***FIREWORKS***!!!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY !!!

Aren't fireworks GREAT!!! Is it the noise, bang, pop, crack? Or maybe it is the vibrant colors, (I mean who doesn't love the sky lighting up with red, yellow, green, blue, gold, shimmering everything)!!! You are never alone at the fireworks, so celebrating with others makes fireworks over the top. From the beginning fireworks signaled something BIG! Of course Fourth of July, freedom is a cause to celebrate with fireworks, but aren't the little things also fun to notice and recognize. TODAY is reason enough to light up the sky! 

Christmas Confession

Usually it happens later, somewhere in the heat of summer, when I am feeling disconnected from all goodness and light......then I turn on my favorite Christmas songs....ahhhh sheer JOY! It is only March but today I just needed it, back to what matters, to my happy place. My mind focuses on true love. I recommend it highly, just do it and don't be shy .....crank it up, why not you won't regret it, I promise! Oh Holy Night........

FRIENDS

Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best when he said, "The only way to have a friend is to be one."

Isn't that the way it is, we all want to be understood, to be heard, to be loved and the best way is to jump in and make sure that you try to listen, and I mean the "proactive, get to the guts, don't interrupt all the time" kind of listening that takes patience and practice. This year I am trying to not talk as much, listen more and often just be present. I think we all feel that we need the right words all the time that willrock someone's world, or make it all better, when really most people want a friend, someone to show up, be present and listen. This past week we attended a celebration of life for a dear friend that passed away and also got sad, hard news that one of our family lost a little precious unborn baby. My heart was aching in both cases, and what I learned is there aren't "perfect" words that "change" everything; but prayer, listening and showing up DO make all the difference. I want to be the friend that shows up, (maybe shuts up) listens, and loves. It takes work and practice but I want to keep trying that's for sure!

Perfection

I have a love hate with this word. When I taste something fabulous and say this is "perfection". The word is just right for the moment, satisfying and fits in every way. That fits the definition of perfection "being free from all flaws or defects". BUT the trouble starts when you look further into the definition that describes perfection this way," the action or process of improving something until it is faultless". And that my friends is where the trouble begins. You see perfection cant be achieved by our efforts, no matter how hard we try. Hmmm, so here is what I have decided: Number one it is okay to strive for perfection, but I need to accept good enough. Second I need to realize that we all fall short which helps me love others and myself in spite of our imperfections. Last note on perfection conundrum; celebrate success that comes regardless of those unique imperfections, because often I find those imperfections are the very things that make us fabulous.  

 

 

National Championship Highlights: Go Clemson!!!

Okay first let me admit I am a sucker for the underdog both teams and players and last night delivered some good feelings on both fronts: Here are a few of my highlights:

Clemson was the underdog by a touchdown or so and they won...YEAH!!! Coach Dabo Swinney himself the underdog was a walk on player at Alabama in his playing days and ultimately went on to win the National Championship. He is all heart and his postgame interviews were passionate and emotional (love it!)  Read the full story http://www.google.com/amp/www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/open-mike/os-sp-clemson-alabama-mike-bianchi-0109-story,amp.html?client=safari

My two favorite quotes: "Let the light in you shine brighter than the light on you" and "God doesn't save you from things; he saves you through them" ....

Half-time highlight Desmond Howard was a commentator and he had on a LOUD pinstripe blazer that was rockin' now I do have to say not sure that the striped shirt and spotted tie were quite the perfect match but I do love some clothes that scream oh yeah!!!

And then to close out the underdog scenario the winning touchdown was caught by Hunter Renfrow a one time walk on (high school baseball player) that stands 5'11'' and weighs 180lbs and was told he would never make the big time....well oh yeah between last year's championship game and this year's winning touchdown, he is BIG time alright.

I think we identify with folks and situations that are labeled "not enough" because all of us feel inadequate in some way (and many ways) so when unlikely winners; win we hope that for ourselves as well......Go Coach Dabo, Way to Go Tigers, and Go Hunter! Thanks for a satisfying end to a late night of college football!