* Embrace who you are, don’t run from it or obsess with “fixing” and “changing.” Acknowledge what you need… nourish it… and channel your energy into what brings you peace. Then, the balance will find its way in… and you will still recognize the person looking back at you in the mirror.
* Just in case no one has told you lately, “Holy S#!*, you are STRONG.”
* Always make time for silliness (even just for a moment, especially when things get tough… “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut).
* Asking for help can be difficult, but sometimes the greatest challenge is helping ourselves.
* You can connect the dots to make something awful or to make something beautiful, it’s all your perception.
* You do.
* It’s never too late to make peace with your body, even if you just realized there was a war going on… (Quotes from an article I serendipitously stumbled upon)
“Illness comes for a reason, and in itself may actually be a positive opportunity to stop and examine one’s life, to get rid of an addiction or toxic lifestyle, or to turn from focus on strictly material matters to relationships, or to seek spiritual help or growth.”
“You are the one who knows your body best, and as you go through these observations try to expand your awareness beyond your own life to see also how these or other dis-harmonies are reflected in your own self, and the relationships with your friends, family, and even your community. As crazy as it sounds, ultimately it is your own choice to heal or not to heal as it is your own innate healing ability that is activated by your desire to get well.“
“It is possible that even a single period of intense stress lasting months such as occurs with a divorce, death of a family member, loss of job, a bankruptcy or other life-changing event may eventually lead to serious damage to the tissues which could trigger the development of a chronic disease such as cancer. Decades of habitual emotional distress can have a similar effect like living long term in an unhappy relationship or working for a boss who is awful to you.”
“The body itself has no power to generate illness; illness is merely the shadow thrown by the mind. A healthy mind will shadow forth a healthy body; an unhealthy mind will shadow forth an unhealthy body. Every new cell created in the body is either negative or a positive thought in form.”
It’s time for me to heal myself. I feel like my real journey is just beginning… and I’m ready.
* Make every day a day you would relive…
… beautiful afternoons with family…
* … Silly evenings with your best friend…
* Tap into your childhood. I have to remind myself to do things that put me in a place where I feel lighthearted and where time passes more slowly, i.e. write with a pencil on lined paper, eat salads with iceberg lettuce (not the bagged stuff), and/or watch The Butcher’s Wife (I was about 9 when I saw it on Cinemax and Demi Moore has such fun, curly blond hair and it’s a tragic love story that ends happily ever after).
* Please, do not lose the excitement you feel right now. Stick it in a bottle, open it up every morning… and breathe it in.
* It’s been kind of amazing how my weekly quotes, perhaps subconsciously, have somehow highlighted the theme of my experiences with others.
…Welcomed subliminal messages…
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
For me, this site acts as a collector of all that inspires me and brings me passion- it is such a beautiful bonus when I hear that something I created reached someone else.
Dorothea, one of my dearest friends who inspired me to start this site (and inspires me daily), will oftentimes share what I write with others. This alone is incredible, but today I learned how far Dorothea’s sharing can reach.
A friend of hers in Indiana has written to Dorothea requesting the use of something I wrote in my last Self Reminders
post, Dream so big that reality can’t handle the pressure anymore and surrenders
This is an excerpt from the email…<3
I made two large copies of this [the quote] and put one in my office and one at home. The other day, Jerry (recent transplant recipient) and I were working on the NCATE report. We took a little break to discuss the Spirit of Giving Scholarship being created to honor his donor. I was looking at the dream so big quote and told him that the first time I saw this, I thought immediately of him. What that quote said was exactly what we did while waiting to know who his donor would be. (We ALWAYS knew he would have one.)
One of the things we were discussing was on- going fund raising for the scholarship. At that moment I looked at the quote and said to Jerry that we should make the quote a t-shirt. The quote might go on the back with information on being a donor on the front. The details are still being worked out.
I have to say that I read this quote about 6 times per day. It keeps me focused when spirits are lagging.
Cause and effect generates from every choice we make- whatever your cause, allow inspiration to be its effect.
(Mostly) Wordless edition…
(-just a few of the-Things I am Grateful For.)
sunshine and flip flops
* Get out of life’s way and allow it to surprise you. Stop sabotaging beautiful moments by over-thinking and under-estimating.
* Dream so big that reality can’t handle the pressure anymore and surrenders.
* Each morning, no mater what is upon you… (anxieties or excitement or physical struggles)… allow yourself to fill up with light. Breathe in the fact that you are loved.
One the most encouraging and beautiful souls in my life is Dorothea. She has supported me through calm and through inclement portions of my journey- and I don’t think I ever shared this (one of many) incredible gesture…
…A shirt displaying my picture and blog address (shown above with fat princess Chloe).
Breathe out the lie that you aren’t freaking amazing.
* Believe in your worth.
* Take the risk. Take the risk. TAKE THE RISK.
* Capture silly moments with your family…
* Take a step out of your comfort zone, find out how comfortable it may actually be.
* Remember last Monday when you were on a beautiful beach in the Bahamas? You can still be there tomorrow. Carry the peace with you through any chaos.
* Sometimes you just have to get dessert. (Even if you just take a bite.)
* Not saying I have ever done this… but, if you fall asleep on the couch before midnight on December 31st, you can always watch your DVR’d episode of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, “count down” to twelve, and get your kiss at 5 pm the next day.
* Enjoy the hustle and bustle… but also take it slow and regain balance. Allow both actions to foster their own unique ways of healing.
* Get the message…