faithful forty: day 12

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay 

The kindness of humanity never ceases to amaze me. And today Sunday, the last day of February, 2021, we head into another month. I’m reminded by the generosity of people in the unlikeliest of places. About a month ago, I found myself in a store in northern New Mexico called Bode’s. Bode’s is located just across the street, next to the heart of Abiquiu. Some folks call Abiquiu, Georgia O’Keeffe country. Namely, because the renowned artist is an icon around these parts. Abiquiu Inn just city blocks away, (country style) has a nice restaurant, and gift shop and next to that, is the Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center.

Bode’s is located approximately, one hour, or 53 miles north of Santa Fe. It’s a mere ten miles from where I live. Picture this: you forget that your bank is mailing you a new debit card, because yours has been compromised by thieves. So, you walk into the store, and when you go to pay, your card is declined. The nearest town is about 35 minutes away. You remember that your new card is on the way.

That’s when the cashier understood my plight; my new card was on the way, but I forgot, and their ATM is not in working order. She kindly put in the few dollars I needed to complete my order. Her kindness reminds me of how I offered a little extra help when someone in front of me at a store was missing a few coins or dollars they are shy of. Some people accept this kindness, but others, fish for the remaining coins in their pockets, purses, or run back to their cars for the change (which I’ve done on a few occasions).

I love living in the country. I am a native New Mexican, and though I have lived in different cities, in other states, I always come back home. This is why: the sand of New Mexico runs through my veins – small towns, huge hearts. But more importantly, the kindness we show each other regardless of where we live is a great way to pay it forward 100 times over.

Happy Sunday, many blessings, and BTW, I’ve included links to Bode’s, Santa Fe, Georgia O’Keeffe Center, (currently closed to the public) and Abiquiu Inn. Enjoy! -Sandi

Faithful forty: day 11

Brain overload

Ok. Okay… I’m done trying to figure out the crazy sh##, we’re all watching, listening to, and shielding our eyes from. Okay, me. My eyes, my ears; words – media and otherwise. I like watching YouTube. I enjoy so many of the cool videos out there. And I catch myself watching news clips. CNN, CNBC, NBC, PBS, WP, and the list goes on.

On top of all that, my brain grapples with multi-dimensional theories and experiences. Like, what if God is us, and we are God, and we are so miniscule in God’s form, which is formless, that we can’t even be detected in a microscope? That we are God’s cells. That we are the space in the dark energy in the universe/multiverse…

No. I’m not trying to start a religious war of any kind. I just simply look at the miracles around me. How every morning I wake up, I’ve already had a glimpse of my future. My past, long gone. How my fur-kids lavish me with love I sometimes don’t deserve. How my brain can be on a negative track, and then just like that… I’m smiling again. I have hope. Faith, that in the midst of all of our global crisis’ we will survive, but not just survive, THRIVE. Yes, my brain hurts. But I can’t imagine what would happen if I didn’t have one. I guess I wouldn’t have a blog, and you wouldn’t know I exist. So much for existentialism. Especially, when you live it every day.

So, here’s to nothingness, and everythingness… Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day Ten

Nia and Coda

Need I say more? 🤗

Apparently my fur-nieces do…

Nia: ‘Im the one to the left, my sis, Coda is my chin rest. She’s my playmate, and confidant, (is that a real word) and I just want to say, love those around you. Support and be there for them. Life is too short. (Cliche’s are fine for now.) 💕

Coda: I’m older now. Have more experience than my little sis. I don’t need cliche’s, but I will say this, ‘lean on me…’ which I believe is a song. Need I say more? 🤲🏼

I love these girls, they’re so wise! Many blessings, Sandi, Nia, and Coda.

faithful forty: Day nine

Building bridges:

I’m not an engineer of any kind, but I try to engineer my life as best as possible. Bridges allow us to get from one point to another, because there’s too wide a gap to get to the ohter side otherwise.

As I continue to observe lent 2021 in my own way, I realize more than ever, and most especially with COVID-19 being a constant threat, how important it is to be the bridge for others. It amazes me how often I will run into a situation involving family, friends, even strangers, that I allow myself to be the one to connect whatever needs connecting, to get things done.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

If you can, will you be the bridge for another person(s), because you know it will make a big difference, for something seemingly inconsequential, then will you?

Today, will you ask another if you can help in any way? Will you smile with your eyes because you’re wearing your mask, but you want that person to know, there are good people out there?

Today, I challenge you: will you be someone else’s bridge?

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -Mother Teresa

Many blessings, Sandi

faithful forty: day six

Daily Sacrifices

“Putting up with any sacrifices that are asked of us in our day-to-day lives becomes a slow martyrdom which purifies us and raises us up to the level of the supernatural, through the encounter of our soul with God, in the atmosphere of the presence of the Most Holy Trinity within us. We have here an incomparable spiritual richness!” – Fatima Visionary Sister Lucia

Faithful forty – Day one

Today, as I tried to wake up to a new day, I had to try extra hard to reel my negative thoughts back. For some reason, they showed up like an invited guest – the problem is, I didn’t invite them. As I dragged them back, I realized that it didn’t need to be that hard. Or was it?

Thoughts are like dark matter. I know they exists because they swirl around in my head. The light is what shows that black is there. The power of thought is very tricky. Mine wreaked havoc for a bit, and then they went somewhere else. The truth is, or so I tell myself, if stars shine bright in the universe, then they are like positive thoughts. The ones that drive me to see the brighter side. The ones that remind me it’s difficult to be human, but it’s not all that I am; human.

There’s this whole universe of beauty, miracles, and immense divine everything that permeates our reality. Today, I thank God for one more day of breathing, thinking, and being. Being in every moment as each negative thought explodes into the dark recesses of my being, only to be lit up again by my many stars.

Thanks for visiting folks. I look forward to my next 39 days of faithful observance during lent, 2021.

Many blessings,

Sandi

Mist

Medanales, NM

The veil of illusion

Swirls around me

The ground solid,

The air thick with

Mystery

My mind reaches out

My body gives out

I swirl with the mist

And find myself amiss

Who am I?

©Sandi Martinez

Yes, you can

One time, a few years back, I tried to cut a chain that was locked on my parent’s gate. The key to the lock couldn’t be found. The links were thick, and the chain cutter I tried to use, was difficult and awkward to maneuver. I thought maybe I wasn’t putting my back into it enough.

So, was it the human element in breaking the chain gone amiss, or was it the wrong tool? Maybe I should’ve tried helping my parent’s find the key with more effort, or maybe the gates shouldn’t have been locked that day?

Chains for me have always felt like an element of entrapment. I wanted to remind myself, and hopefully you, as the reader, that chains come in many different forms: Fear, scarcity, disillusioned obligations, lies, manipulation, and – fill in the blanks.

As the year 2020 wraps up, I see now how I have inadvertently broken many chains. I call this blessings in disguise. I plan to use these opportunities for growth, personal evolution, personal revolution, and creative new beginnings. What about you?

Many blessings,

Sandi