In the light of today, there is no past

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

~ Frederick Douglass ~

At Choices, I watch people of all ages struggle to step out from beneath the shadow of their upbringings, the burdens of the past, the sadness of the lessons they've learned on the road of life that have broken their hearts and undermined their belief in their capacity to live freely and whole-heartedly.

When a hug is all you have to give.

Be a love pharmacist: dispense hugs like medicine — they are!

~ Terri Guillemets ~

Year's ago, while sitting in a coffee shop by myself, a young woman sat at the table across from me and cried. I remember thinking at the time that I would like to get up and ask her if there was anything I could do. To offer a listening ear, a hug, some reassurance to help her through whatever the pain was she was feeling in that moment.

I did nothing.

What will you do with the wounds on your heart?

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

~ Rumi ~

We all carry scars on our hearts. Those leftover renmants of the wounds and pains inflicted upon our beings when we were too young to understand or decipher the circumstances of life we didn’t understand or couldn’t make sense of.

Tears are the words our hearts can't speak freely

Tears are prayers too. They travel to God when we can't speak.

~Psalm 56:8 ~

We all have rules. Those internal constructs we keep to remind ourselves of what we need to do to be safe, to be okay, to do what we need to do.

Rules are good. As long as they don't inhibit our living beyond our comfort zones, breathing freely in the sea of life.

Be Willing to Do The Hard.

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

~ Chinese Proverb ~

He was in his late forties, early fifties when I met him. Almost black eyes. A crooked smile that moved all the way up to his eyes to push the skin into deep, well-worn lines. He liked to laugh. A quiet laugh that shook his body. He spoke slowly. Measured his words as carefully as the sugar was measured out at the homeless shelter where we met. Sugar is gold in a homeless shelter. He used his sugar wisely.

Determined as a dandelion

Look in the mirror. That's your competition.

~ Author Unknown ~

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How to learn anything

The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

~ Louis E. Boone ~

When we learned to walk we were not overnight successes. We learned to crawl, then stand, then teeter, then take a step and most importantly, we learned that falling was okay and getting back up an essential part of the process.

Forgiveness creates room for more...

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

~ Paul Boese ~

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There is power in our words

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

~ Buddha ~

The hummingbird story was told by Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai in May 2006 at a conference on poverty elimination in Montreal. The story she shared is:

Pay attention. Act with intention.

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

~ Jose Ortega y Gasset ~

I have been struggling with my lower back. Struggling to sit, to walk, to feel comfortable without its aching reminder, I am out of balance.

It is getting better, but sitting is still the thing that makes it cringe.

So I have been honouring its call to be quiet, to relax, to lay low and let it heal -- with the help of my chiro and massage therapist of course!

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