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One of my best friends in all the world let me know she was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. You know those friends that are in your core group of friends? The ones dear to you that you have been friends with forever? She is one of those friends. So, my world stopped spinning for a moment. It whirred back to life of course, with a jarring start. I paused for a moment, breathless in the thought of life without her.  But, I simply cannot think that way. I must be positive for her!

Then all the stupid things I worried about all week, well, they were gone in an instant. What is important? The ones we love. The good we can do. The joy and enjoyment we can get from our lives. We must not waste any of it, this gift of life. And, we cannot let anyone or anything rob us of our joy in living our unique and beautiful life.

So, please, go hug someone you love. Call that person you’ve been mad at and try to make amends. Yes, our living is beautiful. Yet, it is can be so fragile.

Much Love,

Eileen

Dare To Take The Less Traveled Road

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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, USA

Go ahead, dare to take that less traveled road! Sure, it will have bumps, pot holes, and muddy spots. Of course, you will want to turn around and run for the other path. But, that road less traveled? It is as unique as you, and there is nothing wrong with that. So, dream that dream. Own that journey. Make that path your own.

Happy motivated Monday.

Much Love

Eileen

*With love to the great Robert Frost

Enjoy Life

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In the past two weeks, I have watched helplessly as two families I know have suffered the unexpected deaths of their loved ones. I’ve tried my best to think of words of comfort. Yet, words just seem to fall flat given the enormity of these terrible losses. So what to do? Truly I think we honor these ones by living our best lives. My mother’s words ring in my ears, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” she would tell me. Good advice to a daughter with an overactive imagination; advice I tend to forget from time-to-time. So, the gossip, the back stabbing out there, we simply have to let it go. All the stupid stuff that we worry about, we must brush it from our mind like a stray hair that has fallen from our head. Enjoying life? It’s about our friends. It’s about our families. The gold in our lives is the time spent with the ones we love. So, hold those ones tight y’all. Don’t ever let go over hurt feelings, our mis-understandings. My two beloved families had no idea they would be dealing with these tragedies just mere days ago. Nothing is a guarantee in this world, so breath in, breath out. It is vital that we make the best of each and every day!

Much Love,

Eileen

Live And Let Live

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What is it that we do to ourselves when we don’t live and let live? We rob ourselves of friendships and family relationships that could have flourished in the bright light of love. We deprive ourselves of those others who could touch our lives down to the bone and marrow. The ones that could make us the best version of ourselves. So, what is a difference in politics? Or, how about a difference in religion? I know, taboo topics these. Yet, they are the very things that can divide us, separating us from each other. But, what about the smaller things, the nuances of these taboo subjects? What if someone celebrates a different holiday than you? Or, maybe doesn’t celebrate at all. Does it make that one less worthy of our time? Simply because they think and act a bit different than we do? It shouldn’t be so. But, it is. Can we see past our differences, and look for what we share in common?

As always, sending you much love.

Eileen

Fabulous On This Friday…The Art Of Being, The Joy Of The Journey

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On this Friday, I’ve been reflecting on something I read this past weekend. The article mentioned while it can be good to imitate another person’s good qualities, it isn’t good to imitate everything about the other person. To mimic how someone speaks, dresses, etc is well, it’s weird. So, it’s the art of being ourselves and enjoying that journey, wherever it takes us.  I took this advice and breathed a sigh of relief. Sure, I’ve learned to accept and love my individuality (my weirdness if you will, I admit it, I’m a bit out there. I’m different. I think most creatives are.)  However, it was nice to hear it, that it is okay to be just who you are, you.

So, on this Friday, this joy of the week, love being you. Embrace what makes you unique. Then, go out there and have fun this weekend, we’ve worked really hard, we deserve it!

Much Love,

Eileen

Maybe on a Monday…What is light?

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Just as the sun rises gently and gives off it’s warmth, our brightness rises from within us. I don’t know about you, but my brightness as a person is hard to find at times. It is like someone hits the dimmer switch on my heart from time-to-time. But, just as the waves hit the beach, I always make my way back to positivity, I’m sure you dear reader do the same. So, just as we are truth, we are light. We are the brightness of being. We are the sunrise in the life of someone we love. And, we have a choice in the matter. We can choose the light. Or, we can choose to leave the dimmer switch on. So, on this Monday, this day that gets such a bad rap in each week of our days, we can choose light. Enjoy your day and be that brightness!

Much Love,

Eileen

Wishing On This Wednesday…That Everyone Appreciate Their Life Journeys

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I listened with great sadness as someone I care about told me of the end of their 35 year marriage. Knowing the circumstances, I wasn’t entirely surprised, yet still sad. Then this person said something that made me stop and think. They felt that they had wasted 35 years of their life. I immediately wanted to say no, of course that wasn’t the case. However, it was too important of a moment for an off the cuff answer. So, having given it some thought, here is what I plan to say to this person:

At no time is our life a waste of time. Even the bad times, they take us on life’s journey. They teach and train us. If we can come out the other side and we are not bitter, then we’ve won. Yes, life has it’s ups and downs. Yes, we can spend a million lifetimes on the “what ifs”.  No, it’s better to appreciate this journey we call life. We must ask ourselves, “What have I learned from this?” Then, we must pull ourselves up, dust our wounded pride off, and move on.  See that bend just ahead in your path? See the good just beyond it, and appreciate your life journey!

Much Love,

Eileen