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Archive for January, 2014
I was listening to K-Love yesterday and a listener called in and told them about how they celebrated the life of someone they love BEFORE they died. The lady that called in talked to us about her mother who had terminal cancer and knew she didn’t have long. She’d heard the idea on K-Love and decided it was something that she wanted to do for her mother. So, she planned out the event to take place on her mother’s birthday. She wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but she knew it was something she wanted to do, no matter how many people showed up. They expected maybe 15 people to show up, but 65 people attended and it was such an amazing and positive experience for everyone. Her mother was able to be surrounded by people who loved her, who celebrated her life and all she’d done. Since then, her mother did pass away and I can imagine it’s been hard for her and her family. But, she said that doing this for her mother is something she’s so glad she did. Her mother got to know just how important she was, how much she was loved while she was still here.
I really liked hearing that story, moved me quite a bit. I know there are many times when doing something like this isn’t possible, but then, who says we should wait till someone we love is dying to celebrate their life? I try throughout my life to show those I love how much I appreciate, respect, and love them. Though, when someone we know is dying, I think it especially a good idea to throw a celebration of their life. Why not give them something to remember in the days they have left that will touch their heart? Life is precious and all too fleeting. We should make the most of it and part of that is showing those we adore how much they mean to us, how important they are. I wanted to share this story and idea with all of you. Perhaps even one of you will be touched by this, perhaps even one of you will take something from it and then share your own story of celebration, life, and love with others so that your story will then inspire others to do the same. All it takes is one person and the willingness to share their story to ignite the flame.
Hey Yesterday, I just wanted to say thank you for the lessons learned and memories made. And while I am moving on, I am sure I will still think you now and then and see you in my dreams from time to time. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to keep a part of you with me. It’s you that reminds me of who I am and where I came from. Just please don’t be too offended that I do need to move forward, that I can’t stay with you forever. Remembering you is alright, but clinging to you and refusing to look ahead won’t benefit either of us. Just know, while I am with Today, I will never forget you and that you’ll always have a place in my heart.
Hello Today, what will you teach me? What will I do and where will I go? What memories will I make and will anything I do make a difference? How will you shape my life for the future? Sometimes I focus too much on what Yesterday brought to my life and worry too much about what Tomorrow will have in store that I forget about you. I think it is important to have a part of all three of you in my life. Knowing each of you is beneficial, but focusing too heavily on either what was or what will be can be a hindrance. I have met thousands of Yesterdays and hopefully I will still get to know many more Tomorrows, but the truth of it all is…I don’t know how many more of them I will see and what I do know is that you’re only here for 24 hours. Once the clock strikes Midnight, you’re gone and you’ve become yet another Yesterday and at the same time you who were once a Tomorrow are now another Today. But how many of you will I have? God is the only one who can answer that and I know that I will only know it when my time is done. I know I need to make the most of the time you give me so that when I find myself walking hand in hand with Yesterday, talking, and remembering, I will know that I did all I could to make a good life for myself and my family, that I brought a lot of joy and hope to those I love. May my family and friends look upon all of my Yesterdays and think fondly of them, of me.
Tomorrow, you show me that there is much promise of what might be one day. You give me hope. I find myself daydreaming about you now and then, wondering about what you have in store for me and for those in my life. Since you’re not here yet, I don’t know what will happen. For as many times as I will get to see you, I know you’ll show me so much each time. Already I have known so much joy, pain, sorrow, hope, anger, fear, peace, and most of all…love. I don’t know how many more times I will get to see you, but I do hope it is at least enough times for me to do at least some of what I would like to accomplish, to give more, to be more, and to love more. I know it is okay to be excited about your arrival each day. Thinking of you gives me hope, though it also gives way to worry and leaves me feeling anxious when I focus too much on you. I can’t live like that. I need to focus the bulk of my energy on what I have with Today, not on what I had with Yesterday or what I might have with you. But know this, you too will always have a special place in my heart.
I don’t want the world in my pocket. I don’t yearn to climb the highest mountain or slide down a majestic rainbow. I don’t want you to give me the sun, the stars, or the moon….though being with you does make my eyes light up like the night’s sky. What I want, I already have and that’s your love. ❤
I have decided that for the month of February that I am going to write a poem a day. If anyone has any ideas for topics, let me know. Most of my work is done impromptu, basically whatever is on my mind at the time turns into a work of art. Now and then however, I get challenged to write about something specific, sometimes because someone in my life isn’t much of a writer and they want me to put into words how they feel and sometimes I am challenged by someone because they want to see what I have to say about a certain subject. Well, I am throwing this out there to all of you reading this, first…if you have something you’d like to see me write about, tell me! Second, if you’d be up to doing this yourself, let me know! I would love to see what you come up with! 🙂
Animaniacs on t.v. after school
Belinda Carlisle and The Babysitter’s Club
Carmen Sandiego, I will find you!
Double Dare, a game show I wanted to go on
Eureka’s Castle made me laugh
Full House was on prime time t.v. & let’s not forget, FALCOOOR!
Girl Scouts taught me so much
Hopscotch, sure let’s play a game or two
Ice cream trucks with their frozen treats on a hot summer’s day
Jump ropes, jungle gyms, & The Jetsons were pretty awesome
Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Eeyore, & Christopher Robin too
Lego’s & Lincoln Logs, a creative way to play the day away
M.A.S.H….many teenage girls spent hours playing this, including me
Oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh…..the right stuff….
Parker Lewis Can’t Lose
Queen playing at the rollerskating rink
Rapture by Blondie, definitely a hit in the days of my youth
Small Wonder, Size Small, Silver Spoons, & Step By Step too
Tiffany singing, “I think we’re alone now…..”
Unico, my most favorite unicorn ever
Volleyball played every Saturday with the Girl’s Club of America
Wildest Dreams by The Moody Blues was my favorite song
Xylophones were fun to play in music class
You Can’t Do That On Television was hilarious
Zaboomafoo and Zoobilee Zoo were pretty cool too