Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Applauded.

"I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives." R. J. Palacio. 

Wouldn't it be incredible to have a day when everyone in the world gets cheered just for being them?

One day when everyone gets to breath in the exhilarating shouts and cheers from others routing for them, believing in them and amazed at their resilience and courage. One day to hear and feel tremendous gratitude because of who they are and how they're living their lives. 

I think it would be so cool because we all deserve to know our lives matter especially on days we feel insignificant and unimportant. 

A standing ovation would crush every doubt, every fear, every thought of inadequacy. And it would push us forward with confidence to live stronger, happier, and more brave.  

So here's to applauding everyone's life. We all matter and each of our lives as it unfolds is unique and special and beautiful. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.   

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Runners

"I run for hope, 
I run to feel.
I run for the truth, 

for all that is real
I run for your mother, 

your sister, your wife.
I run for you and me my friend.
I run for life.  

And if you ask me why I am still running,
I'll tell you I run for us all" 

Melissa Etheridge. 

I see them everyday - runners - both men and women, all ages, in all kinds of weather, keeping pace, in the daytime and even at night. 

Some run for a cause, others are just running for themselves. Running feels good. That runner's high can make living life easier, not so stressful.

But those that run for purpose - the fighters who never gave up - who fought hard and overcame a debilitating illness, or some kind of emotional pain - now run for others. 

I think in some way when someone has made it through a dark time, they want to give back, to help others make it through too. Runners are visible but some of us are running quietly, in our own way, making a difference by being there for someone, driving them to a hospital appointment, sitting quietly allowing someone to vent their fears and hurt or simply offering a smile, a hand out. 

Runners - not everyone is lacing up sneakers and out hitting the pavement. Some runners are quietly making an impact one small gesture at a time. 

Here's to all runners, the visible and invisible. Here's to those who make a difference in the lives of others who haven't yet overcome their struggles. Here's to those who reach out and reach back to give hope. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Buddy

"There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments than knowing there’s someone fighting with you." Mother Teresa.

I don't think there's anything harder than being alone, fighting life's battles, struggling to make it through. 

When I know even one person is in my corner, wanting my best, believing in me - it lightens the load and makes the fight so much easier. 

Just One in our corner - that's all it takes to stay strong, to hold onto hope, to never let go.  

Just One in our corner - whose got our back, whose in the struggle with us, who whispers encouragement to keep going, to not give up -  that's all it takes. 

I want to help others who are battling alone, know they have someone in their corner. I want to be there for others like so many were to me. It's payback for all the good given to me, all the people who stepped into my world and made a difference. 

Here's to kindness, and friendship. Here's to reaching a hand out and stepping up to help someone else make it. Here's to giving back and making a difference.

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Peace

"I'm one of the most fortunate people in the world." Rose Kennedy. 

It's true - I don't live in a mansion. And I don't have a cottage up north or or a ton of cars in the garage. I'm not the smartest or the prettiest or the most financial successful. 

But I am incredibly fortune because what I do have outweighs everything else. 

I have a family who loves me, and good friends who have my back. I have a house that is truly a home, and enough creature comforts that make life easier that so many others have. I live near the mountains and lakes and get to see and experience nature everyday.

I have incredible peace inside, something I didn't always have. And I have love and kindness. 

Yep it's true - I am one of the most fortunate people in the world. 
Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Thank-you

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melonie Beattie. 

When I acknowledge those things in my life I'm grateful for, something amazing happens. My focus on what I don't have and wish I did have, suddenly shifts to my being totally thankful for everything I do have - the little things, the everyday things, the things I sometimes take for granted. 

That struggle inside that is sometimes torturous because I'm looking at what others have that I don't - suddenly stops.

Saying thank you for the small things, the everyday things, the neat things in my life that I do have, comes with incredible benefits. It puts me in a happy place,  a more positive, and calm place. With every whisper of thanks, my mood lifts. And I can breath. I can relax. I can let go.

And another neat thing - the more gratitude I express the more more amazing things come into my life.  

So today, here's to shouting thanks for all the incredible awesome things in my life and in yours and keeping the focus on that.  

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Warrior for Love.

You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.  Cheryl Strayed

A warrior for love. That's what I want to be. I even like the sound of that. 

And I relate to that word, warrior. All my life I've been a fighter. I know what fighter mentality is. When I was younger I fought to survive some pretty dark stuff. I fought hard. I fought long. And I overcame so many things. 

Then I fought to find my voice and use it. I fought to trust my heart and follow where it leads. It was tough at times. And lonely. But looking back I pretty proud of so many things I've accomplished. 

Now, I've learned to fight differently - it's not always about gritting my teeth, raising my fists and stepping into the ring. Sometimes it's simply letting go, forgiving myself and others and reaching my hand out in friendship and love to those who come into my life. 

A warrior for love? You bet. A new way to fight. A different way.  A gentler, softer, more powerful way.  

Here's to giving love out and letting love in with kindness, forgiveness, and bravery. An open hand so much better than a clenched fist. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Purpose

"I think it's the human spirit inside of all of us that has an enormous capacity to survive." Amanda Lindhout. 

Amanda was trapped in Somalia, a country known for terror activity and a place where women's lives matter little. 

Amanda was held by terrorist for 15 months. She was kept in chains, in a dark, windowless room, without any clean drinking water and little or no food. She was brutally raped and treated less than human. Although the Canadian government gave up fighting for her freedom, her single mother never did. It was her mother who finally got her release. 

Amanda gets survival. She understands that nothing is impossible to survive from - not a kidnapping by crazed terrorists, not a broken marriage, not a loss of a child, not a diagnosis of cancer, not depression or addictions or anything. 

The resilience of the human spirit is amazing. Throw faith into the mix and BaBam! You got a miracle in the making. 

I ran a group this week with some pretty amazing woman - woman of all ages and from all cultures - women who are survivors fighting to live their best lives. I came home incredibly inspired by them - inspired by their survivor mentality, and their refusal to give up and settle for anything less then life's best. 

After surviving her horrible ordeal, Amanda decided to speak about the people of Somalia to raise awareness about the conditions in which they're living. More than that, this amazing woman went back to Somalia to help the women and children there who have no power and no voice. 

When I heard that I wondered how could she go back to a country where she almost died, a country mired in terror and fear, a country that hurt her the most? But it was love that drew her back. Love for those who can't fight alone, who have no voice. 

nd that's the thing I think with surviving anything. It makes you want to reach back and help others make it too. It gives you a purpose. 

Here's to not only surviving but to finding our purpose in the awful and in the hard times. Here's to saying yes to reaching a hand out to those still trapped in their nightmares. Here's to not allowing what we lived to define who we are. And here's to letting love and courage define us. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.