Monday, November 19, 2012

Quote of the day ... Nov. 19, 2012

"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop."
~Usman B. Asif

I am thankful for fear. Yes, you read that correctly.  I am thankful for fear because fear helps you realize that you still have lessons to learn, that there is still life left to discover. When I was a kid, I was fearless, then as time passed I started to experience fear.  I became afraid of one big thing that I still fear to this day ... heights. Although, I once heard someone say that a fear of heights is not actually the fear of being up high, it's the fear of falling.  I suppose that's true, being up high doesn't bother me, but feeling like I could fall at any point in time, definitely does. I tried to overcome this fear this summer when my mother and I were lucky enough to find a fire tower that I have tried finding for years!!!!  When I was younger, my pop took us to this fire tower and as he stood at the bottom rooting us on, I went right up to the top. This is one of my fondest childhood memories and to be able to see the fire tower, just as I had remembered it from 30 years earlier was quite the emotional experience, even more emotional to have shared this finding with my girls.  I tried to make it up to the top again, but my fear took over and I couldn't make it past the 4th landing, that really didn't matter to me though, just finding the fire tower was the absolute highlight of my life!!!  

What are you afraid of?  Would you be willing to face your fears to see what awaits behind the door you are afraid to walk through? 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quote of the day ... Nov. 15, 2012

“Broken hearts and dirty windows make life 
difficult to see, that's why last night and this 
morning always look the same to me”
~John Prine

I find it best to always start the day with a fresh set of eyes.  A broken heart hurts, and each time it is broken it seems to get harder and harder to allow ourselves to be that vulnerable again.  You begin to wonder if it is possible for your heart to ever fully mend.  I have recently discovered that the secret to mending a broken heart is to love again, or rather, to allow yourself to love again.  Keeping the pain and hurt attached to your heartache causes your "heart-windows" to become dirty.  The only way to remove dirt from a window is to cleanse it, right?  Well, your heart needs the same cleansing (just don't drink the window cleaner LOL), it requires a fresh start, a new chance at loving again.  If you find yourself living day to day with nothing but pain in your heart, start to look within to see what you can do to cleanse your "heart-windows" to be able to see clearly through them again.  

Love will wait for you. The person worthy, may not.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Quote of the day ... Nov. 12, 2012

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that
makes your rose so important.” 

~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Today's entry is a little something I wrote, a poem, of sorts, if you wish to classify it. 

a single red rose stands out of a crowd with it's beauty and it's strength.
a single red rose says "I love you" with no words at all, yet wilts away while strengthening love.
a single red rose knows it's strength with thorns so rigid, yet means no harm.
a single red rose displays it's beauty with petals so fragile, yet does not fear falling apart.
a single red rose has many meanings but none more important then it's beauty being passed from one hand to another.
                                                                                                                                          Written by Christine M Wallace
                                                                                                                                           Copyright 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Quote of the day ... Nov. 9, 2012

“The secret of life…is to fall seven times 
and to get up eight times.”
~Paulo Coelho

I believe wholeheartedly that with every fall there is a reason to get back up.  A reason to start fighting again. Even when you feel defeated it is important to continue to get up.  As with everything in life, it is often questioned "Why is this happening to me?" when the question should be "What is the lesson is this?"  It is not the why, but the what. What is the lesson? What do I see? What can I do differently this time? What will I be able to take from this situation and take to the next?

Life is a never-ending path connector.  One path leads you another, then another, then another, etc. Sometimes you end up going back down the same path, sometimes you end up at a fork in the road and both of these situations pose questions that you need to answer for yourself.  No one can tell you the answers to your life path, only you. Some people can help guide you, but the answer already lies within you, you just have to pick yourself back up, and trend forward.  That last fall is always the worst, but getting back up, is always worth the pain.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Quote of the day ... Nov. 5, 2012

"There's something liberating about not pretending.
Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk."
~Drew Barrymore

Dare to challenge yourself ... by being yourself.  Speak your opinions, live by the advice you give and love like there is no tomorrow.  Take a risk on life.  There are no guarantees in life, you may not get a second chance to tell that special someone "I Love You."  You may not get a second chance to tell someone "I'm Sorry" or "I'm here if you need me." So don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  Try to keep your heart free from regret and let go of past grudges that may be dampening your spirit.  

Dare to be YOU.  Even if it means standing alone. You will shine no matter what. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Quote of the day ... Nov. 2, 2012

"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."
~Estonian Proverb

Gratitude. (n). The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

How does one show their gratitude towards others and life?  It's quite simple to say "Thank You" and to smile when someone does something for you. But how do you feel on the inside?  Are you thankful for everything you have?  Do you look at things and put up a front because you just can't find any satisfaction? Or are you genuinely thankful for everything in your life?  

This question came to me when I seen, heard or read others "complaining", or mocking about how Hurricane Sandy didn't hit my city the way it was "suppose to".  Yes, I found it ridiculous that they closed the schools because of a bit of wind and rain, but I would rather have had my child home safe with me, in the event we did get hit hard, then stuck in school.  I seen a photo of a lawn chair turned over mocking the "storm" we got hit with going around the social media streams, but what about those in NYC, NJ, PA and even OH that got hit HARD with this storm?  I wonder if people can look at their life and say "Thank you for everything I have." Not just a few days out of the year, but everyday, even the days that seem the worst, there is always something to be grateful for.   Yes, we dodged the bullet of the storm, but others did not and perhaps we should all show some compassion for those people who are without home, food, water and power. 

I am thankful for my daughters.  I was told by four doctors I'd never get pregnant, and I did, twice.   Both of my girls are miracles.  I am thankful for my parents who are always there for me no matter what.  I am thankful for a family to share both good and bad times with.  I am thankful to have a few very best friends that have my back, even when I am in the wrong. I am thankful to have a heart that continues to believe in love regardless of all that I have been through.  I am thankful to have someone to give my heart to.  I am thankful to have a roof over my head, food to eat, water to drink, clothes to keep me warm and a vehicle to take me places.  I am thankful for a talent to be able to share with everyone.  I am thankful for music and dancing.  I am thankful for being ticklish.  I am thankful to have the ability to put the English language to some use.  I am thankful for grapes and the people that turn them into wine.  I am thankful for the ability to always be me. The list goes on and on, but I won't bore you with anything more. 

These aren't just words I speak, but feelings I genuinely have and and never take for granted.  Life is too short to be anything less then grateful for what we have.  What are you thankful for? Do you radiate your gratitude from your head to your toes or only feel it when you have to?

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