Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thankful Thursday - A Gift

"View your burden as a gift. It's the theme that has been given you to work with. Accept that and lean into it." Anne Tyler

We all have something in our lives that plague us, and weigh us down. 

Things we wish we didn't always have to deal with - like an addiction of some sort that keeps us stuck in its grip, or a negative family who holds us back from realizing our dreams, or money or body or self-esteem issues that keep us in a cycle of defeat.  

Whatever it is that holds us and keeps us mentally going around and around in a circle like a dog chasing it's tail - maybe is really a gift. 

A gift that shows our strength, our courage, our ability to overcome and step onto paths that we may never have if 'the gift' hadn't been such a huge part of our lives. 

For me, the things I hated, the issues I struggled with for so long have been the very things that have taught me compassion and helped me live more honest and more kind. 

Today, I'm actually thankful for those 'burdens' that came as 'gifts' in disguise. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Yes!

"Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? Well it's you girl, and you should know it. You're gonna make it after all." Sonny Curtis.

Words so simple, yet they have incredible power. They can change us. Motivate us. Inspire us to be the best we can be. It's why I love words. They can alter my mood, and make me flip from sad to glad. 

Reading this quote from Curtis, makes something in me shout, YES! 
No matter what happens, I'll make it. No doubts. No fears.  Just saying those words makes me feel strong, confident, like I can take on the world and do and be anything I want. 
I've been interviewing people for my new book, and hearing their stories of overcoming challenges, finding love, hearts filled with gratitude and faith in a loving God, reminds me all of us have this incredible power to move forward and make it after all. 
Happy Thursday, Guys!

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.