If You Tried to Please Everyone You Know

Imagine if you tried to please everyone you know. I assure you a precipitous descent into madness as you wrestle with all their varying opinions about your lifestyle, desires, beliefs, choices, career, quirks, etc. Pointless!

You have been given this exquisite and personalized gift of existence. It's yours to experience fully and truthfully. Without excuses.

Focus on your joys, passions and purpose. Don’t waste another moment looking for outward approval. You will find all you need within your beautiful soul.

Decide to Learn the Lessons

We are all, each and every one of us, broken in some way or another. The fractured pieces surface from time to time as a painful reminder of events and people we would rather forget. We don our masks and project the appearance that all is well. Yet, deep inside the pain rages with a vengeance. We resolve to believe that we are just another face in this massive sea of humanity, with a story just like everybody else…and therefore no one really, truly cares.

Know this. If we scoured the entire universe, one could not find another like you. You are uniquely designed and divinely created. God loves you with a love that is only for you. He understands your needs even when you are unable to articulate them with clarity. He is one step ahead of you because he created the path on which you travel. Yes, we have all been in some dark places, but you are not doomed to live there and settle into the shadows.

Instead, decide to learn the lessons these experiences were designed to teach you, and then step out into the warm sunshine of God’s forgiveness and abundant love. Feel it on your face and allow its healing salve to meander through the broken crevices of your soul. Finally, take comfort in the knowledge that you are loved and you are special, simply because you are here. Have a blessed week everybody.

It's My Birthday

Fifty one years ago today, I took my first breath. As a little girl, I spent a lot of time alone, yet, I was rarely lonely. I was acutely aware of a beautiful presence, a kind spirit, hovering, doting. Time passed. Life happened and it was not always kind. There were times when it stomped me bloody, until all I could do was crawl along the dark and broken road. It was in those wretched hours when that familiar presence would wrap me, ever so gently, in a peaceful light and flood my soul with the purest love. When I had no strength left, I was carried. When I slept, that presence stood watch. Guarding. Protecting.

Today, I celebrate not only the fifty one year old gift of my first breath, but I must celebrate the sweet presence of God that has been my divine and steadfast companion all these years. No matter how my life unfolds from here, I will take refuge in the knowledge that I have never been, or ever will be, alone.

This "little girl" feels very blessed and highly favored to have such thoughtful FB friends. Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes. Hugging every single one of you.

Best Wishes. Donna