Monday, May 31, 2010
"welcome" in Ghana, West Africa.
but you really don't have to travel that far
to enjoy the spoils.
close your eyes.
breathe deeply and take it all in.
embark upon a regal retreat.
and indulge in the comforts of home away from home.
silence fills the air tonight,
rest is only a pillow away.
*I have been very blessed to experience the pure pleasure of Akwaaba Mansion in celebration of my best friend's birthday. If you ever get the opportunity, do allow Akwaaba to spoil you!
Posted by SE'LAH... at 3:59 PM
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
these very special narcissus flowers
originate from the 1800's garden
of my friend's great-grandfather.
i captured them just for you.
i hope they brighten your day.
CONGRATULATIONS are in order...
Darcel has given birth to her first son!
Sending lots of positive vibes her way.
for our brothers and sisters in Haiti
and all those suffering around the world
you remain in my thoughts and prayers.
though my heart aches, hope springs eternal.
may JAH JAH guide and protect the I.
Posted by SE'LAH... at 9:32 AM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
it's a beautiful world
outside this window
but within these walls
lives a dark and sinister force,
the warden of my mental prison,
who subject innocent children like me
to unimaginable pain and suffering.
can someone please rescue me?
*this piece is written from the perspective of a child living through any form of child abuse - emotional, physical, sexual, verbal harm or neglect. chances are, you will walk by one of them today.
i pray for them.
Posted by SE'LAH... at 6:57 PM
Saturday, May 15, 2010
the mood is set
the sound of jazz fills the air
the scent of lavender and vanilla
rises from the bubbling hot spring that is my bath tub
only the soft flicker of candlelight keeps me on this plane
but then, the door slowly creaks open and before long
i am surrounded by barbie dolls on a play date
and the infectuous giggle of a very happy child
these are the moments of life
that soothe my soul. sigh.
hope your weekend is filled with loving moments.
Posted by SE'LAH... at 1:36 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
From time to time, some of my friends stop by my Necessary Room. I just love having company over. My good friend, Chris - author of An Inch of Time - is here today to share a very special guest post with us. She was kind enough to share this photo of Buddhist monks creating a mandala - the epitome of patience - to accompany her post. Please join me in welcoming Chris.
Like an alcoholic entering Al-Anon admits they have a problem with alcohol, I also have a problem, but it isn't alcohol. My problem is impatience and I am an impatient person. However, a potentially life-threatening situation recently occurred forcing me to confront and deal with my impatience.
Early last month I was involved in a serious auto accident involving a teen-aged driver. Both of us, for the most part, were able to walk away from the accident without any serious injuries and I hope it continues to stay that way. Two days after the accident my new car, less than a year old, was declared a total loss. While I did not cause nor contribute to the accident, and since negotiations are ongoing between our respective insurance companies, I won't go into the specifics of the accident.
In the early days after the accident there was a flurry of paperwork to complete and phone calls to make and return. It is often said in times of great stress, strengths emerge in people they never knew they had. Unbeknownst to me buried within the tangled mess of this accident, patience emerged.
Patience has some amazing abilities. I've learned to be, and continue to stay calm. I've learned when we are patient, particularly during stressful times when our patience is stretched beyond its limits, sometimes things turn out remarkably well. It's been five weeks since the accident and so far things have gone well, much better than I would've expected. I have a new car and my life is somewhat back to normal although driving is still a little shaky and I've become hyper-vigilant.
Maybe this is mere coincidence but I truly believe buried in many things that happen to us, be it good or bad, there are lessons to be learned. Some heed these lessons, others need a rude awakening so they are forced to learn these lessons. However, there is one other valuable lesson I learned as a result of this accident, forgiveness and compassion towards the other driver.
Life is often not a patient process but I believe, and have since learned, patience has the ability to ease and help us navigate those rough spots more smoothly.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I'm a native Oregonian. I'm a mystic. I love animals and my family. I have a wide range of interests and information, and I rarely lack an opinion. I like to have fun and make people laugh. I've been a teacher, musician, therapist, coach, counselor, consultant, musician, gas pump jockey, fry cook, and plywood millworker...among other things.
My first blog came out of a class I was taking during my coaching training with the idea of creating a professional presence. Eventually, I stopped posting there and started What Would Wanda Do? because this concept is more fun. It started out as an "advice column." However, when I am lacking questions from my readers, I post quotes that I find inspirational and thought provoking, along with my photographs (especially of my two orange Manx boys) and my own musings. Now it is a discipline for me. I try to post every day.
I do love receiving questions from readers on any topic. So bring them on!
Posted by SE'LAH... at 12:00 AM