Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Beauty.

It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.  Kate Morton. 

I love love love the smell of the earth and planting tiny little nothings and then waiting and watching them turn into brilliant colour and awesome beauty. 

I'm always amazed at how that actually something so small and seemingly insignificant can become something that takes my breath away. 

Spring gardening  - all the hard work equals incredible joy - seeing everything slowly come back to life in all its brilliant beauty. Reminds me of life, especially healing from life's hurts - put in the hard work, then wait and watch and BABAM - beauty from the darkness. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Legacy.

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles. 

My neighbour's daughter came over yesterday. She stood at the door crying. I knew right away - her 96 year old mom had died in the night. "She was my best friend. What am I going to do without her." 

Her words slipped inside me - Her mother was an amazing woman - kind, gentle, caring and always chatty. She had wanted to stay in her own home and her daughters accommodated her. They came everyday to take her out, have supper with her, laugh and chat, and ensure she was happy and content. Her grandkids came too. They mowed the grass, took out the garbage, shoveled snow. 

She left her family with an remarkable legacy - that of love and respect. And for me, knowing her and her family has been an honour. She unknowingly taught me some huge lessons - moms love, respect, appreciate and become best buds with their kids by simply being human and kind. 

I'll miss amazing lady but her legacy lives even in me - When I'm old and my kids are all grown up with families of their own, I hope they too will speak of me like my neighbour's daughters do of her. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Story

“Every human being has a fascinating existence, with a big cast of good and evil characters in each. And almost always, somewhere along the way, magic.”  Lucinda Riley. 

I love hearing people's life stories...where they've been, what they've done....things they hoped for, things they've lost, what they've overcome, the tough times and the scary. 

But the best is hearing about the amazing, the magical...long held dreams finally fulfilled, second chances given when everything seemed hopeless, new discoveries that infused them with purpose and passion.

Listening to others tell what life has been to them, is a huge reminder to me that all of us have a story make up of bits of darkness, and bits of glorious. Another reason to live kind.

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Voice

“When I lost my voice, I lost myself. It’s as simple as that. My voice was the thing that had always defined me – it was who I was. 

Without my voice, I became the stark antithesis of the feisty, take-on-the-world, dauntless person I used to be, and morphed instead, into the kind of emotionally needy woman I’d never been. I felt like a ‘nothing’, a worthless individual of no value.”​ Connie Francis. 

I love this quotes because I know how much our voice impacts the way we move in the world. For a long time I didn't have a voice.....I never talked.....never said how I felt, never spoke up and asked for what I wanted, or needed. I was afraid of getting hurt. I had no voice. 
But time went on and finally I found the courage to use my voice to tell, to speak, to share to give influence. And I'm still doing that. 
Our voice is incredibly powerful. It's something that defines us. And the best is our voice can be a catalyst to help others find freedom.   
Just some thoughts on a rainy day....and something I'm grateful for.
Happy Thursday, Guys.