Thanks to @kammw97 for this little gem. I had a long overdue pow-wow with @livinlifephoto and @the_pearl_antler last night and this made me think of them. I am reminded how blessed I am to be surrounded by such remarkable, strong, independent, go-get ’em women who defy the odds, buck public opinion, and are writing their own story and paving the path of their future not realizing how much they inspire others. Keep on keepin’ on!
I’ve often been told I’ve lived a life wearing rose colored glasses … I’d rather be known for that then being mean, rude, and unkind. Negative attracts negative … meaning, you’ll only see the bad in people, situations, etc. and those are the people you’ll surround yourself with. However, when you equip yourself with faith, good friends, and trust that the difficult place in the journey is only temporary, it makes it all bearable. Just remember, at some point in life, you’ll ALWAYS reap what you’ve sowed. So, when you’re having a bad day, continue to sow kindness, peace, and love in other’s lives … and see what happens!
Real life truth right here: you’ll never BE happy with anyone until you’re happy with yourself. Able to spend time by yourself. Able to be alone. Able to look in the mirror, with all your flaws, stretch marks, scars (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual ), and speak kindly to yourself. You’ll never be happy until you finally realize that happiness is not a life void of trials and tribulations but one that is full of faith, grace, and choice. It is only when you allow healing to occur and gratitude to reign that you will be truly happy and will attract like minded people into your life. That’s when you can be with someone who feeds your happiness and helps it grow.
Scrolling through my Facebook memories this morning, I came upon the quote below that I wrote on this date in 2010. The older I get, the more I realize that true, healing, all-encompassing, unconditional love is a gift. What you do with it is up to you. But if you never give it to someone, you’ll never receive it either. Love heals, restores, refreshes, rejuvenates, and inspires.
“Love is not just a mushy feeling you have for someone.Love is a decision.You decide whether to let someone in and just how much of your heart to give. Love is also a gift of God. His gift to one may be that He wrote your name all over their heart and soul. His gift to you may be that this person loves you unconditionally. It’s up to you whether you accept God’s gift or not.~Red (Michelle A. Farley)