I promise I will try to make this as quick as possible. But you know me when I get started talking, I don’t have sense enough to quit, lol! Anybody else had said that I would have been pissed! I am in a good mood believe it or not. I just wanted to take a moment tell everyone of you who purchased Raffle tickets, Thank you! I can never say it enough and I know I should, Thank you all and I truly do love you with all my heart. Maybe it’s that time of the year, when a witch stops to think about all the good things in her life. That she normally takes for granted. I know I am truly thankful for everyone of you and I consider you all my family. Don’t ever forget that, my luvs!
I know you are wondering what put me in this mood. Thanks to everyone of you, our domain payment to WordPress went through without a hitch. The domain is paid in full for another year. Thank you so much for saving our home. When I say ours, I mean yours too. No matter where the WOTC has called home, whether it was just starting out on MSN till now, the WOTC is your home. I am just the simple caretaker. I want you to always feel that way about this spot on the net. Without you, the WOTC would not exist. But back to business, I wasn’t too happy with WordPress at all yesterday. The domain bill was due December 2nd. If they had held up to that, we would have had no problem paying it. I was going to pay it myself. But they didn’t and I will tell you it made me very angry. Especially when they threw up that block, that galled my rump to no end. The only thing I knew to do was pay it through our PayPal account (at the time I didn’t know everything in my purse had been stolen, that another tale though). But they say hindsight is 20 – 20, if I knew WordPress was going to do that, I would have been looking for us a new home. I have bragged on them and bragged on them. And to be treated like that, I don’t know how to describe it. So I think between now and next year’s payment comes due, we might be finding a new home. Just a maybe, I wouldn’t want to lose any of you. That has always been my experience, every time we have moved in the pass, we have loss hundreds of friends and family.
I told you I was going to make this brief. But it’s not entirely my fault for taking so long, I have been on the phone. I just wanted to thank you again and let you know that we are now safe for another year. Thanks to you!
Now down to business……
Luv & Hugs,
Beyond Counting Blessings
Being Truly Thankful
by Madisyn Taylor
Our gratitude deepens when we begin to be thankful for being alive during this time and living the life we are living.
Often when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we feel it, we feel it regardless of our circumstances. In this deep state of gratitude, we recognize the purity of the experience of being, in and of itself, and our thankfulness is part and parcel of our awareness that we are one with this great mystery that is life.
It is difficult for most of us to access this level of consciousness as we are very caught up in the ups and downs of our individual experiences in the world. The thing to remember about the world, though, is that it ebbs and flows, expands and contracts, gives and takes, and is by its very nature somewhat unreliable. If we only feel gratitude when it serves our desires, this is not true thankfulness. No one is exempt from the twists and turns of fate, which may, at any time, take the possessions, situations, and people we love away from us. Ironically, it is sometimes this kind of loss that awakens us to a thankfulness that goes deeper than just being grateful when things go our way. Illness and near-miss accidents can also serve as wake-up calls to the deeper realization that we are truly lucky to be alive.
We do not have to wait to be shaken to experience this state of being truly thankful for our lives. Tuning in to our breath and making an effort to be fully present for a set period of time each day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude. We can also awaken ourselves with the intention to be more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force that flows through us regardless of our circumstances.
The Daily OM
Let’s Talk Witch – Simple, “Just Be Thankful”
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made an effort.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
I can never begin to apologize enough for not honoring all of our proud Veterans yesterday, on their day. We did not forget you, how could we? If it wasn’t for all those who have sacrificed so much in the past and the present, we would not have the freedoms we do today. Thank you for all you have done for your country. We love you and we wish you a very Happy & Honored Veterans’ Day!
I feel extremely bad about this but we did have an emergency so we were not on the internet yesterday. Of all days, Veterans Days, I am so, so, very sorry. I beg your forgiveness and to the best of my ability and control, nothing like this will ever happen again.
Yesterday, our plumbing did not realize it was Veterans’ Day. We have one of our toilet blow a gasket. Oh brother, did it ever. I spent yesterday with my head stuck in the back of the toilet, in the bowl of the toilet, truthfully I don’t believe there was a place on that toilet I wasn’t at. I got all the parts replaced and have had to let it stand for 24 hours then we will see if it leaks. If it does, does anyone have any dynamite I can have? I was not cut out to be a plumber but I can say one thing, I did not have a plumber crack, lol! Mystie made sure of that. Every time my shorts started to slide down, she would try to pull them up. First time, she stuck her hands in my shorts and pulled them up. You can imagine my reaction, “What the hell do you think you are doing? Get your hands off my a**!” She does not make a good plumber’s helper at all. Now me on the other hand, you ever need a witch who knows her way around pipes and plumbing, just give me a call, lol!
Again, I am apologize to all of our Brothers & Sisters in the Craft and outside the Craft who have served our country so bravely. You have sacrificed so much I think every day of the year we should honor you and never ever take you for granted. You have gave so much of yourself and given us so much. Thank you and we will never forget you.
Goddess Bless Our Veterans and the Men & Women of All Our Armed Forces!
Lady Of The Abyss & The WOTC
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Get life going your way
Don’t wait for life to go your way. Get your own thoughts and actions going your way and the other things in life will reliably follow along.
Step forward and take a positive, active role in creating your own future. Instead of worrying about what might or might not happen, work to make what does happen the best you can imagine.
With every moment and every choice, you have an influence on the way your life unfolds. Instead of being a victim of circumstance, find ways to utilize each circumstance for meaningful, positive purposes.
Though you cannot control every influence in your life, you absolutely can control what you make of those various influences. Make the choice, again and again, to make the best of them.
Take what comes, whatever it may be, with gratitude and positive expectations. Do what you must to make something good out of it.
There is always a way forward, so take it. There is always something useful, valuable and positive you can do, so do it, and get life going your way.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
The World in a Bright Light
by Madisyn Taylor
There is always something to be grateful for even when life is hard and times are tough.
Everyday is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we can be grateful for. The world opens up to us when we live in a space of gratitude. In essence, gratitude has a snowball effect. When we are appreciative and express that gratitude, the universe glows a bit brighter and showers us with even more blessings.
There is always something to be grateful for, even when life seems hard. When times are tough, whether we are having a bad day or stuck in what may feel like an endless rut, it can be difficult to take the time to feel grateful. Yet, that is when gratitude can be most important. If we can look at our lives, during periods of challenge, and find something to be grateful for, then we can transform our realities in an instant. There are blessings to be found everywhere. When we are focusing on what is negative, our abundance can be easy to miss. Instead, choosing to find what already exists in our lives that we can appreciate can change what we see in our world. We start to notice one blessing, and then another.
When we constantly choose to be grateful, we notice that every breath is a miracle and each smile becomes a gift. We begin to understand that difficulties are also invaluable lessons. The sun is always shining for us when we are grateful, even if it is hidden behind clouds on a rainy day. A simple sandwich becomes a feast, and a trinket is transformed into a treasure. Living in a state of gratitude allows us to spread our abundance because that is the energy that we emanate from our beings. Because the world reflects back to us what we embody, the additional blessings that inevitably flow our way give us even more to be grateful for. The universe wants to shower us with blessings. The more we appreciate life, the more life appreciates and bestows us with more goodness.
With life as it is, make joy
Embrace this day, this moment, this life, and with it, make joy. Feel and fully experience the reality of what is, and in the midst of it, make joy.
No matter how much or how little joy you’ve known in the past, now is your opportunity to make more. Focus on how good it is to simply be, and let pure, unconditional joy flow from your awareness.
Though you have pains and problems and challenges, you also have the good fortune of being able to make joy. With life as it is, from where you are, with what you have, make joy.
There is no need to fight or run away, to feel bitter or to make excuses, to give up, to back down, or to fall into a negative mindset. You have life, and you always have the ability to make joy.
Smile, and warm the world around you. Breathe deeply, gently, and peacefully feel the miracle of your own existence.
Live life as it comes. And with it, every bit of it, make joy.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator