Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Memories

"Memories are who we are. In the end, that's all the luggage you take with you. Love and Memories are what last." Kristin Hannah

I went with my youngest to see Beauty and The Beast in 3D Imax. It was amazing. It felt like we were right there in the film. 

As I watched Belle slowly fall in love with the unruly beast, a memory held deep inside my heart floated to the surface.

My oldest daughter was three at the time. We were at a local outdoor festival watching two people act out Beauty and the Beast.  I wasn't sure my daughter understood what they were saying but when it was over and we got up to leave, I noticed tears streaming down her face. 

"Baby what's wrong?" I asked. 
She looked up at me, her sweet face stained with tears,  "She loved him." 

That's all it took for me to start crying too. I took her back to meet the guy who played the beast. He got down to her level and said, "you have a heart like Belle. You have a beautiful heart."

That memory makes me cry even today.  And it's true, my daughter's heart is gentle and kind. Over the years, she's changed me. She helped softened out my rough edges, and taught me to move more gently in the world. 

Memories - they carry us everywhere we go. Memories - they make us who we are. Memories - they like love, last forever. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday - 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

There are a some things in my life I wish weren't there or that were different. Things that have made life uncomfortable, or lonely, or hard. The biggest is having no extended family.  That bothered me for a long time. I carried it around and let it weigh me down. I constantly wished it were different especially when my friends have such amazing extended families.

Over time, I've come to see that the 'burdens,' those difficult things in life can be a gift, a way to push me forward and be more than I am. 

Everyone has something. For some it's an illness, a chronic condition, a disabled child, a condition that causes them angst or embarrassment, a woman who aches for children and can't have them. The list goes on. 

The thing is I've learned I had to give up fighting what I can't change. The toughest is to accept and use that thing as a gift instead of a burden. A friend of mine always says, 'it is what it is.' To me that means I can't change it but I can use it to my advantage. 

Here's to the yuck stuff, the not so comfortable, the burdens that have limited us in the past. Here's to making them the thing that pushes us forward in life. Here's to turning 'burdens' into gifts.

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday - The Best

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

I have a friend who always says - the best is yet to come. Every time I see or speak to her, she blurts out those words at some point in the conversation.
I've already been given so many good things that it's hard to imagine there's even greater things that will be in the future.

The best is that I have peace, something I didn't have when I was younger. Back then I had so little contentment and happy, but faith, and love happened. And everything changed. The dance of life did a complete 360.
To think that life has more awesome amazes and excites me. 
Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Power of Love

"Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people, they give up their secrets also if you love them enough." George Washington Carver. 

The power of love! It can soften the hardest heart. 

It's interesting to me that George Carver was born a slave. He experienced firsthand the tough, the mean, the awful ways people can treat other people. 

But somehow this amazing man realized that living kind, living gentle, living loving was the best way to be in the world. 

I agree. Happy Thursday, Guys.   

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.