“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.”— George Sand (via justbesplendid)
“Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.”—Ching Chu (via heartmindspirit)
I am not sure why I feel drawn to write this evening…but I guess it’s cause there is something that must be said even though I don’t know what it is. Moving to Arizona was a huge leap of faith - faith that we could manage to survive without family just around the corner, faith that we could build a life on our own… I guess we didn’t hol dthat much faith in ourselves because the first chance we got we brought family back in.
These past 3 years have taught me a lot about people, about life, about my family and about myself. I learned some hard lessons, had my eyes opened beyond what I thought should be - beyond the tip of my nose - beyond the reach of my arm - beyond the length of my stride.
I know each lesson I should be thankful for… grateful that I was taught the lesson… grateful I was able to learn the lesson… grateful that it was family that taught the lesson and not some stranger. Some lessons were taught harshly… some sweetly… some vaguely… some with infinate detail (talking about 8 x 10 glossy’s with pictures and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one)
I guess this is where I say thank you… thank you for teaching me the true you… thank you for showing your true colors… thank you for showing me who I really am… and who I am not.
(*This song sparked the above… thought I should share)
If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.
“In life, God doesn’t give you the people you want.. instead He gives you the people you need.. to teach you, to guide you, to hurt you, to love you and to make you exactly the way you should be.”— Unknown (via justbesplendid)
“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.”—Buddha (via justbesplendid)