"Show kindness whenever possible. Show it to the people in front of you, the people coming up behind you, and the people with whom you are running neck and neck. It will vastly improve the quality of your own life, the lives of others, and the state of the world."
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I received the following on a card from my grandmother and I have had it displayed next to my bed since then. It really spoke to me.
Never stop learning, playing, or finding wonder in the world around you. Live the length of your life, but live the depth of it as well.
There is no use in carrying around worry and regret. They only weigh you down. Always keep yourself open to hope and to love. They give us wings.
In yourself and others. Imperfections keep things interesting. They're the cracks where the light shines through.
Own Beautiful Things
And not just to keep in the drawer, tucked away for a perfect day. Surround yourself with things that make you happy, that remind you of the beauty all around us if we only keep our eyes open to it.
Follow detours. Sometimes it take an unexpected turn to help us find the life that is waiting for us around the bend. Trust yourself and the path that is meant for you.
Take Care of Yourself
And sometimes that means you need the ice cream. Be good to your body, but also your mind and spirit. You're the only one who can.
My family and I moved into a new house this Spring and I have really enjoyed setting up my new home. I have moved around furniture and trinkets until things look the way I want them to look. I am nesting.
Nesting is defined as:
One of the things I love most about my new home is the location. It is situated on a lot that backs up to the woods and there are many, MANY birds. We have installed a bird feeder off our new deck and we can watch the birds come and go all day long from the many windows in our home. They are fascinating. They are beautiful. They are hungry. We fill the feeder a couple of times a day and watch as the birds eat their fill, sometimes 7 at a time!
I love to do puzzles, but it is much easier if you have the box top "big" picture to guide you. Life is not like that. We do not have the "big" or the "whole" picture at any given point. We get one puzzle piece at a time and over time as we put them together in what makes up our individual life picture so we start to see a part of the "big" or "whole" picture of our life. However we never really know how much of the picture we are seeing at any given time. It may seem that it is only a corner of the puzzle, but it may actually be the majority of our life puzzle or we may think our puzzle is nearly complete when we have only put together half of the puzzle.
With 16 families eagerly and nervously getting ready to head to Orlando in the next day or so, much is being anticipated and much is unknown. This trip will changes lives, not only the lives of the families that are attending the retreat, but also the lives of volunteers and others who will encounter the families this weekend.
Monday, May 21st will be the 5th birthday for Inheritance of Hope!
Don't miss the release of a special video on the website on Monday - www.inheritanceofhope.org!
It only takes a seed . . . That is exactly the way Inheritance of Hope started - one simple idea - a seed.
I am not a cat lover. However, tonight when the car in front of me accidentally ran over a cat I shivered and shreeked. I felt sad for that poor kitty and the owner who was currently ignorant to that fact that the cat was gone.
Why on earth did the cat bolt out so quickly into the road when cars were speeding by in both directions? Why couldn't she just wait a few minutes for a clear path so she could cross safely?