Thursday, October 27, 2011

Way With Words




She is an amazing writer and she just gets it. I love people who get it.

http://jenlemen.com/blog/?p=863

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Right or Wrong




Time alone or time with family?
Do the dishes or run in the rain?
Dance and sing or finish homework?
Be joyful or be responsible?
Follow the rules or follow your heart?

Have people enter your house and notice how everything looks perfect, how kids act with the best manners, eat the most nutritious food...or break the perfection illusion and let them see real pain, real love, real human connection?

Show your kids how to do everything just right or be thankful when they make mistakes because those are the greatest lessons?

Do I want my kids to remember all the cleaning and organizing and checking off lists or do I want them to remember...laughter, joy, freedom and feeling "a shaft of light make its way across your face"?

Do I push them to excel in school and sports so they will “succeed” or do I want them to find their own way at their own pace...and teach them that helping others is just as important?

Should we be vigilant and avoid:
Allergens
Vaccines
Pesticides
Artificial colors and flavors
TV
Video Games
Grown-up topics
Too much sun?

Or drive ourselves crazy and let controlling, perfectionist behavior steal away WHAT MATTERS MOST?

Or teach our kids (and ourselves) more strength and compassion and less fear?

Say what’s “expected” or what is “real”?
Be who you are supposed to be or who you REALLY are?
Be normal or be wonderful?

Follow your heart – career heart or family heart? How do you do both well?

How do we give of ourselves without losing ourselves?

Someone please tell me what is right and what is wrong.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about. - Rumi


Image credit: http://filonutil.blogspot.com/
Song credit: "These are Days" 10,000 Maniacs

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Serendipity




Just watched one of my favorite movies, Serendipity, and never noticed this line till tonight:

"You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries.They only asked one question after a man died: "Did he have passion?".

Genius.


“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” - Hardy D. Jackson

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Freedom




A person cannot attract to themselves that which is greater than the way they see themselves. – Daniel Brown


My whole life I have seemed to attract friends and bosses (mostly female) that seem to literally suck the life out of me. Ever since I was little, I had bossy friends, friends who put me down, friends who made me feel bad about myself. Not all my friends, but a good amount who seemed to put their thumb on me, and I could never get from under it.

When I was in elementary school, I was the shortest girl in my class, and all the bigger girls thought it was fun to carry me around and call me “Baby Carrie”. They treated me like a baby too.

I am 35 years old, and I still fall into this pattern. I still am attracting friends who are condescending and put me down, which in my opinion is being a bully.

I’ve decided that from now on I am not going to accept this kind of behavior in my life. End of story.


And I’m going to work on my self-esteem so I will start to attract more positive people in my life. If anyone wants to join me, let me know. :)

P.S. I also feel lucky to have a best friend who has none of the above-mentioned qualities and is one of the most amazing women I know.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. - William Ernest Henley