Online Friends: A Powerful Love #inspiration #love #friendship


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“I dislike the phrase ‘Internet friends,’ because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or text messages. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance.” ― John Green, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

 

I thank God every day for my online friends. They’re more dependable, caring and loving than my some of my own family and friends.

 

I have a great circle of online friends. They’re there to support me in times of need and celebrate with me in times of triumph. I know I can depend on them through thick and thin, no matter what. It doesn’t matter that they live thousands of miles away or that they speak a different language.

 

Friends, whether they are “real” or “online”, are one of life’s greatest joys. We smile when we see a message from them and whatever is happening takes a backseat. We share something funny, sad or meaningful. We ask for advice or give it when needed. We congratulate when something positive happens and offer hugs when something bad happens. Our online friends, through the power of social media, provide love and it’s simply wonderful.

 

There’s so many amazing people out there who hold a special place in my heart. I thank you all for showing me the power of positive thinking and love. Without you, my life would be miserable. I’m so grateful!

 

A laugh to make your day: http://www.boredpanda.com/catnip-wine-for-cats-apollo-peak/

 

Send a message to all your online friends today and tell them how much they mean to you! Share a laugh, like I did above. lol!

 

MRS N

February 14th is the Most Romantic Day of the Year… or is it? #ValentinesDay #inspiration #love


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Joelle, My True Love

My thoughts are of you

Of how your caresses

Light a fire in my soul.

Of how your pretty smile

Brightens my whole day

How simply being near you

Takes the dark clouds away.

I love you with all my heart

My mind, body and soul

You will be my beloved wife

This truly will be my joy.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s time to talk about romantic love and I dedicate this day and inspirational thought to the man who taught me the real meaning of love, Mr. N.

From the time I was three, I dreamt of my Prince Charming, the handsome man who would love me and make all my dreams come true. I know it sounds like the total cliche but that is exactly what Mr. N did.

The fairy tale didn’t go exactly like it is portrayed by Disney. In fact, I broke Mr. N’s heart twice. Yup, I broke up with him twice, crushing him deeply. It wasn’t until I looked deep into his eyes (for the third time) and saw the unconditional love there that I realized Mr. N’s real name is Prince Charming.

The above poem Mr. N wrote to me on Valentine’s Day when we were engaged. He had to work a double-shift at the restaurant (18 hours) and it tore us both apart that we had to be away from each other on Valentine’s Day. Such is the life of a chef and his beloved but we made the best of it and when he got home, he shared his poem with me. ❤

Nowadays, we don’t celebrate our engagement anniversary on Valentine’s Day but on the weekend following. We call it Love Weekend and it’s a three-day weekend chockful of delicious food, cocktails and romantic movies. We look forward to it every year and it’s one of the ways we keep our marriage burning hot. 😉

This Valentine’s Day, if you’re in a relationship, be sure to take a moment to tell your beloved how much you love them. You don’t have to go out to a fancy restaurant or spend a lot of money on gifts and flowers to show you care. Spending time with your beloved and showering them with your kindness and love is the best gift you can give.

A note to singles: Listen, I know this is a hard day for you. Everyone around you is gushing about romantic love. Take today and shower yourself with love. Don’t throw a pity party but cherish yourself and indulge in something decadent. You’re beautiful and I love you!

Spread Love and Light!

MRS N

Children: A Parent’s Expression of Love to the Universe #love #inspiration #parents


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“A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.” — Charlotte Kasl

 

I remember both my parents whispering in my ear, “You are my world and I love you more than anything.” It gave me confidence to go to school, try new things and be a good person. Their love for me was my foundation, my strength, my support.

 

A parent’s love for their child is like nothing else in the world. A parent is responsible for growing and nurturing a whole person. Every action, feeling, word is absorbed by the child like a sponge.

 

I do not have any children but I have friends and family who are parents. They tell me what a joy it is to have children and how being a parent changes your life, your perspective on the Universe. Sure, kids can be challenging and difficult at times. But there’s nothing sweeter than when your child gives you a hug and tells you, “I love you!”

 

Parents, today and every day, tell you children how much you love them. They’ll make a face and squirm but know they take your love with them like an invisible shield which safeguards them out in the world. Create happy memories for your children to reflect on in the hard days of adulthood.

 

What’s the best part of being a parent? Share in the comments below.

 

MRS N

Best Friends: Walking the Path of Life Together #inspiration #love #grateful


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On My Wedding Day (Wedding Vows)

On my wedding day, I’m honored to be here

In front of friends, family and God, with my soul mate by my side.

I often thought I’d walk the long road of life alone.

I was ready to give up on love, then the miracle happened, you can back to me.

Joelle, you’re my beautiful angel.

I’m so lucky and blessed this day, I’m marrying the girl of my dreams.

My heart’s beating so fast, I’m so full of love for you.

You’re my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner, for now and eternity.

I just want to thank you for being mine.

And thank God for letting me have this, my perfect dream come true.

You, Joelle, as my wife.

I love you.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Best friends are one of life’s greatest treasures.

We’ve all had best friends, those people who know all our faults and love us anyway. They’re there for us in time of need, whether it is to hold us when we cry or laugh with us at something amusing.

I remember in high school I had a best friend. Her name was Beth. She and I became best friends in the 11th grade. She was a very popular girl and I … wasn’t. I was shy and more of the quiet, creative, brainy type. But that didn’t matter to her. We didn’t hang out with her friends or mine; we hung out together. I slept over at her house quite a bit and she drove us to school in the morning.

She was having trouble with something (forgive me for not recalling what it was exactly) and I was trying to encourage her. She turned to me on the couch and said, “You know you’re my best friend, right?”

I nodded and smiled.

“You’re mine, too.”

“I’ve never met anyone like you before,” she spoke softly. “You’d love me, even if I confessed to you that I pooped in my bed.”

“Sure,” I began. “Just don’t ask me to clean it up.”

We laughed and went back to the show we were watching.

That’s what best friends do. We love each other, no matter what.

I’m so lucky because when I met MR N, we became friends first. We soon became best friends and then fell in love. MR N is my best friend and even though we’re married, I know I can confess my hidden feelings/thoughts and he won’t judge me. He loves me, warts and all.

Whether your best friend is your mate or someone else, give them a hug and tell them:

I love you!

❤ MRS N ❤

A Father’s Love: Celebrating Love Month #inspiration #love #fathers


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A Father’s Love

A little girl torn from her daddy,

A daddy blocked at every turn,

An unconditional love that burned bright.

I love you daddy, she whispered into the night air.

I love you too, my angel, he whispers back.

Neither can hear the other but both smile.

Their love transcends the distance.

A woman now, she feels her daddy’s love,

Wrapping around her, protecting her.

She cannot see his ghostly face,

But knows he is with her always.

Nothing can separate them now.

The truth has set them both free.

Free to love each other as was destined.

Free to be her daddy’s angel,

Free to be her daddy, now and forever.

© 2008 N. N. Light, All rights reserved

I continue my tour through love by talking about the love between a father and a daughter. I wrote this poem back in 2008 and in it I delve into the relationship I share with my father.

A father’s love is strong and true. He guides his children to live a purposeful life, full of hard work and integrity. He’s the example of what it means to be a man.

Like yesterday, please take a moment and give your father/dad a call, text, email, etc. Three words is all it takes: I love you. Don’t delay because you never know when you’ll wake up and he’ll be gone forever. Don’t live with the regret that I live with.

my dad is my hero

MRS N

The Value of Love: An Inspirational Thought #inspiration #love #WednesdayWisdom


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The Value of Love

We both worry about money

About how we will live.

 

I stress

You cry

In the end

We should strive

To recognize the value of our love.

 

We work hard on our budget

Cutting corners

Using thrift

Overlooking how our Lord Jesus

Has given us THE gift

The total power of our love.

 

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

What’s the value of love?

It’s more precious than all the gold, silver and money in the world.

I’m horrible with numbers, budgets and finances. When I was single, I lived paycheck to paycheck, racking up debt. I tried to save and work within a budget, really I did. But then I’d see a cute pair of shoes and I’d have to have them. Cha-ching, on the credit card.

MR N loves numbers, budgets and finances. His favorite thing to do is figuring out taxes. He digs in, reading up on the new tax laws and is just like a kid at Christmas.

When we got engaged in 2004, we pooled our finances together. Me with my wild spending and him with the tight budget. You’d think we’d be fighting every night. I didn’t want to end up like my married friends and family, always fighting over money. We agreed that he’d be in charge of all the finances and we’d talk about everything money-wise. A great compromise and it allowed me to be free from worrying about money.

The poem above speaks of our working through our money issues before we were married and it speaks to my heart again this morning. It’s tax time and we got hit with a huge tax bill (we did our taxes last night). We owe more money than we thought and it was a panic moment for me. But MR N knows me and calmed me down.

“It’s all going to be okay, my love.”

He came up with a plan and now we’re ready to take it on.

The power of love.

Love is powerful. Love is healing. Love can break through any obstacle and is stronger than anything imaginable.

Love one another without prejudice, ulterior motive or condition. Watch the power of love transform another life.

Has love changed your life? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

February is Love Month on the POTL Blog. Every Inspiration Thought will be about love (not just romantic either). Be inspired and spread love.

I am my Father’s Daughter… Happy Birthday Dad! #inspiration #love #MondayBlogs


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Today is my father’s birthday. If he was still alive, he’d be celebrating his 68th birthday. My thoughts are filled with him so I thought I’d talk about the greatest gift he’s ever given me.

From the time I was born, my father has sung me, “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd. It’s our song, so to speak, and he always whispered in my ear:

“You’re my diamond, daughter, the very best the world has ever seen. Shine bright and let the world see your light.”

No matter what was going on in my life, he believed in me. When I messed up or failed miserably, he’d brush me off and tell me to keep moving forward. Even when people tried to keep us apart, my father stuck by and loved me. His last words before he died, I imagine, included me.

The greatest gift my father gave me was his unconditional love and belief in me.

Happy Birthday, Daddy! I know you’re looking down on me in Heaven and singing our song. I miss you so much my heart aches. Nothing can separate us now. I’m carrying on your legacy and keeping your memory alive. 

Life is fleeting, people. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you for you never know when they’ll be taken from you. Call, email, send a carrier pigeon, do whatever you can to let them know how much you love them.

Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

Remember when you were young,
You shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there’s a look in your eyes,
Like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire
Of childhood and stardom,
Blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon,
You cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night,
And exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome
With random precision,
Rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Daddy and me

MRS N

Saying “I Love You” Means Loving All the Parts, Not Just the Pretty Ones #MondayBlogs


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Love, in its purest form, is loving the monster inside just as much as loving the angel.

Mr. N is reading a book right now and has come to a touchy subject: trust and love. The character (we’ll call him Jim) is a conflicted man. He’s had his share of betrayal and loss. He’s in a relationship with a loving, caring woman yet he doesn’t trust her. He goes so far as to hire a private detective to follow her around. He just knows she’s cheating on him. He feels guilty about it and when the report comes in the mail, he refuses to open it. Overcome with guilt, he tells her what he did. His defense: but I didn’t open it.

She’s angry, hurt and leaves him. As she’s walking out the door, she says in so many words:

“Love without trust isn’t love at all; you can’t have one without the other.”

Truer words haven’t been spoken. Trust and Love are interconnected. You can’t love without trust and you can’t trust without love.

When I was in my early twenties, I let my insecurities rule my heart. Jealousy waged war in every single relationship I was in. I needed constant affirmations and when push came to shove, my jealousy drove them away. I simply didn’t trust them.

Trust can be scary but then so is love. It means leaving yourself exposed to rejection, pain, anger and loneliness. But it also opens you up to love, peace, joy and happiness.

I opened myself up to MR N and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Sure, it’s scary but the love we share, the unadulterated joy we feel, is the best thing in the world. We walk hand-in-hand through life letting trust and love guide our path.

Let unconditional love rule your heart and follow this mantra:

I love you. That means I’m not just here for the pretty parts. I’m here no matter what.

MRS N

The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn… #inspiration #motivation #love


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Love: the greatest achievement and the greatest life lesson.

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the death of Rock Legend David Bowie. His music is part of the soundtrack of my youth and the way he approached life inspired me. He did his own thing and didn’t care what anyone else thought of him.

One of my favorite David Bowie quotes is this:

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be love in return.”

Profound? Yes! Inspirational? You bet!

Love one another. Be the embodiment of love and acceptance.

It’s sometimes hard to love others, especially when they don’t love you in return. No one said it would be easy… that’s why it’s a life lesson. At the end of my life, I’d like to be remembered for love than hate and regret.

Learn to love and be love in return. That’s David Bowie’s legacy and I salute him today.

MRS N

If You Were All Alone in the Universe… #inspiration #love #affirmations


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Life is meant to be shared with others, not alone.

I learned a long time ago that it is better to live and love with your whole heart. I used to dwell on what I didn’t have. I was looking to the future and wishing for what might happen. While I was concentrating on the future, I was missing out on what was around me.

Love without holding back.

Take a look around your life and don’t hold back. Immerse yourself in the present and love life now!

You’ll be amazed by how switching your perspective will transform you. You’ll see all the wonderful people in your life and you’ll be living life fully.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Words to Live By: Love One Another #inspiration #affirmations #love


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Love one another.

Did you know all religions/creeds/beliefs have love at the core?

It’s true.

What makes us human is our ability to love.

My grandfather and father were the first to teach me about unconditional love. MR N followed in their footsteps.

There is so much hate in the world today. It’s hard not to get depressed and just become passive. But I don’t.

More than ever, the world needs love.

Today, call/write/email/text every single person you love and tell them how you feel. Be honest. Tell the truth.

Love one another unconditionally.

❤ MRS N ❤

Repeat After Me: I Am Loved #inspiration #MondayBlogs #Mondaymotivation


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Take a look in the mirror and repeat after me…

I am loved!  I am a beautiful person and the world needs me!

Read the above graphic and commit it to memory if possible.  You are the only you in the world and the world needs you! You are the only one who has the exact same experiences, talents, DNA, emotions and feelings.  The world needs you and so do I.

No matter what other people may say, you were not an accident! You are a blessing so go out into the world today with that knowledge. Do something amazing!  Be kind to others!

MRS N

‘Tis the Season to Love One Another #inspiration #love


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Love one another. 

This is my Christmas wish for the world.

Go out and spread love! Help make my wish come true.

❤ MRS N ❤

Share the Light and Keep the Flame Burning #inspiration #affirmations #spiritual


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Do you know someone going through a hard time? Is the world around them crumbling?

Crank up the Light inside and bathe others in the glow. 

I have a friend of mine who’s going through a really hard time. She’s a fellow blogger, writer and social media maven. She (and her family) are under attack and she wrote a blog post update last night. It made me cry and I immediately went to work.

I put on my Supergirl cape, clasped my hands tightly together and prayed/meditated. I focused on the Light inside me and covered my friend and her family in a blanket of Light. I asked for the Universe to protect her and for the darkness to flee.

I then sent her a message telling her how much I loved her and that she’s not dealing with this battle alone. I’m with her and nothing can defeat her.

When people are in the pits of despair and darkness is all around them, they feel hope slipping away. That’s where we come in. We’re the Light Bearers and our flame needs to burn bright for them to see their way through the darkness.

Call up your friend/family member and tell them you’re with them in the darkness. Hold their hand, hug them, kiss them, do whatever it takes to let them know you care.

Let your flame burn through the darkness. Share the Light.

MRS N

If There’s One Thing I’ve Learned in Life… #mondaymotivation #MondayBlogs


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This past weekend I’ve been reflecting on my life. I’m so happy and so blessed… but my life wasn’t always this way. There were so many dark days and moments where I didn’t think I could go on.

How did I get through?

I fought.

I don’t mean in the physical sense, with my fists, but in the mental sense.

When I was bullied in school, I kept going.

When I was rejected by a guy who only wanted to be friends, I kept going.

When I lost a job, I looked for the next one.

When my dream of being published started slipping through my fingers, I found another way.

Life is hard. It’s painful, exhausting and filled with potholes. But you’ve gotta keep fighting.

Why?

The alternative is grave.

There’ll be dark days but the light days outweigh the dark and make it worthwhile.

What are you fighting for? Have you told your loved ones how much they mean to you?

Do it right now! Before it’s too late.

❤ MRS N ❤