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· Little One... End of Journey Alone


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· Little One's First Christmas

· Little One Learns about Thanksgiving and Christmas

· The Visitors


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· The Ultimate Art

· Gift of Tears

· My Breakthrough

· Letting Go

· I believe, I believe, I believe

· Being Brave, having Courage, and being Peaceful…

· Being Connected...

· Christmas is to me...

· Marquette Newsletter - Summer Issue 2006

· Fire In My Soul


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· An Imaginary Friend

· I Wish for YOU

· Just Lovely

· Where Is It

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· Ah November...my special month

· I Have a Dream

· You Are Home

· A Blank Slate

· Happy Birthday Jesus 2008

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· 2012 Goals to a New and Better Year

· Books for Soldiers

· Little One~A New Beginning

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Life IS Good
4/17/2007 4:11:15 PM
This should have been posted on Sunday.
For two days, Thursday and Friday I spent on a self imposed Retreat, within my own house. No TV or computer or communication with others, except when walking my dog and seeing other people out who started up a conversation. The time was spent in prayer, reflection, reading, quiet time, journaling. It was great, I felt so peaceful and refreshed. I had some great insights and knew I needed to be able to carry them forward into my daily life.

Then Saturday happened. My oh my! Woke at 6am to neighbors a few doors away who are renting (5 adults and 2 pit bull dogs in a small townhouse), the boyfriend who is living there also has an old pickup truck which is very loud, and every morning at this time he gets in his truck, revs it for about 5 minutes before he leaves. On the weekends they allow 3 or more other teenagers to stay overnight. One of those also has a very loud car and at 7am he came out and revved his car for about 5 minutes before leaving.

Later, I left for the grocery store. In the parking lot, just as I am in front of, about to pass one aisle on the left, a guy in a SUV just pulls out of that aisle almost ramming ME (the driver’s side) pulls alongside and immediately turns left into the next aisle! I want so much to say something to this guy, but can’t bring myself to go up to his car and say (in a nice way of course!) “Pardon me, but you almost rammed me.” I sometimes think I need to get like those little old ladies who carry an umbrella around and smack those people who push in front of them. (smile)

Walking into the store is a BIG sign saying “pardon the dust and we are remodeling!” Pardon the dust? What about the fact that everything is so completely rearranged, that you can’t find a thing? Of course prices going up and so now we are also paying them to “remodel” their displays and the entire store so that it will take several trips to the store and much longer while there in order to get familiar with where everything is located.

On the way home I stopped at Quick Trip which has just raised the price of gas another 10 cents overnight (40 cents more than 4 weeks ago). I have to go into the store section where they are also using our dollars to REMODEL the inside of their store…putting a new counter, basically the same thing on the other side of the store then going to rip out the old one to put the food and other products where the old one was. None of this is really necessary…but gosh they are making so much money off of us that I guess they need to spend it somewhere!

On the way out, as I start to back out of my space, after looking to see if the way is clear, another vehicle comes out of nowhere and almost hits me.

My insides are in turmoil and I have to find some peace before I take Bear for a walk, and before I go take care of six children tonight for five hours. Actually walking Bear and taking care of my friends children is always joyful.

Hmmmm! I wonder if the message here is that I need to become a hermit! Maybe I need a longer retreat time.


One day later…thinking about the six situations which made me feel agitated, gave pause to think.

Although it was people who presented the situations which caused me to be frustrated and the combinations filled my gut with various feelings of anger, agitation, and frustration as the biggies. I think now that it is not the individual people, but the situations that troubled me. Yet, I do feel that a great many people in this country have become so self-absorbed and forgot how to be courteous. I have to remember, that although I always try to be very courteous, I am sure there have been times when I wasn’t.

What troubled me most yesterday was that I had just come off this wonderful two day time of retreat from the world. It was an awesome time which brought me insight and peace. The biggest insight was a message I’ve heard and read many times in my life, that we are ONE body in Christ…God is IN all of us. The message was brought more fully into my soul, my Being through the reading of and reflection on the book “What God Wants” by Neale Donald Walsch. I remember and say “I am that person” when anyone annoys or upsets me. How many times in the past I have found myself doing or acting just like a person who’s actions or attitudes upset me.

And now thinking about this TRUTH, there is a positive side. If we do more of this…think we are that person, put ourselves in their shoes…we will change for the better and alter the world to a more peaceful and joyful place. People I respect such as my Brother, Maya Angelou, Oprah, Larry Thompson, Audrey Hepburn, and more…when I think about any of them I can say “I am (person’s name).” We ARE ALL ONE. I think about the good these people have done, or are doing. I am encouraged to do things which I admire in others, things which tug at my heart and/or am passionate about.

I am working on the “small stuff” my pet peeves which push my stress buttons. I have improved and find that those moments of stress or frustration pass much quicker.

Life is good.



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More Blogs by Ann Marquette
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• Recent Writers' Retreat - Thursday, June 14, 2012
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• A New Year...AND New Decade - Friday, December 31, 2010
• Happy Thanksgiving to All - Wednesday, November 24, 2010
• Gratitude and Nourishment - Wednesday, November 03, 2010
• Halloween Story Time Again - Friday, October 29, 2010
• My Own Blog Site - Sunday, October 10, 2010
• Time to write again - Monday, June 28, 2010
• Have a fabulous Happy Father's Day - Friday, June 18, 2010
• Time for Passing - Friday, April 16, 2010
• Wishing You... - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Ah! A New Year...New Sheet To Write On - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
• New Year, New Page to Write On - Sunday, January 03, 2010
• Happy Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 26, 2009
• Gratitude - Sunday, November 22, 2009
• Annual Halloween Story - Friday, October 30, 2009
• God's gifts - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Little One~End of Journey Alone - Sunday, July 19, 2009
• To All You Dads - Saturday, June 20, 2009
• Springing Forward - Sunday, March 08, 2009
• Pruning of Self - Thursday, March 05, 2009
• Holidays, Love and Blessings - Saturday, December 13, 2008
• The Visitors - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Message from Little One - Sunday, July 20, 2008
• Happy and Blessed Father's Day - Sunday, June 15, 2008
• Lessons Learned Even in Death…Thank you Tim Russert - Saturday, June 14, 2008
• Today's Gratitude - Friday, June 06, 2008
• My heart is heavy this Memorial Day - Sunday, May 25, 2008
• Sadness of memories lost - Monday, May 05, 2008
• Joyful, Joyful... - Friday, September 21, 2007
• Another Amazing Gift - Thursday, September 13, 2007
• Amazing Magical Gift - Saturday, September 08, 2007
• The Outdoor Oven - Wednesday, August 15, 2007
• Nighttime Symphony? - Monday, July 16, 2007
• Walking The Path - Sunday, July 15, 2007
• New Blessings, New Journey - Sunday, July 08, 2007
• Inspiration and Helping Others - Wednesday, July 04, 2007
• Where Inspiration Comes From - Saturday, June 23, 2007
• Creative Limbo - Friday, June 22, 2007
• Another Blessing and Answered Prayer - Thursday, May 24, 2007
• Latest Blessings - Thursday, May 03, 2007
• Focus Now...Dreams Later - Monday, April 30, 2007
•  Life IS Good - Tuesday, April 17, 2007  
• Oh Sweet Space... - Wednesday, April 04, 2007
• Ah Ha Moment - Tuesday, March 27, 2007
• Just My Thoughts today...March 18, 2007 - Sunday, March 18, 2007
• Just my thoughts...this day March 17, 2007 - Saturday, March 17, 2007
• Joy of Inspiration...of KNOWING Life's Purpose - Sunday, March 04, 2007
• My Gratitude - Sunday, February 25, 2007
• My Tiffany's Anniversary - Monday, February 12, 2007
• New Year 2007 and Winter... - Sunday, December 31, 2006
• Sadness of Death - Wednesday, July 05, 2006
• Thoughts on Life 1 - Sunday, June 11, 2006
• Accepting God's Plan - Saturday, June 10, 2006
• What's Next? - Friday, June 09, 2006
• Little Changes - Thursday, June 08, 2006
• Why's and What If's - Saturday, June 03, 2006
• Starting Over Again...Walking a New Path - Friday, June 02, 2006
• NOW TO NEW BEGINNINGS… - Saturday, May 27, 2006
• Death and New Life - Friday, April 14, 2006
• September 27, 2005 – Napa News - Tuesday, September 27, 2005
• Unworthy and Katrina - Monday, September 12, 2005
• The Journey and a New Beginning - Wednesday, August 10, 2005
• Believe - Sunday, July 24, 2005
• My Prayer - Saturday, May 28, 2005
• Reach for the Stars - Friday, April 01, 2005
• Fire in My Soul - Sunday, February 27, 2005
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