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Life is fragile.

That is what I’ve been reminded of this past month. Losing my dog to heart failure has been rough. Even though she was only with us for a year, I know it was the best year of her life. However, that was no bandaid to protect the raw emotions of that wound – that hole in my heart that was left behind. But this was getting too grim.

So let’s restart.

This is exactly what my family and I decided to do – not replace, but restart this relationship with our pet. This time we were looking for someone who would stick around for a long while so someone young. The search started after the tears had dried and the decision had been made together to experience this joy again. Lessons had been learned and there was homework to be done. Boy, did we get it done!

We went out last weekend to a shelter and left heavy hearted as the dog we were interested in had been adopted already. Lo and behold, there was a volunteer there who directed us to a non-profit nearby. That’s where we fell in love again!

This little cute bundle of energy was waiting for us there. Ready to jump, run, play, lick… all of the above! It was love at first sight and all of a sudden all of the feelings came rushing back. We just had to rescue him! And an hour later he was in my arms and on his way home!

There is a lot of pain in this world – there is no doubt, but there is no feeling better than knowing you are making a positive impact on another life whether it is human or not. We had so much more love to give our dog, so we are restarting that journey with this one.

Count your blessings, hold those dear to you close to your heart, and love like you’ve never been hurt before! That’s my advice and that’s all for today. Until next time…

Enjoy your weekend!

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Creature

“Creature” – something created, something/someone that came from the shaping and molding of another being. Interestingly enough, when we think of this word, we tend to associate it with negative connotations – a scary or odd creature from outer space or an animal of some sort, although people are creatures as well.

There are several ways of thinking of a creature, my favorite being the thought that this living organism was made by someone or somehow came into existence. Personally, I believe in God as the ultimate Creator and I see my evidence in intelligent design. I refuse to believe that everything is happenstance, but I respect others’ beliefs and I do have knowledge of evolution and the big bang, and so on and so forth. It interests me as a topic I have studied thoroughly.

However, for me, nothing seems to be able to answer my questions to my satisfaction as much as faith does. And of course, the point of faith is to believe without having to see. To trust in something that is greater than myself, that gives me a sense of purpose for life, that guides me to live in service of others – this is my faith. To live every day in love – love of others, love for myself, for other “creatures,” and so on and so forth.

And when I go to create my own creatures in my stories or whatever I am writing, I have a tiny glimpse of what it’s like to be a creator. I have some insight into the joy and pain it brings to see my creatures grow, think, make mistakes, fall, and brush themselves off. And this story itself, as my creation, takes on a life of its own as it’s written, rewritten, shared, read, and interpreted a little differently each time by each set of eyes, each mind that enters my created world.

What comes to mind when you think of the word, “creature?” Perhaps you have a favorite animal or a favorite fictional character that you are reminded of. Here’s a fun exercise: thinking of that creature, put yourself in it’s shoes, per se, and try to see the world through its eyes for a moment. I assure you, you will see the world differently.CreatureComforts2_NewsThumb_Big

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Forlorn

What does this word really mean and why am I feeling this? It means being at the end of the rope in terms of hope – not having anything else to go on. Running on empty… Yesterday I was thinking about some family members and I feel forlorn in that if they can’t treat me with respect and integrity, I have no choice but to give up on them completely. What would that look like? Being fake back. Dishing out bullshit after it’s dealt to me time and time again – or just a long silence knowing they think I’m forever inadequate in their eyes. You see, people who really care don’t find ways to kick you when you’re down. They pull you up to higher ground and put you on their shoulders proudly and without incident. They don’t hint at your shortcomings. They love you no matter what. Simple as that. I’ve been through hell and back, so if you don’t have an ounce of decency to respect that, just leave me alone.

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Contest Update

Hi all,

I’ve been busy lately and have regretted not being able to post here more often. However, two of my creative writing projects have been submitted to contests with promising news! I’ve made the Red List twice – the list of highest scoring entries for both categories I’ve entered. This is amazing for first time entries!!!

Fingers crossed, winning could mean production of my story and screenplay into two separate movies! As I’m excited about this, I thought to share it with my followers here!

Thank you for your continued support!

Jolly

Amidst the hustle and bustle of last minute shopping and such, it can be easy to lose ourselves in road rage, judgmental conclusions about cutters in line, and impatience as we wait our turn after someone who could only pay in coins at the supermarket.

But in all honesty, this world needs more jolly in it than we could ever muster up to show. So I call you to action. Yes, you! Put that smile back on your face, the spring in your step, the joy in your voice as you sing along to whatever’s playing in the background. Be genuine in your greetings and take that extra measure to be super jolly – not just because of a holiday, but because you want to spread cheer year-round.

Have a jolly holiday season!

Jolly

Warm Someone’s Heart

I have already posted about my knitting for Knots of Love before (which I continue to do), but this post is about creating something for someone else to enjoy and perhaps something that will keep them warm in the colder weather we face during the holiday season.

Last season, I bought myself a loom and knitted snoods (think short infinity scarves that hug your neck snuggly). This season, I decided to knit caps with fluffy pom poms for others to wear. Now, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a beanie, a cap, a scarf, or a blanket – it’s the fact that you put your time and consideration into choosing to do something nice for someone you know or maybe someone you don’t know at all. It’s that labor of love that brings joy to them and warms their hearts.

If you don’t knit, there are several alternatives you can think of as to how to brighten someone’s day. The important part is putting yourself aside for a moment to warm someone else’s heart.

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Believe

To be sure of something even if it’s unseen, not felt, and not sensed in any tangible manner. 

How many of you out there believe in yourself? I hope you all do. I believe in you. I believe that even though I may not have met you in person, or known of your existence for ages, I believe you are a unique individual capable of and destined for greatness, to change the world for the better, even if that means just being who you are on a daily basis – being a part of someone else’s life, day, etc.

I believe it’s the little things that matter the most – holding that door open, letting someone have a turn before you at the store, that little compliment that brightens someone’s day… 

For, at the end of the day, no matter what kind of storms and crap we’ve had to deal with, we are all still human and are in this together. Why not lighten the load by carrying each other for a moment, loving one another in small gestures of human-kindness.

I believe human-kindness is not dead. It is very much alive. And if you think otherwise, it’s in everyone’s power to change that – one person, one moment, one gesture at a time.

 

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