May 20, 2013

Rapidly, merrily

Charlotte Bronte wrote an encouraging poem I quite liked!
What I like most about it is that I strongly believe the message I got:
Hope is powerful.

Really we're all gonna have uncomfortable or rough or personally stretching times. If you believe things can get better, you work to create that reality. What a simple but profound truth!

My boss has a license plate cover that says, "There are no accidents." Besides tempting the car wreck gods, this saying basically means that you create yourself and what happens to you by what you think and do. (Things happen to us. But if we do something with them (or not), then we are still involved in that creation.)

Which reminds me of this:
(Yep. Totally found this on Pinterest)

Life teaches you that you need to have hope when hope is the silliest option.

Which reminds me of this video. Holy heck, that was one of my first posts. "If you don't get a miracle...become one."

A line in this poem says,
"Yet hope again, elastic springs, Unconquered, though she fell." Awesome

Life--Charlotte Bronte
"Life, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall?

Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily,
Enjoy them as they fly!

What though Death at times steps in
And calls our Best away?
What though sorry seems to win,
O'er hope, a heavy sway?
Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
Manfully, fearlessly,
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell despair!"


May 13, 2013

Future is Present

Time by Edie Moy

Forever it seems
Seasons fly by and by, now
Future is present.


May 8, 2013


Woo! Life sure moves along :) It's exhausting and wonderful :)

I have a new job! (Internship.)

I'm interning at a residential treatment center and I'm amazed.

The students here have been through hard things, and they are working on making hard changes.

They are in an environment specifically designed to help them understand themselves better and recognize changes they need to make. WOW!

Really, we are all in such an environment. It is just usually more subtle. Feedback and consequences in the "real world" aren't always consistent or obvious.

Watching the students look at their issues makes me really think about how I everything. To other people, to myself, to everyday situations.
When something isn't going how I would like it to (whether because I'm not acting correctly or because the details around me aren't ideal), what do I think/feel/do?

Withdraw? Shut down and think it isn't worth it to work through the situation? Smile and nod but seethe inside? Feel frustrated but decide to make that hard, good choices? Take my feelings out on others? Choose to look at what I can change about what is going on? Hmm!

I am so impressed by people. People go through rough stuff! But we can do it! That is why we are here--refine ourselves and love others. Awesome :)


May 7, 2013

If You Can't Say Something Nice..

I love this! Got chills at one point.

Little bit reminds me of this:

This happens all the time with singers, actors, politicians, etc.
Crazy how sometimes we rationalize why we can be rude!
Of course we can have opinions and preferences. But remember we are all people :)