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What To Do When You’re Wounded


Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Wounds hurt, whether they are spiritual, mental, emotional or physical wounds and it takes time to heal them.  Not all wounds are alike and the same type of wound on one of us can heal faster on one than on another with no clear rhyme nor reason.  It just happens that way.  You can help your wounds to heal faster and better when you choose to connect with yourself and with others.

I’ve been wounded.  I don’t think there’s anyone who has escaped being wounded in one form or another.  Sometimes the wounds are small and at others, they are gaping holes in our psyche.  But what do you do when you’re wounded?

For me, I’ve turned my wounds into wisdom as Oprah so aptly puts it.  I’ve reached out to connect with my soul family and I’ve looked inward while the stillness in my heart, soul and mind searched for my dimmed heartlight.  I embraced my wounds, bandaging the gushers until the flow of sadness ebbed and I could take a moment for observation at the entire scenario of my life.  When I was ready, I was able to look at my wound with a fresh perspective.

And I chose to heal.

Honestly, I am not fully healed.  I am somewhere walking on life’s path, neither in the light nor the darkness of negativity.  I’m in the grey area of healing.  But I am here, choosing to face the light and turn my back on the abyss.  The wounds prickle and tingle as they heal and sometimes are freshly poked, causing more wisdom to flow as I re-bandage the sores.  The shallow ones heal as lessons are learned.  The deeper wounds remain, but I do not allow them to be infected with negativity.  I draw out the venom when needed so that the cuts stay clean and the opportunity for healing compassion remains alive and well.

It’s a process.  It’s slow at times and at others, I feel the impact of miraculous healing.  But the wisdom I’ve extracted from my wounds has been a priceless gift, one that I don’t recommend enduring, but I am willing to share my wisdom from it.  It has been enlightening.  It has been memorable.  It has been a gift that I never wanted, but I was taught to never look a gift horse in the mouth, so I did the best I could to accept the gift with the gentleness of a compassionate heartlit soul.

And so my heartlight shines on…and I am ever grateful.

Shine On!+


You Are Simply the Best!


“The more you praise and celebrate your life,

the more there is in life to celebrate.”

– Oprah Winfrey

This is my birthday week celebration and I want to share it with you ~ let’s celebrate, for we have today ~ let’s embrace The Presents of Presence as we feel gratitude for this day, for this moment in time that we share together.  Come join me in celebrating our lives, our connections and our friendships!  Let’s be grateful that we can enjoy this moment together!

I am grateful for so much in my life, even the hardships that I have endured.  I am grateful for the happy and sad moments for they have taught me well.  I am grateful for the strength that I have found within and the supportive friends and family who have helped me through many trying times.  I am grateful to God for every breath that I continue to have and for the blessed life that I have lived thus far and I pray that I have many more years of life given to me.  I am grateful for the willingness of myself and others to reach out daily through blogging, texting, phone calls, cards and emails etc. in order to support, love and connect with each other in order to increase the love in this world through kindness.  I am grateful for every prayer.  I am grateful for the angels who surround me and for meeting human angels along my path of life.  I am grateful for my feline friends as well who give unconditional loving fur therapy when most needed (and even when not needed).  There’s something about being loved by an animal which is precious as well.  I am grateful for my mind, soul, heart and body which have endured breast cancer etc. and continue to thrive daily, even under unspeakable circumstances.  I am grateful to Mother Nature for daily delivering such a beautiful dawn which inspires me, even when I feel under the weather.  I am grateful as I count all of the blessings, big and small, in my life.

So today, please celebrate with me ~ celebrate your life, yourself and your connections with others both big and small.  Celebrate your life well-lived and your present moment.  Choose to feel the tranquility of gratitude, the quiet reminder that you are here~ perfect, whole and complete and you are appreciated for who you are.

For I am grateful to all of you!

Shine On!



Ode to Mamas ‘Round the World

yvonneSOCHappy Mother’s Day!

There is something wonderfully special about Mother’s Day.  As a child, I loved celebrating my biological Mom because I loved her, looked up to her and knew that she appreciated our handwritten cards.  My Dad would always get her a box of chocolates and some flowers.  As an adult, I am grateful that I still have my Mom here to celebrate her on her day, but my view is different now that I am a Mom myself.  I am more in awe of all she accomplished as we were growing up and I relish saying, “Mommy” and hugging her.  Time flies by and I know that these moments are precious.

But I have been blessed in my life with many Mamas.  I heartily agree with Oprah, “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”  Many women who are not my biological Mom have taken me under their wings to nurture, to love and to tenderly hold my hand through tragedies and triumphs.  My husband’s Mom is one of them.  Mom, as I also refer to her, has seen me through it all.  She is, all at once, wrapped up in a beautiful bow, my mom, my friend and my teacher.  She has treated me with love, understanding and goodness from the moment I met her.  She has taken me as if I were her daughter and I have eagerly relied on her as a Mom.  Our loving bond is such that many people think she is my mom and not my mother-in-law. ♥

Today, for me, is a united day ~ a day when all the women I know share a commonality which continues to flourish in our lives.  As caregivers, we share this day, whether we are biological Moms or not.  I remember years ago when my hubby was the soccer coach of our son’s team.  We had a game on Mother’s Day.  The soccer moms of our team were a united front ~ we were very close and on that day, without ever talking with each other, each of us brought a small gift for every one of the Moms on the team!  We had our own mini Mother’s Day celebration.  It was unlike any other Mother’s Day game I’ve ever been to because it was spontaneous, it was utmost caring at its pinnacle.  It is a memory that I cherish and every Mother’s Day I think of them and this morning was no exception.  My phone has been beeping with texts from them, as even though the team is long gone and many of our boys are not close anymore, we all still have that special bond.

Happy Mother’s Day my phone beeps with little ♥ and hugs and kisses xoxo.  It is that caring still that brings tears to my eyes.  It is special and I am grateful for the connections that we still keep.  And I think that’s what it’s all about ~ caring for each other, the way women do for others.  It’s about sharing love, kindness and respect.  It’s about being the best women we can be and holding each other’s hands while we do so.  It’s about applauding the triumphs and hugging when there’s sadness.  It’s about lending a hand, easing the pain and caring.  It’s about connecting, sharing and bonding over life.

So to all of the dear Moms out there today, thank you for all you do for your family and friends.  May the love you share come back to you today and everyday. 

You make a difference in the lives you touch.  I am blessed to know you and to love you!

Shine On!


P.S.  This is one of my favorite photos of me ~ it’s from that Mother’s Day soccer game.  Thanks SAngel for taking it! ♥