Wednesday’s Word: Through


I believe words mean something. They have power. Words are what give us connection, empathy, passion and power. They help us understand one another.

In my efforts to start back on a blogging schedule and search the vast corners of the earth for more words that move me, I am going to start a Wednesday Word.

I will post a word, quote, phrase or who knows what else that moves me, inspires me, enrages me or more. I may comment on it. Or perhaps I will not. Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic too.

So here goes, the first Wednesday Word is:

“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

 

This quote gives me hope. It reminds me that the only way I will end some pain, some sadness, some struggle is to work my way through it. If I stay consumed with whatever is holding me back, I will stay there. I will wallow in it. I allow myself to be the victim and my suffering/struggle/sadness will never end. Of course, not all problems can be “ended” completely. You cannot completely fix or end the grief of losing a loved one. You cannot cure a disabling injuring. You cannot undo abuses already put upon you. No, sadly nothing we can do can fix, end, or get us out of those past situations.

However, we have the power to get through them. We have the power to choose how we survive. We can lay down in defeat and let the world run us into the ground. We can keep being the victim. We can drink or drug ourselves into numbness. We can give up. But we can also choose more for ourselves. We can start a new day, each and every day. We can have hope. We can eat better, exercise more and think positive. We can be kind. We can make a plan to improve ourselves, our situations, or our responses. It may not be easy, but we can find a way through the bad and into a better place, a nicer place and into a new normal.

So work through your life, and you will find your way out and into the new light of hope, love and freedom from what holds you back.

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Everything, Nothing is Impossible


With the new year around the corner, many of us think about resolutions, changes or updates to things in our lives. So no matter how big or small those thoughts are, here is a bit of inspiration.

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May your new year be a great one:)

Nato

The graceful winds of love


Love is powerful force. It can build us up or destroy us completely. Either way, it seems worth the risk according to this D.H. Lawrence poem.

Love is the flower of life,

and blossoms unexpectedly and without law,

and must be plucked where it is found,

and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.

~D. H. Lawrence~

Having lost at love before, I grew leery of it. What was the point? Why bother? And, does real love even exist? All those questions ran through my mind, as well as my heart. But one day, I realized, love needed to start with me. If I couldn’t love myself, how could anyone else? I began this quest to find me. I courted that voice inside to find out what I wanted and who I was. Eventually, I realized…I was a good person. With or without someone by my side, I would be ok. I could endure. And, most importantly, I realized, it was OK to love myself.

After that, I relaxed more. I sought adventure. I had fun. And one day, I went on a blind date with nearly no expectations other than fun. (I say nearly because I am a girl after all, and we always have SOME expectations like wanting fabulous hair, good meals and fun conversation.) On this date, I was to meet some friends and they were bringing a “nice guy.” I remember laughing and saying, “Well, if he IS nice, then he won’t like me. Only crazy people like me. But hey, I am good cuz I like me.”

Therefore, I showed up merely hoping for a pleasant night out. That was nearly a year and half ago, and we are still dating. (But the details of all that are another story.) I look back at that time and am still amazed. I took a risk and plucked the blossom of love when I found it. And I will cherish it for all that it is and may be in the future.

So, in honor of love and risks, I created this tanka for Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge. The prompt words of wind and grace brought me back to the moment in my life. The moment I graced myself with love is when the winds changed. And those winds brought love.

Strangers become friends

Two hearts intertwine as one

In a whirlwind of pure fate

Whispers of love caress me

Rendering my soul complete

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Prompt Words: Wind & Grace.