The Storm…

It’s so easy to get caught up…in life, with your family and friends, work, and so on. By this, I mean getting caught up in a “that’s not fair!” mentality or getting worked up over things that are of little consequence in the big picture of things. This isn’t a healthy way for us to be. It causes a lot of unnecessary stress. Unnecessary anger. Unnecessary pain. For yourself and others. I’ve learned as an adult, mostly the hard way, to try and be more mindful and not allow negative thoughts to create an unnecessary storm. And if storm clouds start to rise up, then focus and think more positively instead. Oh my, how tough that can be at times!! I’ll look at what’s happening inside me and remember, too, to take inconsideration what others are feeling.

Sometimes people will offend you, or try to at least, and push you to limits you don’t want to be, usually for their own personal gain…for their personal benefits. Or, you may do the same to others, maybe not even realizing it. Not considering the bridges that can be burned along the way, then thinking it’s not fair or your not deserving of what has come to you in the end. It’s not very helpful at all. We need friends. We need relationships. We need support and nurture. It all helps us to become a better person than we are today. My mom once said to me…”it’s not the action that matters, but YOUR reaction to the action that does.”. Those words have stayed with me… unconsciously running through my mind daily. We cannot control what other people say or do. We cannot control how other people feel. We CAN control what WE say or do. If we think negatively, we are going to attract negativity. If we think positively, then we’ll attract positivity. Pretty simple. We don’t deserve to keep holding on to negative thoughts, feelings, or people in our lives. Releasing yourself from those are the only time it’s acceptable to burn a bridge. And if you’re one of those people who made a mistake and don’t want to be cut loose, then own up to your mishaps and apologize to those you have wronged. Ego and pride can be deadly and cause us to make choices with lasting results. While it is never too late to say you are sorry, sometimes it is too late for the damage to be undone. Learning to accept our flaws and mistakes, sooner than later, is only something that will make us better in the future. It will give us a sense of inner peace. Happiness.

Cut the negativity out of your life. Take control of your thoughts. Remain positive. Don’t forget, you are your own best friend. Don’t let anyone or anything get you down…and if they do, don’t stay there for long. Own up to your mistakes and ask for forgiveness. You hold the key to your own happiness. Embrace it. Don’t be the person who “creates a storm then cries when it rains”!” Be the sunshine instead!!

Trust your path …

In today’s society it becomes easy to doubt who we are…where we are on this path of life…questioning if and where we belong. Striving to basically understand why we have been given the life we are living, including why we are granted specific privileges and opportunities while others are not. Or why others may have more than we have. Thinking this person has it easier than I do, or that person has had such a hard life, full of struggles. It becomes really easy to compare our lives to others in this way.

So, I ask myself what would happen if I just completely owned and accepted exactly who I am, what I’ve been given, and what I am doing, right here, right now? Sounds really easy, when reading, doesn’t it? But, deep down, it’s harder to accept.

No two people are the same and no two life paths are the same. We are all born into completely different circumstances, and all experience life in different ways. Unique in our own way…and we all were given our lives and our place for a reason. Given our paths to move forward on. Our strengths to help strengthen others. Our weaknesses to teach us to always remain humble. And our struggles to learn from. It’s our purpose in life.

We become less empowered when we doubt ourselves. Feeling inadequate, as if we’re not enough, will tear away at our souls…at our being. But, when you find yourself doing this, remind yourself that we don’t need to have it all figured out. Stand up to yourself. Own who you are. Be compassionate to yourself and to others. But more importantly, always love yourself and embrace this wonderful, crazy, happy, sometimes difficult and constantly changing journey! Trust and accept YOUR path, and remember, it’ll always lead you to Sunshine if you allow it!!

The adventures of dirt roads…

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I’m so lucky to be from a small town where everyone knows you. Where we greet strangers with a genuine smile and a “hello, how are you?”. But, one of the greatest things I find, next to being surrounded by water, would be the availability of untouched land….acres and acres of protected forests….thriving and strong. I love it when we’re forced to venture off a paved road and find ourselves bouncing and riding gravel and dirt covered paths. I have to admit, it’s really fun, as long as we’re not in my car, but my husband’s truck instead, lol. Hoping to not crack a windshield or gas tank, or break anything else underneath. It’s an adventure going where not many go. Always faced with a beautiful sight of God’s creation. Many say the best therapy is taking a drive on a dirt road….learning more about yourself than ever before….and I couldn’t agree more!!! Separated from the “real” world…just you and nature. Wow!!!
Even with all the holes, bumps, mud, and ditches…those roads still take us somewhere. Kinda like life, don’t you think?

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A butterfly’s beauty…

“A butterfly lights beside us, like a sunbeam… And for a brief moment it’s glory and beauty belong to our world… And then it flies on again, and although we wish it could have stayed, we are so thankful to have seen it at all.”. ~Unknown

Small reminder to always appreciate the beauty around us! Gives us Hope…Gives us Faith…Gives us Love! 🦋❤️

Nature Is God’s Art…Peace

So blessed and lucky we are to live on this incredible and magnificent planet! To always be surrounded, by God’s Beauty.

Large groups of thriving ecosystems. Living, breathing plants and animals. The constant flow of water. The beauty of it all can have such an astounding effect on ones soul. Quite captivating if I must say.

It begins the second you step outside, feeling the warmth of the sun hitting your face. Stopping, listening closely…the sounds of the birds singing, bees buzzing by, the barking of dogs near.  Seeing a storm roll in…when the smell of rain is so near. Listening to the low rumbles of thunder while the sky dances with lightning.  How beautiful it is to see that shimmer in the rain drops hanging from the tips of leaves. All if it…it makes you so aware. Aware of everything all at once. You feel so alive.  Being in present time…in the moment.

If we would just step outside and ask ourselves: “What do i smell right now? What do I hear? What am I feeling? What am I seeing?”, we would arrive in a wonderful moment of peace.

Why? How?

I can’t help but to think back to a day where, not so long ago, I stopped by my daughter’s after school care to make a payment. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I didn’t have the new code to unlock the door, so I knocked. Nothing. Looking through the windows, I saw the teachers were not in their classrooms. I went around to every door of the building…all doors were locked. Even the entrance to the church office. Feeling frustrated and inconvenienced, still not able to enter, I walked back to my car and left. But, quickly, my frustrations turned to releif. Releif from knowing that had a crazed maniac tried to enter that school, they wouldn’t have been able to. My daughter would have been safe. The other children would have been safe. The teachers would have been safe. So I ask…HOW are these people able to enter these schools? Everyone’s focused on “why didn’t they do something before this”…”people knew he was capable of this”…”guns need to be banned”…”it’s the government’s fault”…”blah, blah, blah”…but why isn’t anyone asking “how”…”why”? HOW do these sick people get in to our schools in the first place? WHY aren’t all doors locked? WHY isn’t there more security for our children? It’s already happened one too many times before now, so WHY aren’t our schools, our teachers, our CHILDREN better protected? WHY aren’t we focused more on providing safety and security, but banning guns and blaming political parties instead? Laws aren’t going to change, at least not any time in the near future, so why not expand our energy to something we CAN do…like providing more security?