Blog Posts by Marlene Moore Gordon

  • The Courage of Letting Go

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    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." - Havelock Ellis

    If only it were easier to know when to hold on and when to let go. Does the dandelion have its own sense of timing or does it take a stiff breeze to spread its seeds? Whether we let go voluntarily or wait until we are forced, the lesson remains the same; hold on to everything with a lighter touch. It's less painful to let go when we choose to, than have it forced upon us.

    I have held on to people and situations long after they served their purpose. I've stoked the fire of disappointment and anger when it was necessary to forgive. I've stayed at jobs out of a sense of loyalty to others, because I had not yet learned that my first loyalty was to my own happiness. I have grasped and clung because I was afraid to face my fears and terrified to feel the void that sometimes comes with letting go. Through it

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  • Sitting On The Fence

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    Sitting On The Fence

    Copyright Marlene Moore Gordon

    "Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain it. This is a kind of death." Anais Nin French Writer (1903-1977)

    There is a time for everything and a process to getting where ever we want to go. I like to feel in control, so I tend to reach a place, get comfortable there, and rest for awhile. Sometimes I rest too long and without realizing it my life becomes stagnant.

    My belief is that everything in life requires energy toward movement and change. I am either growing or stagnating; I can't do both at the same time. Growth creates amazing and wonderful changes in my life, but only after I get off that fence.

    We all have those in between times when we're not feeling much movement in any direction. Perched on the fence, and wanting to move forward it may feel as though something or someone is holding us

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  • Authenticity Matters

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    5.30.10 Real or Fake

    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    "That's what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending-performing. You get to love your pretense. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act-"Jim Morrison (1943-1971)

    While these gorgeous white roses appear to be freshly cut from the garden, a single touch will immediately tell you they are fabulous fakes!

    Maybe it doesn't matter that they bear no alluring fragrance or that they lack softness or subtlety as long as they appear to be real? Imagine a wedding or social event, the room overflowing with spectacular artificial flowers. Picture that same place filled with artificial, pretentious people. The reality is we all have our moments of pretense. The truth is that we don't fool anyone, especially not ourselves.

    Whether it's flowers or people, we all sense the real from the imitation.

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  • For the Love of Cats

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    Copyright Robert Gordon

    "Time spent with cats is never wasted." Unknown

    I was once exclusively a dog lover, then I met my husband. Until then, I had never spent much time with any cat. Now our cats are a vital part of our home. I see them as angels with whiskers. When I am stressed they help me to relax. They are always happy to greet me, come when called and love to curl up beside me, nestle into my lap or sit on top of my head.

    I make time to watch my cats, to play with them and allow them to sleep next to me. I need their warmth as much as they need mine.

    These two brothers were rescued just before they were to be placed in an animal shelter. It's amazing how loving them has enriched my life.

    Are you an animal lover? Tell me about it and send a photo if you have one you would like to share. Marlene Moore Gordon
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  • Flowering of Humanity

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    5.25.10 Flowering

    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    "One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that." Joseph Campbell

    On many levels contemporary life forces us all to be less human. It's up to you and me to remember that none of us can survive without each other. As you go about your day, pass on these few simple truths; have a generous heart, speak with kindness toward everyone you encounter, and find a way to be of service to others. You may not realize it but if each of us does our part and shows compassion toward all living things, life can be renewed and humanity will flourish.BEST-PHOTO-low-rez

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  • The Hero/Heroine Lives In You

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    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up. For that is just the place and time the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe activist and writer (1811-1896)

    We all hear stories and witness by example people who overcome tremendous adversity, rise above desperate circumstances and achieve great endeavors. These extraordinary people deserve our admiration; they become our heroes and heroines. I believe that there is a hero and heroine living within each of us. Most of us don't know what we are capable of until we are tested.

    Your struggles may not be legendary but they are worth acknowledgement. Whether your challenges are physical, financial, emotional, or spiritual, if the time comes that your burden seems unbearable, remember that you are never alone. Someone else has walked your path before and there

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  • Opening to New Truths

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    God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson …

    5.20.10 berries

    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    I stopped to admire this brightly colored cluster of berries. At least I assumed they were berries. One thought led to the next and I Googled berries in search of a definition. According to WikiAnswers "Berries are identified as being many seeded with a fleshy inner layer. So, technically a banana is a berry. It is also the largest herb and a member of the lily family."

    All my life, I held the misconception that a banana is a fruit. I have also adhered to beliefs without giving them any thought. But once I know something to be true, I have a choice to resist and fall back into my old beliefs or to open my mind to a new perception. Today I learned that a banana is a berry and I will never see a banana in the same light again.

    My point is that you can never assume

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  • Look with New Eyes

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    "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

    5.17.10 Nw Eyes

    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    When I was younger, I experienced a lot of feelings of disappointment in both people and in circumstances. Much of it was caused by my own expectations as to how things should be and how others were supposed to act. Many times I wasn't looking clearly at the other person or seeing the reality of the situation. More often than not, I was living in my own head, playing out my own scenarios and seeing with blinders on. Everything changed when I began to see things from a different vantage point. I had learned to let go of expectations and to accept people and situations as they are, rather than how I wished them to be.

    Living without expectation is a challenge for most of us, but it leads to a much happier way of being. Accepting others for who they are, and facing reality for what it is,

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  • Triumph Over Tragedy

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    "Although there may be tragedy in your life, there's always the possibility to triumph. It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." Oprah Winfrey

    Lilly colored 1 5.16.10

    Copyright Marlene Moore Gordon

    Like all of us, I have had my share of heartaches. There have been times when I have wallowed in my tears searching for understanding and acceptance. My tears always humble me; they open my heart and allow the healing to begin. When they dry I am able to see things more clearly, to make better choices and to move forward with a more hopeful heart.

    It's hard to see at the time but your tears can be a blessing if you allow them to be the balm that nurtures you. Every living thing needs water to live, and perhaps your tears are the prayers you need to wash away your pain in order for you to flourish.

    Moving on to triumph over our challenges and tragedies is an inside job. There is a time for tears and

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  • Life is a Wonder

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    "Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time."
    Betty Smith, Writer (1896-1972)

    5.14.10 Boycrab WHB

    Copyright 2010 Marlene Moore Gordon

    Let's not forget that life is a miracle. Let's keep in mind that we are blessed to be living. Let's never forget to find beauty and joy in all the small things and strive for acceptance in all our experiences. Most of all let's celebrate those we love and let them know how very dear they are to us.
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