If tomorrow never comes

When I look at this imagine it fills me with hope. It’s powerful yet calming. It reminds me to acknowledge all the things I accomplished today, hope for tomorrow and the new adventures it may bring . It reminds me to rest –  my mind and my heart. Most importantly, it reminds me of the greatest artist: our creator. How perfect is His creation and how blessed are we to get to live such beauty?

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us right? Accidents and tragedies happen, we may get sick and die. But what are we doing to show our gratitude for the life we have today? Do we take time to love the ones we’d be completely broken over if we lost them? Are we really living or just existing?

Most of us are obligated to work each day.  My suggestion is to make the best of it.  Why not enjoy what you have to spend time doing? Even if it’s not pleasant do something to make it enjoyable – listening to music uplifts my mood.  Some of us have more free time to use leisurely.  What are you doing with those precious moments?  Please don’t waste it doing nothing, unless of course you’re blissfully content with doing nothing.  If not, use that time to learn something new, to help another in need, to finish that long put-off project…

I plan to take several trips, visit family and friends, learn to sew a button, read nightly, continue to write, continue to develop.

If tomorrow never comes, I want my today to count.  I want today to be the best day I lived.

With that I leave you the song by Garth Brooks, I think it sums up a lot:

Sometimes late at night
I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She’s lost in peaceful dreams
So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark
And the thought crosses my mind
If I never wake up in the morning
Would she ever doubt the way I feel
About her in my heart
If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she’s my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes
‘Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say
‘Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel
If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she’s my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes
So tell that someone that you love
Just what you’re thinking of
If tomorrow never comes

 

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Seasons

Many of us get to enjoy 4 unique seasons, each with its unique pleasures, beauties and activities. But there are some negatives with each season. Example, winter time in some places can be harsh and brutal. I read of a train full of passengers at a standstill for over a day because of the snow. Yet, I know plenty of people who relish in the snow because of the fun activities they can engage in, like skiing, snowboarding, making snowmen with their children. I even know fashionistas who love showing off winter clothing, coats and accessories.

I’d venture to say many more people enjoy summer time. You can dress lighter – I mean who doesn’t love a flowing sun dress or cool shorts? There’s swimming, biking, picnics, ice cream, vacations… the list seems endless for things associated with summer. Now let’s not forget the scorching heat though. This could be deadly and so not fun when 3 minutes after stepping outside there’s sweat beads as big as raindrops rolling down from the nape of your neck to the small of your back down to the soles of your feet!

Spring and autumn are just as glorious. Generally, more moderate temperatures, beautiful colors, blossoming flowers, color changing leaves, good hiking weather, pleasant moods, the aroma- ahhh the aroma: Pumpkin spice, lavender, vanilla, pecan pies….then there’s the allergies, the rain, fickle weather….

Like the seasons we’re constantly changing and growing. There are certain seasons in life we thrive and other we’re more at a standstill. Maybe we could use those seasons to listen, learn, grow, set goals, and try something new so when those thriving seasons arrive we’re prepared, ready to take off running and killing the game. Still in our thriving season we should take time to reach back and lend a helping/mentoring hand to those who are in their still season. This way the circle of helping and growing will continue year round. Most importantly, though, we should always be humble and grateful. Pride comes before a crash, but gratitude means peace.

Keep Going!

“Stay away from negative people.  They have a problem for every solution”

Have you ever been in such a state of mind that you can’t calm down or think straight? You’re full of anxiety and stress?  You can’t rest your mind, sleep through the night, eat healthy – you either over indulge in junk food or not eat at all?  Then you decide to talk it out with people who “understand” your situation.  In the midst of garnering support you find that you’re more upset and unproductive.  Why? Harping on a problem rather than strategically mapping out a plan to address it makes the situation worse, and being fueled by others with negativity prolongs your misery.

I feel a good solution to combating negativity is 1) staying away from more negativity – including people, 2) taking time to breathe and gather yourself – clearing your mind will help you gain a better perspective of the situation, 3) counting your blessings. Show gratitude for the smallest blessing: like breathing.

When you come up with great ideas and you share it with others and you’re not met with excitement, rather discouraging words – all the reasons that you shouldn’t or can’t pursue your dreams, ignore it. Don’t be discouraged by the naysayers.  Pursue your goal, go for it.  Whether it takes you time to achieve it and you have to revise along the way, or you achieve immediate success, or even if ultimately it does not work out.  You’re not a failure.  Having ambition and putting in the work itself is success.  Now any wins along the way are extra blessings.

Keep going, even if the road seems a bit lonely. You’ve got this!

In the still of darkness

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing”

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It was dark by 6 pm, but pitch black by 7 pm. At first I read a few pages of a book by flashlight.  When that got exhausting I played with the flashlight by creating different shapes in the shadows with my one free hand and voices to go along. I amused myself for a while. This power outage brought into sharp focus how dependent we are on electricity – being without tv, smartphones/tablets, and especially the Internet is hard.  As I relaxed in the dark I imagined what people did before the days of radio, tv, and Internet to entertain themselves.

After a while I caught myself smiling.  Why did I feel so happy though I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything?  I was brain exercising. I was reciting stories and songs I learned as a child; “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong came to mind so I belted it out loud as if I were back in the 5th grade in my elementary school auditorium with my music teacher on the piano; then I was in my neighborhood park jumping rope, swinging on metal swings with my friends, eating 50 cent ice pops.  I thought of people I hadn’t seen in years, I wondered how they are?   I thought of some people I need to check up on, send cards to, or visit.  I made a mental list.  Finally, I remembered a few good things that I have been blessed with.  All these memories and thoughts brought me joy; that’s why I was smiling.

In the still of darkness I sat still long enough to remember the beauty of living.  In spite of the daily chaos that comes with life, if you pause long enough and disconnect from the news, social media, tv shows…you may come to realize the beautiful moments you’ve lived through, the memories you’ve created, each person who left a footprint in your life. I’m sure there are some great ones you could share.  Take time to do so.  There’s nothing like the human connection.

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Resilience

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The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that 
resists.

 

Toughness.  The ability to recover from difficulties.  Resilience.

This is not always easy. Especially when the problem is challenging and long-lasting. You can feel defeated, hopeless, tired, and want to give up.  But giving up should never be a first option.  True, at one point you have to learn to let go, but that’s only after you’ve tried everything possible to make the situation work.  Once none of your efforts pan out then maybe it’s time to consider a different option, another angle, a new strategy.

In the meantime find the strength to endure by praying for courage and to have the right attitude.  Find a confidant and reveal your concerns, share ideas and solutions. Take time for self-care, to rest, have fun. Contemplate on all that you’ve overcome and survived, all your blessings.  Sing a joyful song loudly, go on a nature walk and enjoy the magnificent creation around you.  You’ll find a measure of peace and clarity.

Challenges don’t define us.  But the lessons we learn and the characteristics we develop from them often do.  So learn resilience.  Don’t give up quickly or give others your power. Resilience will help you cope with life’s challenges with hope -eager expectation, expectation of good .  This way you’ll always be victorious.

 

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