Heart to Heart 122

Back home again

We arrived in Warrenton Virginia today about noon and headed for El Agave’ Mexican restaurant to have lunch with our hosts for the next two weeks , Mary Anne and Mike Wassenburg.  They reside in the gorgeous area called Snow Hill.  Their home is a classic Victorian three level home on a couple of wooded acres. We are so blessed to have them as friends!

We then went over to spend time with my oldest son Michael and his family.  They have a new pup named Otis.  Haleigh, our granddaughter was overjoyed to see Lou Ann one of her favorite people.  We were there a few hours and then had more Mexican food at El Toro.

Thomas Wolfe wrote You can’t go home again.  I didn’t read it. When I return to this area in Northern Virginia there are a lot of good memories with some strong feelings of happiness, pleasure, angst and sadness.   Lou Ann and I only lived here seven years before going to Hawaii for four years.  We made a lot of friends here whom we have a deep heart connection.  I made more money in four years here than I did in the previous fifteen. When we left there was a large going away party for us.

And yet, this is just another place on my journey of discovery in this life.  I have had a lot of homes.  Lived in some seventy different houses.  Some have said, home is where you hang your hat.  I say, home is wherever you feel connected to why you are here on planet Earth.  Why do you live where you are?  How does it serve you and the world at large? Would you live somewhere else that might match your soul’s journey?

I love my family very much and yet I have been apart from them a lot.  They are doing well and I am proud of them all.  My wish is for all of us to find the best place that fills our heart and mind with treasures that are priceless and are filled with love.  From my wandering and grateful heart to yours, Thomas

 

Heart to Heart 113

Count your blessings

I was out on one of my five mile walks that I do most days.  We are at 4000 feet elevation and there are some good hills in the walk.  My pace for each mile is just under fifteen minutes.  Today it was 90 degrees, so I burned a few calories.  My Map My Walk exercise app says I burn about 150 calories per mile and about 1800 steps.  The path of my walk takes me past gorgeous red rock formations.  A mile away is famous Bell Rock, standing tall.  I never listen to music while walking.  I don’t want to be distracted from being in the moment of all this beauty.  I also enjoy my body making the effort.  I am aware of my breathing and my sweating.  I am also conscious of my leg muscles and my feet and ankles.  I don’t want anything to interfere with this awesome feeling about being in this body.

I am so aware of how blessed I am.  To be living in a place of such incredible beauty and majesty. And I am healthy enough to do all this exercise at my tender age!  There are so many other things in my life that are so magnificent as well.  All of the members of my family.  The friends we have made throughout the years in different parts of the country.  Being married to my best friend and life partner. To have the time to get to do all the exciting things I do.  Wow, I am so blessed.

Right now the planet is a challenging place to be for so many people.  Most of us have been fortunate enough to live lives of relative comfort and prosperity.  What are your blessings?  Take some time each day to tune into what you have created and how blessed you are.  I believe it creates more.  What you focus on expands! May all the days of your life be filled with all your heart desires and more!  From my totally grateful heart to yours, Thomas