Monday, May 31, 2010

In Memorial

Today marks the holiday that we officially honor those who have served to protect our country and all it stands for. I believe that there is never enough gratitude to those that are currently and have done this for us.
It frightens me to think if I would have personally lost a loved one or friend to battle. I try to understand ones need to fullfill this service and come to terms to why we are in wars in the first place.
Now not to diminish what this day was originally intended for. But how could we not truly keep in memory and honor those who also made sacrifices with their lives and more for all of the other ways our lives have been changed? So in addition to servicemen and servicewomen, I want to honor and thank my ancestors, civil rights pursurers, and anyone else that has done something to make a difference in the way I am able to live today! Thank you, thank you, and thank you! I salute you all!
Peace, Life, Love

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Why of People

At first it started out as being a part of the job. Then it became a part of me. After my inquiring of a decision made, or a thought had, even feelings....I would ask then hear myself ask the person, "Why?" I felt a need to know more information and to gain additional insight into the responder.
This has become my thing! Even catch myself wondering the why to my own thoughts, feelings, and decisions. Because hey you never know when someone will ask me why!
There is even a book that I would like to reas entitled, "Start with Why". Check it out, too! You never know what you may learn! :-)

Sunday, May 23, 2010


The longer you live,the more you learn! Something that I've been learning in the past few weeks is that the Art of Commonsense is dying. No longer are people using rational thoughts or their gut feelings (intutition)! What is going on!?
I can't understand it...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I set out this month challenging myself to write on my blog everyday this month. Well, as you can see, I have not been able to keep up! I guess with the ending of the school year I am getting so unfocused on ME!
Crazy how I become undisciplined when it comes to the matters of taking care of myself. I take some "mental health days"  but not enough for me to feel recovered-fully...then life happens. I tell myself to go to the spa more often....then life happens and I never make it. With summer coming up, I want to look my best, therefore, I tell myself to exercise more and eat healthier..then life happens and I never put in the time. Every time I need to be focused and disciplined on taking care of me, I find no time or energy left....
However, I want to become more disciplined in the coming days. Becoming more disciplined will also help me to  accomplish so much more! And as for my daily breath of fresh air...I will try to do a lot better about "breathing" and taking time to smell the order to write more!

Peace, Life, Love

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I did not forget...

There are times when writing can be difficult to do daily. But then I'm reminded that I communicate in many ways on a daily basis. The last thing I do before bed is to communicate with God. Often it is through direct prayers about things or like tonight, through a showing of gratitude. Gratitude for things are sometimes that little lift you need in the day or the check of reality to remind of us the real purpose of this life.

Today I'm grateful for:

My family & friends that love me for me regardless

A job to provide our necessities

A job that I care about

The laughter of my niece when she at first was down

The ability to help my Mommie when she needed it

The care from others shown to me in unexpected ways


The feeling of being needed

For being heard when I needed someone to do more than just listen

Compassion of strangers in my other world

The expectation to gather with my girls tomorrow

And so much more!

I could go on and on...but I just wanted you to know that I didn't forget! I never can dismiss my daily gratitudes. I didn't forget....and pray to never do.

Peace, Life, Love
(Written this on Monday, May 4th, but had technical difficulties..ahhh...Life!)

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Life worth Living

Read a quick article on about how women are always living their lives full of regret. Constant comparisons to other women. Worries over achievements yet accomplished. Well, unfortunately, this is so true of many us-present company included.
There is always planning for the "next steps" and keeping up with The Book Club. These things come to a point where they consume my life. And while I"m "consumed", life continues.... Everyone else is living theirs, unbeknowning that I am choosing them as a measuring stick to MY life and success. Crazy....foolish...somewhat insane of sorts.
Well...that stops today. In reading the article, I had a moment of gratitude. I have a GREAT life and it is indeed one worth living....and living it MY WAY. No more regrets, nor more comparing (you can only live it the way you want to), and if I want to accomplish more, well I have to get on it....There is no room for worries...
In fact, it conjures up one of my favorite poems...because it is truly ME. I just need to keep in mind, I have a life worth living and I need to get about the business of living it!

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

from And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A BOFA-ism

I have shared so much of myself in this blog and with you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. 

What does it mean for something or someone to be a breathe of fresh air?
Defined, by various references, as "a welcome relief; a change for the better", "something relieving, refreshing or new", and "a welcome or refreshing change". That is what I daily try to embrace! My spirit craves new things that will create something better in my life. My spirit has something in it that wants to also create those opportunities for others. Here's to all of the breathes of fresh air in us ALL!

We saw the future today
You and I  glanced
We gazed
You and I stared
We saw so much more than what we came for.
Vast richness of more than what we desired lies ahead.
We saw the future and the future looked at us today....told us to live in the now while
planning the tomorrows. Time passed, together we sat and laughed about the yesterdays, no matter how sad or bad they had been.
We own it and them as much as they own us. 

We saw the future today
You and I  glanced
We gazed
You and I stared
We saw so much more than what we came for.
Embraced the freshness of what is to come.
Change puts new wind in all of our sails.
The future promised us
New life, new horizons, new air to breathe.
Asked that we only
Breath in, breath breathes.
More to come, forevermore, more to come

Peace, Life, Love

Just thoughts of Where, What, When, Why, and How

WHERE do you go for advice? 
         Seeking your own counsel is narcissistic and could be wrong. There is nothing wrong with gaining
          knowledge from others. We all learn this way. Consider your options from what you have received,
          then make a decision based on knowledge, not self fulfillment .        
WHAT is your story?
         Everyone has one. We should share them more so that we can become more connected to one another.
         Don't be afraid to share yours. Someone may gain something from yours, and vice versa.
WHEN are you successful? 
         We personally all have this "measuring stick" inside of us. We have standards that we feel we must meet
          in order to reach and know that we are successful.
WHY aren't we all responsible for our incarcerated and homeless?
         We are supposed to be a caring society, it takes a village....I am sure that there is a way, however
         small,  that we can all do individually to make a difference for the good of the whole. So that these
        societal flaws become a thing of the past.
HOW did this world end up so wrong? 
         Each day, the news on TV/internet scares us, gives us bad vibes about the world around us. There
         were times of peace...we have all strayed off track into a United State of Chaos. Our President is right
        change is what we need and will have to embrace. And once again....remember..We are supposed to be
        a caring society, it takes a village....I am sure that there is a way, however small,  that we can all do
        individually to make a difference for the good of the whole.

Just had some thoughts of where, what, when, why, and how on this lazy Sunday afternoon.

Peace, Life, Love