"Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say "thank you", "I love you", and "great job" to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you've been given, it is not accidental - search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself - plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you've been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment." ~Bonnie L. Mohr
A FB friend posted this as her status. I really needed the reminder today. This morning started as one of those... you know the type; As soon as your eyes see daylight (or before) that today would challenge you. Nothing extraordinary - but the little things pick away just enough to make you glum. Brayden woke up especially cranky and devastated by my "No" response to his request for a cookie. We do this every morning... and every morning I tell him the same thing "we don't have cookies for breakfast." The question makes me smile, but his tantrum does not. I ignored the screaming while I was in the shower, and he eventually stopped. He wanted cereal for breakfast but cried when I poured milk over it. He didn't want to change is shirt or have his face wiped or his hair combed. Nothing about this morning was going right for either of us. But, I read the quote right after I dropped B off - It was there waiting for me this morning to read, not by accident I am sure.
It's interesting the sentences that stand out. Each person that reads it will take away something that another person did not. The weight of the importance is varied on where you are, not physically but emotionally and mentally. For me, the heavy parts are:
"Be Honest. Work hard. Be choosy."
I am working my butt off, but I am staying true to me - even more so, in working so hard I am learning more about myself than I ever knew. And I am learning to be choosy - in many aspects.
"Go to church, take time for prayer."
I love that I am reconnecting with God, and church - So does my Mom! I am learning a lot too. Every Sunday I walk out the doors intrigued and more appreciative of the growth I am experiencing. I am teaching Brayden how to pray - we are starting simple. "God loves you."
'Love your life and what you've been given, it is not accidental - search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be.'
It is Not Accidental :) Everything that has happened has lead me here - and here is exactly where I am supposed to be.
"Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming."
I am a HUGE ball of worry... non stop and about eveything... I think I am aging myself quickly. I need to work on how to let it go. I smile when I hear the song from the Zac Brown Band "be a fool, not a worry..." I make a mental note each time.
"Forgive, it frees the soul."
Forgive. That is really hard. I have let people and their actions bother me for far too long. I am working on letting it go - and letting them go too. I pray for them and for the strength to move on. I know I will feel better when I do. I actually say it out loud. I look in the mirror and take a deep breath, releasing the anger. They are missing out by not being in my life. I pray that they go where God has intended them too - and that they will see clarity someday. And if not, it isn't my weight to carry.
Everyday we have the opportunity to make a conscious decision; to make today the best day. Make today (and everyday) yours!