Louise Gallagher's blog

Thanksgiving at The Madison: I am grateful

Miracles were just second chances if you really thought about it--second chances when all hope was lost.

~ Kaya McLaren, How I Came to Sparkle Again ~

"I am grateful for second chances," he says, a little smile pulling up the corners of his lips, his head nodding up and down. He reminds me a bit of Father Christmas, snow white hair and beard, neatly trimmed. Round cheeks,  eyes crinkling at the corners. A quiet, gentle demeanour.

Living on purpose -- it's so easy!

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.

~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free ~

I almost dropped my mug of coffee as I was taking a sip one morning last week.

Where Dreams Come True

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

~ Aesop ~

What I Want More of In My Life

I dwell in possibility.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

There is a moment in Choices where each trainee is asked, "What do you want more of in your life?"

Unstopping Silence

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

Unlearning

It is possible to unlearn.

~ Alexis McDonald ~

My Heart Knows Best

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

~ Thomas Carlyle ~

The mind is a tricky space. In one thought it can think small, in the next, go big. It can keep you looking at the past or dreaming of the future. It can hold you trapped in fear or open you up in courage. It can forgive or forget. It can build you up or tear you down. It can make room for adventure or keep you locked in the narrow confines of your comfort zone.

The mind is a tricky space.

Alberta Flood 2013: An update

Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

~ Daryn Kagan ~

No matter where you are in the world, it is hard to ignore that we here in Calgary and Southern Alberta have experienced, and are going through a major natural disaster. And even as I type that my mind leaps into the fray to say, "But it doesn't feel 'natural'. In fact, it feels entirely unnatural."

I am grateful

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

~ Thornton Wilder ~

May 21. To everyone else, it was just a day.

To me, it was and is, cause for celebration. Reflection. Gratitude.

Breathe in, breathe out and let go.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

~ Thomas Merton ~

I have been painting a lot recently. Getting ready for my first art show and sale. Getting immersed in my Be. Do. Have. -- a commitment I set several years ago to let my art go out into the world.

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