Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Peace.

"We have to acknowledge sometimes that this moment is enough. This place is enough. I am enough." Sue Monk Kidd.

The best is being in a place of peace....inner peace...a deep feeling of contentment. It's what I hungered for most of my life....to be....to stop the yearning, the craving...the hunger rolling over in my heart. I finally got it....that place where I feel it's really all good. 

I battled hard and won the fight to stand in my own skin and like who I am. And it's because He loved me enough to stay and always have my back. 

Peace - inner peace....it's real and it's the best feeling ever. 
Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Kindness.

"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles." William Hazlitt. 

I know what Hazlitt said to be true. So today I choose to walk in kindness....paying forward all those who have been kind to me. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. Have an amazing day out there.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday. No Pressure.

“There’s a crack or cracks in everyone. That’s how the light of God gets in.” Elizabeth Gilbert.


I used to think I needed to be 'perfect,' in order to be loved, to be accepted, to belong. I drove myself crazy trying to fit in, trying to be what someone else needed, or wanted, or believed was acceptable. 

I know now there's not a person in the world who is perfect. We're all trying to live our best lives and sometimes fall way short of what we could be or want to be. That's okay, because I've discovered it's in my weakness, in my not being 'perfect' that He shines.  

I love what Gilbert says, "Embrace this glorious mess that you are. We are all just sloppy stupendous champions."

Now that takes the pressure off. Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Love


"The honorary duty of a human being is to love." Maya Angelou.

Loving someone isn’t always easy. Sometimes it's incredibly  hard...especially if that someone has hurt me or has done something that's left me scratching my head because of their hard stance. But I know I'm called to love my enemies, which, for me, can sometimes be like climbing mount Everest. 

Thoughts of revenge pepper my mind more than loving the person who hurt or betrayed me. 'I hope they get what they give out. I hope something bad happens to them….to teach them. That's it...to teach them a lesson.' No love in that. But it's where my mind goes. 

And then time happens and I start to think that I don't really wish them anything bad. Payback. It's not where I want my life to go. The thing is, Love changed me. Love made the difference. I want to live kind no matter what. I've learned that there's a process that needs to happen before I always end up in a softening place of choosing to forgive, choosing to love and choosing to be kind. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.
  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Think.



"Never be afraid to sit a while and think." Lorraine Hansberry. 

I'm a thinker. People have always told me that. I tend to reflect about stuff long and hard and usually pepper my thoughts with the whys, the whats, the hows. 

Sometimes I can overthink things too much but in the past I did the opposite - I'd impulsively jump into situations without giving much thought and it usually ended in disaster.

Taking time to think through a situation gives me insight into it. I start to see the whole picture, not just one side. And seeing the whole, helps me know what to do and how. 

The biggest thing though, when I take time to really reflect,  especially if it's something that worries or scares me, I eventually start to feel hope.....hope that everything will work out.....hope that He's got a plan.....a purpose in everything. I don't have to jump or react. He's got everything under control. 

Thinking through, piecing things together, hope eventually always falls into place. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Ordinary

"We meet no ordinary people in our lives."  C.S. Lewis.

Sometimes when I'm driving my daughter to school, we play a 'game.' I'll see a person walking, or sitting or running to catch the bus, or two or three people chatting, laughing, young, elderly or middle aged, and I ask my daughter, make up a story....tell me who they are, what they're doing, what they're thinking....and her and I are off running with one wild story after another about the ordinary people walking the streets. 

By the time I drop her off we're both laughing about how crazy or in depth our stories have spun. When I drive home, our 'game' always reminds me that there are no ordinary people. Everyone's life is woven in a living drama, peppered with good times and bad. 

It's easy to pass people on the street and not give them a second thought, but when I look at them, really look, I wonder what their life story is. 

When I run workshops, the participants are all very ordinary looking people, but when they begin to share their life journey, I am amazed at how far someone's come, the traumas they've overcome or striving to overcome, the losses that almost broke them, their incredible resilience and courage, and in spite of everything, their dreams and hopes and aspirations. 

Yep. It's true....we live on this planet with no ordinary people. 
Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thankful Thursday New Year

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. ” Melody Beattie.

I love the start of something new. New beginnings. New ventures.  Even changes from what was to something entirely different.  

Beginnings excite me. They give me hope and joy, because they're a clean slate. Untouched.  Anything can happen. Anything can be. 

I have dreams, ideas, goals, purposes. They live inside me, itchy to become, to take shape and with Him in my corner.....the sky's the limit. Everything and anything is a possiblity.

2016 - It's gonna be one fabulous year!!!

A very safe and Happy New Year, Guys....from my heart to yours!