Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Purpose

"There is something in this world that every individual can do. God has created all of us with something unique to contribute. The world is waiting to hear from you." Leymah Gbowee. 

I believe we all need a purpose.....something that is unique to us, something that makes us come alive. Something that gives us tremendous satisfaction.  

I read in our local paper about a small group of women who get together once a week to knit. When they finish a few projects, they ship them overseas to children in war torn countries. Another group makes small teddy bears to give to children rescued from accidents or house fires. Others become doctors or engineers without borders, traveling the world, helping the less fortunate.

Purpose - I never thought I had any. I was simply trying to survive one day to the next. For a time I didn't talk. I was too afraid. Now, I want my voice to be use it to give hope to those who wander in the dark wondering if they'll ever be free. Giving hope - it's my passion. My shine hope wherever I can, however I can.

I met someone yesterday who read my book and said it gave her so much hope. She asked if she could pass it on so she can share the hope with others. And I got a call yesterday to ask if I'm be willing join a committee to help end violence against seniors in nursing homes. 

Hope - every little bit helps especially when things sometimes seem so hopeless. The one thing I've learned about hope is that we give it to each other. It's about sharing our lives and passing it on and someone passing it on to someone else and so on. It's a chain reaction for the good. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Choice.

“I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times including my husband, my mother and my beloved son. Yet, life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no space nor time for pessimism and hate.” Alice Herz-Sommer

She's a hero....Alice Sommer, survivor of the holocaust, died last year at the age of 109. Always smiling. Always seeing the good in life, the positives and joy. Alice knew trauma. She knew cruelty. She had lived it, experienced it, yet something inside her refused to be reduced by the bad, the ugly, the brutal parts of life. She made a choice everyday to rise above it, to not allow the bad, the awful to keep her down or stuck in the darkness.

At age 96 when asked what she learned in her life, she replied,  "to be thankful, thankful for everything. Seeing the sun, a smile, a nice word from someone. Everything is a present. It depends on me whether life is good or bad. I know about the bad but I look at the good side."

I want to be like Alice and everyday see the beauty, and the small gifts that make life meaningful...someone's smile, the sun shining after the rain, a bird singing early in the morning. 
Today and everyday I choose to find the good, the beautiful, and live from that place.

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Changes

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Change - it's been a theme running through my mind....letting go of what was, moving on to something new, something different. A fresh focus. 

Some people have moved away, passed away, or left. Things I've been involved in changed hands and are moving in new directions. Kids are growing up changing the dynamics of mom looking out for them as much or in the same way.

So where do I fit. What do I do now? Where do I belong? 

I used to hate changes. I tried to avoid them at all costs. I was afraid of anything rocking the familiar.  

Not anymore. Now I feel an excitement inside. I have dreams, ideas. I know my life has purpose. I've felt this since He touched me, changed the direction of my life from restlessness to calm. 

I know He's got something wild and wonderful set up. A new venture....something fresh. It's in the works and slowly unfolding. I got a call yesterday to run a writing group at a half way house for women, starting in January. And also a retirement home, to help seniors who want to write their life stories to leave a legacy for their family. 

And the people who love me are constants. Life brings changes and I'm ready!!!
Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Promise to Myself

"I made a promise to myself to be kinder to other people." Lena Horne.

Some people have stepped into my life for a period of time who weren't what I thought them to be. They left my heart empty and reeling. But they are so few in number that the promise I made to myself a long time ago stands...the promise to be kind, to never use or abuse anyone for my own purpose....the promise to go the extra mile and be to others what I like them to be to me.

I've had good models....people who showed me the power in being kind...power that changes people from the inside out because it throws light in their world and also in mine. Their kindness is what motivates me to pay it forward wherever and whenever I can. 

And I learned that the kindness I give out, always comes back in big ways and in small. The other day I was in the grocery store when a woman came up to me and stood staring at me.  
What I asked. 
She didn't say a word. Just held up a set of keys. 
I looked at them, then at her. 
Oh my gosh, my daughter's car keys. That woman saw me drop them in the parking lot, ran to retrieve them and then searched the store for me. Kindness. Going the extra mile. 

I turned around to a woman putting some green grapes into her cart. Hey try one of these. I held up the purple ones. She plucked one off and a smile lit up her face. Much sweeter. I'm definitely getting these. Kindness. It's looking out for others. 

A cop pulled me over early one morning. I was prepared to pay a ticket for something or other I had done. She asked me if I was alright. The sun is very bright, makes it hard to see, she said. I wanted to make sure you're okay. And I wanted to tell you to have a great day.
That's it?  

Came home feeling on top of the world. Kindness. It does that to you...makes you feel like life's worth living.'s like a boomerang. You throw it out and it'll always come back to you. 
Happy Thursday, Guys.