Leap Around the Blogosphere With Lisa

Today Jessica at Found the Marbles created a post to inspire all of us for leap year. My friend and fellow blogger Katja then followed suit. Here is her post, Leap With Me: Me in Ten Questions In their posts they share facts about themselves and encourage fellow bloggers to do the same.

So, leap in and join the fun. Here’s my post.

1. My Childhood Nickname was Motor Mouth. I believe this nickname came from my dad because I was talking all the time. I still love to talk, but now I love silence as well.

2. If you want to spoil me rotten take me on a day trip somewhere in Italy, Spain, Portugal or France and let me wander, eat amazing food, take endless photos and walk hand in hand with a man I love.

3. The television character I most identify with is Carrie from Sex and The City. I have always loved writing and I love her sense of fun. Then there’s  her obsession with shoes and her great friendships. I love my girl friends; most of all I love her choice of men, Mr. Big rocks.

4. If I had a whole day to go shopping and money to spend I’d start at KaDeWe in Berlin. KaDeWe is six amazing stories of luxury goods, gourmet food and shopping fun. A long lunch is a must at KaDeWe. The sixth floor is devoted to foods from around the world. You can enjoy a glass of Champagne at one of four Champagne Bars. Then sit down at one of the cafe style restaurants and enjoy a meal. There is also a section catering to imported products that you can purchase and take home. Best of all, after finding some uber trendy clothing, and enjoying lunch you can stop off and devour some of the world’s best chocolate sold at the most extensive chocolate counter I have ever seen. My personal favorite, Neuhaus Belgium chocolate.

KaDeWe food

KaDeWe Cafe Photo Jaycross Flickr

5. The most Wild, Crazy thing I’ve done, that I can admit to publicly…not much I have to say. It is impulsively purchasing a painting in a gallery on South Beach in Miami for a crazy amount of money. It was one of the best purchase I ever made and years later I still LOVE it.

6. The one thing on my bucket list that I am most excited to do, visit the temples and beaches of Thailand.

7. My family will always be in my heart, I lost my parents far too young.

8. If I could spend a day with a celebrity, I would choose Oprah. She is brilliant, funny and so caring, love you Oprah.

9. In my opinion, the best invention in the history of the world is the airplane. It allows us to go everywhere on the planet.

10. When life hands me lemons I make (buy) lemon gelato and read a good book.

Join the fun, and leap into action with your link here, at Found the Marbles.

Communion With God

Communion With God By: Neale Donald Walsch continues to touch me and inspire me. This is one of many books that Peter Walsch has written through spiritual guidance and I tonight when I opened the book randomly for insight I was touched by his quote from page 178.

Happiness is a decision, not an experience.
You can decide to be happy without what you thought you needed in order to be happy, and you will be.

The Loss of a Friend

This is a guest post written by Mystic Makeda

The comedian Bernie Mac died this week at the age of 50.
The comedian turn actor was considered one of the KKings of Comedy; besides stand-up, he had his own sitcom which crossed racial and social-economic lines. He appeared in many movies over the years. He and I are the same age.

When I realized we were born in the same year I began to wonder why was I spared when I had complications after my surgery last year? What or who decides who lives and who dies? I believe we all have exit points throughout our lives and at those points in our contracts, we can choose whether to continue on with this life or we can decide its time to go back. As I look back over my life I see there were several close calls.

Close Calls
The last one I had was very profound and I remember making the decision to continue living. I had been hemorrhaging all day and most of the night when at about 6:00 am the rehab hospital I was in decided to call 911 to get me to a hospital better equipped to help me. I needed transfusions of blood and fast. The blood poured out of my body as fast as it was put in. I was tired and sick and knew the exact moment when I decided that no matter how sick and tired I felt, there was too much left for me to do. I had a loving family with a grandson on the way, friends and I had more work to do. I believed my mission wasn’t over yet.

A year later I’m looking at my life and Bernie Mac’s life and I wonder, why was my life spared? He was famous, influential and rich. He had the means to touch people all over the world with laughter; his celebrity could open doors for him; his money could take care of his immediate and extended family; and he was able to do philanthropic work as well; and then there is ME.

I had to catch myself because I was falling rapidly into the he’s better than me mindset. His path was to do what he did and my path is to inspire people in my way. Although I get frustrated that my path isn’t as clear as I assume his was, I realized that is a part of the journey.

Learning Who We Are is the Point.
How do we learn what we are capable of if we are not put to the test? I may not ever be famous, globally influential and rich, and that is alright. We can’t grow if we are spending all of our time comparing what we have and who we are to others. I feel, like so many others in the country that Bernie Mac was taken way too soon, but that is his contract. The lesson for us is time is short and we don’t have the luxury of wasting any more time. Live each day as if it is your last and be comforted that when we do come to our last day, there are no regrets to life!