Tag Archive | perspective

A LIFETIME

When you discover
The journey isn’t over,
Take heart:
It’s meant to last a lifetime.

 

Shortcuts might seem nice,
However, there’s such a price;
Don’t pay;
You really have a lifetime.

 

When it seems so long;
You feel far more weak than strong;
Move on;
Your strength will last a lifetime.

 

When you finally see
The whole point is the journey;
Rejoice:
It is yours for a lifetime.

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PATHS AND SUNSHINE

Even the deepest valley
Has paths that come in and lead out,
Though they be steep and rough;
Although they might fill one with doubt,
They take us on to new lands.

Even the darkest places
Are touched by the sun’s warmth and light,
Often hidden by clouds;
Though its presence may not seem bright;
Its life giving rays shine on.

Hope for the broken-hearted
Is the path that leads to new lands,
Out of the deep valleys;
To the high places where we stand
Firm in truth and fresh vision.

Laughter for the downcast soul
Is sunshine that dispels the dark,
Bringing sweet warmth within,
As its rays light a joyful spark;
That brings true courage again.

OWWIES

I was climbing a steep hill
When I slipped and skinned my knee.
It needed a good cleansing,
Some salve and a dressing;
Then it was fine and I moved on.

A limb hung over the path,
So that I needed to duck.
I didn’t bend low enough,
Bumped the top of my head,
Which gave me a painful “goose egg.”

As I tried to cross a log
That served as a natural bridge,
I fell into the water.
I shivered from the cold,
But dried off and went on my way.

All of these are just owwies
That come with life’s adventures.
They’re not the serious wounds
That take deeper healing;
They only slow us down a bit.

And when we are more wounded
By greater traumas in life,
We can know we’ll heal then, too.
We’re built to recover;
To overcome and move forward.

WHERE FROM HERE?

Our  past is part of who we are:  It’s hurts, wounds, healing, lessons and accomplishments all join to create the life we have today.
I often hear people say that we should just forget it.  WE really can’t though.  That is like trying to leave ingredients out of chocolate chip cookies or let go of the physical growth that brings us to our height and size.  It’s like trying to hide or deny  features such as blue eyes and blonde hair.
The truth is, our strengths and gifting often come from all that has happened, even the very painful, difficult things.
When I was considering a career as a psychotherapist, I told a friend that I didn’t see how the abuse and struggles of my past would make work in mental health possible.  She replied, “That’s what befits you, my dear.”
So, where from here?  How do we draw from the lives we have had without letting unworthy things rule?
Oh, forgive, learn, heal, gain perspective; then move forward into the unknown.

We can only build with the materials we have been given; we travel on the paths where we find ourselves.
Take courage; be blessed as you are; move forward with great anticipation, confidence and joy!

 

GOOD MEDICINE

Sometimes, I take myself way too seriously.

The thing is, there are plenty of things in life that might bring us tears of shame, sorrow and pain.

The antidote?  A good laugh.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine…”
Here are some other versions of that:
“A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.”  (The Message)
“A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.”  (New Century Version)
A joyful heart is good medicine, but depression drains one’s strength.”  (God’s Word Translation)
“Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.”  (Good News Translation)

I also found some wonderful quotes:

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”
William Makepeace Thackeray

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important
thing in a person.”
Audrey Hepburn

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
Bob Hope

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Seuss

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
Jim Valvano

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Mahatma Gandhi