Keep Your Eyes on the Road

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This morning as I drove to work, I saw a sign on a pasture fence that read, “Now Boarding, Equestrian Facility” or something like that. I drive by it every day. There are horses in the pasture, with barn type buildings in the distance. It’s beautiful and peaceful.

As I glanced over, I thought to myself, “I can’t wait until I can afford to have horses.” And as I glanced back at the road, I heard the sound of my tires hitting the grids from the road’s edge notifying me that I was drifting left, onto the shoulder. I quickly corrected, and thought to myself, “Stay on the road.” And it seemed that was the answer to my mental thought. Someday I’ll have horses. Yeah… okay… just stay on the road you’re on. No time for horses.

I firmly believe that one day my road will lead to a horse or a horse farm, where a few horses can graze on green grass, safe from slaughter.  Even if they are just pasture ornaments – that’s fine with me. I do believe that will happen – but I do not see a means to that end right now. My hands are full, and kind of bound by the present moment. I can only keep doing what I am doing. Continuing on the road I’m on. My chosen path. The one that leads to me.

I can’t wait until I can afford to have horses. But it looks like wait, I will.

Last Night on Earth… From October 20, 2013

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What would you do if tonight were your last night on Earth?  I don’t mean in a religious sense so much, but more in a “how will you spend your last night on Earth?  what would you consciously change?”

Yes, you could have your family together?  But that may be difficult depending on proximity.  Spontaneity is the only plan, unless you already had plans and kept them.  I’m curious as to what people would do.  If there was one person you wanted to spend it with or one great memory to leave them.  You wouldn’t know if it were your last night in advance.  In theory it could be tonight.. right now. How will you live your life tonight?

I’m going to try this.  It’s about 5:30 p.m. and I’m kinda tired.  Worked in the yard for a few hours today.  Going out with Mike to see our buddies’ band play.  Going to have some dinner.  This will be a cool experiment.  Hope I see you tomorrow. LOL. If not, fare ye well.

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So.. I survived and lived like it was my last night on the planet.  What a great time.  I’ll post more tomorrow, but it was a great experiment. ❤

A Fall Wedding…

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The day has finally arrived!  Our dear friends and neighbors’ daughter is getting married this evening!  I can hardly believe it.  She’s only a couple months older than our daughter!  Where does the time go?  One day you are buying her first ballet shoes and the next you are dancing at her wedding?  I’m almost certain there is a time warp…

Fall is such a beautiful time for a wedding.  I suppose when you are in love that anytime is a beautiful time for a wedding.  Since our anniversary is in the fall, I can appreciate anniversaries in such a lovely time of year.  It’s definitely cuddle weather.  Romantic walks in the park that hold the glory of autumn.  This is what is pictured on a wedding day… the future, in all its yet to be seen splendor.

The Bride-to-be is someone who knows what she wants and knows how to get it.  She specializes in hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  She is a stunningly beautiful girl.  She has an easy smile and a big heart.  All these traits will serve her well in the coming years of married life.  But it’s the dedication and hard work that will be her greatest assets, because THAT is what it takes to make a successful marriage.  I can only imagine how proud her parents must be of the woman she’s become, as they give their little girl’s hand in marriage.  To them I say congratulations, and well done.

I can’t believe how much I am choking up as I write this.  Having seen this young girl blossom into a woman has been a rare gift.  It gives me hope for the future and the weddings of our own daughters…. in the far far far future.  I believe one of the true joys of life is seeing who your children become.  Admiring their strengths and seeing them overcome their weaknesses.  Making their way in the world, regardless of our best efforts to screw them up royally.  They blossom in spite of it all, leaving us in awe of how it all went so fast.

Tonight we will celebrate joyfully at the joining of two hearts, the beginning of a lifelong journey, in a season of beauty and love.

…now where did I put those dancing shoes?

 

[image found here:  http://www.delawareweddings.com/index.php/fall-wedding-trends/%5D

 

Every cloud…

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I saw a silver-lined cloud yesterday.  Absolutely perfect.  No beams of light shining from behind it.  Nothing but a rim of pure silver for an outline.  Then a friend made mention of a cloud with a silver lining.  Okay… I get it.  Remember to look for the silver lining.

We cannot know the purpose behind everything that happens to us.  Sometimes the world seems to rain down blows on us as we cower beneath that onslaught, afraid to look up.  I spent many years crouched on the ground, afraid to make a move.  Paralyzed by fear. Yet, here I am.  Standing tall.  Facing what life tosses my way.  And when I take a step back from the hard cold world that continues turning in spite of it all, I can see the silver lining.  The small things on the edges of life are worth getting up for everyday.

There was a time when I didn’t want to get up.  Not another day.  I didn’t have it in me.  It was a difficult time to say the least.  I made it through that and slowly got my footing.  The thing that I understood after the fact was that your life can change at any moment.  That today could be the day when BAM! My time to shine.  Life finally brings me what’s coming to me.  Happiness flies in on the wind.  And If I wasn’t here to see it, well… what a shame that would be.

I’m still here.  Whew.  What a ride!  Even though my wonderful life isn’t perfect, and the clouds still roll in, and life sometimes seems to rain down blows on me, I am no longer crouching in fear. I am looking for that silver lining, because it is THERE.  I’ve seen it.  I know how it works.  And tomorrow could be the day when … well…  I guess my dreams have come true in so many ways, beyond my wildest expectations.  However, sometimes life brings us bigger joys than we could ever dream on our best day.

There is a silver lining behind that cloud.  Hold on tight.  The storm will pass. Life can still bring you more joy than you could possibly ever imagine.  I promise.

[image found here:  http://thesunnygirl.com/2011/10/04/always-a-silver-lining/%5D

It’s what I do…

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I found this written in my phone:

“I’m just singing and dancing my way through everything, because that’s what I do.”

Wow.  That’s true.  How profound.  How simple.

So, I guess today, like everyday, I’ll be singing and dancing my way through everything.

I kinda like that idea.  Sounds easy.  Let’s see…

Grab your dancing shoes.  And, please, get some headphones.. lol

xoxoxo ~ D

Friendship

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People come into your life for
a reason, a season or a
lifetime.
When you  know which
one it is, you will know what to do for that
person..
When
someone is in your life for a REASON, it
is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a
difficulty, to provide you with guidance and
support, to aid you physically, emotionally or
spiritually.
They may seem like
a Godsend and they are.
They are there for
the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any
wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient
time, this person will say or do something to
bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die. Sometimes
they walk away.
Sometimes they act up
and force you to take a stand.

What we  must realize is
that our need has been met, our desire
fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer
you sent up has been answered and now it is time
to move on.

Some people come into your
life for a SEASON, because your turn has
come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience
of peace or make you laugh.
They may
teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount
of joy.
Believe it.  It
is real.  But only for a season.



LIFETIME
relationships
teach you lifetime lessons, things you must
build upon in order to
have a solid
emotional foundation.
Your job
is to accept the lesson, love the person and put
what you have learned to
use in all other
relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind
but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part
of my life. . . . . . .  


. . .. . . . whether you
were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Patience, patience…

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So here it is… 16 days since my last post.  Where does the time go?

I thought I would have so much time to write and read at the beach.  Alas, it was not to be.  We all decided that we need TWO weeks at the beach. lol.  Yes, pipe dreams it appears.  But I’ve given to wondering if the dreams isn’t what it’s all about.  Our dreams keep us moving forward, at least in heart.  And so I’ve moved on… From the beach, from vacation, from immediate goals.  I’ve come back to real life in all its extreme fullness, and it seems I must once again learn patience.

Timing is everything, as I KNOW you’ve heard me say …over and over.  Once school is settled in and a fall rhythm finds its way into my life, I’ll take another crack at it.  For now this update serves to say that I must be patient, but I do need to get back to blogging.

Patience is what the sea teaches.  My gift from the sea was the reminder that the rhythm of the waves mimics the rhythm of our lives.  Slowly, gently, to and fro, the tide rolls in and sneaks out again.

The highs and lows of life are part of the rhythm.  We need to learn to dance to it, at our own beat’s pace.  The high tide may seem daunting, but …patience!  Wait… Take a deep breath and be still.  Ah… there.  See? The tide has turned.  Exhale.

Find your rhythm.  March to your own beat.  Live.  Love.  Breathe.   …add your own verb here.  When you are ready to make your move, you’ll be able to so gracefully.

Patience. Tis a virtue. Have a wonderful weekend, my loves. ❤