Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday - A Smile

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Mother Teresa

It might seem like a small thing, but for me, a smile means hope. 

I remember the times I felt alone, lost, worthless and then someone on the bus caught my eye and smiled at me. Their smile, warm and genuine, was a gift. That simple gesture encouraged me to keep fighting, to have hope, and not give up.

I've never forgotten how a stranger's smile empowered me to stay  in the game and keep fighting. Grateful for.....

-got an email saying my book will be sent across Canada this Christmas. It's so cool knowing what I lived and overcame will give hope to others. 
-early mornings. Nothing beats getting up before anyone in the house is awake, sitting at the computer and writing from my heart. 
-My country. There was a shooting yesterday in our capital. Made me realize even more how grateful I am to live in Canada, rated one of the best countries in the world to live in. 
-Planning more workshops every week for the month of November. The thing about doing these, it's a reminder how far I've come, how much I've been given and that miracles really do happen. I want to give that hope. I want to show that giving up is never an option.
-And mostly that His peace cuts across anything and everything else. It quiets angst, silents fears, and makes me strong.    

Happy Thursday, Guys! Stay safe out there.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Dare and dare again and go on daring." Georges Danton

A friend I hadn't seen in a while popped over last week. First thing she asked, "Whatcha been up to these days?"
"Same old. Same old." I replied. "It's all good but I need a new adventure, something exciting, something that grips my heart and makes it soar."
"I'm in," she laughed. "Let's do it together."

She's coming over again today and I know we're going to laugh and dream and toss ideas back and forth on taking risks and daring to listen to our hearts and follow its lead. The two of us always seem to be in the same head space. Love that. She's a great reminder to live what someone once told me,  'life is meant to be lived, not endured.' I used to endure life, but now, I want to live excited, in the moment, everyday, in the busy and in the calm. Grateful for.......

-friends to dream with. 
-opportunities to give back. Preparing to do more workshops in November. Love love love doing them b/c I get so much back. 
-my relationship with my kids. Grateful for the strong bond between us. 
-The little owl that's been hanging out near our place. Nature has this incredible way of always making my heart fly. 
-mostly, for Him being my anchor, always in my corner, always there as a safe place to fall. That constant gives me courage to take  risks, and to live without fear. 

Have an amazing Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing." T. S. Eliot

I used to be afraid of the dark. I couldn't sleep without a light being left on. My imagination ran too wild with all the creepy things that might happen. And I was also afraid of the quiet. I needed to talk, to do something, anything to break the silence. 

Darkness doesn't scare me anymore and the calm, the peaceful, the quiet has become a sanctuary.  I love photographing nature. And in nature I've learned darkness has a light of its own and in the stillness birds and animals come close, they're not afraid. Being still I hear and see things that gives incredible joy. Thankful for.....

-the peace and calm of nature
-every bird, every small animal that flits across my path and brings incredible joy just watching it. 
-the smell of the earth - breathing it in fills me with peace and hope.
-watching my girls even now as teenagers gathering up treasures from nature to bring home. 
-and mostly that He is the Light in my darkness and in my stillness, his whisper always makes me want to dance. 

Have a great Thursday, Guys!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Stories

“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of us is an original. Each of us has a distinctive voice. When we find it, our stories will be told and we will be heard.”  John Grisham 

Finding our voice - speaking up, telling our stories, being heard - powerful stuff. 

For me, being heard means being validated. And in some way gives credence to the things that happened. I found out too, when we have our voice and tell our stories, it unites people. It binds them together in a special way and frees others to have their voices too. 

I used to be so afraid to speak up, so afraid to tell the things that happened and afraid to live my truth. I had no voice. Now anymore. Now I've learned that owning my truth, telling my story, has given others courage to tell theirs. I love that b/c we all have a story. We all need to be heard. Grateful for....

-truth that trumps everything else.
-life that gives back again and again and again. 
-the bonds I have with people which came from telling my story and also from listening to theirs. 
-freedom - telling the truth of my life has been an incredibly freeing experience. 
-faith - the thing that gave me the courage to stand up and be heard. 

Have an amazing Thursday, Guys!!!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery" Anne Frank

It's hard to be sad or stay down when something inside loudly and clearly says 'trust.

Trust....a five letter word that holds incredible power. I've learned that faith sees what my eyes can't. Faith says yes when everything around is saying no way, impossible, can't happen. Grateful for....

-my faith. It's a definite anchor to hold onto no matter what happens.
-first workshop on healing and recovery started and went well. I feel so incredibly privileged to be a small part on the journey of so many. 
-excited to have the opportunity to teach on writing memoirs. The date is Oct. 14. 
-Had writer's block but now writing again, short stories and articles for an anthology. Writing really does feel like breathing. 
-Mostly that He's a life changer. He changed my life from sad to glad, from dark to light, from hatred to love. Sometimes I stop and wonder, how did this happen. I don't know for sure except that it did and I am over the moon grateful. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Go outside amidst the simple beauty of nature and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be." Anne Frank

It's how I feel whenever I'm down by the water or out somewhere in the woods or up on the mountains. Nothing else matters b/c right then and there I have an amazing assurance that everything will be alright. Thankful for......

-Every bit of nature - the trees, the forests, the lakes, the animals, the flowers, the wind, and rain and sun. 
-that my girls share my love of nature, so much so, my oldest has chosen to study environmental science.  
-watching my youngest draw. She's got amazing talent. 
-been busy outlining a workshop I'm giving in a couple of weeks on writing memoir. Grateful to share what I've learned. 
-mostly that He is my anchor, my source of strength and hope. Can't imagine what I'd do without His gentle presence. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Gratitude

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. "Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel witnessed firsthand the brutality people can inflict on others. He survived the concentration camps, saw things no boy should see, experienced the hatred of ruling madmen.  

And yet, Elie Wiesel has stood tall, a voice for what passed and whispers gratitude - gratitude for life, for living, for someone smiling at him and for  small acts of kindness. 
Wiesel emerged from the camp with gratitude and with purpose. While in the camp, he desperately wanted someone to help, to save and free him and the others. No one came. So he took it upon himself to travel the world wherever atrocities were being done, and personally take a stand against indifference.  

I'm grateful....

-for everything I went through, all that pain and darkness, all the loneliness and longing, b/c it's taught me compassion, and its given me purpose...purpose to share hope. 
-for life and living.
-for smiles and acts of kindness
-for all the good that still exists everywhere. 
-and mostly for Him in my world.....a constant, an anchor to hold onto and the source for everything good in my life. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!!