Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Believe for the Impossible.

"The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking."Alexander Graham Bell. 
How did he do it? How did Graham Bell come up with an idea so neat that people could actually talk to each other from far away? 

No had ever imagined that before. Bell even believed people would one day actually see the person they were talking to.   

Bell was a dreamer. He saw what others didn't. He went beyond what was - to what could be. He invested in his dreams and then claimed them not only possible, but a definite reality.  

I love that. I love that Bell walked his own path. I love that he didn't allow anyone to change his mind on what he believed possible. 

I want Bell's drive to become my drive. I want his motto to become my motto - "with ever door that closes a new one opens."  I want his determination to keep trying, to never give up to become mine - to stay in the game no matter how many fails I experience. 

And like Bell, I want to believe in my dreams even when they seem absurd and impossible. 

Right now I am working on a new book. The government gave me a grant to do it. My vision is to bring my community together in kindness and appreciation for each other through sharing their life stories. I'm excited and love that so many people already are wanting to jump on-board and be part of this project.  

Grateful for all those past and present who teach me to believe in my dreams.  Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Moving Forward

“Don't go wasting all them bright tomorrows you ain't even seen by hanging on to what happened yesterday. Let go, child. Just breathe out and let go.”  Beth Hoffman

It's over, all the good times and bad. Especially the bad that cut deep and almost broke me. I survived. Made it through. Overcame. For too long I held onto it. I let it define me but now I know it's over. It's in the past. 

And all that good stuff - I never wanted it to end but it did. The project I poured my heart and soul into, the people who came alongside me, our working together came to an end. The doors on those chapters closed. And in me I knew it was time to move on. Time for something else. Something new. A different direction. 
And the roles I took on that shaped my life shifted, changed into something different. I'm no longer a mom of young children. I'm a mom of young adults and with that comes a different way of being. And other roles I had, work related also morphed into something new and different.

It's strange, even when I know it's time to let go, I always try to hold on just a little longer. But I know not letting go will hinder  new things from taking wings. 

So today, grateful for all that's past and looking with expectancy to what is ahead. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Applauded.

"I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives." R. J. Palacio. 

Wouldn't it be incredible to have a day when everyone in the world gets cheered just for being them?

One day when everyone gets to breath in the exhilarating shouts and cheers from others routing for them, believing in them and amazed at their resilience and courage. One day to hear and feel tremendous gratitude because of who they are and how they're living their lives. 

I think it would be so cool because we all deserve to know our lives matter especially on days we feel insignificant and unimportant. 

A standing ovation would crush every doubt, every fear, every thought of inadequacy. And it would push us forward with confidence to live stronger, happier, and more brave.  

So here's to applauding everyone's life. We all matter and each of our lives as it unfolds is unique and special and beautiful. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.   

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Runners

"I run for hope, 
I run to feel.
I run for the truth, 

for all that is real
I run for your mother, 

your sister, your wife.
I run for you and me my friend.
I run for life.  

And if you ask me why I am still running,
I'll tell you I run for us all" 

Melissa Etheridge. 

I see them everyday - runners - both men and women, all ages, in all kinds of weather, keeping pace, in the daytime and even at night. 

Some run for a cause, others are just running for themselves. Running feels good. That runner's high can make living life easier, not so stressful.

But those that run for purpose - the fighters who never gave up - who fought hard and overcame a debilitating illness, or some kind of emotional pain - now run for others. 

I think in some way when someone has made it through a dark time, they want to give back, to help others make it through too. Runners are visible but some of us are running quietly, in our own way, making a difference by being there for someone, driving them to a hospital appointment, sitting quietly allowing someone to vent their fears and hurt or simply offering a smile, a hand out. 

Runners - not everyone is lacing up sneakers and out hitting the pavement. Some runners are quietly making an impact one small gesture at a time. 

Here's to all runners, the visible and invisible. Here's to those who make a difference in the lives of others who haven't yet overcome their struggles. Here's to those who reach out and reach back to give hope. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Buddy

"There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments than knowing there’s someone fighting with you." Mother Teresa.

I don't think there's anything harder than being alone, fighting life's battles, struggling to make it through. 

When I know even one person is in my corner, wanting my best, believing in me - it lightens the load and makes the fight so much easier. 

Just One in our corner - that's all it takes to stay strong, to hold onto hope, to never let go.  

Just One in our corner - whose got our back, whose in the struggle with us, who whispers encouragement to keep going, to not give up -  that's all it takes. 

I want to help others who are battling alone, know they have someone in their corner. I want to be there for others like so many were to me. It's payback for all the good given to me, all the people who stepped into my world and made a difference. 

Here's to kindness, and friendship. Here's to reaching a hand out and stepping up to help someone else make it. Here's to giving back and making a difference.

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Peace

"I'm one of the most fortunate people in the world." Rose Kennedy. 

It's true - I don't live in a mansion. And I don't have a cottage up north or or a ton of cars in the garage. I'm not the smartest or the prettiest or the most financial successful. 

But I am incredibly fortune because what I do have outweighs everything else. 

I have a family who loves me, and good friends who have my back. I have a house that is truly a home, and enough creature comforts that make life easier that so many others have. I live near the mountains and lakes and get to see and experience nature everyday.

I have incredible peace inside, something I didn't always have. And I have love and kindness. 

Yep it's true - I am one of the most fortunate people in the world. 
Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Thank-you

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melonie Beattie. 

When I acknowledge those things in my life I'm grateful for, something amazing happens. My focus on what I don't have and wish I did have, suddenly shifts to my being totally thankful for everything I do have - the little things, the everyday things, the things I sometimes take for granted. 

That struggle inside that is sometimes torturous because I'm looking at what others have that I don't - suddenly stops.

Saying thank you for the small things, the everyday things, the neat things in my life that I do have, comes with incredible benefits. It puts me in a happy place,  a more positive, and calm place. With every whisper of thanks, my mood lifts. And I can breath. I can relax. I can let go.

And another neat thing - the more gratitude I express the more more amazing things come into my life.  

So today, here's to shouting thanks for all the incredible awesome things in my life and in yours and keeping the focus on that.  

Happy Thursday, Guys.