I'm Happy Thorn Bushes Have Roses!

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln It’s so true that most people describe the thorn as being the prickly part of the rose instead of the rose being the beautiful and sweet smell part of the thorn. It’s really a matter of how you […]

The Power of Our Words

Our actions create our life… Agree? Our thoughts create our actions…. Agree? Our thoughts are communicated to us in the form of language…. Agree? So…how can we live our largest, most expressive and most loving life if we are using vocabulary that makes us smaller, weaker and discouraged. Do you know anybody, maybe even yourself, […]

Honesty with Loved Ones

“An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.” -Proverbs Have you ever had a lengthy conversation with someone without acknowledging a single thing you were really thinking or feeling? Maybe someone asked, “How are you?” And, instinctively, you said, “Not too bad.” Or “Yeah, I’m ok, you?” Or someone asked, “What’s new?” And your […]

Approving not Judging Yourself

“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay I have realised recently during my recent period of weight loss that the real secret to loving your body (and yourself) has nothing to do with diets, cleanses, or detoxes. It has […]

Poem: Finish The Race

God, you’ve seen the pain that’s been in my heart You can see the struggles that have been tearing me apart Even though the clouds are dark and thick, I’m seeking You I have faith you will see me through Feeling like the scars on my heart have been torn My hope has been jaded, […]

You Choose…

Nothing is as discouraging as feeling you don’t have a choice—that you’re trapped in a situation you can’t change, with a person who won’t change, or with feelings about yourself that you’ve stopped believing you can change. We’ve all been there before. We’ve accepted thankless jobs just to make ends meet. We’ve hurt or watched […]

Saying No

As children we’re taught to just say no, and we do it continuously and persistently. You need to sit in the pram. No! You need to come inside and get ready for dinner now? No! Let’s turn off the TV and go shopping? No! Do you want to wear this dress to go out today? […]

Enjoy Now…

The other day I watched Finding Nemo, one of the Disney films I really enjoy. When Dory and Marlin are searching for his lost son Nemo and it seems like they’re doomed to fail, Marlin says, “I promised I’d never let anything happen to him.” Dory responds, “Hmm. That’s a funny thing to promise. You […]

Love Yourself

I am a love bug. I have no problems telling the world about all the things I love…repeatedly! I tell my family and friends how much I love them daily. I have lots of food, fruit, vegetables and meals that I love. I am the annoying one in the car that screams “I LOVE THIS […]

What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

Sometimes life throws you curve balls. People and plans fail you, the going gets tough, and everything seems to be falling apart. We’ve all had days where we can’t help but feel disheartened and discouraged and we even start to doubt our own self-worth. Some days, you feel like you just can’t go on, it […]

Find the Mirror that Reflects the REAL You

Children have a way of bringing life into perspective. Children of friends of mine insisted on going to a local fair recently. One of their favourite attractions was the house of mirrors. They were fascinated by the warped images that the mirrors showed. With such excitement, they would run from mirror to mirror as each […]

Low Points

Lewis and his older brother, Warren also known as Warnie, endured several terms at Wynyard, an English boarding school for boys. The headmaster was a cruel man who made life unbearable for everyone there. Decades later, Warnie wrote in his understated dry wit, “I am now sixty-four and a bit, and have never yet been […]

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