To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘She Let Go’
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go. There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
By Rev. Safire Rose
Sun drops on bright patent
Clogs splashing and toes feel neat
FitFlop USA is having a contest and they’re offering a pair of SHUV™ Clogs as the winning prize. This is my entry. If you’re interested too, here is the Facebook linky-dink: WIN A PAIR OF SHUV™ CLOGS! Please keep in mind that I have no affiliation to FitFlop USA whatsoever and will receive no monies for any submissions. This was strictly a creative endeavor for me and because I happen to really like FitFlops. Plus… FREE FitFlops are even more likeable.
Embrace chance encounters to dream up outlandish plans – make connections wherever you go.
The person you need to make your business successful may be sitting at the next table. Go and introduce yourself!
As is our wont, the Hubs and I took in this morning’s sunrise. What an absolutely glorious start to Good Friday!
It occurred to me this morning – and not for the first time – that I have seen more sunrises with this man than I have seen in my entire life. It truly makes my heart sing with love to be able to share these precious waking moments with my best friend.
Maybe it’s just this current stage of life I’m experiencing where 5 AM isn’t an unreasonable waking hour anymore. (Hello! 50th birthday in a mere 4 months!) Or perhaps it’s simply the nature our life together. I’m sure living at the beach has something to do with it, that’s for sure!
No matter what it is that’s wrought these circadian changes though, waking up early has simply become the most special part of my day and a truly wonderful addition to my life! Besides… I like knowing that the birds start their songs 5 minutes before first light. I truly learned this recently. Isn’t that the coolest? Almost 50 and still learning.
Allow me to introduce my DH, Chuck. Make no mistake about it… there *will* be consequences. My DH takes a perverse delight in startling me so this Huffington Post article/video provoked sheer terror in me and paroxysms of evil giggling in him. So just in case we’re in the news later… you know why.
Here’s the link to the aforementioned video: This Man Won’t Stop Scaring His Poor Girlfriend (NSFW VIDEO)
“Because nice matters.”
That’s what the little plaque on my wall says and that’s exactly what my grandmother said too. It’s a motto that I’ve heard/lived by my whole life. This is a great article that explains why it might just matter to you too.
“You’ve heard it all your life: Being humble, kind, and calm is the “right thing to do.” But if that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this: humility, kindness, and calmness can actually help you get ahead in life.”
“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows of the necessary ingredients of happiness — simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain.” — George Sand