Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Being Me

"I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be." Rosa Parks

It's been a long road to get to where I'm at.....a journey of many ups, downs, side-roads and detours. There were times I believed people, and situations would destroy me, but they actually ended up doing the opposite.  They empowered me to stand up, stand tall, and be me. 

I struggled with who and what I was - always wishing to be somebody other then me. I believed something was wrong with me, and that I wasn't good enough, bright enough, pretty enough, capable enough. Those beliefs were all lies, deception but I accepted them as gospel truth. 

Being me is what those hard lessons have taught me. There's nothing better. Being me, accepting all the good, bad and ugly parts that make up me, gives me the freedom to move in the world with confidence. 

Grateful today for all the tough times. They had purpose. Didn't know it then but sure do now. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Dream

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood." Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I get chills when I read King's words. Chills because his dream which seemed so incredibly impossible at the time, became reality. King wanted something so bad that he could see it. It became his goal, his purpose to make that dream come true. Everything he did, everything he said moved him closer to his dream. He lived and even died for that dream. 

It's a new year, new goals, new purpose - what are your dreams? What do want that you'll give everything you got to make it happen? What do you want that will cause you to stay focused, stay in the game until it becomes real?

Those are questions I've been asking myself. It's a new year, a blank slate to fill up with something amazing to work towards.  Over the years, I had incredible dreams, dreams that some people  told me would never happen, but they did. Dreams that grabbed my attention, filled my days with purpose, pushed me to fight until the thing I wanted I got. 

There were highs. There were lows. There were times it seemed impossible. Other times I knew, that I knew, it would happen. From writing a book that won an award and has sold around the world, and continues to sell well, to getting my degree, getting on the Dean's Honour List - and so many other amazing things that happened that simply began with a small thread of hope. 
Now again, it's time for something new, to have another dream, another goal, another purpose. King's words, 'I have a dream,' excites me and starts the creative juices flowing again. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Kindness

"Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule, 'you've got to be kind.'" Kurt Vonnegut. 

Love this quote by Vonnegut because life can be incredibly tough and unfair at times. And kindness can make all the difference.  

Someone showing kindness can help heal life's hurts. Kindness can even rekindle hope.  

I remember the time when I wandered around lost, believing no one cared, a streetkid, alone - and then every now and then someone would step into my world and show me a bit of kindness by their smile or words or touch and it made my life a little bit better. It gave me hope to try, to fight, and mostly to not give up.  

Kindness  - the one rule that truly makes a difference. Goal for 2017 - live kind!

Happy Thursday, Guys!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Forward

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C.S. Lewis

2016 is almost over. A couple more days then we'll all slip into a brand new year and a whole lot of new beginnings. Whatever happened is gone, done, finished.

2017 will be a completely empty slate waiting to be filled with life experience. It excites me just thinking about what's going to happen and how and with whom and when. Sort of feels like getting ready to go on a trip. And holidays for me always mean daring adventures, amazing sights I've never seen before, and meeting and connecting with new people. 

Sure sometimes things might happen that throw us off like lost luggage, or some weird misadventure, but that's all part of the incredible journey.  

Here's to a new year, an exciting time, a new beginning. 

Happy New Year, Guys. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Miracle

"And so this is Christmas....for weak and for strong....for rich and the poor ones...for black and for white....for yellow and red ones...for old and for young.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's hope it's a good one without any fear." John Lennon.

It's almost here.....a few more sleeps.  Malls are packed, people shopping, spending money, buying gifts to make people happy. 

Christmas - I never celebrated it growing up. I was raised Jewish but now our family celebrates both Hannukah and Christmas - two holidays that for me, are all about miracles. Miracles about Light that shine in the dark. Miracles about Light that can never be extinguished.

I used to be afraid of the dark. I didn't like sleeping without a nightlight. I still don't. Bad things can happen in the dark - I experienced them. BUT I also experienced tons of miracles.  

I love this time of year, not because of the gifts or festivities, although that's fun, but more so, because Christmas, & Hannukah are huge reminders to me that 'miracles are for real.'

Happy Thursday, Guys.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Purpose

"Life is being on the wire. Everything else is just waiting." Karl Wallenda.

Being on the wire to me is all about living my passion, doing what I love, being active in the things that make my heart sing.

For me, it's living free, giving back, sharing hope, making a difference, hands on. 

And it's that hands on experience that drives me to set the bar higher, do more and live my life with purpose. There's nothing else that truly excites, that makes me feel incredibly alive and free. 

Purpose driven. Doing the thing I'm called to do. Stepping out, taking a risk and then another and another to make what plays in my heart real.  Sure there are scary moments and doubts that muck around in my head and some people happen by who don't see or feel what I do and question why I would even consider such a thing when it seems unlikely to happen, But passion and purpose drive me.  

And there are waiting times, the spaces that feel empty, lonely, when it feels like stepping onto the wire won't ever happen again. But waiting is part of the dance of life, part of incubating the dream. Eventually that dream will become reality and I will climb back onto the wire and GO. 

It's that time now - The wait has been long. I've been writing grants, connecting with people, leaders in the community, and taking steps to make the project in my heart a reality. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Kindness

"All I’m saying is that kindness don’t have no boundaries.” Karen Stockett.

It's that time again - the season of love, and kindness.
December - the time when hope is promoted and people everywhere reach out to help those in their communities who are struggling or are alone. 

The whole month, efforts are given to build toy mountain, fill food bank shelves, donate time and energy. Community meals are prepared, gifts are wrapped for nameless people with ages not names earmarked. People are excited. They want to give. They want to show kindness and hope and love. And something I've noticed, around this time of year, people are happier, friendlier, more loving. 

And me too, I'm love jumping into the spirit, doing my part, getting involved. I love giving back because so much has been given to me. There's no shortage of hurting people in need.

The thing is though, there are many people who don't outwardly show their loneliness or sadness or pain. They carry it alone, holding it to themselves, not wanting anyone to see what's really going on in their heart.

It's easy to see the homeless, or the single mom struggling on welfare, or refugees who are starting again from scratch. But what about the people who present well, who look like they have it altogether, yet they carry inside them a sadness, a loneliness, and fears for their future.  For that reason, I want to smile, and be kind to everyone I meet. Life can hurt and no one really knows what someone else is going through. Kindness don't have no boundaries! 

Happy Thursday, Guys.