Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Being YOU!

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman
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 "The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." Neil Gaiman. 

I used to compare myself to others, wanting to be like them, or have the talent or ability they had. I even  wished my life was like theirs with all the things they seemed to have going for them.  

But not anymore. I'm happy being me because now I realize we are all originals. All of us are different. All of us are special. All of us stand out in our own way. And all of us bring something unique to the dance of life.

It's like how I see my kids. They are incredibly different but neither is better than the other. I love them equally for who they are and for what they each bring to this dance. 

My youngest has a wicked sense of humour. She's intense, stubborn, and knows her own mind. She's a kid who stands her ground and fights for what she wants. She's a leader, a kid who gets the group to follow her. She takes charge easily, organizes events and laughs from her belly up. 

My oldest is a thinker, a tree hugger, a girl who wears kindness and gentleness as part of her daily make-up. She's a peace-maker, the one to compromise. And she has this amazing knack to turn pieces of nothing into pieces of art. She's a writer, a word lover, an internal optimist. 

I'm grateful today for the differences we all have. It's what makes life interesting and fun.

Have a great Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Doing It!

“Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.” Alan Bennett. 

There's so many things I want to do. Things that play in my heart, that pull and call me to come. 

But stepping out and moving towards them is no easy thing for me. I drive myself crazy telling myself all the reasons why I can't or shouldn't. At least not today. Maybe next year or the year after when conditions are better. 

Fear becomes a roadblock, holding me in place, keeping me stuck in wishing, in longing. 

It's something I need to change. I want to be able to move when fears tell me to stay. All anyone one of us has for sure is today. So I've set a goal and taking steps to make it happen.  

The time is right now. No more waiting. There's a place I've always wanted to go. Called the travel agent, booked the tickets and heading out next week. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Never Give Up Trying!

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

There's so many things I wanted that I've had to try for two or three times before I got it. Sometimes even more than that.  

It's so tempting to give up after that first try. After that first defeat the thought usually hits me, 'there's no way the thing I want could happen.' But there's a fight in me, a determination to stay in the game and keep trying.

Many times I sent off a writing piece to a publisher and it was rejected. Something inside me though, refused to give up. I sent it out again and sometimes again and again until finally, it got accepted. Writing is only one of so many things I've tried for and had to keep trying for, before I got what I wanted.  

We've watched a couple of movies recently that showed the power of never giving up no matter how many fails happen. Lion is about a little boy who got lost and couldn't find his way back home to his family. Eventually he's adopted by a couple in another country. When he grows up he wants more than anything to find his 'home' his 'mom,' his sibs. The movie is about his refusal to give up trying to find the home he got lost from. Many times he thought it was pointless, especially after his efforts kept failing. 

Another movie - Hidden Figures - is the story of three black women working in the space centre in the 1960's. Their fight to be recognized was long and hard. They had a strong determination to never give up trying even after many failed attempts. 

I loved these movies. They motivated me, inspired me, to stay in the game, fight for what I want and to never let a 'single defeat be a final defeat.' 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Hats Off

"Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. And you can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." Mary Tyler Moore. 

Moore was a star - not just because she acted in movies and tv shows, but because she had a 
fighting spirit to push through life's tough stuff, the things that brought her to her knees, and yet, she refused to give up. She stayed in the game. I can't imagine losing my child or having a brain tumor.

She was no 'ordinary' person - none of us are. Everyone has something in their life they have to deal with - a broken heart, a debilitating illness, lost dreams. To get back up and keep getting up after being sideswiped by the bad, the heartbreak and the awful, is brave. 

Mary Tyler Moore lived the good and fought through the bad. 
Hats off to everyone who like Moore, never gives in or gives up, who knows giving up is never an option. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Being Me

"I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be." Rosa Parks

It's been a long road to get to where I'm at.....a journey of many ups, downs, side-roads and detours. There were times I believed people, and situations would destroy me, but they actually ended up doing the opposite.  They empowered me to stand up, stand tall, and be me. 

I struggled with who and what I was - always wishing to be somebody other then me. I believed something was wrong with me, and that I wasn't good enough, bright enough, pretty enough, capable enough. Those beliefs were all lies, deception but I accepted them as gospel truth. 

Being me is what those hard lessons have taught me. There's nothing better. Being me, accepting all the good, bad and ugly parts that make up me, gives me the freedom to move in the world with confidence. 

Grateful today for all the tough times. They had purpose. Didn't know it then but sure do now. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.