Thursday, February 22, 2018

"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't even happened yet."Anne Frank

Someone once said, the best is yet to come. I believe that's true. 

No matter how great or awesome life has been at times, or even how bad and yuck - down the road, there's some amazing stuff that's still to happen in our lives. 

I love that thought. I believe it. It excites me and makes me what to live each day to the fullest. I'm holding onto that belief. Hope you are too. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Open Doors



"When one door closes, another one opens." Alexander Graham Bell

It took a long time to let go of something I had been doing and enjoying for seven years. It was at an organization I believed in, a place I felt a part of. But things changed. I changed. And I knew in my gut the time had come to move on. 

I've always resisted change and I hung on longer than I should. But the thing is when I finally let go, gave into the angst inside me and closed the door to what was - another door swung wide open. 

I had worried what I'd replace the old with. But the new is amazing. The best is I am running groups again and writing like crazy - contract work that seemed to come out of nowhere. 


It's true - when one door closes another opens. Lesson learned. 
Happy Thursday, Guys.  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tis the Season!

"Christmas reminds us we are not alone. We are not unrelated atoms, jouncing and ricocheting amid aliens, but are a part of something, which holds and sustains us." Donald E. Westlake 

It seems like everyone is getting in on the Christmas spirit. I wandered around the mall doing some last minute shopping. Although packed with people, it was such a great feeling to see the smiles and nods from everyone. It felt as if we're all connected, a part of something greater than each one of us. I love it! 

Came home happy, and wished it was like this all year through - the consideration, the kindness, reaching out to friends and strangers alike. 

Something is in the air. For me it's a God thing. 
Tis the season. Have a Merry Christmas Guys!




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Calling




Don't ever let anyone insist you can't do something. Follow your heart. Go for it. It's your right - and maybe even your calling.

So many times something burned in my heart that I wanted to do. And so many times people stepped up to tell me you can't.   It won't work. Some even said, it's foolish, not realistic. 

Looking back I realize how many times I closed my ears to those people who couldn't see or feel what I did. People who wanted the best for me but didn't have the vision, or the passion burning in their hearts like it did in mine. 

I think now, those things inside us, the ideas that won't go away, the desires that keep us awake at night, the pull towards something or other - might be a calling, the thing we are meant to do.

I think that's where courage and brave comes in. To follow our hearts. It's the best thing because when we do, there's this huge satisfaction we feel inside us.

There's something else. For a long time close friends have suggested I do something that I wanted but I hemmed and hawed because I didn't have the faith to believe I could get it off the ground. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go for it. Amazingly, it's all falling into place. Taking that first step even when I don't believe it'll work is powerful.   

Happy Thursday, Guys.
 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stories.


"Every single ordinary person has an extraordinary story." Cecelia Ahern

I've been interviewing and writing stories of so many people these last few weeks and yet, every story is completely different. 

Everyone I've met are all ordinary people with extraordinary life stories to tell - things that happened in their lives, challenges they've overcome, new adventures they embarked on, teachable lessons from an experience they had, dreams and longings realized, romance found when all seemed hopeless. The list goes on. 

I'm loving meeting the people, and hearing their stories. Makes me realize all the more just how much I really love true to life stories. 

I walk away in awe at how each life has been lived. And the best are the many new friendships I've made. 

People - no  life is ordinary. We are all living extraordinary lives. 
Just some thoughts on a dark rainy morning. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.    
 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People

"People, even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anyone." Audrey Hepburn. 

They're everywhere, in every city, homeless people living on the streets, begging for a handout. Young, old, men, women - how did these people end up living like that - like throwaways that no one seems to care about anymore.

I'm helping out with, Out in the Cold, a group who cooks warm meals and then distributes it to those living on the streets.  I decided to join them because we all matter. Everyone one of us. Doesn't matter who we are, where we come from, or how we're living. No one is a throwaway. 

I think lives just get messed up sometimes and people don't know how to get back on track. But talking to these people, listening to their stories, I hear their heart and their humanity.
 

Happy Day Guys. 


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.