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My Serendipitous Romance

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Vacant heart

Fielding layers of incessant gray

Resigned to mediocrity

Not seeking

Yet, there you were

Seemingly too-good-to-be-true

A real life sorcerer

Vibrantly colorizing my world from that first mystical smile

Sowing hope atop ashes of forsaken dreams

Captivation so electrifying

Love’s rays swooning the stars to lasso the moon

Anticipating the next

But relishing the now

Nurturing what is

So “the end” never pecks its way across our page

Euphoria thickens my throat

Tears of appreciation silently pool

Swept off my feet for a lifetime

My Serendipitous Romance

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Happy Valentine’s Day to my Treasured Readers…

May love worthy of your honorable hearts gently embrace you — today, and always!

(photo: Hong Kong Harbor 2011)

 

Bounteous Spirits Populating My Journey

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With each venture

The globe magically reveals herself

Pearl after generous pearl

A trend emerging

The fellow traveler’s warm disposition

Exchanging secret paths

Recommending hidden treasures

Gesturing down cobblestone alleyways

Eager to share establishments ripe with local flair

Extending genuine invitations

To be their guest

Halfway around the world

Kindhearted souls

Connecting in a manner

Seldom afforded in everyday life

Comrades in adventure

Life-enhancing encounters

Bounteous spirits populating my journey

The Ultimate Gift

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For…

Opening your heart and providing a shoulder

Smiling through exhaustion

Listening in earnest although time is scarce

Sharing uplifting words

For…

Extending courtesies without hesitation

Complimenting a stranger

Dropping a welcome note at a new neighbor’s door

Leaving a person or place better just because you cared

For…

Appreciating each moment and never taking family, friends — or life for granted

Seeking the best in others

Giving what you can to those who struggle

Earning and extending trust

For…

Remaining silent in the absence of positive thoughts

Honoring friendship

Revering respect as the cornerstone of love

Improving our world with every gracious gesture

For…

Demonstrating the true spirit of Christmas

And being

The Ultimate Gift…


An Unbreakable Circle

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In Honor of My Mom’s Birthday…

No matter where I venture in this world

You travel with me

A secret strength embedded in my soul

An infinite friendship

Illuminating my path

Your tireless support

Elevates my spirit

Like a mesmerizing sunset stuns spectators to silence

While poets and artists struggle to capture the true essence

Standing back in wonderment

Hearts flooding with optimism

Our connection enhances my existence

In ways words and pictures cannot adequately depict

Boundlessly maternal

You gracefully care for all fortunate enough to cross your path

A gift to the universe

Mine by extraordinary fate

Intertwined for eternity

The enduring bond of love between mother and daughter

An unbreakable circle…

Reeling with Gratitude

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I confess: I’ve spent a lifetime playing it “safe.” Unless I could spy a clear-cut path to assured “success,” I shied away from “risky” opportunities. In regards to my writing, I surmised, better to be unread than to have my creativity slaughtered by critics!

Then, I met my husband and tried to wrap my mind around his life-story:

A high school oops given up for adoption…a ward of the state for seven months…adopted by a couple who would divorce by his seventh birthday…raised solely by his adoptive father who turned to the bottle to ease his solitude…beaten routinely…escaping to join the Air Force…only to return home and helplessly watch his only parent succumb to cancer…orphaned at twenty-three…after which he would track down biological parents who ultimately wanted nothing to do with him…

???!!……………………………………………………………….!!???

First off,  I could not fathom how a man forced to grow up with zero maternal love was capable of loving me so completely. Furthermore, how did a person raised under a banner of rejection and abuse achieve such sky-high dreams? I, a child blessed with a “Beaver Cleaver-type upbringing,” had known no such hardship. How could I begin to understand the anguish of not having a soul on this planet to call family?

I’m not qualified, I silently panicked! What could I offer — besides unwavering love?

I did the only other thing I felt capable of — I started writing a fictionalized version of his experience. What started out as an education about the lingering wounds of adoption, evolved into an endeavor that superseded fear. One I will never give up on until it is worthy of ALL who have walked — for whatever reason — in abandonment’s painful shoes.

Rehashing a manuscript, again and again, can leave one numb. Starting this blog inspired me to keep my writing fresh. Where I struggled in my fictional world, here I found salvation. But NEVER in my wildest dreams did I expect to find such an incredibly supportive community…

Reeling with gratitude, I can only bow my head and say — THANK YOU!

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Special Thanks to:

Teacher as Transformer who nominated me for the Very Inspiring and Sunshine Blogger Awards. He is truly the teacher we all wished we had in our younger days. I am elated to have discovered him — better late than never!

Global Light Minds who nominated me for Blog of the Year. Wendy’s daily snippets are my number one inspirational indulgence. Follow her, you won’t be disappointed!

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I wish to nominate the following blogs:

Eric M Vogt’s Blog — His intriguing background captured me from the git-go, but his amazing writing will change your world for the better…

Untetherednunbroken — Beautiful, eloquent, soul-stirring and so very real…

The Silent Muse — An incredibly prolific writer. My finger hurts from hitting the LIKE button so often…

Aarthi — I have no idea how she writes so consistently beautiful every single day…

MindRetrofit7 — Add another star already, Angel!

Global Light Minds — Add another star, Wendy!

Withering Words of Mind — Kent is new on the scene but certainly not new to the written word, what a magical find…

For all those I missed in this talented pool…or haven’t had the privilege of discovering yet, I can’t wait to read your delightful words!! XO

Passage to Soulfulness

 

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Thanksgiving wishes for my treasured readers:

May

The faintest illumination allay all traces of gloom

A whispered word evoking cheer even amidst chaos

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Providence veer you fluidly from harm

A song renewing your spirit

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Your blessings be bountiful enough to share

And giving elevate your essence

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Love lavish endless color across your days

The gift of family and friendship providing safe harbor

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You know inner peace and hone this asset

Forever seeking

Passage to soulfulness…

Treasures Await

 

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Life is a Kaleidoscope through his eyes…

Vibrantly rich

Ever-changing surprise

Charmingly amusing

Laughter vanquishes sadness

Cooking becomes art

Foods burst across palates

Wine showers taste buds in her velvety bouquet

Music peppers a collage of memories

Each song composing another verse in an eternal melody

Every day a continuance of thrilling excursion

Routine moments intensify

With that rare someone who spies

Magic in the ordinary

A jolting thunderstorm turns into

Breathless candlelit moments

Tantalized by zigzags of electric energy

Punctuated by soul-stirring booms

Admiring stars as they poke through breaks in the clouds

Flaunting glows with zip in their strut

His arms swiftly encircle

Fingers intertwine

Onward

He gently guides

Around the bend

He gestures

Beaming

Treasures await…

One Lovely Blog Award

I am humbled by the two beautiful writers who nominated me for this award:

Aarthi  & Mary Hennessey

Their blogs are works of art and truly inspiring…

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Seven Random Things about Luggage Lady:

(1) My three siblings and I had tickets for AA flight #191 on May 25, 1979. But, at the last-minute, my parents relented to our pleas to miss a few days of school and meet up with them earlier, changing our itinerary to the same flight # on Wednesday the 23rd. The Friday departure crashed on takeoff…

(2) In my fantasy world, I’d sing like Alison Krauss…

(3) I’m a Libra, making me a crazy writer — always second-guessing…

(4) I have a degree in Speech Communications and am still terrified of public speaking…

(5) I’ve done three back-flips out of a perfectly good airplane…

(6) I capsized aboard a Hobie Cat when I worked for Club Med, resulting in emergency surgery and thirty-seven stitches in the Bahamas…

(7) The sight of an elderly couple clasping one another’s hand puts a lump in my throat…

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I wish to nominate the following talented bloggers:

(1) wordsofnelle

(2) simplyblessed

(3) Global light Minds

(4) Teacher as Transformer

(5) Another Wandering Soul

(6) thelittletable

(7) Flight of a Magical Bird

(8) MindRetrofit7

(9) Venkataraman L.N.

(10) daydreamdaisies

(11) untetherednunbroken

I am so grateful for the amazing community of artists and kind readers I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with here. A special thanks to my little brother at Live Action Digital who came up with my luggage lady handle and encouraged me — as only a fellow artist can…

A Positive Difference

 

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“To have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of each person with whom I interact.”

I stumbled across an old resume the other day and had to smile at this line typed beneath my “career objective.” Fortunately, I’m gainfully employed, but the words made me think.

How does one better the world? Chipper greetings? Common courtesies? Respect for all? Being a stalwart friend, coach, teacher, sibling, parent, mentor…? Donating to as many charities as financially feasible? Volunteering even when time is sparse? All of the above??

Sometimes, how to contribute to the greater good overwhelms. Small gestures are surely cumulative, but it’s easy to become daunted by the big picture when you’re standing in the middle.

I’m blessed beyond measure, yet I still struggle to realize my true potential. Why do I wallow in the quagmire of chasing status and stuff when I know both leave me unfulfilled? Because believing I possess anything worthy of making a viable difference is so difficult.

When seeking our best selves, Abraham Maslow boldly proclaimed: “What a man can be, he must be!”

Writing has been my lifelong passion, as humbling as it is energizing. What comes out as chattering jumble in person, benefits from the trusty delete button. On good days, I can hardly keep pace, pecking frantically at my keyboard. On others, my words are halted and crudely phrased. But I persevere because this is the “be” that I must.

I dream of touching hearts and inspiring minds, of evoking deep thought and gratitude. And I will never give up on my quest to generate a positive spark in this magical life experience.

Dancing on Clouds

 

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Love to me

Is mutually giving and earning respect

Caring so much

I cannot bestow enough

Dancing on clouds I never knew existed

Elevated by an impermeable cocoon

Knowing without a doubt

My search has ended

An enchanting whirlwind beckons

Time accelerates

Months blurring into years

Rallying against life’s curveballs

Strong arms encircle

Offering safe sanctuary

More profound than words

A collaborator in all dreams

A person who believes in me

To match my confidence in them

Commitment forged from trust

No walls

No facades

No games

Peace at last

An environment in which I can aspire to my very best

My today

And every tomorrow imaginable…

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