The True Meaning of Love

For the past two days, we saw the world continue to react to the death of Betty White – on her 100th birthday (January 17th), donations poured into animal shelters in communities far and wide. It is a tribute worthy of who she was and all that she embodied. When I saw this passage by a.r. lucas, it reinforced what love truly is:

“We’ve been infected with this idea that love is an emotion only felt between two people.

But love is universal. An energy. A contagious force. A gift.

To offer money to a homeless man is to love. 

To save a worm from the sun is to love.

To smile to a stranger is to love.

To be grateful, to be hopeful, to be brave, to be forgiving, to be proud, is to love.”

– a.r. lucas

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The Natural State of Change

It is in our nature to resist change; we wish for permanence and yet change is inevitable. In this poem by Khalil Gibran, he reminds us to challenge the fears that surround change:

Before entering the sea, a river trembles with fear. She looks back at the path she has traveled,

And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter, there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way. The river can not go back, nobody can go back. 

The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean because only then will fear disappear,

because that’s where the river will know, it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,

but of becoming the ocean.

– Khalil Gibran

Let us surrender to the things we cannot change; for the natural state of change is to evolve. It is through our act of surrendering that we grow strength, faith, and courage.

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A Little Poem About New Beginnings

I love this little poem by S.C. Lourie:

You still have time, darling.

To have a beautiful life.

To enjoy a wonderful relationship.

To grow a deep friendship.

To experience a wild adventure.

To create a wonderful moment.

To discover a new aspect of yourself.

Lift your head, lovely one.

Where you have assumed there are just

full stops, there are new beginnings

waiting for you. Look again.

S.C.  Lourie

I especially appreciate the line “Where you have assumed there are just full stops, there are new beginnings waiting for you.” So often, the endings in our lives feel like full stops – and yet usually, they are only pit stops on our journey ahead. Not everything is meant to last; we have the time and space to create meaning and purpose in our lives.

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The Wisdom of Love

Here are 5 Quotes about love that can encompass all of the people we love in our lives:

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” – Jane Austen

“You always gain by giving love.” – Reese Witherspoon

“Love yourself first and everything falls in line.” – Lucille Ball

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” –  Jess C. Scott

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert A. Heinlein

When we find good feeling in our relationships, it helps to sustain and support us. Today is a good day to appreciate all of the people in our lives who we love, have loved or who love us. 🙂

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A Little Poem about Acceptance

I came across this little poem by @jakmajor and felt it contributed to the beginning of a new year:

I’m learning to be comfortable in the ‘almost there,’ rather than the ‘here I am.’

I’m growing into the idea it’s okay to be small somedays and loud the next.

I’m finding the difference in standing tall in height and standing tall in heart.

I’m discovering that I can be messy and unfinished while being a complete work of art in the same moment.

I’m learning that grace and growth like to hold hands.

“Grace and growth like to hold hands.” What a nice image and a lovely little reminder that acceptance is a process that brings us both grace and growth.

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A New Year Thought

Happy New Year!

On this day I would like to share with you my favourite quote of all time. I believe that we have guides in life that show up when we need them to – sometimes they come in the form of a person, they may come in the form of an experience, book, movie, or podcast episode. They can be life-changing or found in the ordinary, yet they made a difference to the way you see yourself or the world around you.

This quote struck a chord with me when I was watching the movie ‘Akeelah and the Bee.’ It came at a time in my life when I really needed it and has since been my go-to quote. When I feel insecure, I read it, for it always reminds me of my own worth and the light that exists within me.

I wish to you and your families the blessings of a new year.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? 

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give people permission to do the same.

– Marianne Williamson (from Akeelah and the Bee)

To note: This quote is an excerpt from the poem “The Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson. I have used this one as it was instrumental to me as it was. To read the whole poem, follow this link:  http://storage.cloversites.com/fellowshipchurch2/documents/poem%20-%20Our%20Deepest%20Fear.pdf

To visit Marianne Williamson’s website: https://marianne.com/

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A Little Poem About Growth

I came across this quote that reminded me that sometimes, this is exactly the place that growth will bring us:

“And then it happens… One day you wake up and you’re in this place.

You’re in this place where everything feels right.

Your heart is calm. Your soul is lit. Your thoughts are positive.

Your vision is clear.

You’re at peace. At peace with where you’ve been,

at peace with what you’ve been through and

at peace with where you’re headed.”

– Anonymous

And that is a lovely feeling. We sometimes need to remind ourselves to have faith that we will get there. That the stepping stones we take to achieve our goals will get us to a better place. Small steps work too 🙂

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The Wisdom of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, a British actress and humanitarian, worked tirelessly to help children in need. Here are three favourite quotes from this iconic actress:

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” – Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

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Some Christmas Quotes on the Eve

On this Christmas Eve of 2021, here are some thoughts to remind us of our blessings. Despite this having been a difficult year, we still have much to be thankful for:

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” ―Ruth Carter Stapleton

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ―Peg Bracken

“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” ―Anonymous

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” ―Dr. Seuss

May your Christmas Eve be filled with Christmas blessings. 🙂

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A Little Reminder to Be Kind

I love this quote by Leo F. Buscaglia:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo F. Buscaglia

We don’t always know how our acts of kindness can affect someone. Christmas is to remember those who are less fortunate, to pray for those who spend the holiday alone. It is also a time to be grateful for all of our blessings and to share those with others.

A small act of caring carries with it a lot of potential. 🙂

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