I find myself humming John Lennon’s Imagine a lot lately. You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will be as one.
I believe in people. We are here for a blip of time. And within that blip we feel a pull to live a full life with happiness. Those who imagine the world as I do inspire me. I live a life of compassion and empathy. I’m an accepting person who understands tolerance. Ambitious, fun, positive people are a beacon of light for me.
There are moments we fail, moments we fall. But we get back up and move on. Sometimes we stay on the ground a little longer. Sometimes we trip and fall a lot. But there’s something in me to keep going. I have a voice in my head that yells Get Up! Keep Going! You Got This!
I have lost my voice from time to time. Sometimes we are tired of the intolerance and injustice in the world. It’s even harder in our political climate. Sometimes we are going through something personal. In the past few years my divorce finalized, I lost my Dad to cancer, I became part of the #MeToo movement for the second time in my life, and have lost myself over and over again. Few people know what I’ve been through. I really wish this was a complete list too. I only put this out there to give others hope. You can wake up and choose to smile, help others, keep going. You can choose to take time for you. I often remind myself of this simple phrase Find Your Voice.
I believe we need to take moments to remind ourselves to listen, to look, to feel. Open your ears. Open your eyes. Open your heart. Look around. Feel the wind, the sun, the rain. Hold hands, kiss, hug. Eat pizza. Have ice cream. Enjoy chocolate. Do whatever you need to do so you can let go. Let go as many times as it creeps back up on you. Yell from the top of a hill and release yourself from the bad that has happened, the anger, the self-doubt, the things you couldn’t control. Let go of the people who have hurt you. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, who are kind, who create joy in your heart. Sing. Write. Paint. Color. Create. Take a walk. Read (my previous posts). Inspire others. Help a stranger. Be there for a friend. Breathe the world in.
To all those who have had my back these last few years, you are in my heart and will forever be part of me and my journey.
~I’m here to help
Inspirational References – Find Your Voice:
Deschene, Lori. 2019. Tiny Buddha. Retrieved from: https://tinybuddha.com/
Hawks, Melissa. 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.melissabhawks.com/
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Thompson, Brandon. 2019. Brandon Thompson: Author, Teacher, Workshop Leader, Ecstatic Poet. Retrieved from: http://www.brandonthompsonauthor.com/blog
Williams, Tina. 2017. Transform in 2017. Retrieved from: https://tinaheretohelp.com/2017/01/01/transform-in-2017/
Wilson, Donny. 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/donnylb/?hl=en
I stumbled upon Donny a few years ago. I enjoy his humor, inspiration, journey, and that adorable smile. Follow him on Instagram!
Also, further reading:
Andre, Christophe. January 15, 2019. Proper Breathing Bring Better Health. Scientific American. Retrieved from: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/proper-breathing-brings-better-health/
Gunthere, Randi. June 27, 2018. Healing from Emotional Abuse. Psychology Today. Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rediscovering-love/201806/healing-emotional-abuse
Mitchell-Paidoussi, Chloe. 2018. How to Rebuild Yourself After Trauma. The Book of Man. Retrieved from: https://thebookofman.com/mind/mental-health/traumatic-events/
Richmond, Christine. November 29, 2018. Emotional Trauma and the Mind-Body Connection. WebMD. Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/emotional-trauma-18/emotional-trauma-mind-body-connection
Woodson, Cheryl. 2019. Straight Talk bout Eldercare. Retrieved from: http://drcherylwoodson.com/
Zimmerman, Jackie. 2019. The Best Multiple Sclerosis Blogs of 2019. Healthline. Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/best-blogs-of-the-year#2