Did you know your smile is the greatest weapon of Light you possess?
Every smile you bestow is like a soothing salve to others, more addictive than your favorite junk food. When you smile a genuine smile, people will want to be closer to you and to discover why you’re smiling.
I remember a good friend of mine that I used to work with when I was a bookstore manager. No matter what was going on or how busy it got in the store, she smiled. She’d wish everyone a great day, even the grumpiest customers, with a kind word and a smile. I watched with amazement as each person’s face would change and they couldn’t help but smile.
Dealing with a hard day or a bad mood? Smile and watch the world around you shift from moody to happiness. It doesn’t take any effort to smile and the lasting effects on others can’t be measured but I’d bet it makes a huge difference.
Think you’re too old to go after a dream or try something new?
Pshaw! You’re never too old!
I had a lovely conversation with my grandfather yesterday. He just turned 85 and we were catching up. He told me all about his weekly men’s prayer group. He’s the leader of it but when he was asked to lead the group, he wasn’t sure he was right for the job.
“I sat down, made up a list of the reasons not to do it then threw it away. I’m fifteen years away from turning 100. I’m too old,” he said. “But then I thought, why not try it? It’s close by and I love to teach. The men are great and we meet at IHOP. So, it’s good food and good company.”
“You’re never too old, Grandpa. Look at C. S. Lewis. He has this great quote.” Then I quoted the above quote. “Plus, you’ve always been a great teacher. It’s one of your gifts and you’re helping others. Just like you taught me.”
“That’s right! I might live to be 125.” He chuckled.
My grandfather has been an inspiration to me since I can remember. He taught me so much about life, love and working hard. He taught me how important it was to give back, to help those less fortunate. Sure, he wasn’t perfect and had his own flaws but that didn’t matter to me. He was my grandpa, he is my grandpa and when I turn 85, I hope I’m active like him.
Think you’re too old to go back to school, switch careers, travel, explore your dreams or start new ones? Take my grandpa’s advice and go for it. If he can do it, you can too.
From the time I used my first box of crayons, I’ve been creative. Being creative comes second-nature to me and I’m proud to say I’m a creative person.
That wasn’t always the case. When I entered the work force at the ripe age of fifteen, my creativity was squashed. It wasn’t a favorable trait and got me in trouble more times than I care to remember. I was labelled an outcast and a rebel. Me? A rebel? You bet.
Have you buried your inner creative self? Isn’t it time you unleashed it from its dungeon?
I firmly believe that everyone has a creative side. Some people are afraid to explore it while many of us were told it wasn’t logical or appropriate so we hid it away. Read again the quote from the famous painter, Henri Matisse.
“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”
That sounds like someone I’d like to be and I refuse to hide my creativity any longer. Embrace your creative side and create. The world needs more people who love to play. Who’s with me?
When you work your tail off on something, victory is at hand. Nothing is clearer in my eyes than publishing stories. Every word, every character, every emotional response the reader witnesses comes from deep within me. It is my blood, sweat and tears splashed across the pages. All my hopes, fears and dreams are there among the characters.
What are you working hard at? Do you feel like giving up or quitting? DON’T! Your finest hour is at hand!
You will wear the ring of victory and you will rejoice!
I grew up on the famous A.A. Milne series. Every time I read or watch Winnie the Pooh (and his many friends), a smile spreads across my face. It brings me back to a simpler time, my childhood. I smile to myself and everything seems right with my world.
I love the above quote. Eeyore says life is good, especially today because it’s Friday. For those of you who are not familiar, Eeyore is a somber character. He has troubles keeping his tail on, his house standing and many other things that bring him down. His voice is low and sad.
But every once in awhile, he finds a balloon or a field of dandelions and is happy. He doesn’t jump up and down. He doesn’t scream excitedly. He slightly smiles to himself and revels in it.
We could learn a lot from Eeyore. Life can throw a lot at us. It can be easy to be down and out. But we have to remember to find what makes us happy and enjoy.
Find what makes you happy and hold onto it, even in the tough times.
George Bernard Shaw is one of my favorite Irish authors and the above quote inspired my motto: spread the Light.
Each of us is a burning torch and every time we encounter a situation or a person, our Light is a reflection of how we live our life. Are we kind, encouraging, helpful or are we mean-spirited, demoralizing, unsympathetic?
Taking Shaw’s life as an example, it’s our duty to shine our light brightly, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Kindness is infectious and helping others is a trait passed on from generation to generation.
Let’s all be glorious torches so the world can see how to live a meaningful life. It starts with you, here, today. Are you ready to shine?
St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday so I thought it would be appropriate to feature inspiring quotes by Irish writers all week. First up is the brilliant Oscar Wilde.
Are you a dreamer?
When I was in high school, my teachers and classmates called me a dreamer, and I’m sure they meant it as an insult. But in reality, I love being a dreamer because it allows me to see the world in a different light. I try to see the good in everyone, even the villains. It’s my imagination and creativity that makes me a great writer/author/blogger.
Are you able to navigate through your corner of the world by moonlight?
If so, you’re a dreamer like me.
Embrace your inner self and see the world through different eyes. It’s a beautiful way to live and ignore those who call you names. They don’t understand that it’s much better to be a dreamer than to be a stick-in-the-mud.
Are you dealing with a life-altering change that came out of nowhere?
I can relate. I’ve been there and so has Buffy.
One of my favorite television shows of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every episode is filled with scary monsters but also real life. Buffy is a normal teenage girl, except for the fact that she’s a vampire slayer. Every week, she must balance two lives: her teenage life (what, grounded again?) and her slayer life (you couldn’t go suck on some other town?).
The above quote is one of my favorite all-time quotes from Buffy. It talks about something we can all deal with: big moments. Joss nailed it when he said that even if we see it coming, we’re not prepared.
Lose a job, spouse, friend, lover?
Confronted with a moral dilemma and not sure what to do?
It doesn’t matter what the big moment is; what counts is what we do afterwards.
Whether we stand tall or cower in the corner, our actions/motivations show the world who we are.
So the next time a big moment arrives, pause and dig deep in yourself and ask:
What would Buffy do?
No, I’m kidding. That only works for me. 😉
Meditate/Pray/Reflect on who you are and how this big moment can, in the long run, make you a better person. We’re all molded clay and each big moment is the potter’s hands creating a masterpiece (us).
There’s many ways to approach life. You can go through life like a robot, stone-cold and letting nothing bother you. You can go through life at room temperature, being super careful to not get hurt or hurt others. Or you can approach life like Roald Dahl.
Read the quote above and ask yourself if you agree. I certainly agree.
Life is too short. You’ve gotta grab life by the horns and ride it hard. Let out a scream and a few yelps.
Passionate living is about embracing what you love and going after what you want most. For me, what I love most is writing, helping others and books. I managed to incorporate all three of those things into my life and now I’m living a passion-filled life.
I saw this quote this morning as I was having my breakfast and suddenly every obstacle I’ve ever faced and every challenge I’ve dealt with made sense.
I’ve been rebelling against myself. Instead of seeing myself as a beautiful sum of all of my parts, I’ve been focused solely on my faults. My inner voice chanting, “Woe is me.” The self-pity party is never-ending.
So starting today, I’m changing my inner focus. I’m tired of beating myself up.
Life’s the ultimate game and at the end of the day, every player can be a winner by having the audacity to accept all the parts of ourselves and trying our best.
I have a confession to make. My biggest weakness (besides chocolate and a good Cab Sav) is I’m not very patient. Patience is something I struggle with every day.
I’m concentrating so much on the act of waiting that many times, I’m missing out on the journey.
I’ve started meditating/praying on what I wanted to accomplish in life every morning. At the end of my session, I whisper, “I release all my worrying and anxiety with this prayer. I will focus on the journey and those around me.”
And you know what? It really helps. Choosing every day to focus on the journey and not on the waiting allows me to experience things I would’ve otherwise missed.
Confession: I still struggle with patience but it’s getting easier.
Are you patient? Do you have any advice on being more patient?
Share in the comments below. I’d love to find new ways to be patient.
Are you thankful for what you have or are you pining for what you don’t have?
I was raised in a household where it was normal to compete with neighbors in an effort to be better. Whether it was cars, homes, clothing or vacations, we had to win. I never understood it, labeled a black sheep in the family and personally don’t subscribe to this belief.
When I got married, I started to feel pressure to buy a house, have a family and so on. My family didn’t understand why, after ten years of married bliss, MR N and I didn’t have a children, a mortgage and buried in debt.
I responded this way: we’re content and happy.
Their response: what’s wrong with you?
MR N and I love the life we lead and are so thankful for what we have. We have a roof over our heads, food to eat, careers both of us love and each other. What more could we ask for?
What are you thankful for?
Share in the comments below.
Oprah’s quote rings true. Stop dwelling on what you don’t have. No matter what’s going on in the world, as long as you’re thankful for everything, you’ll end up having more.
Is your stomach tied in knots and you’re not sleeping?
Worrying about something or someone is a total waste of time.
WAIT! Before you shut off this message, hear me out.
I’m a worrier and my first instinct is to worry when something happens. I worry about a lot of things and I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Worrying about something/someone hasn’t helped me one bit. In fact, most of the time, all it does is make me feel miserable and makes it worse.
Instead of worrying, meditate about the situation. Release your death grip on it and let the Universe take over.
Breathe… yes, breathing is important too. Take several deep breaths and mentally tell yourself it’s going to be okay.
Smile, you’re living your life and have many blessings. Take out a piece of paper of write down all you’re grateful for. Don’t hold back.
Worry is a total waste of time. It doesn’t change anything. All it does is steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing.
What do you do to combat worry? Share in the comments below.
Disappointment happens to everyone, including me, and it can come when you least expect it.
Disappointment was the theme of our vacation. The spa hotel we stayed at was a five star six months ago and it is now a one star. Everywhere we turned, disappointment ran rampant (food, room, pool, spa, staff).
Did it ruin our vacation? Were we unable to rest and relax?
No! Sure, we were disappointed and at times were feeling ill but we coined it the Twilight Zone vacation. Neither one of us had to work (or even think about work) and we spent every minute together. It was bliss.
What’s your reaction when you encounter disappointment? Do you freak out or do you roll with it?
Read the quote above and remind yourself that in order to achieve real greatness, you need to go through disappointments and failures.
Only when you have gone through the deepest valleys can you possibly relish in the astounding beauty atop the highest peak.
Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year. People going in a million different directions , what with the kids out of school and so forth. The stress level gets jacked up and each of us feels like an electrocuted stress ball.
I’m dealing with this myself right now and it’s the big countdown until my summer vacation (52 days). I found a calm sweep over me when I read this quote by Albert Einstein.
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Are you feeling like a hurricane? Close your eyes, center yourself and bask in the calm of the storm. It will soon pass.
I’ve been thinking a lot about destiny and thoughts lately. I believe in destiny and I know I was meant to write Princess of the Light. I am following the path set out for me and I have faith.
Thoughts and words are the by-product of the soul.
Do you believe that statement?
I sure do!
As a person I try to project the Light and uplift as many people as I can. I’m an encourager and I have seen first-hand what happens when hateful words do more damage than a weapon. Our words are a reflection of our hearts.
Today and every day, let us be caring and speak only kind words!!!
Read this awesome quote and ask yourself: How can I make my dreams come true?
The difference between a dreamer and a successful person is motivation.
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.
My dream of being a successful business owner and top book reviewer is soon to be a reality. It took a lot of hard work, determination and strength. Motivation kept my eyes on the prize, so to speak.
I know you have dreams and I encourage you to find the motivation to do whatever you can to make them come true! There is no greater feeling in the world than living your dreams! Sure, it’s hard work but anything worth having is going to take blood, sweat and tears! Go for it!
Motivation can come from a quote, book, artwork, person or a combination. Once you find your motivation, strap on your work boots and get started! I believe in you and know you can do it!
Is what I am doing today meaningful? What if today was my last day on this earth? Would what I am doing today matter?
What about you? If today was the last day of your life, would you be wanting to do what you have scheduled today?
My answer, without hesitation, is YES! Every day I wake up and thank God for another day. I thank God for the air I breathe, the roof over my head, the unconditional love of my beloved MR N and the world that I live in. I thank God for all my friends and family worldwide and the ability to connect using social media and this wonderful blog.
This quote focuses my perspective for today. I am going to cherish everything I do and every person I encounter. I am going to make every second count. Tomorrow I may not be here and I want to be known as the person who made a difference!
Are you going to have the same focus as me? Are you going to make every second count?
Life is a lot like baseball. Every morning we put on our uniform and head out to the field of our choice. We warm up and when the clock strikes, we start the game at our position. The outcome doesn’t matter; our determination to try our best and compete is all that counts.
Are you ready to compete, no matter how many curve balls are thrown in your face??
Be like David Wright from the New York Mets.
Whether you have a great game or a terrible game, tomorrow’s another day and you’ve got to come out here and compete.