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.

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.