Feb 6, 2016

14 It is "Necessary to encounter defeats"

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” --Dr. Maya Angelou
Friday Peeks - Destressing by D.S.B.S.Rhapsody

Feb 5, 2016


Sometimes as human beings we become so focused on the material things, the supposedly perfect things that we lose sight of the beautiful things--the beauty and simplicity of the small things. 

Love - the expressing, living, validating, encouraging and enduring at times is not always easy as the rewards of loving unconditionally is almost always in the journey of endurance.

Heroes are in the most unlikely places - all around us in our everyday living of life. Try looking in the mirror, do you know the hero looking back at you? You should get acquainted.

Jan 31, 2016


The past two weeks I had a couple of encounters that left me shaking my head at people's dumb ass decision for which I am the unfortunate benefactor. 

The Phone:
I needed a new house phone. I did not want to pay $60+ so I elected to purchase a "cheap" phone, if one can call $20 + tax ($22.60) cheap. One evening after work I topped at
the the Giant Tiger store near me and pick up a phone. Out of the two selections I chose the white big number phone. It was a cold evening, the kind that encouraged no dilly dallying. I paid for my phone and went home. I unplugged the old phone ready to set up the new one and got the surprise of my life. There was no cord. Someone had stolen the phone cord that connects the receiver to the phone base. I double checked the box and sat back incredulously. "Are you kidding me!" I exclaimed. 

My daughter hearing my exclamation came running, "what" she asked. I told her. She said, "Oh, that's standard, people do that kind of stuff all the time." I looked at her. "I guess you have to go back to the store now and exchange it because if you wait until tomorrow they will not believe you." I looked at her cross eyed saying, "I am not going back out in the bloody cold. I will just call them, and let them know. They will remember me because i just left there 8 minutes ago." I called the store and explained the situation. The young woman announced to me, "we don't sell phones." I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. Then I asked, "is Jessica, the black woman still there?" "yes" she answered. "Can you put her on the phone please?" "Yeah, sure" 

"Giant Tiger, Jessica speaking." "Jessica, this is Rhapsody, I left your store a few minutes ago. I bought a phone and the receiver/base cord is missing." "Oh, hi Rhapsody, I remember you were just here, really? I am so sorry, hold on one moment I will check if there is another phone like the one you bought."  Jessica returned after a minute and said she had another with its cords if i could come by and pick it up. She apologized for the inconvenience. I thank Jessica, and asked if it would be ok to pick it up the next day." She agreed and put my name the new phone and left it at customer service for me. I got my phone, cord and all! 

The Library Book:
I am an avid reader. I read any where from 45 to 105 books a year, so I am always in the library. I had a few books on hold and got a pick up call. I utilize the branch nearest my work so its convenient to just drop in on my way home. I picked up 7 books:
  1. Spiritual nutrition
  2. The little book of energy, .
  3. The wishsong of Shannara , 
  4. Energy medicine for women 
  5. Me before you 
  6. The complete guide to crystal chakra healing 
  7. The annotated Sword of Shannara)
Yesterday I started, The complete guide to crystal chakra healing and made a horrifying discovery. There were pages cut out of the book! Cut out! Who does that? I mean for God sake, take a bloody picture, scan it or photocopy it. Why cut out the pages? What about the other person (i.e. ME) borrowing the book to read! Pages 21 to 26 (Wearing or carrying Crystals) was removed as well as pages 31 to 36 (Other benefits to crystals). Really! "Seriously, what kind of ghetto shit is that?" I was so pissed because i was just getting into the rhythm of reading the book. My daughter again heard me and asks whats the matter. I told her and she said, "Unfortunately mom, these things happen all the time, I had that all the way through school." I just hmmmmmp and sat quietly perturbed.

Why don't people understand that things just does not happen in a vacuum, there is a domino ripple affect. I realize some may not give a rats ass but damn, I hate being the unsuspecting recipient of others deliberate nasty deceitfulness. 

Jan 29, 2016


A woman approached me in the subway last week about my colouring. Her eyes were transfixed with interest as she watched me colouring. Joy radiated from her face. She looks behind her and then from side to side and whispers, "I colour in secret." I asked the obvious, "why?" She then softly shared her love of colouring and her reluctance to do it publicly because her "friends" and "loved ones" laugh and make fun of her.  This annoyed me. I said to her, "you have nothing to be ashamed of, It does not matter what others think........ 

I asked her, "does colouring bring you joy, give you a sense of peace? She answers, "oh yes, it relaxes me and makes me feel good." I stated, "if colouring brings you joy then colour to your hearts content and do not worry about what others have to say." 

I advised, "the next time you are colouring and someone makes fun of you, stop, look them directly in the eye and ask, 'what is the purpose and intent of you mocking and laughing at me? What is the goal and what is it you hope to gain? Do you wish me to feel ashamed and humiliated, so that you may feel powerful? 

She looked at me and said, "wow, that is a good, ought to shut them up." Just before I left to board my bus I said to her, "do what brings you peace and joy and stop worrying about what others think. Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one. What others think of you is none of your business, what you think of you is."

This me doing just that.....Colouring through the madness that can bleed through the everyday.

Sometimes it takes little effort to roll the stress of the day away and creatively maneuver, out maneuver and manage the tumultuous moments. A PEACE escape is sometimes necessary, a smooth mental interlude if you will. Below is my cost effective therapy....me colouring my way through the madness of the daily commute....

Lunch Break

Tranquil in Crazy Commute

Seeing Stars

Hearts in Circles

Eclectic Electric

Mindfulness Thought:
Before sharing your "opinion" think and ask yourself, 'what is my intent for conveying what I am about to say.' If you do not have an answer that is enlightening, uplifting and inspiring. Keep your opinions to yourself.

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Jan 16, 2016


Taking a step back today drawing on the energy of yesterday, enjoy.
A rough day
A busy, grueling fast past day
I breathe deep, hoping to exhale the trials away
Riding the weary tired on a sigh
I look up seeking solace.
I was transported by the vast orange hues,
Lit underneath by vibrant yellow rays
Intertwined and enveloped by the blues
A kaleidoscope sitting comfortably upon deep brown/black silhouette trees shouldering it all effortlessly
Effectively collapsing my decayed day away
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