The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."
I love new beginnings. They hold incredible promise of adventure and fun. January 2014....it's the way I feel today. Hopeful. Excited. Eager to step out and discover new things. Happy New Year, Guys....Here's to an awesome year.
It's been a wild journey.....more than a year of investigating and researching the truth. I've met some incredible people along the way and also learned some hard lessons. Here's the video trailer. Hope you guys like it.
"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart." Myla Kabat-Zinn
Not everything that happens is good but not everything that happens is bad. I used to think it was all bad but I know now....that's not right.
Life's lessons....they come packaged differently and sometimes what looks horrible can turn out pretty good and sometimes what looks amazing can turn out yuck.
I think maybethe purpose for any of it is to grow...and learn....and move forward in better ways. I used to think when the bad stuff hit that I needed to guard my heart more....to close it from others to prevent the bad from happening again. Now I think it's better to live with it always openb/c more of the good effects get in than the bad. Joni Erkison was a teenager when she jumped into a lake near her home and broke her neck. When her sister came to see her at the hospital, she begged her to take a razor blade and cut her wrists. "I won't feel it. Just do it." She told her. Years later her sister said she was tempted to do it but something inside wouldn't let her. She's glad now that she didn't it.
Joni ended up becoming a well known artist. She paints better with her mouth than I can my two hands. She got married and had traveled all over talking with wounded soldiers and the disabled giving them hope.....and showingthat even when confined to a chair, life could still be incredibly awesome.
If you're going through a bad time...hang tight. It won't last. It never does. Things change....they really do.
“We are not powerless specks of dust drifting
around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are each of us like beautiful
snowflakes, unique and born for a specific purpose.”Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D.
It's a story of hope and overcoming...A story about the resilience of the human spirit and the touch of a gentle God.
Jamie DeSouza runs away from home to escape from years of sexual and emotional
abuse. Living on the streets of Toronto, she survives the only way she knows
how – by becoming tough, hard, angry...a fighter. When her freedom is taken
away, Jamie finds herself locked in a psychiatric ward where she struggles to
Caught in the
mental health system, Jamie is stripped of her dignity and even basic human
rights. It’s in that dark place she learns to fight back in ways that
ultimately free her. The people Jamie meets along the way teach her that dancing softly in life is far more
powerful than the use of violence.
“A powerful story of
hope and courage that shows us nothing is impossible to overcome….”
Walter, Executive Director of The Halton Women's Centre
“Dancing Softly is an insight into the hearts and minds of people
who struggle with mental illness. I couldn’t put it down.”
“A great read indeed! Dancing Softly restores faith and
inspires hope. Read it and know that perseverance, diligence and integrity
always pay off. Dancing Softly encourages everyone to let their inner light
shine. It’s a message we need to aspire to every day!” Savina
"Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box." Italian Proverb
I used to be intimadated by people in power - professionals who held some level of authority. I used to think I was inferior to them....that they were somehow better than me and carried all the answers.
I don't believe that anymore. I've learned that we're all made of the same stuff. It's not about whether or not we have a degree.......or hold a position of power......or even work in a factory.....everyone's just trying to live out their best lives.
And I've discovered people are nice or not simply because of the make-up of who they are.....not because of any position they might hold. It's those people who smile at the little guy....and hold the door open for them that's the best. Kindness outweighs power and authority.
Those are the people who taught me to live my best life....and to give back what's been given to me. They're the ones who showed me a softer more gentle way of being in the world.
There are amazing people everywhere.....people who are bright lights shining compassion....they stand out as a reminder that whoever we are....whatever we do.....each of us is worth the same.