Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Lessons

“And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be.” Anne Frank

It's a fact of life - bad things happen. And they happen to everyone. Sometimes they hit early on in life, sometimes later. 

Things I learned about tough times - they really do happen to everyone at some point in life but thankfully, they don't last for ever. Maybe the most important thing - they leave their mark in a way that changes us, makes us see the world and our place in it differently. 

Bad things are life lessons, to teach, make strong, empower, create positive change. That's the way I look at it now. Before I kept questioning and asking why. Why me? 

I've listened to others, the stuff they've struggled through and overcame. Their difficult years, the tough, the lonely, their longing and sadness and pain. It seems part of the human journey although I wish it wasn't - I wish it was rainbows and sunshine all the time, no tough stuff, no unkindness, no hurt, or sickness, or broken relationships. 

Today, I'm grateful for coming through the hard things and standing stronger. And maybe the most important - learning compassion. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Courage

“It takes courage to believe the best is yet to come, especially when you're flat on your back and don’t know if you’re going to see tomorrow. I believe optimism is a choice - a muscle that gets stronger with use. Right foot, left foot…just keep moving.” Robin Roberts.

I meet them everyday, people who shine hope, pushing, striving, hopeful to overcome some physical or emotional limitation. 

Inwardly strong and incredibly courageous they refuse to stay down. Refuse to give up. Refuse to give in to the thing that wants to hold them back.

These people are my heros, the ones that motivate me to try when things don't go well, to hold on to hope, and mostly to never, ever give up. 

Life isn't always fair or kind or gracious, but the courage to stand up after being knocked down and put one shaky foot in front of another continues to inspire and amaze me. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Fly

"Listen, everybody! There's no limit to how high we can fly! We can dive for fish and never have to live on garbage again!" Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull  

He was a  bird...a seagull....a scavenger....He learned to soar....high above the garbage...He took a risk and he learned how to fly. 

Johathan Livingston Seagull - A kid's book for adults. The message is the best. It's about coming to the place of knowing who we really are....what we're really capable of.  It's about learning to do the impossible....the things dreamed of....wished for. It's about learning to live life as it's meant to be our heart wherever it leads.
I want to fly. I want to climb higher than I've ever gone. I want to overcome fears and let go of things that have keep me living less than my best. I want to face the lies..the myths...the things that hold me back from living completely free. 
I feel it...a crazy hunger....a strong pull....a yearning to scale let go of long-held beliefs and fears.
I can do it. I'm pumped. I've learned that nothing is impossible. One shaky step in front of another, letting go of things that hold me down, and moving forward and up.  
Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Stories

“Stories...we are made up of stories. And even the one's that seem the most like lies can be our deepest hidden truths.”  Jane Yolen

I love stories.  Mostly, I love listening to people's life stories.  I'm always in awe of where someone's been, how they overcame, how they held tight to hope, and never gave up even when it seemed like nothing would change for the better. 

Sometimes,when someone is sharing their story with me, and they've forgotten how brave they were and courageous, but in retelling what they lived, a spark is rekindled. I see it in their eyes. 

Real people, real stories. Stories that sometimes sound incredulous, wild, unreal, but it is those very stories that people lived that inspire me to move forward, to hold fast to my dreams, and to know tough times never last and that everything is always possible. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Real!

"Real isn’t how you are made, it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. 
Once you are real, it lasts for always. You can't become unreal.
Does it happen all at once or bit by bit?  
It doesn't happen all at once. You become." Margery Williams. 

My kids loved the book, The Velveteen Rabbit. So did I. It came with a little skinny stuffed rabbit that I pretended was 'real.' It was our favorite read when they were little. 

The story's true. I think we do become real when a child loves us, really loves us. 

Before I had kids, I was totally me focused. But after I had them, they became my focus, my reason for being. These little people depended on me. They trusted me and I wanted them to be happy, and safe in the world. They took up so much of my heart. 

Loving them, I became free, not so inhibited, and hesitant. We laughed, danced in the house, had pillow fights, tickle times, sang endless songs to each other. And the best, gave each other squishy tight hugs everyday. We still do.  

Today, over the moon grateful for my kids who little by little help me to live real.

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thankful Thursday - L'Chaim. To Life.

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C.S. Lewis

Sometimes I get stuck dwelling on the past - all those people who were once such a huge part of my life - moved across the country, or died, or simply left. And situations that took up so much of my energy and time, now over, resolved, finished.

I used to long for them, wish they hadn't ended, that they were still a part of my world. But I've noticed something amazing - in their place, other people, other things, other situations......

Life never stops filling us up with new and good and amazing things. It makes me excited thinking about the future and what it holds.

Someone once told me that whatever happened good or bad from this moment backward is done, it's over. I can never get it back. So stop looking back, face forward, put one foot in front of the other and go. There are so many amazing people, experiences, adventures waiting.

In Jewish we have a saying - L'Chayim. (To life). And that's what it's all about for me. There's an expectancy in that. So today I say L'Chayim. To life. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Mornings.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again."  Marie Lu. 

I love mornings. I love waking up and knowing it's another day....completely open...completely free to anything and everything. 

Mornings excite me. Even when I have nothing planned for the day, I feel this openness, an expectancy that anything can happen. Anything can be. 

Mornings are my best time to write, to create, to compose - especially very early mornings when everyone is still asleep. 

When I look out the window and see the darkness pulling back and the day beginning to unfold with light I think of all the possibilities this new day holds. 

No matter what good or bad happened the day before, in the everything starts fresh.  And maybe that's what I love about mornings the most - that they signify new beginnings. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.