“Faith or Fear”

      (A Short Story)

         Recently on a family vacation, I noticed the peaceful, relaxing

Polynesian style wallpaper in our hotel bathroom.  It looked like turtles

which always remind me that it’s safe to be myself, relax and take things

slow, knowing my true Home is with me wherever I go.

         It turns out, my young son didn’t have quite the same reaction.  

He jumped and yelled saying, “Mommy, that wallpaper is scary!”  

For my life I couldn’t understand why?  I asked, “Son, are you afraid of turtles?”

        He said, “No, it’s a Tiki man!”  When he pointed out the scary faces he saw to

me, I finally noticed them on the backs of the turtle’s shells.  

      “Oh, now I see it!”  I said in surprise and amazement.

Right away I got the impromptu lesson…Whether choosing to live in faith or

fear…life is really how we look at it.

 

-Gilda Patricia

Be Yourself

Geared up for achievement,

Accomplishment… “At all costs.”

Selling souls for the “Almighty Dollar.”

Forgetting soul’s worth.

In our fast-moving, yet non-enduring habitat,

A snail or turtle’s tempo is misaligned,

And undervalued.

The lightning paced, quick-witted fox,

Clever monkey, lion or tiger, so strong and swift,

The handsome and graceful gazelle…

All fare better,

In this breakneck space,

At securing worldly gain, like ego strokes,

Or glittery trinkets and such,

To grace their mantlepieces.

But the snail and turtle already have,

What they need,

Carrying their homes on their backs,

They travel with peace and ease…

As we too must remember to relax,

With only ourselves to be.

We carry our true home within us,

For Eternity, unseen by transitory human eyes,

Lives on inside our souls.

-Gilda Patricia

Island Soul

Swept away in a sea of people,

“Island unto myself” deserted, 

Neglected, abandoned…

Forgotten land of lost,

And buried treasures.

 

Sailing off instead with the big ships,

In the high seas…

Terrified of missing the Fantasy Liner of other’s,

Dreams and desires.

Scared of being left behind,

In the dismal cold.

Tossed about in a sea of insecurity,

Waters threatening to overtake,

The hollow shell of me.

 

Exhausted, beaten up, tired of the fight,

Finally surrendered

To God’s higher will…

Washed up on the shore of my

True Island Soul,

There in the warm sunlight of grace, 

Where inner peace reigns,

And hope’s eternal springs flow,

Reuniting with God’s love is

 

Coming home to my

Beautiful Island Soul.

Not a place, just Inner Space

Of my own…to stretch out and breath,

At One, never lost, whether come or go.

 

-Gilda Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Angel

Dear Inner Child,

         Hi honey!  Do you have any clue how special you are?  No, of course you don’t.  Your “lovability” quotient, your worth, has nothing, zero, zilch to do with the people around you. The Universe adores you, precious angel, and is gifting you this very instant with even just your breath.  

         Angels are breathing air into your nostrils to fill your lungs.  And they are hovering around you like “helicopter angels,” making sure everything is functioning properly for you to survive.  Little Aunties and Grandma and Poppy angels too.  You mean the world to them!  Why?  Well because only you are you.  There’s never been and never will be another.  You are something utterly new, fascinating even. Their gaze fixed lovingly upon you, they are smiling and just so happy you got up today!  They gave you a gentle nudge, you just didn’t feel it, but it got you going.  

          They need you to do what you will, this day.  Your guardian angels think so highly of you! They have no human eyes, ears, arms, legs or bodies.  The world is a place they will never inhabit.  They need you to live, and pray you will live well and long.  So be an angel on earth for them!  They find you heavenly and love you truly.

                                                                   Love from, Future You.

God’s Property

Too complex (complicated)

To be fully known, understood.

Too fragile to be

Used and abused,

Had and discarded,

Controlled and pinned down.

Too sensitive to accept or live

Inauthentic lives.

Too protected

To claim “victimhood,”

Defeat or despair.

Too loved to

Hide away, lie in fear,

Or shrivel up and die…

God’s Property

Through and through…

100% Eternal life,

Freedom, peace, joy, love,understanding,

Eternal bliss…

My birthright.

 

-Gilda Patricia

 

An Olive Branch Nest

Two opposite camps,

Separate views,

Clear line, creating

Clean break, right down the middle…

The warmth seeping out.

How do we bridge the gap?

With an olive branch,

One at a time, placed gingerly

Over the deepest wound first,

Then all around…

 

A nest formed in time,

Safe space for frozen emotions,

To finally thaw.

Where birds of many different feathers,

“Flock together.”

Sharing one planet earth nest, warmed by 

The same human life-blood,

Formed by the same Loving Source.

Be the first to offer an olive branch…

Build Love’s peaceful resting place.

 

-Gilda Patricia

 

 

 

A Love Letter

Dear God,

You show me things I’ve never seen, touching my heart in ways it’s never been touched, with pure acceptance and forgiveness.  You answer my deepest, most secret heart desires.  Most people walking this earth have yet to experience this kind of love.  Only your love is fully unconditional and eternal.  

Desperately depending on another for love is random and risky.  More than risky, it’s fool-hearty!  Humans are human with animal natures, weaknesses and personal agendas.  It’s very hard to rise above our wants, our desire to feel good.  Only God is God, so only God can save us, and on God alone we must depend!  We desire a perfect kind of love, soul mate, twin flame.  But two human beings are just that, two complex, individual, intricate humans, “with flaws.”  How can two people be forever lovers, with forever hot flaming hearts?  This type of passion is temporary at best.  Even Titanic’s Rose and Jack would grow bored and weary with everyday living!

But God’s love lives on and on forever, never waning.  Gifting me, and showering me with endless love.  God lights my soul’s flame with joy, awe, miracles and wonder.  From the depths of His eternal love and wisdom, an overflow of insights and riches to discover…an unending mystery unraveling.  OK, God You win!  There’s no love like Your love.  This young soul world is sadly mistaken, having been misdirected to a life of dissatisfaction…seeking unconditional and eternal adoration from a perfect mate and lover.  

And yet, this desire is normal and not wrong!  It’s our earthly destiny.  Forgiveness the only key.

Love me.