Grateful to Be Alive

“May you live in interesting times.” ~ Chinese Curse

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

I take exception to the Chinese curse above. I don’t think humans are meant to live in calm waters all their lives. At least one of Jane Austen’s characters, Mrs. Croft, an Admiral’s wife in Persuasion, thought so. She said, “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” I feel vindicated! 

I admit since the end of 2016 when it seemed that the world took a steep nosedive, and then it really did in March of 2020, I struggled to find joy in everyday living. But I kept turning away from despair and looking for little things to be grateful for. Being ordered to stay home was one of them. My husband and I were able to spend lots of time together. He was able to help me with my Story-Power artwork, and other things I needed help with to launch my podcast. And it’s always wonderful to enjoy the wildlife wandering through our yard. I also had lots of time to reflect and work on healing old wounds.

In the spring of this year, I joined Mindvalley to take some “quests” to help me continue to clear out old ways of thinking and feeling about my life and my place in the world. I just started my seventh quest, Unlimited Abundance, taught by Christie Marie Sheldon. I’ve been working on clearing lots of old beliefs and ideas that weren’t true about who I am and why I’m here. Most recently I’ve been working on clearing blocks to allowing abundance of all kinds to flow to me, but particularly money. 

After only a few sessions with Christie, I feel subtle shifts in the way I feel about my life and my financial future. It’s hard to describe but I’m different somehow and I like it. I feel more open and free to not only enjoy life, but to build the life I always dreamed of but never believed I could have.

Today, I’m grateful that my parents taught me to be open to change and to be a lifelong learner. If not for their encouragement, I might be miserable right now believing nothing in my life can get better.

Another thing I’m grateful for is the fact that in most cases change happens gradually. There are times like now with lots of upheaval and it seems like the changes are occurring all of a sudden, but that’s not true. The groundwork was being laid subtly and quietly for many years. It’s just now time to heal the deep-seated wounds that we were trying to cover up.

I guess my efforts to clear out my gunk, and the efforts of others like me, are having an affect on the wider world. I believe we often think that we’re alone in what we experience. But that’s not true. I can’t remember where I first heard this but it’s true, “Emotions are energy in motion.” The energy of our emotions both good and bad, travel out from us to those around us and beyond. Which means, I’m going to continue to try to send out clear love energy and that means continuing to work on myself. 

Have a lovely weekend. I hope you find something to be grateful for today.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.

PodMatch

If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.

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Stay True to Yourself

We’re all looking for more – more connections, more love, more understanding. And to laugh along the way. 

I’m the author of several book including Narican: The Cloaked Deception, a science fiction piece about the evolution of souls, and my most recent, Love in a Dying Town is a story about a single father raising his daughter in a dying factory town, showing her right from wrong, even as the world crumbles around them, even as parts of him do as well.

As a writer and as an individual I seek deeper truths that are often hidden in plain sight, or swept under society’s dirty rug.

I am also the host of the podcast – Den of Discussion

Douglas’ Social Media: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Podcast: Den of Discussion 

Notes to Myself, Hugh Prather

C.S. Forester, or John Forester

Podcast Nature Narratives, Jonathan Bryam

Books by Herman Hesse

  Siddhartha: A Novel

  Demian: The Story of a Youth

  Steppenwolf: A Novel

  The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel

Douglas’ novels: Love in a Dying Town, Narican: The Cloaked Deception, coming soon: A Pebble in My Shoe 

On The Road, Jack Kerouac

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller

Books by Richard Bach

  Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  One

  The Bridge Across Forever

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.

Aging Gratefully

I have to say that over the last few years, I have been more and more grateful to be growing older.

In the U.S., and maybe other places as well, growing older is seen as a curse. Maybe that’s starting to change now, but still advertisers would have us believe that looking and feeling younger is the ultimate win. I admit, it would be nice not to have aches and pains, but young people have health issues too. We all have something we have to deal with.

I’m definitely grateful that I’m better able to manage my emotions than I did when I was younger. It’s nice to be able to see what’s happening in the world and know that change is on the way. Nothing stays the same forever, so I sit back and watch the parade go by. I engage when I feel it’s necessary, but I remember what Neale Donald Walsch said to me before he wrote it in his first Conversations with God book, “Nothing matters and you think it does.”

In a way that’s true. Since we are all actors on this Earth plane, the only thing that matters is that we play our roles and keep moving forward.

I’m grateful to be more patient, empathetic, and loving. This alone is worth all the trials and tribulations I went through before. And I’m grateful that I don’t really care what other people think about me. It’s nice to feel confident in my decisions, and looks for that matter.

The last thing I’m grateful for is time. Now that I’m retired, I have time to work on some fun projects that I’ve wanted to do for awhile. I also have time to stop and enjoy the wildlife outside, the book I’m reading, or the puzzle we keep going on the end of the dining room table. I also have time to take some fun online courses. One was about how to create online courses. I decided to do that and though it’s lots of work, it’s fun work, as we used to say in the theatre. I’m nearly finished gathering all the components. It will be ready to upload in a week or two.

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday in the U.S. We usually set aside November as the month of gratitude, but I think it would be nice if we were grateful everyday instead. I’m going to continue to practice gratitude and see what doors open up for me.

Have a lovely week ahead. Thanks to my new followers and for the likes, shares, and comments. I’m grateful for them.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either SageWoman.life, or patreon.com/StoryPower.

PodMatch

If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.

Grateful for Adversity

Thunderstorm over Corfu

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” ~ Michelle Obama

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me … You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~ Walt Disney

I know. How can I say I’m grateful for adversity. Well there are at least two reasons. One, we get stronger when we challenge ourselves. That goes for our physical bodies and for our emotional, mental and spiritual bodies too. And two, adversity gives me an opportunity to think outside the box and look for solutions to my current difficulties. And maybe a third reason I embrace adversity is, the more I lean into hope, the better I feel.

You may be like me, there are times when I just want the world to slow down. I want peace, quiet, happiness, and prosperity. The thing is, if I had those things all the time, without continuing to grow and be creative, I’d get bored.

There is a really great episode of the Original Star Trek where the crew of the Enterprise encounters a group of immortals who lived in Ancient Greece during its Golden Age. The episode is titled, “Plato’s Stepchildren” from season 3. After leaving Earth and settling on their current planet, most of the members of the group developed psychokinetic powers. Gradually they became lazy and cruel. For some reason, they have given up being creative or curious and so their society is stagnant. The problem for them, though, is that they have lost the ability to heal. And so when their leader is about to die from an infected minor cut, they send out a distress signal which the Enterprise responds to. Instead of being grateful for Dr. McCoy’s help, they try to coerce him and the Enterprise into staying. Fortunately for the Enterprise crew, they are able to develop the same psychokinetic powers as the inhabitants. It’s only when Kirk overpowers them that they wake up to what they have become. I don’t want to become like Plato’s Stepchildren. And so, usually after the hard times have passed and I’ve survived, I’m immensely grateful for what I’ve learned.

One thing I can say about adversity, it certainly makes me think of ways to navigate the difficulties. Oh, sure, there are times when I wallow in suffering. But I’ve learned that gratitude is a much better way to approach the downturns in my life. If I look for the good things while I’m going through the hard times and say to myself, “In this moment, I have everything I need,” somehow I make it through to the other side.

Another thing I do is remember that The Universe, or God if you prefer, has my back. I have always been taken care of even during the most dire of circumstances. There is no reason for me to think that will change.

My father used to say, “Will this situation matter in a hundred years?” To which the answer is usually, “No. It won’t even matter in a year, a month, or even a week.”

So, even though we’re going through some hard times in the world right now, I say, “Thanks for this opportunity to grow.” In a hundred years people will look back and be able to identify how seeming miracles happened and we were able to find solutions that no one had ever thought of previous to this time. 

I definitely want to keep growing and being creative. Otherwise, what’s the use of living?

Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting. I appreciate it and hope that things are going well for you, even if times are a bit hard. Remember, that nothing ever stays the same. 

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either SageWoman.life, or patreon.com/StoryPower.

PodMatch

If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.

Creativity Above All Else

British comedian, improviser, storyteller, actor, writer, musician as featured on Australia’s ABC and the UK’s BBC. Living in Nijmegen, NL, where he moved from Brisbane, AU, Steven has toured and performed in famous comedy clubs and festivals around the world alongside acts such as Stephen Carlin, Damien Power and Greg Shapiro. Since moving to The Netherlands, he has become a cast member, performer and teacher with Amsterdam’s easylaughs, is a regular on the English-language scene around mainland Europe and hosts the popular comedy night LYFAO in Nijmegen. He is one half of Tru2U, was a former performer and teacher with Eindhoven’s Chili Con Comedy and is the host of Real Power Talk, a comedy interview series launched in conjunction with the media company All Things Loud. 

Steven Morgan’s Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, TikTok

Story-Power episode 24, “Every Life is a Library”

David Sedaris, writer, actor

The Mezrab storytelling school in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Rob Reiner, Director, Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carrol, Stars

Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

PodMatch

This episode is brought to you by PodMatch, the dating service for podcasters. They introduced me to Steven Morgan, and I’m so glad they did. I hope you’ve enjoyed our conversation and remember that if you have a podcast or something to share with the world, check out PodMatch and tell them Lucinda sent you.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either SageWoman.life, or patreon.com/StoryPower