Do you turn the pages to enjoy the read of your life?

Inspired by a FB post made by my dear friends @ChargingLIFE.  Thanks guys!

Life's pages to read and turn - photo by FNM

Life’s pages to read and turn – photo by FNM

“Getting stuck on one part of your life is like living in stagnant mode. Don’t allow the pebbles along the road to chain you down and drown you from seeing the beauty that surrounds you in life. Learn from it, turn that page of your life, and keep walking.” – FNM

Making the best from what life throws at you is not the only option we have, but it is one of the best options for those who wish to live fulfilling and happy lives.

We all want answers; sometimes we get them and sometimes we don’t. What’s important is how you choose to live the life you do have and to find comfort and strength from yourself, loved ones and the beauties that do exist on this planet and in this life form.

We can choose to focus our attention on those so-called ‘negatives’; after all, it is our life and therefore a personal choice.  It’s just sad to think that someone chooses to live a painful existence versus appreciating the goodness they do have, including themselves.

Do you turn the pages to enjoy the read of your life?


Conscience vs. Reputation

“Worry more about your conscience than your reputation. Because your conscience is what you are, your reputation is what others think of you. And what others think of you is their problem.”
~ Charlie Chaplin.

Thanks and Giving after Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving Day has passed, what we do in preparation for this holiday and its week should be something we try to do everyday.  When we think about the fact that the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, which implies shopping, even though at a high discount, we realize what we have versus others.  The simple act of having a day dedicated to shopping is, or should be, another reminder of what we can be grateful for in our lives.

From previous posts this Thanksgiving Week we saw how 925 million people go hungry

Roses-Love-Giving - photo by FNM (luna12780)

and how a high percentage of the world’s population is homeless.  Now imagine all the people in these two categories and Black Friday.  I am sure the one thing they’re trying to figure out on that Friday is how to get food and shelter for the next days or weeks, how to feed their children, how to survive in this world.  Further analysis will underline that a part of the people who are a part of the Black Friday culture are even luckier compared to those people in developing countries where famine and disease, even war, is a part of their daily lives and what they try to avoid.

Tree of life - photo by FNM (luna12780)

Once again, today, as yesterday, and the day before, and pretty much every day of the year, we should remember to give thanks, to not take for granted, and to appreciate all we have.   I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Week and that you, as I, will keep on living the spirit of “thanks-and-giving” every day.


Thanksgiving Day Thanks

Thanksgiving Day is here and hopefully most families and friends are home preparing traditional dishes, starting with the turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and ending with cranberry sauce. The history of Thanksgiving tells us a story of thanks and sharing, although, as we know, the full story isn’t all rosy. Yet, in these hard times filled with conflicts and uncertainty, we can be thankful for healthy meals, hot baths, comfortable beds and routine days. I say routine days because unlike other countries where cities are bombed and in turmoil, ours are seldom destroyed, even though we too have had our fair share of natural disasters and other problems that have brought pain and hardship to members of our community.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey - photo by FNM (luna12780)

With this I want to say, “Thank you to God and humanity for the hope you give me, for the strength and positive spirit I see and have each day; for people who love endlessly and unconditionally, and for the good fortune of being born in a loving family that supports me and helps me, for friends and health, food and shelter. I am lucky to live, to see the blue or grey sky, to walk and write. I am grateful for inspiration and the opportunity to touch other’s lives and hopefully add to them in the most positive ways. There is so much more I am thankful for, but I will leave it at that and ask you to share with me, your loved ones, and the world, at least one thing you are thankful for (not only on this Thanksgiving Day, but whenever you can remember to do so).”

Rainbows always inspire hope and joy - photo by FNM (luna12780)

I want to end my post with a list of links to sites that help others for inspiration and/or future volunteer or interest purposes (not that you can’t find organizations and events on your own, but sometimes it is nice to start off with an already present list and go from there):
Charities and Messages
Free Thanksgiving Day Meal Event