Keeping Up With The Joneses? I Don’t Think So!

Charles Spurgeon

Being grateful for all I’ve been blessed with continues to be the way I live. It truly makes all the difference in how we see ourselves, our lives, our opportunities, and halts all that comparison stuff that depletes our joy. Seriously, we are SO fortunate. I found this post and just wanted to share it to emphasize this ideal.

 

 

Guest post from  Bestselling Author, Carry On, Warrior and Founder of Momastery

“Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it.

I’ve always loved my kitchen, but after seeing those pictures I found myself looking at it through new, critical eyes. Maybe it was all wrong. Maybe the ’80s counters, laminate cabinets, mismatched appliances and clutter really were mistakes I should try to fix. I stood and stared and suddenly my kitchen looked shabby and lazy to me. I wondered if that meant I was shabby and lazy, too. Because our kitchens are nothing if not reflections of us, right? I decided I’d talk to Craig and make some calls about updates.

But as I lay down to sleep, I remembered this passage from Thoreau’s Walden: “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” Walden reminds me that when I feel lacking — I don’t need new things, I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have. So when I woke up this morning, I walked into my kitchen wearing fresh perspectacles. Here’s what I saw.” ….click to continue…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glennon-melton/a-whole-new-and-necessary-way-to-see-your-messy-house_b_5791612.html

Purpose

The effect you have on others is your most valuable currency

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect. So we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying that you can ask the universe for it. You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world. You have two choices–love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.” Jim Carrey

 

Dear readers, I encourage you to reach….reach for those things you desire to fulfill your lives! Don’t hear me saying empty words, because I know that so much of what we wish for is attainable. I’m not speaking of material goods, but instead, a purpose that fulfills our soul. We are ALL created with a purpose. In fact, we are tailor-made for it. And once we are riding in the channel of it, we will be fulfilled.

Will there be difficulty, tragedy, loss, and hardship while finding our purpose that fulfills? Yes. There will be. Sometimes these things actually bring us TO our purpose. 

And sometimes it will seem as if there is no way possible to becoming fulfilled in your purpose. Or even knowing what it is!

Finding your purpose and fulfillment takes perseverance and doing the hard work:

*like seeking your heart’s voice,

*asking yourself what is it that will light your fire,

*remembering the times when it seemed that your soul soared, and

*honing in to shape your purpose from that.

Hard work, like:

*Believing in yourself enough to know that you deserve to be fulfilled.

*Believing that you CAN be filled with purpose, fire, light, and energy.

*Knowing that what you desire to do will affect others positively, changing their lives by mending, healing, touching, inspiring, and bringing LIFE to them. 

 

YOU have a reason to be here on this earth. Do not let fear rob you of that!! Of course it’s scary! Of course it’s hard. If it were easy, everyone else would be doing it already! However, there is a specially-carved niche just for YOU. And it’s your place, your purpose, your fulfillment.

Seek it out. Perhaps it will take a few trials to find it. Perhaps it will boil below the surface for a while. However, I believe that in your heart, in your “knower”, you already are aware of what lights you up.

What hums in your soul.

What intrigues and excites you.

Go there. Find it. Nourish it whatever the cost. Let the song of your heart sing loudly. Because the Creator put it there, and that song tells you who you are and what your purpose is in this life. 

 

 If Jim Carrey’s words intrigued you, watch more of the video at 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJD5-R_HPCc 

 

Did this blog speak to you? Then by all means, like, share, and comment to your heart’s content!! I would love to know there is “someone out there”! :)

 

Mamas and Their One-Day-Old Babies

 

OH my goodness I LOVE these! Gorgeous mamas and the most precious babies.

Please note, the mamas’ still-expanded-to-accommodate-the-child bellies.

So beautiful. NOT photo-shopped to become “acceptable”. Realistically showing the result of skin being stretched for nine months in order to house a miraculous event…the growing and designing of a child. A real-life human.

I hold that as God’s greatest miracle. And I encourage all new moms to wear their stretched skin proudly. Because, there are many–like me–who cannot claim to have been an essential part of God’s performing a miracle.

 

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/jenny-lewis-one-day-young-newborn-babies

 

 

 

 

 

Passionista Quotes

While traversing through the many words I read daily, I find wonderful quotes that stir me. Making them into graphics and posting them on my pages assures my finding them later. 
Ran across this one today. My spirit shouted a loud, “YES!”

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Something About The Testing….

You never know how strong you are

Amen and amen!!

More to come on this subject.

 

Please share with your friends. I know there are many who would agree!

Ten Life Lessons From A Navy Seal

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Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training. Here’s his amazing Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin 2014, written in an article from Business Insider:

 

Honestly, this article is a bit hard to read.

We all wish life could just be “easy” for a while.

Let me tell you, there will ALWAYS be hard stuff if you are alive.

And YOU have the choice to be

BETTER OR BITTER.

There are many good words here.

My favorite was from #9:

“If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world

by giving people hope.

 So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.”

This is how I envision my life…

to help others by singing in the mud.

For the article, click here. You will be glad that you did. http://www.lifebuzz.com/10-lessons-from-navy-seal/

As always, if you liked this post and/or think it can help someone, please share.

Hugs and love, Passionista Mimi

Live In The Present

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Truly, we must learn to live each day as if it’s our last. Because, really, our future is not guaranteed, and we often let opportunities pass us by. I know this sounds like an overused cliché, but I’ve been impressed with the honesty and urgency of these words. 

Mainly because I’m making the decision whether to “retire” or not–the word put in quotes because who, really, retires these days? This word is especially laughable for me because I am the only parent of two special-needs young teens. I will never, ever, in this lifetime, “retire” (except to heaven, and that’s another journey that awaits!).

As I reflect on my own parents’ retirement, I’m still saddened that my mom waited until she was 68 to retire. I know that seems young in this age, but her body had begun to collapse and fall apart, which meant that she only had about 4 years of traveling with my daddy–something they enjoyed with all their being. Also, cancer attacked them both in the next few years, when they were 73. Daddy died at age 75 and Mama was 78. It still hurts. It grieves me. My heart is so saddened by the years of life stolen from them and my family. Unfortunately it happens so frequently now that if someone is “really sick” we all think of cancer as a possibility. 

So, at the young age of 62, with children aged 13 and 14, I am going to seize every bit of financial benefit available to me, grab life with both hands, and LIVE it!! I am going to save for that Disney vacation I’ve never been on–now it will be so much better! I’m going to travel, support others, give my children (more) experiences, continue to empower and educate women, become healthier, plan for my children’s futures, investigate possibilities, and launch into my future! It will definitely be a grand adventure, because from where I stand right now, it’s pretty darn wonderful. Any more blessings will just be the chocolate fudge icing on my double chocolate birthday cake! 

If you enjoyed this post, and/or know someone who would benefit from it, please share it! That makes my heart so happy. :)

To Love Even More~Is It Possible?

our children    Ohhhhh, yes. Sometimes our children are not as we expected–not as we dreamed and hoped. But in the midst of the grief (because yes, there is a grief process as we let go of those hopes and dreams for our children) we form new ideas, experience unplanned-for joys, celebrate the tiniest accomplishments-turned-into-milestones, sacrifice even more deeply thus are completely changed, and become so intricately in love with our children that their very breath becomes our own.

Be Passion-Filled!

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John Legend is All In On Love!

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“There’s an increasing body of research and knowledge that tells us that living a life of love and compassion is the true path to success and contentment.

So what’s going to stop you? What’s going to stand in your way? What’s going to keep you from achieving your success? What will prevent you from going all in on love?

We’re taught when we’re young that the opposite of love is hate. But it’s not. Hate is a byproduct. Hate is a result. Being a hater isn’t cool. Nobody wants that. But hate comes from one thing: fear. And fear is the opposite of love. It’s not a coincidence that when we talk about bigotry, we often talk in terms of fear: homophobia, xenophobia. Fear is what blinds us. Fear is corrosive. Fear makes us hold back. It whispers to us, tells us that we’ll fail. It tells us that our differences are too much to overcome. Fear locks us in place. It starts fights. It causes wars.

And fear keeps us from loving. Even though we’re made to love, we’re often afraid to love. We’re afraid of being hurt deeply. Afraid of feeling the pain I went through when my parents divorced. But you’re never going to really love something or someone unless you put those fears aside. Don’t hold back. Being in love means being ready to give freely and openly, and being ready to risk something. Risking pain and disappointment, conquering your fears, and becoming anew.

Love is all-consuming — it infiltrates your body, it’s what allows you to experience bliss, joy and true friendship. You’ll be more disappointed when something goes wrong. You might fall harder. But the only way you’ll reach any height in life and in love is by taking the chance that you might fall.

You have to give your all.”

The words above are from musician John Legend’s commencement speech, delivered on May 19, 2014 as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s commencement ceremonies. It’s an amazing speech–a “call to love” so to speak. I admire his willingness to become vulnerable with his audience. I admire his decision to live all in for love. And his statement that apathy just is not cutting it. For the rest of his speech go to

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-legend/penn-commencement-speech-2014_b_5358334.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Maybe you, too, will be encouraged to go all in for love. It’s not for sissies, but truly rewarding.

Big hugs and love to you this day!

Passionista Mimi

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