November 20, 2015

Exit anger, enter love

Thought of the moment, courtesy of author Barbara De Angelis:

The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.

I do think that some of the events in my past have led me to direct anger towards people or situations that I see as the “cause” of something bad or undesirable in my life. Often it’s a subconscious reaction, one that I’m not aware of (or aware of the depth of) until years later. I know that these events and people don’t actually “cause” my negative reaction; how I choose to react to any situation is completely up to me — but tell that to my heart in the moment!!

The anger is there, I know it’s there, and I’m trying to work my way through it, to move towards a place of acceptance, forgiveness, freedom. And, yes, the ability to love and truly live in the present once again.

Awareness, I’ve always said, is the first step towards change.


November 11, 2015

The right track means no backwards glances

Thought of the moment, source unknown:

You know you’re on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.

Let the past be. Stop trying to be the person you once were.

Live like the person you are today, with joy, confidence and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. ❤

November 10, 2015

Brokenness connects us

Thought of the moment, courtesy of vocalist and author Sheila Walsh:

My brokenness is a better bridge for people than my pretend wholeness ever was.

Think about it: it’s not your perfection, but your imperfection that allows people to truly connect with you. As humans, we all have cracks and fissures, chips and patches, and we feel reassured and relieved when we learn that others have them, too. Sharing our vulnerabilities, fears and foibles with others often allows us to build deeper, more intimate relationships. We can identify, emotionally, with people who aren’t shiny and perfect, and we’re much more inclined to share our own personal experiences with people who we know have faced similar struggles.

Feigning perfection — putting up a false front that always proclaims “I’m fine; everything in my life is/was/will be great!” — is more of a wall to connecting with others than sharing your faults and failings ever would be.

October 25, 2015

Sometimes you just gotta go through it

Are you facing a fear or uncertainty that’s stalled your progress in a particular direction? Remember this verse from an old children’s song:

Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go around it. Have to go through it!

Whether you’re encountering long grass and oozy mud on a make-believe “bear hunt,” or confronting obstacles (real or perceived) in day-to-day life, sometimes the only way forward is through!

October 22, 2015

Real hurts, but it’s where the love is

A case for taking risks, putting yourself out there, and opening your heart wide, courtesy of Margery Williams in the children’s novel The Velveteen Rabbit:

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you . . . ”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Life is meant to be lived, experienced, dived into and shared in full. A worn, scarred exterior means a rich, shining interior. The people who matter most in your life will see this; they will know it, understand it, without question. This is love.


October 21, 2015

Today is the right moment

Are you waiting until “the right moment” to do something big? Maybe putting something aside until you feel “ready”? Consider these words from actor and author Hugh Laurie, and you might decide that the right moment is today:

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

You’re as ready now as you’ll ever be. Suck up some courage and act … reach out … open your heart … live. ❤

October 20, 2015

Observed on the street: time for a change

I found this little sign in a gift shop in Smithers, British Columbia:


Time changes everything. Does it? And if so, how? Is the secret in the simple fact that “time heals,” or does the passing of time allow us to gain a better perspective on life, loss, value and what really matters in the long run?

Time changes everything. I want to believe that it will, but I’m looking for the proof.

October 15, 2015

Your future is not about people who walk away

Thought of the moment, from source unknown:

When people walk away, let them.
Your future is not about people who walk away.
It’s about the people who stay in it for the ride.

To all those people who are in it for my ride, thank you.

October 10, 2015

How to find your way home: lose yourself in all directions

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American writer Henry Miller:

Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves, there is no hope of finding ourselves.

October 7, 2015

Believe in the impossible

Thought of the day, courtesy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland:

Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Space travel, air travel, the Internet –even you running that 5-kilometre course without stopping once.

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in our modern age were once thought impossible.

Believe in the impossible. Give those “crazy” ideas wings to fly.


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