Rebuild Your Life

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How to Begin:
Rebuilding Life from Within
Love yourself, unconditionally.
Release your bottled up emotions.
Make time for long walks, alone.
Avoid living beyond your means.
Nurture your inner strength.
Stop apologizing for being you.
Surround yourself with positive people
Embrace your situation, whatever it may be.

~ Dr. David Jockers on FB

Someone ‘liked’ this, so it came in my FB newsfeed yesterday.  Perhaps this will help someone today.

I thought it was timely for myself as well.

Shine On!

xo

 

Island

rock“I touch no one and no one touches me.”

~ Simon and Garfunkel

As loving souls, we often do things for others.  We are not looking for a specific thank you, we just want to help, to give and to love in our own special way.  Perhaps it is the ego in us which hopes for a small token of acknowledgement when we continue to strive to help another person.  We want them to see how much we love them and are willing to help, to support and to join forces.

But sometimes, even the most dedicated of us cannot make someone understand the amount of love we have for them.  The words, the actions fall on deafened ears and spirit.  We cannot bulldoze our way into their psyche.  The door is bolted shut and we are alone on the other side.  They are a rock, an island, not to be touched.

So how do you deal with an Island Gal or Guy?  Do you wait around for them to open the fortress door a crack to let some light in?  Or do you try to break it down with a loving embrace (provided they let you)?  Or do you knock three times saying the magic words, “abracadabra” and pray you’ll be heard?  Or do you kick the door and walk away?

It’s a hard position to be in.  One can only do what they can in a situation like this and it isn’t an easy place to be.  There’s a fine line between being self-sufficient and closed off to the world.  Only you yourself can open the door when you’re an Island.  Have you ever encountered an Island or a Rock Gal or Guy?  What happened?  Were you able to scale the castle walls and encourage a relationship or were you shot down?  Or did you just love them from afar, respecting their walls and taking what is given when it’s given?  Or did you finally just give up because you had no other choice?

I’m reminded of a song from my Dad’s 8 track player.  Perhaps it will conjure up some help in how to understand those rocks and islands in our lives.  Perhaps we should simply allow them their freedoms.

Shine On!

xo

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

 

Be Kind

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Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.  Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Be kind.  Above all, simply put…be kind.

Shine On!

xo

Be Present in the Present

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“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. 

If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. 

However the wisest thing you can do

is be present in the present.  Gratefully.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

I thought this was a great quote to start the week off and I hope it inspires you to live with presence.

Shine On!

xo

Joy on a Sunday Morning

psalmPsalm 30:5

…weeping may endure for a night,

but JOY cometh in the morning.

Yesterday’s Invocation to the Dawn’s  amazing photos compliments of Isabella Rose reminded me of the above verse and I thought I’d share it with you.  Many times, I have found that the tears and sadness which invade my peaceful sleep, which many times come stealthily in the middle of the night are lessened by morning.  There is something beautiful, calm and loving about dawn.  The hope that exudes from a new day dawning, a sunrise filled with a new slate which wipes clean the errors of the past and gifts us with the presents of presence, of now, of living, loving and breathing in this precious loving moment.

I know that the dawn doesn’t always take away our fears and our sadness.  Many times, with a new day dawning, we are reminded that we must endure another day in whatever puddle of sadness we are in at the time.  And there are many that we have endured as a community ~ illness, tragedy, loss of our loved ones, and even financial burdens, just to mention a few.  We have lost sight of our peace, our serenity and our presence.  I’m not saying that the dawn always takes away the yoke which weighs us down.

I just think that we can look at the dawn as a heralding of possibility.

Infinite possibility is what lures me into the dawn from the depths of soul sadness in the darkness of night.  “It’s always darkest before dawn” comes to mind as well.  Perhaps this is why my favorite time of day is dawn ~ sunrise, a new day and every angelic possibility known to man right here for me.

What is your favorite time of day?

Shine On!

xo

Attitudes are Contagious

 

attitudesAttitudes are contagious; make yours worth catching.

~ Unknown

You know those people, the ones who inspire you, who are there to raise you up and to support you, who think you are the ‘cat’s meow’ and are your biggest fan!  The ones who seem to see the good, the happy, the silver lining in the clouds and the rainbows after the storm as easily as they see their hands in front of their faces.  They touch everyone’s lives with a loving embrace filled with hope, kindness and light.

What about you?  Are you one of those people?  Honestly, I strive to practice the positivity I write about in my blog.  It’s a practice, a daily practice of choosing what I want to focus on and what I wish to see.  It’s not that I don’t have down days or moments, but when I do, I reach out for love and help.  I tend to learn the lesson and keep going.  I may even get stuck in that space for a bit, but I prefer to be happy and loving so I try to extricate myself when I can.  I have found helpful souls who understand me and reach out when they know I need a boost.  I know who to call.  Do you?  Do you have someone who you can call when you are feeling down, who will help to lift your spirits?  Who’s attitude is contagious in a good way?

Seek out those who brighten your days ~ positivity is catching!

Here’s a smile from me to you!  Have a happy day!

Shine On!

xo