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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

One Day

How did you start your day today? Was it a lazy breezy slow wake, the kind where your internal clock tells you its time to get up and start your day or was it alarm going; you jumping up and running about preparing yourself to face yet another day? Maybe it was some variation of the two…

Either way, did you stop and say thank you? Thank you God or Great universe or whatever you call the Creator/Light? Thank you, I'm here & thank you for – you fill in the blanks. Don't think you can? At the very least remember a new day is a new chance to try again, to make today better, to fix the mistakes to right the wrongs or at least to breath and if you're reading this blog –see.

It only takes one day to change your life – for the good or the bad – just one day. Really if you want to get technical – one moment -can change everything. Just ask anyone that has lost a loved one or was in a car accident or got some news today- the kind of news that lets you know your life will never be the same- like winning the lottery.

What if you knew today would be your last…I'm sure you would approach it differently. Maybe you would take more time to tell your family you love them or maybe you would seek to know God a little better…knowing this would be your last day on earth, you might want to be in closer contact with your creator. Maybe you would wear that outfit you've been wanting to wear, but haven't dared because …(insert list here). Maybe knowing that today it will all change, might change your mind about a lot of things.

I'm not saying you should live your life in "gloom and doom" mentality, on the contrary, I'm saying you should live your life to the fullest! Stop making excuses, stop putting it off until tomorrow, stop over analyzing every minute detail out of fear of getting it wrong because tomorrow…you might not have a chance to do it at all.

I've had many life changing moments occur in my life, some good and some… not so much, but I can say that as a result I am more apt to wake up saying "thank you" - whenever I begin to forget, another moment will remind me– Hey! Be grateful!!

So be grateful for today, take chances today, say I love you, today, make that call, today – tell him/her you want them in your life, today! Because it only takes one day for it to all change…

And Always...
Be Blessed

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Don't Duck!

"Don't duck the most difficult problems. That just ensures that the hardest part will be left when you are most tired. Get the big one done - it's downhill from then on."

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993
American Author and Inspirational Speaker

I received this inspirational quote in my email yesterday. I enjoy collecting inspirational sayings and reading motivational books all for the purpose of getting myself amped up to DO something…. But sometimes, too many times, I fall flat…
See...I am the queen of ducking, just read my blog entry -"Out of hiding" and my battle with procrastination is all too evident. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't get anything done…I just end up taking longer than I believe I should. Not only that, if I just handled what I need to handle when I need to handle it I would get a lot more done.

Now, if you add to the mix stress and difficult times – I all but go underground – and I avoid just about everything. I would love to say it's in my "piscearean" nature since Pisces are notorious for using escape tactics to avoid facing reality. Perhaps, to a certain degree this is true of me, too, but I am bigger than that and my strength lies not in myself, but in someone higher than me. It has become clearer to me, especially in recent weeks, I need to take the first steps, knowing God will help me the rest of the way. The harder the steps the more He shows Himself.

Like just recently, when I thought a situation was all but impossible, I took a chance and found myself in the midst of His favor and I've noticed this trend more and more in my life, but only when I stopped being afraid and stopped "hiding out" -have I seen Him "work". I guess that's what Faith is really about. Moving forward, even if you can't see the way out. Plus what I have found, just as the quote suggests, that once I get the hard stuff out of the way, once I face what I don't want to face most – the rest is easy. It's also easier to have Faith for the smaller things, knowing that God has already helped me take care of the "big" stuff.

So I have been on a mission- Making calls I don't want to make, opening mail I've left sitting because I know what's inside (yeah, I admit it), tackling that storage room (whew) and doing a myriad of other odds and ends…and you know what?- I feel soooo much better!

Hey! This might be a habit I might keep...

Be blessed!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Out of Hiding

A year has almost passed and I have not written one real blog entry. Mind you, its not that I haven't wanted to, but I have allowed time and circumstances to put me in a state of hibernation, if you will – a state of walking sleep. It's in this state that I have been hiding from the rest of the world.

As I reflect on the last year, I can see it's not just the blogging that went lacking. My art aspirations also went largely neglected, so did my poetry. Had it not been for one of my best friends, I probably would not have done any art this year at all. Oh my.

The sad part of it all is that some of the things I was inspired to write about or paint about are now lost forever in the background of my mind…yet, others still linger. So as I begin to push myself to pursue new creative endeavors, my mind is haunted with images of incomplete projects, unwritten prose and yet to be shared revelations.

All of this made me think: How do I call my self a writer and not write, how do I call myself an artist and not create? While yes all of us have our moments of "lagging", what I have done is nothing but pure procrastination. My lapse had nothing to do with a lack of inspiration. I have been inspired to write poetry. I have been inspired to write blog entries. I have been inspired to create several paintings & to finish the ones that are still not finished, but I have also chosen to put it off until later …because I don't have the time or such & such needs me right now or my business needs all my attention…until I forget and "lose the moment".

Ultimately all these excuses have culminated in a year's worth of nothing in the very areas that mean the most to me. With that in mind, I have decided to make a change: to come out of my walking hibernation and put myself out there. It doesn't matter if people read my blog or not, whether they like my poetry or they don't, whether my art moves them or it doesn't. What matters most is that it makes a world of difference to me. My spirit longs for these forms of expression to feel complete. It is for that reason that I am that I intend to push myself to be the creative person I was meant to be. To show the world and myself what I've got. To wake up and get out and come...out of hiding…