Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Mornings.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again."  Marie Lu. 

I love mornings. I love waking up and knowing it's another day....completely open...completely free to anything and everything. 

Mornings excite me. Even when I have nothing planned for the day, I feel this openness, an expectancy that anything can happen. Anything can be. 

Mornings are my best time to write, to create, to compose - especially very early mornings when everyone is still asleep. 

When I look out the window and see the darkness pulling back and the day beginning to unfold with light I think of all the possibilities this new day holds. 

No matter what good or bad happened the day before, in the everything starts fresh.  And maybe that's what I love about mornings the most - that they signify new beginnings. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Heart

"Heart is what drives us and determines our fate." Isabel Allende. 

Life is all about passion....the things that play on the inside of us that drive us, that pull us to chose the paths we walk down. 

For me, the driving force has been about giving back.....making a difference for someone else.....making them smile, showing hope. 

It's because of what He did. With one touch of His gentleness, He did what nothing else could. He pulled me from the darkness into light.  And I'm grateful. Incredibly grateful because I still remember how awful it was, how painful and lonely. 

We can't tell by looking at someone what they're carrying, what pain they're holding. I still remember in my toughest moments, those times I wanted to give up - and a stranger on the street smiled at me. Their smile gave me hope, hope to keep going. 

Maybe today my smile will give someone hope to going going, to not give up. 

Happy Thursday, Guy.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Survived

"I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it." Cheryl Strayed

I meet them all the time, women who have incredible resilience, who've survived abusive homes, life threatening illnesses, cultural restraints, starting life over alone in new countries, raising children alone without support. Brave women who refuse to give in to fear and doubt. They hold onto hope, even when hope is slim and they make it one bit at a time. 

The weird thing is....these same women often see themselves as worthless, lacking in brilliance and strength and courage. In the workshops I run, I meet them, I hear their stories and I am in awe. 

Sometimes to survive we grit our teeth and hang on. We push ourselves to get through whatever overwhelms us but too often we forget to see the brave it took, and the persistence. 

It took me a longtime too, to admit the courage and strength and brave I had to hold on and overcome. Now I get to help these incredible women know they are survivors, amazing women, strong, powerful, who have more than showed they are capable of anything. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday - The Whole of Us

"Often we treat certain aspects of ourselves as junk, having no value. We try to throw parts of ourselves in the garbage. But a human being is an ecosystem, and everything in that system is of value to the whole." Stephen Schwartz. 

I'm not sure why but so many of us reject certain aspects of ourselves. We think we're not smart enough, good enough, right enough. But the biggest struggle we have is with our bodies. We criticize it for not being the right size, shape, colour, etc. We spend so much time trying to  hide parts of it or shape it to being what we think it should be.   

For too long I struggled with not feeling good enough. All I saw were my flaws. I focused on them to the exclusion of everything else.  Embracing all parts of me has been my biggest challenge.  

The thing is everyone's flawed. Everyone has imperfections, or weirdness. And the flaws are simply part of our whole makeup.

I love the woods and hiking the trails. In nature, I see misshaped trees, animals that have distinctive markings unlike others of their kind, roots that grow out where they're not supposed to, but I never think, yuck. Instead I marvel at the brilliance of how those 'flaws' fit perfectly into the whole of nature and enhance its beauty. 

So it is with us. Our flaws, those things we wish were not a part of us, really do add to our uniqueness and beauty. Today I choose to embrace all of who I am - mind, body, soul. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Dream

“What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart. It’s up to you to make your life. Take what you have and stack it up like a tower of teetering blocks. Build your dream around that.” Cheryl Strayed. 

Dreams. It's easy to be talked out of them. People who love us mean well, especially if we've come through a hard time. They want us to be safe. They want us to have things that fit into their ideas of what we need, what would make us happy, - the norms, the life experiences everyone chooses. Things that are easier to achieve, easier to grasp onto.

But desires, and passions and hopes, and dreams are personal. No one can feel what we feel. No one can sense the tug inside our gut pulling us in the direction where few go - the uncommon, the path rarely used. 

It's often a struggle to say yes to that tug, to the dream, to the purposes we need to follow. But to not go after it is to live empty.

My friend's mother was a doctor. When she retired, she sold her house and all that she had and moved to El Salvador to provide medical care to the poor. At 65 she fulfilled a dream that had played in her heart most of her life. I was in awe of this woman and afraid for her but she is still there, happy, giving, and living her best life.

Today, I choose to build my life on the things that play in my heart and build my own dreams. I want to jump high and hard with intention. I want to live wild and free.

Have a great Thursday, Guys.