Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Purpose.

“If I survived, it must be for some reason. I must do something with my life. There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”  Eli Wiesel. 

I have a need to live my life with a purpose. I've been that way since I got free - the need to reach back, the desire to help others make it - the ache inside to pass on hope. 

I feel that's what I'm doing writing this new book - interviewing people of all backgrounds, cultures, rich and poor. Their willingness to share with me the truth of their lives, humbles me and I want to honour them, to hold their truths, their lives sacredly because each one and each life story is sacred. 

I tell myself over and over, every life has purpose. I don't understand why some people do something or other, but I know they are guided by some principle or belief. Just like I am in the things I do. 

The greatest thing for me is showing kindness and dignity and love and always always holding my hand out to be a friend, to connect. 

Yesterday I interviewed two women through a translator because they didn't speak English. Our eyes talked to each other and afterward, we hugged and nodded. We got each other. We connected. That feeling will stay with me for a long time. 

If I survived, then I must do something with my life. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Hope

"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you going on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream."  Martin Luther King Jr.

It's hard to hold onto hope when time passes and nothing changes. When the tough stuff, the things that discourage, that difficult situation keeps playing out over and over. 

But without hope, you're stuck. At least it's that way for me. I can't move forward. Hope for me is the thing that keeps me in the game. It holds me together. It keeps me focused on what can be, and not what is at the moment. 

Hope gives me courage. 
Hope is what pushes me to reach for what I want. 
Hope whispers - don't give up. 
Hope - a flickering flame in the midst of darkness. 
Hope - an ingredient to realizing dreams. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Choices.

 “Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” Anne Frank

There are point and click games in which all you  do is click on a key character and direct her to move in various directions. Every direction changes the outcome of the story. 

The constant choices for the character to go down a specific road, take a risk, explore a new area, creates a completely new adventure for her. You make the choices, your character lives the consequences of those choices - good or bad. 

It's the same in life - we make choices and those choices ultimately make us the person we become.  

Thinking back to choices I made in the past, some of them I wish I could have a do-over, a retake. 

Other choices changed me and reshaped my life for the better. The best was my decision to trust God. 

Choosing to trust God broke the darkness colouring my life. And it turned all my angst and pain and frustration into total awesome - awesome because once I did made that choice, peace replaced despair, and hope replaced all the sad. 

Happy Thursday Guys.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Nature.

“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?” Anne Frank

I climbed up the steep stairs to the annex where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis. I felt chills run through me. 

It was haunting being there, knowing eight Jewish families had lived in hiding holding onto hope that they'd make it out alive. The area was small, tight, dark. 

I wandered into the tiny room where Anne slept and looked out the small window. Still there strong and proud - the chestnut tree she saw. The sight of that tree against the sky and the birds flying by gave Anne strength, courage and hope. 

In February 1944 Anne wrote, "The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air, and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn’t speak."

And in May 1944, “Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”

I get what Anne felt because in nature I feel strong, free and full of hope.  Nature gives me hope even in the worst situations.

I'm incredibly grateful for nature's sights, sounds and smells. I go to the woods nearly every day and always come home happy, and incredibly peaceful. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.