Archive for December, 2012

December 29, 2012

What colour are your glasses?

This quote caught my eye today:

Whether the world is blue or rosy depends upon the kind of spectacles we wear.  It’s our glasses, not the world, that need attention.
(Author unknown)

Always remember:  you are the one in charge of the glasses you choose to see through, and you are the one who can change your eye wear if it doesn’t fit right.

Colour your own world.  Make it brilliant.

December 25, 2012

All aboard! Your train awaits.

Today’s quote comes from the 2004 film The Polar Express and hints at the importance of taking that leap to start your own journey before the moment passes you by.  Says the conductor of the film’s magical train:

The thing about trains [is] it doesn’t matter where they’re going.  What matters is deciding to get on.

We can never predict where the journey will take us.  We must always take uncertainty along for the ride, accept the unknown as our constant travel companion.  So be it.  We can still take that first step and choose to embark on the journey in the first place.  Yes, we can.

Merry Christmas.  Be well.


December 23, 2012

Follow your heart; come alive; do it now

It’s easy in this day and age to postpone our dreams and desires in favour of toeing the line and staying on the comfortable, well-worn treadmill that we’ve been plodding on for years.  It’s easy to tuck the things that really matter to us aside and say to ourselves, “I’ll do that later,” or, “I’ll do that when [fill in the blank].”

Well, here are two quotes that, from opposite angles, remind us to live in the moment, to be present to what truly drives us, and to act, with confidence, on our dreams and desires now — right now — because we can, and because the world needs us to do just that.

From Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios, in a June 2005 commencement address at Stanford University (by this point, Jobs had been battling cancer for almost two years):

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.  Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  You are already naked.  There is no reason not to follow your heart.

And from author and philosopher Howard Thurman:

Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

From opposite ends of the spectrum — life versus death — these quotes arrive at the same message:  live your life, follow your heart.  Your time is now.  Embrace it with all you’ve got.

December 18, 2012

Live your dream and share your passion

I ran across this bit of inspiration today.  It’s called the “Holstee Manifesto,” and it was created by Holstee, an American company-with-a-conscience that manufactures clothing, wallets, greeting cards and wall art from recycled materials.  🙂

This is your life.  Do what you want and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.  If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of you life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analyzing; life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people; we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once; seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short.  Live your dream and share your passion.

December 14, 2012

The path to your future is waiting

A wonderful quote for today, I think…

When embarking on any path, we erase footprints behind us in order to move forward.
~  Terrie M. Williams in The Odyssey of KP2:  An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species

Travel well.

December 7, 2012

Awaken a little inner glee

I ran across this anonymous quote today:

Laughter frees you up inside.

Today, laugh a little — or a lot!  Free up some space inside yourself, then breathe deeply and fill it with joy.  ♡

December 4, 2012

Love the ones you’ve got, while you’ve got them

I like this quote from Canadian poet Lorna Crozier’s memoir, Small Beneath the Sky, because it captures the essence of the ties that bind a family — that hodgepodge of collective memory that only we, our parents and our siblings can access — as well as the very fragility of those ties.  One day, the people who helped colour the memories of your upbringing will no longer be present to share those memories with you — to laugh and cry with you over events gone by; to remind you of moments or details you had forgotten; to understand, implicitly, completely and without question, the myriad currents flowing beneath it all, holding it all together.

Near the end of her book, Crozier writes about the decline and death of her mother, Peggy, with whom she was close.  In the moments before Peggy enters surgery, she refers to her daughter, then fifty, as “still my little girl, my skinny little girl who I couldn’t get to eat.”  For Crozier, those words trigger an instant flash of memory — and a sudden sense of impending loss:

People would stop [Mom] on the street and ask why I was so big-eyed and thin.  What was she feeding me?  The truth was I’d eat almost nothing but bacon.  Outside the porch on a wooden chair she’d leave pieces for me to snatch as I flew by like some wild child, not wanting to come in from playing.  Who else could tell me that?  Who but my mother held those small pieces of my childhood?  Where would they go when she was gone?

December 1, 2012

December challenge: Step off the holiday merry-go-round

As December progresses, it’s not unusual to find ourselves run ragged under a heavy load of holiday-related errands, engagements and obligations. Because the “holiday rush” often creates more stress than cheer, December’s challenge is thus:

At some point during the month, when you feel commitments and to-do lists pressing in on you, follow these steps:

  1. Stop. Stop moving, stop rushing. Sit down and breathe for a few minutes. Then give yourself wholehearted permission to get off the holiday merry-go-round and take a mini break from it all. (Trust me: the world will not end if you do this!)
  2. Clear space in your schedule for a holiday date with yourself. Cancel an appointment, bow out of a social engagement, opt not to rush to the mall post-haste in search of that perfect gift. Instead, give yourself a gift. Whether it’s a day, an evening or just a few hours, create a pocket of time for some much-needed self-care.
  3. Use this time to do something special for yourself — something that will make you feel happy, lighter, lifted. Maybe you want to make a pot of tea and cosy up on the couch with a good book, or go for a walk in a natural setting, or cue up some tunes and prepare a flavourful meal that you can enjoy at a leisurely pace. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that brings you smiles instead of stress!
  4. Keep your date with yourself — no matter what! You are worth it. Trust me on this; you are definitely worth it.

It can be difficult in our fast-paced, do-it-all society for people to stop, take a break, say “no,” put personal well-being first. But it’s OK to do so. It really, truly is. No guilt required, either! Holiday “obligations” will pile up, no matter what you do. Let them pile. Your holiday season will be no less bright because of this little bit of time you’ve taken for yourself. In fact, your season might sparkle just a little bit more because of it.