There are seven days in a week–and someday isn’t one of them. ~ Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016)
Call to action: Have you been putting something off until someday? Well, then, I command you to get up off your rump seat this instant — and Start. Already!
Did you know that the surface of this planet we call home is blanketed by over 70% water?
Did you also know that the average human adult is around 60% water by weight?
Moms get so much of the glory–and deservedly so. But, sometimes, it seems that dads and their value is under appreciated and undervalued. And that just is not right!
No and Yes are without a doubt the two most powerful words in any human language.
I believe fervently in a calm but definite “No,” as well as the bold, occasional (Okay, who am I kidding? These days, it is more than occasional!) “Hell no!”
As I was writing Ali vs. Freeman, I was reminded of this wonderful Italian proverb.
To those few mortals who are blessed by Lady Fortune with spectacular talent, tremendous wealth, and/or physical magnificence, stay humble, because…
He was young. He was pretty. He was pretty arrogant (or super confident). He was principled (loved, loved his position on Vietnam).
He announced to the world in no uncertain terms: “I am the greatest.”
Part of becoming a self-actualized adult is learning when it is appropriate to say no without defending or explaining yourself.
We live in urgent times! This has always been the truth; but today, for the first time in history, we can bear witness to the misery of others seven worlds away.
Not only can we read about it in newspapers, books, and magazines, we can also see it live and in color on our TVs at home and in our vehicles; at the airport while we wait for our flight to board; on our smartphones and tablets; at the gasoline pumps; and in the checkout lane at our local Wal-mart.
There is literally no escape from the constant storm of images that allow those of us privileged to live in the West to witness the heart-wrenching, unfortunate, intimate struggles of others, especially of women, girls, and children.
I was born into a family of warriors, really strong people. ~ SHAILENE WOODLEY
A mother gives birth to life, to the future. There is nothing, nothing more essential, more extraordinary than giving birth to, nurturing, and protecting a new life until that life can fly on its own. This is a very lovely thing.
I want to share a point of view with you. But I need you to close your mind’s eye and empty it, if you can, of your prejudices and your perceived “preferences,” and read carefully what follows.
First, forget all that nonsense that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” While there may be a mustard seed of truth in those dull, uninspiring, shopworn words, it isn’t relevant, nor does it negate in any way, what I am about to say.
NOTE: These words were originally posted on January 16, 2015. But they are still relevant today as they were last year and hundreds of years ago. Women, girls, ladies, so many of us still need constant encouragement to voice a strong no when that is our truth!
In the U.S., “No” may be the hardest word to say. If you are a woman, it is particularly fraught with angst. I know where this stems from, but I don’t fully understand why it is still so firmly rooted in our female psyche. After all, “No” is so simple. It’s just two letters and one syllable and can be a complete sentence. Right?! Wrong!
I wish, I wish someone had pounded the quoted words below into my heart and mind from BEFORE the time I was old enough to comprehend the width and depth of human treachery.
We human beings think. We talk. We strive. We judge.
It’s all part of the human situation.
To be human is to have to make choices.
Little ones. In between ones. Tough ones. Sad ones. Heartbreaking ones. Hundreds. Maybe thousands. Over the course of a single lifetime.
To be part of a society is to be accountable for our choices.
This morning, Hobby Lobby delivered this message in my email inbox–and I think it is such a beautiful reminder that we must believe in something unfathomable and sublime if we are to attempt to live our lives boldly and abundantly.
FIRST, let me just say this: I love you Detective Laura Diamond for your “I most definitely got your number, and I am not buying any of your nonsense” audacity.
And when you uttered these words during the last scene in the last episode of season two to Jake (ex husband), my heart skipped a beat or two, and I got to thinking about how a real grown up person should ask for what they want or need.
FACT: One day it will be too late.
Call to action: Are you playing hide and go seek like a child, hoping the ticking hands of time never ever find you? Is there something you want to do? Is there someone you need to have a heart to heart talk with?
See the woman in the picture?!
Maybe she is just exhausted, dead-tired…
of witnessing the bottomless barrage of suffering she can’t heal;
the incomprehensible nonsense she can’t grasp;
tripping over the same damn lies, disappointments, broken promises, and heartbreaks.
Call to action: Remember the sound of silence? Do you miss it? I do.
She died in 2006 shortly before her 42nd birthday, and I still think of her with love and miss her desperately, especially when I see periwinkle blue or a copy of Cooking Light magazine.
And when I hear Kool & the Gang’s Get Down on It, I can still remember standing at my dorm room window at Florida State University. And I can still see her “getting down” on Landis Green to her favorite song.