Louise Gallagher's blog

You are beautiful just the way you are.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

When I walk into the Choices seminar room on the Wednesday morning, I know that miraculous happenings are afoot. That wonder and awe are in the wings, waiting breathlessly for the trainees to arrive and step into their embrace.

The Victim Story

A wise woman [or man] wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman [or man] refuses to be anyone's victim.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Later, after I have climbed down from my high horse, he will tell me that he didn't like the ride either. But, while I'm on it, while I am riding high and feeling mighty, I convince myself he's lovin' it.

And it only makes me madder.

It had begun with a silly comment, an incident of not too big circumstances.

The Story of Your Life

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

~ Phillip Pullman ~

Story is a powerful force. It has come to us through the millenia. It has carried us through time. From the first cave woman who pressed her hand against a cave wall to tell the story of her presence, to the over 1750,000 blogs that are started every day, we are a story-tellling people.

I am a trusting woman

We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.

~ Walter Anderson ~

One of the core processes of the Choices week happens on Friday afternoon when the trainees stand in their small circles and explore the question, “What do I want more of in my life?” to come up with their Contract word.

A Dog's Guide To Life

The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring.

~ Bayard Joseph Taylor ~

It took but a moment for Ellie the Wonder Pooch to wriggle her way into our hearts. It will take eternity to erase her footprints.

Thank-you - by Alexis McDonald

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~ Anatole France ~

It has been a challenging and a sad week. Last Monday, I lost my wonder pooch, Ellie, who journeyed beside me through some of the most difficult days of my life. She was my ballast, my strength, my companion and I miss her.

Dream big. Live large. Be inspired.

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

~ Mitch Albom ~

What's the worst that could happen?

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

I have been exploring. Creating. Playing.

Can I Have a Hug?

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.

~ Leo Buscaglia ~

She wanted more hugs in her life but didn't know where to get them. She lives alone. Drives a milk truck and is always alone. Where to find hugs?

How to Love. Forgive. And Live.

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

~ John W. Gardner ~

I love the month of May! Eleven years ago this month on May 21st, I was released from a relationship that was killing me. At 9:14 am two RCMP officers walked into a room where I had been hiding out with the man ho had promised to love me "'til death do us part" and was taking the death part way too seriously, and arrested him.

It was a miracle.

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