Notable Quotable – Wide Open

Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open

                                           ~ Unknown

My good friend Lisa came by last week for a visit to introduce me to her new baby and she brought my Christmas presents. One of them was this fabulous wall-hanging (which is currently hanging on my Christmas tree) with this inspirational quote.

Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open

It reminded me of the day two of my greyhounds got loose. This happened years ago when I had my sweet babies Maggie, Bella and Dodge. I had let them out in the backyard to play and was doing something in the house when I suddenly heard tags jingling at my front door. I opened the front door and there stood Dodge! Shocked, I brought him in and said “How did you get out here?!”

I ran into the backyard and was horrified to discover that the lock on the gate had broken off and it was wide open…with Maggie and Bella nowhere in sight. I panicked and jumped in my truck and started driving around the neighborhood. I’m cruising down the road and checking all the cross streets when I spied both of them, nose to the ground, sniffing something in the middle of the road. I pulled up, jumped out of the truck and went over to them. They were sniffing a dead worm. Figures that. I said “C’mon. Get in the truck!” and they loaded up.

I’ll never forget the looks on their faces. They were panting like crazy and literally had the biggest grins on their faces. It was like they were saying, “pant pant pant, “This was fun Mom! Can we do this again?? Huh? Can we??” Pant pant pant…” It was obvious that they had had so much fun on their little adventure.

There were two great lessons there. One: Always be sure the locks on your gates are secure. And two: Live like someone left the gate open…

 

Do you live like someone left the gate open?

 

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Notable Quotables – Living in Gratitude

We can only be said to be alive in those moments

when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. 

                                                           ~ Thornton Wilder

To me, this quote is talking about living in gratitude. If we continue to be conscious of our treasures and that which we are grateful for then we can continue to fully live.

It’s hard sometimes to always have a grateful heart. Life gets in the way, our moods challenge our peace of mind and obstacles seem to bombard us. But so long as we are able to always count our blessings then we will find happiness. We will live full and vibrant lives.

I get in my own way sometimes, and most times, truth be told. I do let the negative drag me down at times but I strive for peace of mind. It’s impossible to always be in that positive state but we should aim to have our moments of gratitude always outweigh those moments of negativity and despair.

What about you? Are you able to always be conscious of your treasures? Do you live life in gratitude? How do you interpret this quote?

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Notable Quotables: the Inaugural Post

Today is the inaugural post in my Notable Quotables feature. Every Wednesday I will be posting a quote that speaks to me. Sometimes I’ll just post the quote and other times I’ll write about how and why it resonates with me. I hope you’ll look forward to this series every week and find something of value to take away.

Here is the first quote:

“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”  -unknown source

 

You’ve been there. We all have. Everything around you seems to be crumbling. Physical sensations accompany a mounting panic that you’re losing control. Every fiber of your being wants to run…to a safe haven, to calmer waters, to a hideaway where you can wait out the storm. Sometimes you just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head and escape into a dreamless sleep.

I’ve certainly felt that way. But I recently heard the above quote and it actually made a whole lot of sense. Because don’t you always come out of a crisis a better person, a wiser person? There are valuable life lessons tucked into the treacherous journeys and it is our soul’s mission to discover them.

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I’ve had a forboding feeling lately. I can’t explain it, I just feel fearful that a storm is heading my way. My first instinct is to look for a way to avoid it, for safety. But I might as well buckle up and hold on because I’ve already experienced that quote as a truth: although everything seemed to be falling apart, my God had a plan for me and going through that particular storm was a necessary part of that plan. And I’m still standing. Life is good. Better even.

Whatever the brewing storm brings, I’ll be grateful for it. I say this now but please remind me of that because I may be blinded by the whirling debris of chaos. Hopefully I can navigate the storm with strength and believe that everything in my life is simply falling into place.

“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”

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Does this quote speak to you? Do you believe it? Your thoughts?

 

What do you want to be in your next life?

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I can’t wait till my next life”?

I say it a lot! Today I had one of those days. Being the ever pessimist that I am on days like this, I found myself deciding what I want to come back as. To stave off all of life’s bullshit, I want to come back as a frickin’ mayfly. You know, the ones with the 24-hour lifespan? Born, get laid, die, done. Simple. That’ll work for me.

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So, how about you? What do you want to come back as?

A Powerful Quote about Destiny

A quote by Jean de La Fontaine:

 “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

photo credit: James Darren Hicks

photo credit: James Darren Hicks

 

Wow. I heard this quote the other day and it whacked me with its powerful truth. I have always believed that our destiny is already planned out for us. Not to say that we can’t alter the course and choose just how we arrive at that destination but no matter how we get there and no matter when we end up there, it is where we were always meant to be.

Some folks think destiny and fate are different. I don’t. But it made me look deeper into the definitions of both.

Destiny: what happens in the future: the things that someone or something will experience in the future; a power that is believed to control what happens in the future; a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power

Fate: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future;the things that will happen to a person or thing; the future that someone or something will have; the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do: Destiny

So you see, destiny or fate, either term can be used.  I look at my own life and all that’s happened to me. It hasn’t all been good, that’s for sure. Some of the really bad times and the really bad people that came into my life were all supposed to be there, I’m convinced. For example, in one situation, I met a person who destroyed my life for a while. When I look back on how we met, I realize it was orchestrated by unseen forces. I was in a building I had never been in and really had no need to ever be in but for this one appointment. He was sitting on a bench when I walked by, our eyes met and we shared a flirty smile. And I continued on my way. But then, the person I had the appointment with was running late and his office was locked up, the class that this guy was in let out early because the professor didn’t show up and it just so happened to be right next to the closed office where I was standing, waiting. He came out and there I was. My fate was sealed in that very moment. And the lessons I was to learn were really big ones, like the TRUST YOUR GUT lessons, and they would only come to me after the destruction.

I had looked back years after and realized that something told me, when he asked for my number, a little gnawing in my gut said there was something not quite right, something was off with this guy. But since I couldn’t put my finger on it, I dismissed it. And I believe I was supposed to dismiss it, for it was after this situation ended that I had the realization that my gut instinct was to be trusted next time. (And I have trusted my gut ever since). And looking back, when our involvement started, there were so many signs, so many obvious signs that I completely overlooked. I saw all the signs but I was blind to them. Only later did I see them as red flashing lights.

Rubble by Caleb Roenigk

Rubble by Caleb Roenigk

Out of the rubble came one of life’s really important lessons. After all, trusting your instinct is necessary for survival.

I’ve had people come into my life that were only in it for a short time. People who I thought were going to be life-long friends but some of those associations ended because of me. More lessons learned. Yes, I believe these people were supposed to come into my life specifically so I could learn and grow to become a better person, because it was due to my own shortcomings that the friendship ended. In one case it was an overreaction and anger that caused the demise of that friendship. It was entirely my fault and it was a bitter pill to swallow because I had valued that specific friendship and I paid the price of losing it. A very valuable lesson resulted and one that, thankfully, I won’t have to learn again.

There will be other lessons for me to learn, for sure. And some of them will inevitably be painful. That is by design. Jean de Lu Fontaine’s quote speaks to just that.

 “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

In my example of the lesson that taught me about my instinctual powers: I could have chosen not to give that guy my number and thus never developed a relationship with him, true. But someone or something else would have come along to teach me the lesson that I was supposed to learn about my gut.

The friendship that I ruined might not have occurred had I not met this person in the first place. However, I was still supposed to learn that lesson so it would have been someone else in a different place and different time perhaps, and that valuable lesson would indeed have been taught regardless.

Destiny is Home

Destiny is Home

Our life is a big blueprint of lesson plans. It is a maze of choices and opportunities but all the paths lead to the same outcome: our destiny.

Do you believe Jean de Lu Fontaine’s quote?