Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

We make plans. We set goals. And then LIFE happens. Somehow those plans and goals don’t always work out.  Broken hearts, betrayals, divorce, job loss, death of loved ones, cancer, even prison. So many things can go wrong and frequently do.

This is a link to a beautifully written blog about plans and dashed plans that touched me deeply. It is about accepting the reality of the journey and realizing that the journey is EVERYTHING. When people do accept it, their lives open up in ways they never imagined.

If you are going through one of Life’s “gifts” wrapped up in tears, trials, and heartbreak, you may find comfort in this blog, The Soul’s Plan.”



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Are you grateful? Really, truly grateful for all the little blessings of LIFE? Maybe you think you are, but I assure you, you will never really appreciate the precious daily freedoms taken for granted in everyday life unless you lose them. Before I went to prison, I thought I was grateful; truthfully I had no idea. I took the freedoms, the choices, the comforts, the blessings, the miracles for granted.

While in prison,  I made a list of all the things I dreamed of doing upon my release. I even coined an acronym, W.I.G.O., When I Get Out. It’s 2012. Time, I think, to share my list and ask what you would put on your own list. It is not in any particular order. I just kept writing stuff down.  Notice it’s not glamorous or expensive. Very few of them cost money.  My list has grown now. When I wrote it, I was thinking about comfort; prison was uncomfortable, to say the least.  Now I’m thinking about people. So maybe instead of  a W.I.G.O list, it should just be a Gratitude List. There are so many people I appreciate.

 The good news is, I’ve done everything on the list. I am VERY GRATEFUL.

Try to imagine losing all your freedoms, ALL of them. Now make a list of what  and who you particularly treasure.  Won’t you share it with us? There are 41 items on this list. I’ll bet we could make it 100.

Let’s try. Add one or 100. I would appreciate it so much. See, reasons to be grateful. Thank you!


  1. Go to church and feel the power in the silence *
  2. Walk a dog *
  3. Pet a cat *
  4. Listen to the birds sing *
  5. Sit on a sofa surrounded by pillows*
  6. Drink a glass of fresh juice*
  7. Eat all the fruits and veggies I want*
  8. Use real TP without worrying it will run out*
  9. Wear a skirt*
  10. Soak in colors other than orange and gray*
  11. Wear perfume*
  12. Swim in a pool completely immersed in water *
  13. Use a telephone without restrictions*
  14. Listen to music without headphones*
  15. Take a bubble bath *
  16. Shower in private*
  17. Go barefoot*
  18. Sleep on a real mattress*
  19. Have ice whenever I want it*
  20. Drink from a real glass*
  21. Have a conversation that doesn’t involve prison***
  22. Have a glass of ice tea from a real glass*
  23. Make a great big salad*
  24. Go to a florist shop and inhale the scent*
  25. Cook, cook, and cook some more*
  26. Take long walks in the park*
  27. Go to the Art Museum *
  28. Have a cup of hot tea from a china cup *
  29. Sit under a tree*
  30. Dance, dance, dance*
  31. Sing and sing some more*
  32. Go to the library *
  33. Wear contact lenses *
  34. Wear earrings*
  35. Dress up in something feminine*
  36. Feel pretty*
  37. Drink real milk, not the powered kind*
  38. Eat yogurt*
  39. Surf the Internet*
  40. See a movie*
  41. Wear pretty colored lingerie *

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Last year through the miracle of WordPress blogs, Leigh Hopkins in Brazil and yours truly in Arizona connected and a wonderful friendship was born. Leigh always inspires me. Today she honored me with taking some questions I had recently asked and beautifully expanding them in her blog. Especially at this time of year they are worth answering. Perhaps it can be the start of a new tradition for New Years.  I encourage you to check out these questions on Leigh’s blog Live Your Bliss and explore the rest of her entire site. She is the perfect example of how turning your life upside down in the USA and ending up in Brazil was the best thing she could have ever done. Don’t just read our questions, answer them. May they be the beginning of an meaningful and insightful 2012.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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