The Basket Lady
Basket Lady has heard from lots of folks about what a great turn-out there was this year for the Andover Old Home Days and the Wilton Blueberry Festival had another spectacular fireworks show that I missed due to some “virus” that took up residence in my upper respiratory tract that left me feeling miserable and whiny.
Lots of green tea and water along with three days of bed rest did the trick-and that’s what I think a virus is- a trick because everything gets called a virus when the doctor can’t figure out what’s wrong medically. Thank goodness, I do feel much better now.
The E.R. nurse, Lauren, and Dr. Oliver took good care of me. Don’t know if the virus caught up to: Anne Wood, Greg Trundy, Dr. Robert Saisi, Lori Grassette, Pete DeFilipp, Brenda Espinoza, Albert Smith, or Connie Tutlis but healing thoughts are being sent your way every day.
Dear River Valley friends, many of you know Ann and John Kezal-two tireless individuals who generously give their time and hearts to many causes in our community, and are devoted to helping out our veterans in any way that they can.
Right now, a community card shower (get-well card), and your prayers for a recuperating Ann Kezal would be most appreciated. Please send a get-well card to: Ann Kezal, P.O. Box 254, Rumford, ME 04276. Thank you for your kindness.
Thank you every day kindness angels: Margaret McNeal, Mary Greany, Jim Rinaldo, Irene Haynes, RVHCC and the Co-Op Extension, VIP, Penny Angel, Barbara Jean Smith, and Lem Cissel.
Joy is our natural state of being. Healing includes freeing the mind from every form of bondage. If you want to bring more joy into your life than you must live in and create from joy. When I want to practice joy, I have a guided imagery called “My Favorite Things” playing in my head. I use the Julie Andrews version, humming the melody or whistling it while “I see” my favorite things.
“Rainbows and pages where nothing is written; time with a loved one when I felt quite smitten; walking with Sunny, the fragrance of spring- these are a few of my favorite things. Cozy, socked winters and long, puppy kisses; beautiful weddings for misters and misses; oldies but goodie that just make me sing-these are a few of my favorite things. Fresh coffee brewing and white sandy beaches; smiles on young faces or just eating peaches; shiny, gold jewelry surrounded with bling-these are a few of my favorite things.”
Those lyrics make me smile, and that’s the point of imagery: to come up with images that stir the senses and bring joy and cheer to the present moment. From a joy-filled place, we can create an even greater feeling of aliveness and more joy.
I urge you to hum your favorite song or imagery and let the joy flow in and out!
Take care of yourself. The rest will follow.
Keep humming! We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and live in the present.