Friday, February 24, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Power of Love

"Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people, they give up their secrets also if you love them enough." George Washington Carver. 

The power of love! It can soften the hardest heart. 

It's interesting to me that George Carver was born a slave. He experienced firsthand the tough, the mean, the awful ways people can treat other people. 

But somehow this amazing man realized that living kind, living gentle, living loving was the best way to be in the world. 

I agree. Happy Thursday, Guys.   

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Being YOU!

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman
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 "The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." Neil Gaiman. 

I used to compare myself to others, wanting to be like them, or have the talent or ability they had. I even  wished my life was like theirs with all the things they seemed to have going for them.  

But not anymore. I'm happy being me because now I realize we are all originals. All of us are different. All of us are special. All of us stand out in our own way. And all of us bring something unique to the dance of life.

It's like how I see my kids. They are incredibly different but neither is better than the other. I love them equally for who they are and for what they each bring to this dance. 

My youngest has a wicked sense of humour. She's intense, stubborn, and knows her own mind. She's a kid who stands her ground and fights for what she wants. She's a leader, a kid who gets the group to follow her. She takes charge easily, organizes events and laughs from her belly up. 

My oldest is a thinker, a tree hugger, a girl who wears kindness and gentleness as part of her daily make-up. She's a peace-maker, the one to compromise. And she has this amazing knack to turn pieces of nothing into pieces of art. She's a writer, a word lover, an internal optimist. 

I'm grateful today for the differences we all have. It's what makes life interesting and fun.

Have a great Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Doing It!

“Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.” Alan Bennett. 

There's so many things I want to do. Things that play in my heart, that pull and call me to come. 

But stepping out and moving towards them is no easy thing for me. I drive myself crazy telling myself all the reasons why I can't or shouldn't. At least not today. Maybe next year or the year after when conditions are better. 

Fear becomes a roadblock, holding me in place, keeping me stuck in wishing, in longing. 

It's something I need to change. I want to be able to move when fears tell me to stay. All anyone one of us has for sure is today. So I've set a goal and taking steps to make it happen.  

The time is right now. No more waiting. There's a place I've always wanted to go. Called the travel agent, booked the tickets and heading out next week. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Never Give Up Trying!

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

There's so many things I wanted that I've had to try for two or three times before I got it. Sometimes even more than that.  

It's so tempting to give up after that first try. After that first defeat the thought usually hits me, 'there's no way the thing I want could happen.' But there's a fight in me, a determination to stay in the game and keep trying.

Many times I sent off a writing piece to a publisher and it was rejected. Something inside me though, refused to give up. I sent it out again and sometimes again and again until finally, it got accepted. Writing is only one of so many things I've tried for and had to keep trying for, before I got what I wanted.  

We've watched a couple of movies recently that showed the power of never giving up no matter how many fails happen. Lion is about a little boy who got lost and couldn't find his way back home to his family. Eventually he's adopted by a couple in another country. When he grows up he wants more than anything to find his 'home' his 'mom,' his sibs. The movie is about his refusal to give up trying to find the home he got lost from. Many times he thought it was pointless, especially after his efforts kept failing. 

Another movie - Hidden Figures - is the story of three black women working in the space centre in the 1960's. Their fight to be recognized was long and hard. They had a strong determination to never give up trying even after many failed attempts. 

I loved these movies. They motivated me, inspired me, to stay in the game, fight for what I want and to never let a 'single defeat be a final defeat.' 

Happy Thursday, Guys.