strength
August 18, 2011

Perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken...
but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places.


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and now for some deep thoughts
February 23, 2010

Last month we were all sitting around the dinner table celebrating my birthday. A good friend of mine asked me what words of wisdom I'd like share from my now many years of living and learning. Here is what I would have said if I was able to articulate verbally as well as I can in writing:

It has taken me a long time to understand that life is all about second chances and what you make of them.

Fact: a dog will never fall out of love with you.

There has never been a better time to try and fail. Who knows.....you might even succeed.

Dare to be different.

Challenge yourself. You'll feel more alive.

I don't care who you are or what your circumstance - nobody else is going to make your dreams come true, only you can make them happen.

Everybody has their addictions, passions, and obsessions - mine just happen to have 4 legs, wrinkled faces, and curly tails.

If we let fear stop us from going after the things we really want then we risk never getting them.

Anger only makes you weak. It's forgiveness that makes you strong.

Volunteer for a cause you believe in. It will do your body, mind, and spirit nothing but good.

You used to think I was crazy but the truth is I am probably the sanest female you know.

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

You should honor and cherish the people who are always there for you, because someday they won't be.

Dogs aren't our whole lives, but they do make our lives more whole.

The more I give, the more I have to give.

I think the meanest thing you can do to a person is to say things you don't really mean, just to appease them, or yourself.

One shot of whiskey in hot tea will cure a sore throat. Try it, you'll see.

I have faith that everything will work out the way it's supposed to.

I do believe that good things come to those who wait.

I have been missing you, have you been missing me?

Whatever is meant to be, will be. Trusting this and feeling it deep down in your bones is what will keep you calm and peaceful when life feels out of control.

Being successful in life may mean different things to different people. For me it means being able to master the fine art of balance between destiny and seizing random opportunities. It's like Forest Gump said at the end of the film, "I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time."

You should never knock someone else's dream - it might seem silly to you but for them, it may be all they have.

Remember when the people who are supposed to love you the most suddenly find you unlovable, it's most likely not because you have changed...it's because they have.

Perspective can be a deceitful little b*tch when you lose her....but when she finds her way back she will be your best friend on a dark rainy night.

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. ~ Kierkegaard,

Are we really THAT different, you and I?

Physical beauty is fleeting, enjoy it while it lasts.

It's one thing to be nice and accommodating it's another to be walked on and taken advantage of. You should learn the difference.

When you're loved ones are hurting and you feel helpless, don't push them....send them gentle thoughts and let them know you are there. They will come around when they're ready.

You can't be everything and everywhere to everybody, sometimes the best thing you can do for others is to just be yourself.

fall
October 28, 2009

In the fall, I'm reminded of just how much I miss grunge rock, corduroy, and how nothing has really been the same since Seinfeld went off the air.

autumnroad.jpgI'm reminded of warm apple cider, red leafed trees, cozy New England towns, heavy-weighted college sweatshirts with embroidered logos in navy and gray. Preppy bangs, inspiration, and what it means to live deep. To live deliberately and suck the marrow out of life. Dead Poets Society, "Oh Captain, my Captain!".

Exploring Indian caves, Concord, Mass. Thoreau at Walden Pond, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and how someday I'd like to make it to author's ridge, dead or alive; to rest among the silvery cracked epitaphs with ancient scripts there inscribed. Romanian castles, the peace that comes with striving, not just reading poetry but letting it drip from your tongue like honey, the ability to touch someone with verse and move them to tears.

Sometimes I cry when I read my own words but I'm still the same girl you used to know.

Blessings, grandparents, and how there's nothing quite like seeing something for the first time through a child's eyes. Comfy cotton sweatpants, black turtleneck sweaters, rich browns, vibrant oranges, muted taupe's and decadent purples; the colors of autumn and Mexican food. Full-moonlit nights, goose down pillows, crackling fireplaces and burning wood stoves. The first frost, Libra's and Scorpios and how to be gentle with a healing heart.

In the fall, there's a certain calm that washes over me with a warm sense of knowing. It reminds me of what it's like to be young again. To be completely unaware of how it feels to go without. To run barefoot in a field of green once more, to catch fireflies in mason jars with your best friend at dusk, to be pure and untainted, to allow yourself free passes for making more mistakes because you know you'll learn quicker that way. To forget for just 5 minutes what loss feels like, to unload the weight you carry with you.

It's in these still, golden-colored moments that I feel his presence most alive and working through me.

I wish it could stay fall forever.

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