Monthly Archives: December 2016

Welcome New Year!

Renewal

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5,4, 3, 2, 1…

Many will reflect, celebrate, make resolutions, and have expectations for the new year. Many will declare a “better year” than before…

Welcome New Year, We welcome you!

How many times each year, declaration “this is the year” dismisses previous years.

Instead of looking for the magic in a “new year”, exercise how you are looking at your current year.

After all, a new year does not guarantee a better life. But, a better year is guaranteed by how you see your life.

Intentionally avoid saying today is not a good day, consider saying today is a good day with the exception of what happened today.

When facing the loss of a job, loved one, finances, etc., remind yourself “this too shall pass,” what I am facing today will be over.

Remember, nothing last forever. Keep living, the best and worst will happen, but like in all things, they will eventually pass.

Just think, if you are reading this post, you made it to the end of  a year! You are survivor! You are more than a conqueror! (Roman 8:37)  Even when  you didn’t see how or believe in conquering.

Go ahead, think of the worst that has happened, do you feel the same way you felt when it happened? Is the pain as intense now? More than likely not. The reason why, “old things pass away and all things become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17) for those believing for a better hope of promise.

So, Welcome the new year! But like the first day of any year, welcome each day and each moment as though it’s the first!

Renewing your minds daily. Remember, in all things whatever the challenge, “this too shall pass!”

`Yvonne L

 

Response to the Daily Prompt challenge – Today’s word (Renewal)

 

 

Three Line Tales-Week Forty-Seven

Three Line Tales, Week Forty-Seven
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photo by Jennifer Pallian via Unsplash

The warmth of cinnamon-baked raisin bread filled the air from the old lady’s kitchen.

White snowflakes, faded memories, reminiscing over whimsical reflections of children laughter made her smile as she carefully sliced pieces of the loaf with love.

Like every year, the old lady sprinkled powder sugar on the bread capturing the sweet memories of happiness when others were around.

`Yvonne L.

 

Response to the Three Line Tales Challenge

Press Forward, No Time to Retreat

Retreat

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One of the infamous quotes from many of Dr. Martin

Luther King hold truth,  “If you can’t fly then run, If you can’t run

then walk, If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have

to keep moving forward.”

 

If you are living there is no time for stagnation. It’s easy

to retreat and allow life to pass you by, but if you do nothing,

you will receive nothing. Life is an active force. There is energy

all around us. It’s true, whether we see it or not, the laws of

attraction are in effect. We are affected by our actions.

 

One of the mantras I often use, “if you want change, then

you change.” If you want things to happen, then make

them happen! Do not retreat before time.  There is a time and

purpose for all things. Stay mindful, timing is important!

Know when to rest or keep it moving!

`Yvonne L.

 

Response to the Daily Prompt Challenge – Today’s word (Retreat)

 

Seeing Beyond the Glimmer

 

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Years ago, around Christmastime, I was traveling in

a neighborhood not necessarily looking for homes decorated

with Christmas lights, but I did notice the lights. One house stood out

because it was outlined with lights around the structure of the home

and other decorative lights in the yard. This house had more lights

than the norm.

 

After looking for awhile, I looked up on the roof top and saw a cross.

This thought occurred, if I had not looked up and saw the cross,

I would have missed the cross. Even more so,  the thought occurred,

this is how it is at Christmastime. There’s often much hype around

the season others do not take time to reflect or honor the

significance of the season.

 

Whether you’re sipping on hot chocolate with the family around

the fire, or sitting around the fire roasting chestnuts, beyond the

lights and glimmer, let’s not forget the true meaning for this season.

When all the gifts are opened, family from far or near are gone, it is

never wrong or too late to take time to reflect and see beyond

the glimmer.

~Yvonne L.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Big Roars Are Small Cries

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Sometimes big roars are really small cries.  As we approach the holiday seasons, let’s keep in mind, not everyone view this season as a season to be jolly.  Many are facing depression whether seasonal or not, as well as other challenges. For this reason, take extra time to become a little more observant. If you have friends or loved ones living alone check on them.

Perhaps someone has lashed out at you who ordinarily might not. Look closer beneath the surface of their reaction. Keep in mind, not every smile is genuine. Behind some smiles are tears. There is a chance their smile is really a mask.  If you know of anyone who has  experienced death of a loved one around the holidays give him or her a call or send a card. Small gestures go a long way and can end up bringing light to dark places.

I’ve worked in the public sector long enough to understand this concept, “hurt people hurt people.” When individuals feel hopeless they may deflect their feelings toward others in effort to resist acknowledging their feeling. Oftentimes, they may leave the recipient of their deflection perplexed but behind their action is possibly someone in need.

So, while you’re out and about, or on your job, sow seeds of kindness. Turn a roar away from a cry to something purrfectly wonderful!

`Yvonne L.

 

3 Line Tales – Week Forty-Six

Three Line Tales, Week Forty-Six

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Photo by Bruno Nascimento via Unsplash

Life is like an amazing tapestry of picturesque views oftentime distracting its inhabitants from looking beneath the surface.

But, if you take time to look a little closer, right behind its facade, you’re realize everything isn’t as it appears, some things are hidden.

Look closer, there are cracks, holes, boundaries, and bumps unexpectedly- just when everything appears lovely and flawless.

`Yvonne L.