Grief, Life, Writing

Pain – It’s Not a Competition

It is not a competition, although some will try to make it into one.

“Yeah, but let me tell you what happened to me…”

We all have stories to tell and they should be told. There is often healing in our sharing and it may give others hope. There is resilience and a vulnerable courage in sharing our pain and also our triumphs.

There can be “life after” if we choose it and others stories may help us get there. But sometimes, preaching to myself here, we need to shut up and just listen. Or sit in silence with someone in their pain.

There is more than enough these days to go around.

(Read Job 2:13)

Life, Photograph, Writing

Be a Light!

Shine so bright they cannot ignore you!

Shine Bright

You can be and are a light shining in someone’s darkness, never doubt that. You were created to be a light, to shine in the darkness that covers our world and seeps into our hearts. Let your light shine, let it illuminate the darkness.

The world needs people who have come alive and aren’t afraid to shine and share their light. There is enough darkness to go around and you can make a difference. #JustBelieve #HopeLives #BeALight

Life, Photograph, Writing

Time Never Cares

Time never cares what we do it just marches ever forward. There is no turning back when you realize what you regret. #LiveIntentionally #ChooseWisely #BeKind

“Contemplation” Photo of Dungeness Bay near Sequim, WA

Each day and each moment offers us an opportunity to make a difference. To touch a life and help even one person breath easier, even for a single moment. How often do we allow those moments of opportunity just slip away as time moves on?

In these times we find ourselves in, it has been said we should never waste a crisis. Well, now is the time to be intentional in how we treat others. Especially those closest to us, those we may find ourselves sequestered with day after day.

  1. BE KIND
  2. SPEAK LIFE
  3. LOVE FREELY
  4. FORGIVE OFTEN
  5. GIVE GRACE

Pick one thing from the list today and extend that to others and especially to yourself. Remember you matter too, and time will march on whether we act or not.

Now what will you do today?

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #YouMatter

Life, Photograph, Poetry

A Happy Place

Where is your happy place?

That place where the moments linger and time melts into eternity. Where all seems right and the cares of this world seem to float away. Our lives are racked with pain and worry.

The world is crazy and evil exists, steadily creeping into our doubts and fears. I believe it is the simple things, those small acts of kindness. Which are often great acts of courage that just might save us. So, I ask again:

Where is your happy place?

Art, Poetry

Melting Hearts

wpid-1442100933579.jpgShe so easily goes about;
melting hearts,
with soft blue eyes
that will pierce
straight into your soul.

A gentle spirit she carries;
of unspoken grace,
her calm demeanor
belies the strength
she holds in reserve.

Tenderly she holds you;
in mercy’s embrace,
and quietly whispers
of promises to come
and hope in tomorrow.

~Mark Schutter ©2015