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Our Lives As Stories

story of my life

Every life is full of ups and downs

Sad moments and cheerful ones

Each journey has many stories to tell

They can inspire and help others

Each path we take, every time we stumble and fall

Even the ones we may feel don’t matter

Or the ones that are too devastating to share

They help light the way for others who are in dark places

Tell your stories, let your voice be heard

Write them upon the hearts of others

Show those around you that they’re not alone

And that there’s always a way through

Let people laugh with you and cry with you too

As you share with others, let them also share with you

For they too have lessons learned and wisdom to offer

May our lives come together, touch one another

I pray that my story has been and will continue to help others

Show them that others suffer, but that there’s a way out

There’s a way to heal, to forgive, and move forward

And that there’s more to life than just pain and sorrow

May they also see that there’s so much laughter and joy to be had

That there’s so much to live for, no matter how tough times might get

And that there’s so much love to both be received and taken

Never lose sight of that, hold onto hope, faith, & love all the days of your life

May my story be etched upon your soul, may it live with you

And may yours stay stay with me as well, always teaching me

Let us remember that it’s not just about one person, it’s about all of us

Co-existing in this big crazy mixed up world

Though each light can shine on its own

And even the smallest voice can be heard

Never think you’re not enough to make a difference

It all begins with just a spark

I’m telling my story for all to see

Hoping it does make a difference

Even if it’s just in the lives of a few

So how about you?

Be your own superhero…

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Growing up I thought that it was be awesome if I could fly, walk through walls, change the weather, etc. I wanted to be a magical being with superpowers. I would defend the world, one villain at a time. How awesome would it be to like one of the X-Men or maybe the Avengers perhaps?

I have come to see now that all you need to do to be a superhero is to lend a helping hand, be a good friend, treat the world with kindness, and touch people’s hearts. And well hey, sometimes I think just getting out of bed and tackling the day ahead is a superpower. ;)

Many think, “I’m just one person, what can I really do?” But all it takes is one person, a spark to change things. So be that spark, set things ablaze. Go be that superhero, though many of them who wear masks….don’t be afraid to show the world who you really are.

Greater Than God

CarissaMarie:

Loved it, had to share!

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
September 5, 1995

Here is a simple riddle.

Only 17% of College Seniors got the right answer when asked.

What is greater than God,
More evil than the Devil,
The poor have it,
The rich need it,
If you eat it, you will die?

By the way, Jacob (age 7) got the correct answer. No pressure though!

The answer to the riddle is “Nothing”

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Life isn’t just measured in years or accomplishments, but also by the love that’s given to us and that we share with others. We don’t know how long any of us has, so we shouldn’t dwell on that. Instead, we should focus on the time we have right now and spend it living, creating, laughing, giving, working on leaving something behind for those generations ahead of us, being with those we cherish, dancing, singing, enjoying what we have, and loving. <3

My life has had many heartbeats and breaths. It’s also had illnesses, injuries, hardships, celebrations, accomplishments, joys, sorrows, dreams, goals, thoughts, emotions, fears, anxieties, hopes, wishes, hatred, and love. Life isn’t just about one thing, event, or person. It’s about a broader spectrum. We all contribute something to this world and whether we know it or not, we leave our mark for future generations. I am trying to do my best to leave something good behind. So whether I live another day, week, month, year, or maybe even 50 years….I want people to look back on my life and have quite the story to tell. May anyone who learns about me and my journey inspire them to dream big and live even bigger, laugh as much as possible, give what they can of themselves to others, work hard, and love with all they have. And then may they too leave behind a legacy worth living up to. 

May that be a goal for all of us here and now, to inspire not only those around us in the present and within our lifetime, but those who come after we’re gone. May our life forever teach and inspire. I have been greatly inspired by so many and I look forward to learning even more, doing more, giving more, and loving more. Thank you to all who have taught me and brought so much to my life. It is so rich already, thanks to so many people. Thank you to those who I will learn from, be inspired by, and be loved by in the days to come. May your roles in my life enrich all that I do, all that I am, and all that I will become. And may all that touch your life do the same for you. May your lives be filled with lessons learned, hardships overcome, laughter, joy, and time spent with those you love and that love you. May your time here not be looked at just by how long you lived, but by what you learned, taught others, and how much love you knew and gave. <3

 

Personal Core Values

Values

Our personal core values shape us and our lives in many ways. They do more than just tell us what we perceive to be right from wrong, but they dictate how we act and not just at home with our families or with our friends. They define our character and it shows who we are everywhere…at home, school, work, and out in public with friends or even just making our routine trips to the grocery store. How do we treat those around us? 

At work, as a relatively new employee, I had to participate in a Values Webinar. It was to help us find our core personal values and it also explained why those are important in the work place. I have learned though that they are important everywhere. I learned more about who I am by participating in that group exercise and it taught me a lot about the people around me too, without even realizing it at first.

We were all given a deck of cards ahead of time. Each card had a value listed on it, such as love/affection, health, success, wealth, trust, respect, humor, power, beauty, communication, flexibility, and so on. The first activity had us go through the deck and separate them into three piles: Very Important, Important, and Not Important. After we were all done, she asked us to count the cards in the Very Important pile. She then was curious to see what our numbers were. I had 30 out of 52 in mine. The numbers ranged from 14 to 48. 48! The next exercise was to put all of the cards in the other two piles back in the box and then out of the ones in our one remaining pile, we were to pick out the five most important to us, the values that really hit home with us more than the rest.

She gave us some time to sort. For some, it didn’t take long and others, it took a little bit. In the end, She then asked us to write on the paper that we should have printed out ahead of time the five values and then to also define them. She also asked us if there were some that would like to share what they had chosen with the rest of the group. I did decide to share. She did say that we should also share this with others and maybe the people we’d share it with would want to do it themselves.

Well, let me share with you what I chose and what each one means to me. First, I chose Love/Affection. Love to me is a powerful feeling within you that you feel. It’s a feeling that you feel for others in your life and maybe even yourself as well. When you love someone, you want what’s best for them and you often put their needs ahead of your own. Though there various forms of love. The love one feels for their brother is not the same as the love that they feel for their child and then nor is that love the same as the love you feel for your significant other. However, they are all very powerful forms. Love, to me, has many definitions. Each person you ask may describe it in a different way, but that doesn’t mean that anyone is wrong. I am just telling you what love means to me. I also feel that life without love is a lonely one, one void of real joy and happiness. Love is so important to me and that is why it is one of my top five.

Second, I chose Faith/Spirituality. Faith is a belief in something or someone. First, I am a Christian and my belief in God is very important to me…in all that I am and all I do. He has gotten me through so much and continues to guide me every single day. He teaches me about love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. I see the beauty all around me and appreciate it more because I know that He has made it and it’s all here for a reason. Second, I do believe in others…in humanity, in that there’s still goodness in this world. We see and hear about so much hate, senseless violence, greed, and so on and sometimes it seems as if this world is so lost. However, I know that there is also so much good among us. Many of us strive for peace, offer our gifts to help those in need, know how to be a good friend, and show mercy, forgiveness, and love to those around us. I refuse to believe that the entire world is void of meaning and goodness. Faith is so key to my life…always will be.

Third, I chose Loyalty. Loyalty is being good to those in your life….treating them with respect, honor, kindness, and love. I believe that loyalty is important in all aspects of life….being good to your family, friends, your co-workers, your country… It’s not letting greed, jealousy, hurt, anger, or spiteful feelings get in the way of how you live and treat others around you. Value those in your life and show it by not only what you say, but also what you do.

Fourth, I chose Family. To me, family are those not only bound by blood, but also by love. I consider many of my friends to be family. Family can be made up of so many different combinations. I think it is important to have people in your life that are good to you, that support you, and that are there for you….not just when things are going great, but also when times are beyond difficult. And then, it is important that you are also there for them as well. It is not a one sided relationship. Family means everything to me. Those that are truly there for me have my eternal respect, devotion, and love…as I know I have theirs. It gets us through the hard times and it makes the good times even sweeter.

Fifth, I chose Honesty/Integrity. To me that is being truthful to others and living your life in a positive way, for you and for those around you. If you want trust, respect, and loyalty from others…then you must also give it to them. And I firmly believe we are all living examples to one another. What we see others do has a huge impact on our lives and so of course, what we do is also impacting others as well, even when we don’t realize it. So, I am striving to live as honorably and honestly as I can. I believe it’s very important to do so, for me and for others, especially my son.

So, let me ask you now….what would you choose and why? If you don’t want to share with me, that’s fine, but I would encourage you to share your thoughts with someone….a family member, close friend, etc. And if you do want to share with me, please do so. I would love to see what you have to say…..

To Create Or Not to Create

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Some have a rare and natural gift, one that they don’t have to try that hard to excel at. Though, many of them still practice and try to find ways to improve and bring about growth to their talent. Those that can make breathtakingly wonderful music, written works of art, paint/draw/sculpt fine works, etc easily or seemingly easy….we are certainly amazed by what they share with the world.

But I am equally impressed with those who are perhaps not as naturally gifted, but still determined to create something wonderful. They work hard to achieve the levels of greatness that will make them happy and impress others who view/listen to what they have made. 

If you want to create….whether it’s music, poetry, paintings, fine cuisine, clothing people will want to wear, etc….do it, even if you don’t think you have what it takes, give it all you have….hard work often pays off. :)

Random thoughts/update

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Random thoughts at the moment or not so random….whichever ;)

There are 270 days until I marry my best friend. It sounds like a lot, but I know those days will fly by and then our special day will be here. Then the insanity begins and before we know it, that day too will be over. I hope to make the most of the time we have that day and make those few hours something to remember for a lifetime. And then, we begin the journey together as husband and wife. Here’s to making each of those days we have together count as well. It’s not just about the wedding, the honeymoon, the anniversaries, birthdays, etc. It’s about living each day we have to the fullest.

My son gets his first cell phone today. His dad called me last night to ask me what I thought about him getting one. It’s going to be a flip phone without a lot of games and only the ability to call specific people like me, his dad, his step-mom, Doug, and his grandparents. It’s an early birthday present from them, to be used after practice (football and wrestling are both coming up soon. His first football game is September 6th and then wrestling begins in November.), in emergency situations, etc…not to goof around and be glued to it. It will have a tracking device on it to monitor where he’s at, so that we know he’s where he’s supposed to be and that he’s safe. We’ll see how he does with this phone, if he takes care of it or not. This is the stepping stone to more privileges and responsibilities.

Other new things coming up for Zach is that his bed time will be upped in November when he turns 12. And also from Doug and I, we’re going to let him get something to go in the spare tank downstairs. We’re first going to research what will fit and how hard the creatures will be to look after. After that, we will present Zach with a few options and let him do his own research before picking out what he wants. When he’s with us, he is to take care of it himself to learn responsibility and to have something that is his. 

Our puppy Lucy is nine months now, hard to believe she’s not that tiny puppy that could walk right under the couch anymore. She’s grown so much. In some ways, she’s matured a lot. In others, she still has a ways to go, but she is still young and we are working with her. She is still our little Lucy, just so little anymore. Though compared to her siblings, she is tiny. She is the runt. Tank, her biggest brother, is at least twice her size. He is as big as their mom. But, here at home, she is the queen bee. Our cat isn’t a match for her. If we had known we were getting a dog, we’d have left his front claws in. ;) He was just tearing up our furniture and peeling the paint off the walls. But now watching them play, we feel bad for him. Most of the time, they’re good though. It’s just that Lucy plays a little too rough for him sometimes. Ah, our furry children, gotta love them. 

Two weeks and then my son will officially start 6th grade. Today is his registration. They picked up supplies yesterday. Tonight he also finds out what number he will be for football this year. Go Terrors! I can hardly believe that he is nearly 12 and nearly my height. We can wear one another’s shoes, kind of weird. One day he will be bigger than me and then, it will be even weirder. But, I know that day needs to come. He ought not to be smaller than me for the rest of his life. ;) 

Onyx got his yearly check up two weeks ago and is doing great. He’s a little over a year now. It’s hard to believe sometimes too, like with Lucy. He’s not a big cat, but compared to his size when we got him, he’s huge. He was so tiny, my nine week kitten. I still call him my kitten even though he’s an adult now. He is more than just my kitten though. He’s also my companion. He knows when I am sick or upset, knows how to comfort me. Lucy is my puppy, but she is closer to Doug and Onyx is closer to me. He’s a dog person and I am a cat person, though we have each come to love the other. Together with Zach, we are a family.

Overall, I just feel so grateful, so blessed. I have a wonderful fiance, a terrific son that I love to watch grow and learn, a lovely little home that we all share together, our furry children that make this even more of a home, a good job, a group of great friends, family, a working car that I like….first brand new car ever, a bunch of material things that I don’t need…but that make life easier and am grateful to have because growing up, I didn’t have these things….and all of it is thanks to God. He is the best blessing because He gave me my salvation and this wonderful life. 

 

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