off.
So I got a coffee pot and everyone was happy! I also got to choose a restaurant for lunch after church. When the Greek restaurant had a sign on the door that said, “Never on Sunday,” I got a second choice and that was Mexican. I probably would have gone for Chinese if I had to come up with three wishes but two were enough.
Today, my house looks like a florist’s shop. The church sent flowers home with me. My nephew gave me an orchid. A friend who lives a long way off sent me a big lovely bouquet by telegraph. I love flowers and have taken up drawing them as a new expression of my art hobby.
Perhaps the best gifts of all were the ones from my artistic friends. Leah Oviedo gave me her new book about building your own affirmations. It is filled with delightful illustrations and ideas suitable for young adults. To see her book, go to writewhatyour know.wordpress.com
My friend Jo sent me a set of note cards that featured her brilliant photographs. I will probably keep them all because they seem too precious to use.
My brother John sent me a new link to his enlarged website. I love the way he has developed into a serious (if non-traditional) outside artist. You can see some of his work by checking out theartistjohn.com … but be warned that it is neither sweet nor pretty. It may startle you and/or make you think.
I started out as an art teacher many years ago and I’m now illustrating a book with my friend, Gina Ogden. Although I’ve always been interested in art, this is an entirely new venture for me. They say it is good for the elderly to do new things and I guess doing the drawings for a pillow book about love and sex is a new thing.
Old age is more than a time to recite your health problems or count your money. It is a time to do new things and more importantly, it is a time to reflect on the blessings in your life. I took Sunday afternoon and evening to reflect on some of mine. If you are reading this post, you are a blessing in my life and I am grateful for you.
One of the gifts of maturity has been to see how well people actually do over the long haul. About twenty years ago, I began to see that my friends and family really were like the characters in novels. They may have struggled through heroic trials and tribulations, but they achieved a great deal. I have learned that you should never give up.
I have learned many lessons in life. One is that perseverance pays off. Another is that the aging process brings a lot of joy. I count my blessings nearly every day and I am truly grateful for how well most things have turned out in my life.
If you were one of the many people who sent me a birthday greeting, thank you. If you didn’t then next year will be even better because I’ll be entering an exciting new decade. Imagine that – I once dreamed of being grown up and now I am. Isn’t life amazing?
How do I feel about age?
Am I grateful for my life so far?
What are ten things I am grateful for?
Some people think that San Diego County has no seasons but that isn’t quite true. It’s spring here and that means the days are longer, the flowers are absolutely blooming everywhere and the birds are flying North after wintering in South America. Life is good!
Whether you live in sunny San Diego County or someplace more “real” like Massachusetts or Washington State, you must have noticed a change in the weather. I realize that there is still snow on the ground in some places but the days are longer, the skies are brighter and the ground is warmer everywhere.
When I did live in Massachusetts, this was the time of the year to put away the smelly boots and get into real shoes. It was also a time when it was ok to forget your mittens and cap. Your life wouldn’t be in danger.
I loved the springtime in the Northeast and I love it here in the West. I think of spring as the time of renewal and rejuvenation. For farmers and Christians, it is also the season of resurrection.
Life is hopeful in April, no matter what T.S.Eliot said. I believe that the earth celebrates springtime with daffodils dancing in the sunshine and, while that may make me a pagan, I’m happy here in the Carnival of Spring.
In Carlsbad, we have a whole hillside planted in ranunculus and tourists come yearly, from far and wide, to walk in the flower fields. Once, in April, I visited my friend Rev. Ginny Kluth in Anacortes, WA and she took me to the Tulip Festival. We walked through acres of tulips. It remains one of my most spectacular memories.
Tulips – how I love them! I have always understood how the Dutch went crazy in 1637 – in a time called tulipmania – when some tulip bulbs were so valuable they cost ten times an average worker’s yearly income. Eventually, the tulip market crashed and almost ruined the economy of the country but the Dutch still love the lady queen of all bulbs.
On my only trip to Europe, I carried a gunnysack of tulip bulbs home and stored them in my refrigerator from September until December. Southern California is too warm for their natural seasons, so I nearly froze the bulbs and then planted them all over my front yard. The rabbits or gophers ate most of the bulbs but I enjoyed the few flowers that made it.
So, Spring is either here or on its way to your neighborhood and will be there very soon. In my Center for Spiritual Living, Rev. Mattie marked the day with a brilliant talk and there were quite a few people who enjoyed the service. Only one hat but many smiling faces.
Whether you attended Easter services or not, you can still enjoy the season. Why not celebrate the advent of spring this week by stopping and smelling the flowers?
Life is so much better when we remember to enjoy the little things. We can smell the flowers or inhale the aroma of coffee. It’s not just taste, but this season engages all the senses. Why not let the aroma of your sunrise drink enhance your morning? You can also add to your pleasure by smiling at the coffee cup before you sip.Try smiling at yourself in the mirror while you’re at it. It will work wonders.
And later, why not stop work long enough to take a walk at lunchtime? Or take a minute to call a friend you haven’t seen recently? There is always time to enjoy life if we so choose.
As I have grown wiser, I have also grown older and I can’t do some of the things I used to. I have a gardener now and he keeps things neat. No more tulips – Alas!
However, I am wiser and I do have a greater capacity to know what makes a good day. The big wins are important, of course, but it is the little wins that come one day at a time that create a well-lived life.
Your choices for each day build your life and you can choose to focus on things you enjoy. Think about the things you love or are grateful for. They make you happier than the things the world seems to believe are important. More money is great. More accomplishment is great. More understanding of world events is great. Success in your work and endeavors is great. But the greatest of all greats is Love.
What do you love? Learn to pay attention to those things and create a pleasant life for yourself. Take a minute each morning to make a list of ten things you love. Let your list include simple things like flowers or coffee or the blue sky.
You can expand your list to include your favorite forms of entertainment, your favorite people, and your favorite occupations. Each morning, set your mood for the entire day by thinking of some things you can rejoice about. Be grateful.
We have a singer who often sings a song that starts out, “Thank you for this day,” and I think that is a marvelous idea. It doesn’t matter who or what you thank – it is the act of thanking that is the important bit.
Next time you find yourself in a tough spot, stop worrying long enough to think of something you are thankful for. Or think of something you love. If it is raining, be thankful you remembered your umbrella. If you forgot the darn thing, be thankful that you don’t melt.
Perhaps you can switch your mood upward enough to actually sing the one about April showers bringing May flowers. Or you can pretend you are Gene Kelly and sing and dance down the street. You are the star of your movie so why not?
What’s on my gratitude list?
What small choices can I make today?