The beauty of the day lies before us. Let us admire it, embrace it and run as far as we possibly can in it’s glorious light.
When I was a young girl, trying out for the softball team at school, my father took it upon himself to coach me. I will never forget his words of wisdom. “Struntz – if you want to hit the ball, you have to keep swinging. Don’t stand there worrying about the ball. If you keep the bat moving – you will eventually get a hit – but you gotta keep swinging.”
Buffington, Lisa J. (2012-07-10). The Black Bear Diaries (Kindle Locations 653-665). . Kindle Edition.
Do you see yourself as a failure? Is it your own mirror that you are looking at, or the reflection that others have cast upon you? If the mirror belongs to you then you need a new mirror. If the reflection is caused by others then you need some new friends. Family and friends can have an uplifting or devastating affect on your personal image of yourself. If all you feel or receive is negative feedback, then look for other company. No one on Earth is truly as bad as others can make them out to be. You can change your own image, but you need to stop feeding on the negative input.
Buffington, Lisa J. (2012-07-10). The Black Bear Diaries (Kindle Locations 1130-1141). . Kindle Edition.
This supports the saying that you can always choose to have a better day.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom
How much of your day is filled with worry? What may come? What has gone by? Worry steals way too much of our life, our daily capacity for joy. Caring does not equate to or require worry. Put in the effort and work, then let go of the results, of what may come. Worry less and free your spirit. There is depth in light. Go easy, lighten up.
Good memories are a reminder of the best things in life.
It was bitterly cold that day when Chelsea and her mom set out to visit grandma.
It was only a short cross town journey, but Chelsea was only six and her little legs would easily stress under normal conditions let alone such a walk as this.
“Momma, can we walk a little faster?” she begged.
“What’s the hurry?” Momma replied.
“Today is cookie day!” she said with much enthusiasm. “Grandma needs me!”
“What do you mean Grandma needs you?” asked Momma.
“Who is gonna eat all those cookies?” she said.
Momma smiled as she remembered growing up in Grandma’s house.
“Yes, yes it is cookie day,” she said. “I think I can smell chocolate chips already.”
Chelsea stopped. Then raising her head up and standing tip-toed she took a deep breath.
“Momma, can we walk a little faster?” she said again. “I think I can smell peanut butter, too!”
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In the animal kingdom, roles are completely defined. Everyone instinctively knows who they are and what they are born to do. In the human world, we tend to get a little confused. Reality television, celebrity magazines, and bigger than life sports stars do not help. We look at those scenarios – those lucky people living lavish, surreal, out of control lives, and we tend to think “I want that”, or “I deserve that”. “I am just as smart, sophisticated, good looking, and talented as they are, and I want what they have.”
What we don’t realize is what it took for those people to get to where they are in society today. At this point in your life, are you willing to leave your family, your home, your current situation, and move to where the opportunities are? Are you willing to enroll in acting lessons, undergo cosmetic surgery, or practice your back swing for seven to eight hours a day? Do you really want to go out on to a football field with those two hundred and fifty pound linebackers who are looking to wipe you off the face of the planet – just to keep that seven pound pigskin ball from hitting their end zone?
Do you think that the pygmy goat stands around and wishes he was a gazelle? Of course not, he knows he is a pygmy goat, and he is perfectly happy with his lot in life. All that we have, all that we control is our lot in life and the only way to change anything is to go about changing it yourself.
Buffington, Lisa J. (2012-07-10). The Black Bear Diaries (Kindle Locations 972-998). . Kindle Edition.
Cute story- very lighthearted and humorous. 😉
I do no take much about myself seriously. At an early age I had to learn not to care what other people think. My dad, very frugal, used to insist he give me a haircut with clippers. It was during the popularity of Mia Farrow’s short cut, so I wasn’t a real outcast because of it…except for the time when he slipped and I had a bald spot on the back of my head. (Everyone was sympathetic because they thought I had had brain surgery…) Also, during the times of my dad’s schizophrenic episodes, he made sure to let me know that I was ugly. Being young at the time, I believed him, of course. However, I sincerely thought, and still think, that beauty on the outside does not matter, beauty on the inside does.
In order to “remain sane”, I do not get easily embarrassed and I have learned…
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