Thursday, July 16, 2009

Don't Quit

I have had a touch of food poisoning these past two days - well more than a touch - and being sick always reminds me of the fortitude and grace we humans need to handle the very personal journey of living - and dying - well.

We just celebrated my Dad's 84th birthday, a huge milestone in itself given his physical condition. He quotes the famous Bette Davis frequently: "growing old ain't for sissies" and to me he exemplifies the quiet determination needed to just get on with it with few complaints.

In meandering through YouTubes this morning (an endeavor that can fill hours and hours of time as I'm sure you are aware) I came across a short and simple version of the famous poem "Don't Quit." Much as I wanted to know something of the author, anonymous was what surfaced from my search.

How amazing that we have such ability to transcend our identity and make our mark on the human heart!

One thing led to another and I found videos, blogs, short stories and quotes - all inspirational and supportive for hanging on (even if, as in my case, it's to the rim of the bowl and the knowledge that "this too shall pass...")

When you're looking for a moment of inspiration...when you feel let down or laid low...I invite you to indulge in your own search. Start by keying Bette's quote into your search engine, or begin with a YouTube link to the poem below.

Here is the original poem in it's entirety:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

Don't Quit

You are sure to find that you are not alone in your challenge, no matter the content, and that there is something wonderful in witnessing the inspiring words that have laid a path before you.

Sharing...ummmm...that's always a good thing.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Imposssible Dream

"The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it."

Oh how I love this!! One of my favorite quotes!

I can't tell you how many times I've deflected the naysayers and the can't doers in my own life. Comes with the territory when you think big.

Are you one who has big dreams and a strong will to succeed? Then this post is for you.

If you are wondering where to begin to actualize your dream, how to get started, or simply want to read someone with a good head for advise, check out Chris Guillebeau and the free download he has provided in his manifesto called 279 Days To Overnite Success: An Unconventional Journey To Full Time Writing. .

I find his ideas helpful and easy to follow, and he's a giver.

You know I like that.

No matter what your goal, if you think you can do it, you can. Remember The Little Engine That Could? May we all succeed in our dreams...their expression is what you were born to accomplish.

Chris gives good practical advise on how he attained his goal, and offers support for the journey.

You can visit Chris here and get a copy of his manifesto for yourself.

Till next time -


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Time for Fireworks!

As we near the 4th of July, what new thing can possibly be said that isn't already being said by great (and sometimes not so great) minds tuned in to celebrating meaningful occasions?

So then - I'll spare you that - but in addition to being aware of the responsibilities and privileges that come with the price of societal freedom, I invite you to celebrate with me, giving all your heart to the freedom that you personally have in what ever way you have it.

In addition to joining with family and friends to have fun this weekend and be expressive (I've been to many a barbecue following the parade myself),

and with an attitude of gratitude for another year...another day...another moment of living...

may you also be poignantly aware of your own inner fire, and open this day to the glory of the spark that resides authentically within your own true self.

Live it up.
Laugh out loud!
Be authentic.
Smell the roses.
Speak up!
Be joy.
Be the freedom you wish to see.
Be peaceful.
Be grateful.
Be wise.
Be strong.

This is the season to grab the brass ring, dear one.

The world needs you to shine.

The world needs you to shine.

The world NEEDS you to shine.

Namaste to you...

and Happy 4th!!