There Once Was a Grandpa

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There once was a grandpa who took his grandson to town. He started off by letting his grandson ride atop his donkey. As they walked to town some people passed by and said “how terrible of that boy to ride and let the old man walk!” The grandpa heard this and took the boy off the donkey and he rode the donkey while the boy walked. A few minutes later some people passed by and said ” how terrible of that old man to make that boy walk while he rides the donkey!”  The grandpa heard this and pulled the boy up on the donkey with him and they both rode to town together on the donkey.  A few minutes later a couple passed by and said ” how cruel to make that donkey carry the weight of you both!”  By the time the grandpa and grandson reached town they were carrying the donkey!

Moral of the story ~ You can’t please everyone all the time! Don’t try! Live your own life, run your own race. If you spend all of your time trying to please others you will miss the glory that is life!  And in the end…they will not be happy and you will not be happy! So be happy!  And let others be responsible for their own happiness!

 

It IS Coming Along! I Wanted To Share With YOU! xx

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Gratitude-It’s A Lifestyle

Here is the first Unedited paragraph….. I have 3 of my proposed 14 chapters finished!

Can I tell you that I have started this book at least 4 times? It never seemed right, it was always missing something. So I began again, and I begin yet again. But this time I feel it is different, I feel a certain humbleness that may have been missing in my past attempts; I think I can feel the hand of God on me now as I write these words…..something is different. And I say that with a humbleness and in awe of Him and quite frankly…you. I’m humbled by the sheer mass that I know you are, you are not one, you are many, and that is awe inspiring. The amount of people I see, every day, which are making a shift today towards living a more spiritual, or at least a kinder, life is staggering! It is awe inspiring; and it fills me with hope!

I have made a renewed commitment, to myself and my God, to not be a house divided any longer. I am devoted to getting on paper that which I have spent years studying! I have waited a long time to get to this point; so here I AM!  And I am excited!!

It may take me a while to finish, because I do have to sell a house here or there……but finish it I will! <3

Thank you for reading…..

The Freedom to Live/Love Again!

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Every morning when I wake up I make a choice (sometimes not an easy choice) to face the day with a smile on my face. Sometimes when my feet hit the floor I am in pain and it is hard to say “thank you” and “I love you” but I do it. Lately I have been in a bit more pain than usual, what I have found is as my feet hit the floor and the pain becomes intense the words fall right out of my mouth! They tumble out of me as fast as I wish the ibuprofen was going in at that very moment! haha   I stumble into the bathroom and brush my teeth, all the while thinking of all the things I am grateful for:

I am an encourager of people…..thank you

I am inspired and am inspiring to others….thank you

I am a lender not a borrower….thank you

I face my days with gratitude….thank you

Thank YOU for this beautiful day! I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I am grateful!

I love YOU!

 

I do not know if you will ever believe expressing gratitude (every day) will cause change in your life and the life of those around you……. but here is what I do know:

Pain, anger, fear, unforgiveness, grudges, revenge, these are things which stop us from living a full life.  Those things are from moments past…..not now. If we choose to live in the now then can’t we now (one moment at a time) look around and say ” it is good!” Can’t we look around and say ” I am grateful” “I am happy”  “I am blessed”  “I am loved” ??

Which is better, to sit in our anger, or to forgive and move on in the glory that is freedom! Freedom we give to ourselves because we deserve it! And that is freedom that can only be reached when we live for now and let go of the past.

Most people get hung up on the forgiveness part. Why? Because they feel like forgiving is giving in, or worse, saying to the one who hurt us ” it is OK that you hurt me”  this is simply not true!  Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself, it is the permission you need to live the life you deserve not hindered by the anger from your past.  So, take the time you need and be mad! Then move on!   I love you. You are loved!