Taking a Break…My Thought for the Day…June 24, 2019

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June 24, 2019

“Taking a break to figure some things out…”
-Suzy Goebel

Taking a Break

Just a little update to let you all know that I have decided I am taking a break from My Thought for the Day.  It obviously hasn’t been a daily thing in a while and has been getting less and less frequent over time.  I need to figure out if I still really want to do this or not.  I am sure I will in some form or another.

Part of the reason is in my recent mania.  I started another blog, crazydogmama.net and I became more focused on that.  Writing articles, creating doggy memes, and designing t-shirts.  But even that one has fallen away.  Unfortunately, this is ‘normal’ due to the ups and downs of being bipolar, I do apologize for this.

I am sincerely hoping the desire to create this sort of inspirational imagery does come back, but a part of me still has the ‘what right do you have’ feeling about it.  Anyhoo, take care and enjoy the summer if you live in the northern hemisphere!  And if you are not, take heart, you just passed the longest night, you are officially on the upswing now!

Find Your Gifts…My Thought for the Day…June 3

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June 3, 2019

“The purpose of life is to find your gift.  The meaning of life is to give it away.”

-William Shakespeare

Find Your Gifts

Life is a journey to find your gifts and talents.  Few of us are lucky enough to have them appear early on in life and recognize them as such.  And most of us, not so much.  It can take years before we realize our gifts, if ever.  Maybe our gifts do appear, and we just don’t recognize them or give them enough value at the time.  Or maybe we are told to pursue other more ‘worthwhile’ pursuits.  Pursuits that will allow us to succeed in this world.

I recently came into contact with an old family friend who in her later years began to paint and has become quite good at it.  I don’t ever remember her having this inclination growing up, but here it is now, later in life.  It is really beautiful to watch it unfold as she posts her work on social media.  I find her an inspiration.  And she has stirred something up inside of me.

A constant theme in my life has always been artistic pursuit.  But when I was in a place to choose a career, I was discouraged from it, so I pushed it aside and tried to forget it.  I was also very sensitive to criticism and it really hurt to pour out my soul into a piece and be criticized for it.

But luckily with age comes the ability to not care so much what others think.  And there is no reason to not create for the sole purpose of pleasing myself.  And if it pleases others, great!  Making these graphics for this blog has been a great first step back into creativity.  And a way of giving my gift back to the world, even if no one ever sees it.  Maybe I will pick up the brush (or the pencil, or the stone chisel, or the clay) again.




What Is a Life Well Lived?…My Thought for the Day…April 29, 2019

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April 29, 2019

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.

I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
-Diane Ackerman

What Is a Life Well Lived? 

I love this quote, although I am not entirely sure what it means.  I get a vague feeling of understanding that I can only think is what the author meant by this.  To me, it is definitely a thought-provoking quote.  Anybody can live the length of their life.  Just getting up and doing our daily activities will get us there.

But to live the width of it as well…  I am guessing this means going beyond our daily activities. Choosing to participate in life beyond the daily grind.  Cultivating friendships, hobbies, and interests that have nothing to do with our livelihoods and ambitions.

It is so easy to get the tunnel vision and only see a goal, or where we want to end up.  Or even worse, what is just on our plate today.  Sometimes, that is all we are capable of seeing in order to press on without getting too overwhelmed.  But the truth is, the richness is also in the journey.  The people and experiences along the way.

So, what makes a full life?  There are so many answers to that question.  And only the individual can answer that for themselves. None of us really knows if we will make it to tomorrow.  Are you living just the length of your life?




My Thought for the Day…March 14, 2019

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

-Rosa Parks

In my life I have found this to be true.  When I don’t really have a plan, that is when the fear and anxiey are at their worst. The simple act of doing something, accomplishishing anything, no matter how small, helps me to break out of being frozen in fear.   Then one small accomplishment spurs me on to more, and usually then it snowballs from there.

I am not a religious person, but I do beleive that ‘God helps those who help themselves.’  I have observed in my life that once I do something and get the ball rolling, it is much easier to keep going, and things just start to fall in place.

Have a great Thursday!