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Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Life

Broken

Sometimes we think we are broken.  We are sharp with our tongue, unlovable, unsuccessful, selfish and all the other words that may float around in the story in our heads.

The thing is, we are not broken.  We are human.  Carrying problems that are heavy.  Trying to juggle all the things.  It’s hard.  And that makes us hard on ourselves.

As Glennon Doyle writes in her book Untamed, “If you are uncomfortable — in deep pain, angry, yearning, confused — you don’t have a problem, you have a life.  Being human is not hard because you are doing it wrong, it’s hard because you are doing it right.  You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was ever supposed to be easy.”

It was never supposed to be easy.  We are not broken or imperfect or a failure.  We are beautiful souls becoming more of ourselves every single day.  Do the hard things.  But do not be hard on yourself.  You are doing the best you can, and it is more than enough.

 

A young man who was always smiling

I always buy my daily cup of tea at the same store.  When I was in line paying one day this week, the cashier asked if I ever bought meat at the store.  I said sometimes, and asked if there was a sale.  She said no but did I remember a young man who was always smiling at the butcher counter and I said I did.  She said, “He passed away from an asthma attack.”

He was my age. Continue reading

Life is what happens when you are making other plans

Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

All three of my kids are competitive Irish dancers and it takes up much of the oxygen in our lives.  As I’ve said before, I don’t pay for dance but for the life lessons it teaches including perseverance, dedication, getting up when you fall, and winning and losing with grace.  In a month, my two boys are registered to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships in New Orleans.  Planes and hotels booked.  Practices and workshops on the calendar. Continue reading

It’s who you think you’re not

I saw an anonymous quote the other day that said, “It’s not who you are that holds you back.  It’s who you think you’re not.”

Who you think you’re not.

You might think you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, rich enough, connected enough, successful enough.

The thing is, you are.  You have all you need right now to make your wildest dreams come true.  You just need to take action.  Ask questions.  Be willing to fail.

You can spend your whole like thinking about what you want to do.  Or you can spend your whole life making it happen.

And the second option makes jumping out of bed in the morning a lot more exciting.

Will people think you’re crazy?  Some will.  Will people say no?  Many will.  But you only have one life.  Why not live it in a way that makes your heart sing?

As Mary Oliver once said, “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

You’re not the kind of person who can’t do anything.  You’re the kind of person who can.

Life is what happens

In his song “Beautiful Boy,” John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

As we race through our days toward countless self-imposed finish lines, we often trip up along the way.  A job is lost.  A diagnosis is given.  A family member passes. A bad decision is made.  A crisis erupts.  A friendship is gone. Continue reading

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