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Summertime

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Let It Be...Find the Time

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Let It Be ... Find the Time

May 31, 2016

The delightful, wisdom-filled ballad, Let It Be by the Beatles and sung so melodically by my favorite Beatle, Paul, has always been a favorite of mine. When the song first came out in March of 1970 I had no idea of the depth nor the meaning behind the "words of wisdom" that it would deliver for me much farther down the long and winding road of life. I was a senior in high school in 1970 and an avid Beatles fan from the very beginning of their career. In fact I was truly fortunate to have attended two of their live concerts. One in 1965 at the Balboa Stadium in San Diego, CA and the other in 1966 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. For a young girl it was the thrill of a lifetime, a very memorable and priceless occasion each time. I recall volunteering to do extra chores and way more babysitting than I would have said "yes" to during the summer days before each concert so that I could save up enough money to purchase those two "golden" tickets.




I was actually more than just an enthusiastic fan. I was pretty much obsessed with all things Beatles related back then, but with a very unpretentious and steadfast affection for Paul. I had a life size poster of him hanging on my bedroom wall and in my imagination, Paul was going to happily wait for me because he was 10 years older and I was still in junior high when this ardent devotion first blossomed. We would be together as soon as I was of age to leave home and most certainly married. We'd make beautiful music together, produce lots of beautiful babies, living happily ever after - forever. I'll bet I was not the only one with such fanciful and far-fetched imaginings and dreams of Paul or any of the other Beatles for that matter.

One of my fondest memories during those "wonder years" of life was when I would lip-sync to all their records along with my good friend Debbie, who lived next door. Thank goodness, she had a crush on John so we did not have to quarrel over who got to "sing" which songs or whose turn it was to join in for the harmony. We were well rehearsed and knew every word to every tune and who sang each song. And it was Debbie, of course, who went with me to the two concerts. This was back in the days of innocence when our parents felt comfortable dropping off their daughter and her friend (who were only 13 years old in 1965) at a corner near the stadium, to go off on their own to attend the performance. And of course, there were no cell phones so they had to instruct us where and when to meet them when the concert was over. All we had to rely on were our watches and our parent's instructions. And our parents relied on their trust in us and the world at large, I think, that everything would be fine and we would show up where and when we were told to do so. And we did. It all came off without a hitch for both shows.

In the many years since whenever I hear a Beatles song, it takes me back to cherished memories that warm my heart. As mentioned above, I learned all the words to all the songs when I was much younger - but, I don't think I ever sat around with Debbie to ponder or analyze the deeper implication within the lyrics. Not long ago during my daily routine of meditation and prayer, I sent up a special request, actually an S.O.S. of sorts, for guidance in keeping me centered and focused so that I could attend to any task at hand, doing my best with what needed to be accomplished. I'd been finding myself wandering off track quite often, wondering and questioning how I was going to get everything done now that I'd taken on so many more responsibilities for my aging parents. This often left me feeling pretty scattered and stressed out as I had tried out different strategies and agendas to manage it all. I've always been a pretty efficient and well organized person, so this was a particularly challenging experience for me.




Back to my heartfelt plea for assistance to the universe for help ... whenever I offer up a question to the divine, I make sure to spend quiet time waiting for a response to come through. It most often comes in right away and on the occasions it doesn't, it always shows up at some point, whether hours or even days later - and often in surprising and humorous ways. I think the universe knows how much I appreciate comic relief!

So this specific request did provide me with some guidance in the form of a vision that came in at the end of my meditation time. Mother Mary appeared and gently advised that I make it my intention to do what I could each day and to then "let it be". Just relax when it's time to stop for the day, knowing you did your best and you did it with loving attention to the best of your ability. The End. A wise but also simple reminder that it does not serve us to fret or sweat about what we cannot do and to also be satisfied, even grateful, for all that we are able to accomplish. And of course, I already knew that. But sometimes when we get so bogged down in the countless details of life, we forget those little morsels of wisdom that can help us step into the light as we get back on track yet again.

One more worthwhile assist I'd like to mention in regard to my appeal for support and direction came from an amazing friend of mine. After processing the recommendation from Mother Mary, I decided that it would also be a good idea to reach out to someone I know and trust who also does energy readings and JOY counseling similar to moi. I contacted her early that morning asking to do a session as soon as she was available. And as it happened, some time had opened up for her to speak with me later that same day ... thank you, universe!

She was able to offer me much support and guidance during our time, but there were a few things that really stood out as crucial for me to remember. First of all, she mentioned that many of us who do the "kind of work" that we both do often think that we should not or can't ask others for help when we find ourselves needing a bit of help, a little life management for whatever reason. I agreed. And I remarked that I really do believe that we are all in this together. We are here to help one another in whatever way we are called to do. It's a great way to get back into balance so that we are then able to effectively use the tools and techniques that we do know as we ease on down the road in a much better frame of mind.




The next reminder that came up was for me to set up better boundaries for myself as to what I am willing to do and that it's really okay not to do it all. We can choose which tasks to take on and which ones to delegate to other sources. There are many options and choices available when we trust the universe to bring them to our attention. I ended up "finding" a great solution for something I was not "seeing" as possible as soon as I let go and allowed the possibility to show up. It immediately made a big difference in lightening my load on many levels.

Whenever we try to take on what is beyond our capacity or ability, we can end up doing things from a space of anger and resentment, instead of coming from a place of love and support. It can feel like you are trapped with no other options or choices. That was what happened with me.

It's always helpful if we remember to pause and take a deep breath and a giant step back as we gather our thoughts about what is the next best step to take if we are feeling overwhelmed or on edge. If we acknowledge it's okay to say "no" and that we don't have to have all the answers for every situation, it allows us to understand that we always have the right and the power to say "no" or "I really don't have an answer for this one".

We really don't have to do it all alone. This creates a state of freedom within, which was what I most needed to remember in my particular situation. And from there I made the decision, an important commitment to "find the time" to do more things that made me feel lighter, brighter and more inspired. A practice of mine that I had let fall by the wayside in the midst of trying to get a handle on my situation by spending too much time in the trenches. Once again, the lesson of taking good care of me first was staring me in the face.

This renewed pledge of taking better care of myself first and foremost was just the lifeline I needed to get me back to the state of being who I really am, my authentic self. So my latest life adventure has provided me with a heartfelt intention to do what I am able to do and then "let it be" and to always "find the time" to connect to my JOY ... which is always the best possible place to live and be and do whatever is before me as I radiate my light and share my shine in every moment!







Let It Be ... Find the Time

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

5:30 PM (Pacific)
8:30 PM (Eastern)


FREE one hour teleseminar

Let's get together with an informal evening of a short guided meditation and then on to mini-readings for those who wish to explore what they most need to be aware of in regard to knowing when to let it be and finding the time for YOU!

You always have the option of stepping up and asking a question, sharing or just participating as an interested and supportive audience member. I hope you'll decide to join us on the call ... we always end up bringing in some wisdom for each of us and have a great time in the process!


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Quotes to Ponder


Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
~Victor Hugo

Treat yourself to the priceless gift of TIME.
~Sherri Bishop

Let there be more JOY and laughter in your living.
~Eileen Caddy

Create a life that feels good on the inside.
~unknown

I took some time out for life.
~James L. Brooks





So Remember...


... when we learn to trust and allow and let life be what it is, it will lead us to finding more time to take better care of ourselves and more ... whoopee!

Mark your calendar for my next teleseminar, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 5:30 PM (PST) and join me for a JOYful evening filled with inspiration, information and more ... yippee!



May each day bring you more JOY, unexpected and happy surprises and...
...the next step for Livin' in the FUN Zone!


In JOY,

Sherri