Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Choices

"Life is a sum of all your choices, so, what are you doing today?" Albert Camus.

I always struggled with making choices. I agonized over what was the right thing to do and worried about what would happen if I made the wrong choice.

Choices in my head were classified only as right or wrong. Nothing in between. No grey area. But someone told me that choices are not right or wrong and if I make a choice that doesn't serve me, it's okay to backtrack and choose again.  

Looking back at some of the choices I've made over the last few years, I realize that those choices made me who I am. They shaped me, helped me move in the world better, especially the big ones like - choosing to keep an open heart, choosing to forgive all the people who hurt him, to, choosing to give back and help someone else make it. 

So what am I going to do today?  I'm choosing to live open, live kind, live with purpose, and forgive no matter what. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Love.

"I can't think of anything I'd rather have more than somebody lovin' me." Sue Monk Kidd

Nothing feels as good as knowing somebody loves me.  Knowing I'm loved makes me strong, brave, confident.  

Love goes the extra mile. 
Love hangs in when no one else does. Love believes the best for me, wants the best for me. 

Love never holds a grudge. Love forgives. 

Love softens my heart - makes me move in the world softer, more gentle. 

Love empowers  - enables me to live my best life.  Being loved teaches me to be kind, giving, caring. 

I think love is the most powerful force in the world.

Happy Thursday, Guys.   


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Goals.

"To me, it`s about dreaming in the day and in the night. Dreams have always helped me visualize my goals and aspirations. When I was a child, I could see me on stage singing my heart out. I could see what I was wearing and where I was going. I would visit that dream every single day and as I look back, my dreams kept me focused on what I wanted to do and the person I wanted to be."  Dolly Parton. 

Summer for me is all about living life easy and free. But around mid-August with September a few weeks away, I always start to think about stuff I want to do - things I want to accomplish - ways to make a difference in my life and in the world. 

I already have confirmations of startup dates for running workshops and having writing projects due. More than that - this is a time I start to 'dream awake and asleep' - to see those things that are key for me to live with purpose - to reach for the passion to give back and set it on fire again. 

Summer - laid back, fun, family, friends. 
Fall - focused, purposeful, giving back, making a difference. 

Dreams delight me. They stretch me, make me reach higher. They give my life purpose, meaning. They enrich me. To give hope to someone in the dark, thrills me.

Maybe because in the Jewish faith, the new year begins in the Fall, for me, September means new beginnings - new projects, new adventures. 

Getting excited. It's gonna be one fab year!

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday -Possiblities

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility. Charles Kettering
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"The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossiblity." Charles Kettering. 

I can imagine the two brothers telling each other not to listen to all the people saying things like, 'are you both crazy? You can't fly like a bird. Do something more realistic. Do something with your lives that makes sense.'

But the brothers had passion in their guts, and an idea, a dream, and nothing anyone could say stopped them from pursuing what they believed to be possible. They listened to that small voice inside them that kept repeating over and over - GO FOR IT!!!!

I don't believe anymore in the word, impossible. I've heard it many times from people who don't 'see' or who can't imagine making possible what seems completely impossible. 

I've learned that sometimes I have to shut people out who try to sway me to drop the ideas that play in my heart....that sing chorus' on the inside, that pull me to move toward to something that others claim are impossibilities for me to achieve.

It's a risk, a gamble to move forward in trying to make impossibilities become a reality. But if the passion is there, and also, faith, I believe I can do those things I can't forget about, the things that play in my heart and which seem unlikely to ever becoming reality.

I believe - nothing is impossible. Have a dream? Have an idea that you can't let go of? I say, Go for it! 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Voice.

"I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower - the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence." Helen Keller. 

We all want to be heard, to have our voice - to have a platform to speak, to say our point of view.....what we think, what we believe is right or wrong for us. We all need our voice to to be heard.

Me too. I want my voice to be heard. But there are days there is only one Voice I want and need to hear, - the Voice that instills courage in me, and confidence. The Voice that draws me to stand strong and brave and kind. 

That's the reason I go to the mountains, and into the woods, and into the brilliance of nature, the quiet, the calm, the peaceful - to listen, and hear the Voice that empowers me to be in the world and to be strong. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.