Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Gift

I feel that God has given me a very special opportunity that I should not let go to waste. I use the gift he has given me. Mattie Stepanek
 
Mattie Stephanek was a pint sized kid with a wheeze and a wheelchair. He had a mom and brothers all who suffered the same debilitating disease as him. His brothers died young. Mattie was given the same fate, but he  held onto a dream....to write a book and tell the world that love and faith and living is our reason for being alive. 

 Everyone has it....a gift of some kind.....to touch the world and make it shine.

I once worked with disabled kids. I remember the smallest things made them happy - clean sheets, a warm smile, a gentle touch, a kind word, the taste of ice cream. They taught me it doesn't take much to be happy and that life is full of beautiful things.  
 
What's your gift? How are you using it to make the world a better place? 

Happy Thursday, Guys!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday. Know Hope!!

"Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you...YET someone survived. You can do anything you choose to do." Maya Angelou
“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou - See more at: http://exploreforayear.com/clarity/45-inspiring-quotes-change#sthash.rvj7YG6I.dpuf
“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou - See more at: http://exploreforayear.com/clarity/45-inspiring-quotes-change#sthash.rvj7YG6I.dpuf
“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou - See more at: http://exploreforayear.com/clarity/45-inspiring-quotes-change#sthash.rvj7YG6I.dpuf

It's a message that has become my life song...telling people, look at me, if I can, you can. If I can stand strong. You can stand strong. It's what I know to give and to show - that overcoming is possible, no matter how far someone has fallen. I've been there and I'm not there no more. 

There's nothing that gives me more satisfaction than giving HOPE.  Grateful for.....

- every opportunity to give back whether through books, writing, speaking, or workshops.
- people I've met who've given me hope....who believed in me, showed me a better way, the way of love and compassion
-nature b/c I see hope in a small owl tucked in a tree, in a flying blueheron, in cute chippies and squirrels, in the smell of the woods and sight of majestic mountains.
-Hope that's renewed in smiles and kind gestures from people I meet and those I know.
-Hope that began with a touch of His gentleness that softened my heart, showed me love...love that changed me, took away the hate and angst. Hope for me is Him is knowing He's in my corner, a safe place to run to, an anchor to hold onto.

Have an amazing Thursday, Guys. Off to run a workshop and give back some of that hope. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday - The Important Things



"What would you grab, if you had to pack up your life in only minutes?" Jodi Picoult 

The quote is from Jodi's book, The Storyteller. The novel is about two people who survived the holocaust, one a Jew, one a German soldier. It's a riveting book. Highly recommend it.

But this quote in particular makes me think...makes me wonder what I would do if I had only minutes to pack up my life. Without a doubt I know what I would take.....the things I couldn't live without, the things I'm most grateful for......

-My children, 'thing one' and 'thing two.' They fill up my heart and make life spectacular. Can't imagine life without them in it. 
-My closest friends who pump me with life and are constants in wisdom, support and love. 
-My memories of the happiest and fun times - hiking the woods, exploring other worlds, seeing the whales, goofing around with family and friends.....
-My writing. It's been my voice, how I've expressed myself and what I used to walk out of shame and into freedom.
-But mostly my faith - Faith is what changed my life in the first place. Faith is what gives me hope and reason to wake up each day with joy and expectancy. Faith trumps all else b/c without faith I couldn't live and with Faith I can soar above everything and anything. 

What would you take guys if you had minutes to pack up your life....Happy Thursday!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday

“There are times to stay put and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”  Lemony Snicket

Many times in my life things have shown up expectantly, but not everything. Some things I had to go after and even fight for. I like it better when things come to me with no effort on my part. Unfortunately, that's not the norm. 

There are things I want to do but I get so distracted that they get pushed to the side. It's easy to let things slide but I love the excitement of new adventures. So today, making a commitment to myself  to just go for it!!!!  Grateful today for.....

-opportunities that are everywhere. 
-people to dream and run with. Grateful for friends who get me, and feel the same way and even for some who are in the same exact place as me. 
-my girls - can't say enough how thankful I am for them. They changed me, taught me how to love and trust and live. 
-the place where I live is surrounded by nature. And nature makes my heart sing. When we moved here a few years ago, I came kicking and screaming. I don't like change, but I love love love this place now. 
-mostly that He's there always, His love a constant. Maya Angelou said, 'love liberates.' It's what His love gave me - freedom. Some days when I'm overwhelmed with happy, I think, it's 'cause of Him, cause of how He reached so far down to pull me out and then hung around and put up with all my crazies. He stayed and loved, and loved more and loved ever more. It's what I'm most grateful for. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

 

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!!!!