You are not what you have done, but what you have overcome. All the hardships. All the mistakes. All the rejections. All the pain. All the times you questioned why. All of these things have given birth to the wisdom and strength that will help you shine your light on the world, even in the darkest of hours.
“Life is a gift, and should be cherished, lived and experienced. Though experience often reveals itself as pain in this world, it is still purposeful, it still has its place in the evolution of our spirit.”
― Michael Poeltl, Revelation
“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa
I was having a conversation the other day with my daughter, who is beautiful, kind, loving, and one of my best friends. We dealt with the terrible teenage trauma a few years back, and she is now turned into a wonderful young woman. She was dumbing herself down when we were talking. I told her she was smarter than that and she should give herself more credit than she is. She got a little upset at that, and proceeded to tell me that its easy to do with so many others around her doing the same things to themselves. Using this as a good teaching moment, I told her that everyone has their hangups, but those around her shouldn’t influence her to dumb down as well. “no mom you don’t know what i’m saying, when ‘everyone’ around me, meaning you too…” I stopped and thought about how I talk around her. Life has thrown some challenges my way, and I do struggle with self esteem myself. Always have. Guess I haven’t been doing as good as I thought keeping it under control. I left it alone until I got home from work later, and told her how bad I felt about showing her that kind of attitude. So together we are working on the same challenge as every other mother out there. Our ammo, each other. Best schooling I’ve had in a while…
March came in like a lion on the East Coast of Canada. I read a book a long time ago, a fictional book, but the theme was somewhat applicable to life. I feel like seasons in life are changing for me. Im finding that no matter how much I push thryrough, try to stay positive and give to the world the best of me, there is an equal pull in the abyss that is the challenging side of life. I tell myself on a daily basis, I can not control how others behave, treat others or drag someone down, I can only control my reaction to it. So that leaves me asking myself, how do I keep trying to deal with “life” and push on staying positive, in a wold that thrives on drama and lack of drive. I guess I have been trying to keep the attitude that even though I am one person with a million challenges, there is someone else in my day that is having a million and 1 challenges, so maybe my interaction with them will be the one point in there day that gives them that little extra boost to push on…Im hoping spring shows itself soon, we are thawing out here this side of the country, snow is melting, days are getting longer, and I crave the dirt in my hands and sun on my face. That is where I get the most clarity…until then, Ive been working on me and looking for one extra bright spot in life each day…Today, I wish you all at least 20 minutes of peaceful pleasure…