Category: Inspiration

Waiting at the Bottom

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For some, rollercoasters are invigorating and filled with thrills. There is much anticipation and anxiety.  As the ride ascends and descends through loop after loops, the body is turned upside down repeatedly. Emotions of laughter, tears, joy, and fear are all entangled.  Finally, when the ride finishes, a sense of relief or excitement is what one  experiences.

At times, isn’t life like a rollercoaster? One minute things are going fine and suddenly a circumstance changes things. Life will change for the better or worse. But, it does not stay the same. Like a rollercoaster, you’re either up or down it seems. When the worse is over there’s a sense of relief, and when things are going well it’s exciting.

Yet, between the ups and downs, there is another posture in life. It’s a posture of being grounded.  The benefits of being grounded are when life takes you for a ride, if you are grounded, you’re determined to brace yourself and embrace whatever comes your way. Through the ups and downs, you’ll remain encouraged in knowing, “no matter what”, it will soon end. You’re like the person at the bottom of the rollercoaster waiting for others to get off.

Find a place or posture where you can remain grounded- it’s exciting to know it’s possible to live life this way.

`Yvonne L.

Love on the Other Side

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Photo credit: Steve Harvey web source

Recently I was watching a 70’s musical performance of classic groups like the Dells, Dramatics, Chi-lites, Temptations on the Public Broadcast station, Sister Sledge was one of the groups performing. Joni, one of its members, was in rare form and beautiful as usual.

Last week, at the age of 60, Joni (the one on the right) passed unexpectedly. The cause of her death is reportedly natural cause. This dynamic group consisted of Debbie, Kim, Kathy, and Joni. Some might remember their song We are Family. We are Family became a theme song for families during the early 70’s.

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This week, several individuals I know passed, suddenly. They were ages 44 and 51. Two weeks earlier I attended the funeral of a 92 years old woman.  I know death is inevitable and unapologetic, but the passing of these individuals sadden my heart. I must admit, of their passing, I was thinking more about the loved ones left behind.

The consolation I have in situations like these is death does not defeat love. Love conquers all and transcends death.  Therefore, I choose to embrace the reality death separates but love reigns.

`Yvonne L.

 

Embracing the Peace Within

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Oftentimes, I’m told I am an encourager because I have the tendency to see the world  from positive perspectives. This is true. Yet, this is by choice. If you’ve followed my writings, you know I have an idealistic approach, but I am also realistic.

I have a keen sense of awareness of world events and of the devastations around the world. But, with so much focus on the prevalence of all going wrong, why would I give more energy and focus to those things.

Evidently the world is not calm, relentlessly it does not stand still. For this reason, I embrace peace.  I choose to find solace in knowing peace is not external. It’s internal. I can live in a world of chaos and have peace within. Peace is a state of mind. It is the result of internalizing the worldview and surrounding from a positive perspective.

One of my favorite quotes is from Jack Kornfield, “By making the heart a zone of peace, it affects everybody you touch.”

We can choose to embrace confusion or retreat to a zone of peace.

I choose to make my life a peaceful one!

`Yvonne L.