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Quote of the Day

“Vulnerability is about setting out alone on your own particular journey without having a clear sense of your destination. ” -Nicholas Wilton

Vulnerability, huh? So that’s the word for what I’m feeling…

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“Being absolutely true to yourself is freedom.” –Caroline Casey

Tuscany, Italy 2007

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Thank You

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” –Meister Eckhart

The first time I heard this quote I had one of those “Aha! Moments” that you always hear Oprah talking about. I think it’s because I’ve always struggled a bit with prayer. I’m not a particularly religious person, but I consider myself a Catholic and I was raised in a home where you said your prayers every night before you went to bed. However, the older I got, the harder it was for me to pray. I never knew what to say, I never felt like I was doing it right, my mind would start to wonder and I felt like I was only praying when I needed something. So unfortunately, at some point I just stopped praying all together.

It’s not that I didn’t believe in prayer. I think prayer and/or meditation is extremely powerful and beautiful. I envied the people who seemed to be so good at, but it just wasn’t for me.

Then I heard this quote and it changed everything. All I needed to say was thank you. Two very simple words that I already used multiple times a day. Gratitude was the key. Being appreciative for what you have and fully acknowledging it – that’s what prayer can be.

Sometimes we run through life so quickly and we’re so stressed and consumed by our daily responsibilities that we forget all the wonderful things we have going for us. The big things—our families, our friends, our health, the roof over our head. And then the little things—a nice cup of coffee, a great book, a good conversation, a pedicure, the smell of your favorite candle. I don’t ever want to be going at such a fast pace that I forget to be thankful for the large and tiny pleasures in my life.

The more you say thank you, the more it becomes a habit. Sometimes I’ll be driving home from work going 10 mph on the 101 and I want to curse at the world, but then there will be the most beautiful sunset and the sky will look like a painting and the first thing that will pop into my head is “thank you.” And yes, I think that is enough.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

The latest book I need to praise is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. The novel is told through the eyes of a dog (Enzo), who has come near the end of his life and is reflecting upon the time he spent with his human family. Now, anyone who knows me knows I’m not exactly an animal lover, so I was a bit skeptical when I heard the premise of the book, but Enzo was able to completely win me over. There were parts of the novel that were literally laugh out loud funny and others that brought me to tears.

At its core, the story is about being a witness to another person’s life. It’s about family, compassion and unconditional love. The Art of Racing in the Rain speaks to companionship and loyalty in only a way that a dog can explain it. It makes you wonder about how much our pets really understand us and how well they truly know the people we are.

Stein has a gift with words that left me wanting more. I’ll definitely be picking up his other  novels in the future and I hope you’ll try this one out for yourself. Here are a few quotes that may help convince you to grab a copy:

“Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of a conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly.”

“So much of language is unspoken. So much of language is comprised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words. People are ignorant of the vast complexity of their own communication.”

“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”

“Many of us have convinced ourselves that compromise is necessary to achieve our goals, that all of our goals are not attainable so we should eliminate the extraneous, prioritize our desires, and accept less than the moon. But Denny refused to yield to that idea.”

“ ‘There is no dishonor in losing the race,’ Don said. ‘There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.’ ”

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Quote of the Day:

“Virginia Woolf wrote, ‘Across the broad continent of a woman’s life falls the shadow of a sword.’ On one side of that sword, she said, there lies convention and tradition and order, where ‘all is correct.’ But on the other side of that sword, if you’re crazy enough to cross it and choose a life that does not follow convention, ‘all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course.’ Her argument was that the crossing of the shadow of that sword may bring a far more interesting existence to a woman, but you can bet it will also be more perilous.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

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We Are Powerful Beyond Measure

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday weekend and spending some time relaxing. Tomorrow is not only Memorial Day, but also my birthday. I am currently in Oxnard spending a couple days celebrating with friends and family. More to come on that and on my feelings toward turning 24 in the days to come. For now, I’ll leave you with a piece I’ve been reading a lot lately. I feel like I can relate to it in so many ways at this particular time in my life.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, beautiful, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine as children do.

We are born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone.

And so, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people

permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically

liberates others.

 

-Marianne Williamson

(from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles)

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Class of 2011

It’s that time of year again—graduation time. This week I attended a couple of graduations, which motivated me to get writing. Yesterday I sat and watched one of my very best friends graduate from CSUN. This was a special graduation for me because I’ve also seen her graduate from kindergarten, 8th grade and high school, so I guess you could say it came full circle. I am so grateful that she’s let me be a part of all these huge moments in her life. As I sat there next to her family and her gorgeous five-year-old daughter, I watched her walk across the stage and I was so incredibly proud of her. To have finished college at 23, with so much on her plate, is such an accomplishment. In that moment, I felt so lucky to have such a remarkable person in my life.


My favorite part of every graduation is the Commencement Speech. I always anticipate who the speaker will be and what sort of wisdom they’ll be sharing. I actually got to give one of the speeches at my 8th grade graduation, but it is a dream of mine to one day give a speech at a high school or college ceremony. That probably sounds a little narcissistic, doesn’t it? The other day I was reading another blogger’s “About Me” section and it said, “I am a narcissist, therefore I blog.” I kind of love that. Sorry—totally sidetracking.

Anyway, I thought maybe I would write my own Commencement Speech for my blog post, but then I decided I still have a lot more life to live before I can write a speech like that. I still have so much more to learn before I can pass on to others what I think is important. So instead I decided to share some lines from a few of my favorite Commencement speeches and quotes. I like to read over these every so often because I obviously can’t go to a graduation ceremony whenever I want, but I think it’s good for all of us to be encouraged and inspired every once in a while.

“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.”  –Mary Schmich

“Today is the day my life begins. Today I become a citizen of the world. Today I become a grown-up. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself and my parents. Accountable for more than my grades. Today I become accountable to the world, to the future, to all the possibilities life has to offer. Starting today my job is to show up wide-eyed and willing and ready. For what? I don’t know. For anything. For everything. To take on life. To take on love. To take on the responsibility and possibility. Today, my friends, our lives begin. And I, for one, can’t wait.”  –Grey’s Anatomy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

“And after all of the partying is over, and I know there will be some partying up in here, the anxiety may start to creep in. What do you now do with all of this education? I’m here to tell you today, don’t worry. Don’t worry about it. Relax. Take a breath.

So here are a few things I want you to know that I know for sure. Don’t be afraid. All you have to know is who you are. Because there is no such thing as failure. There is no such thing as failure. What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God’s way of pointing you in a new direction. But God could dream a bigger dream than you can dream for yourself. And so I tried to live in the space of God’s dream.

So I say, even when things are difficult, be grateful. Honor your calling, don’t worry about how successful you will be. Don’t worry about it. Focus on how significant you can be in service and the success will take care of itself. And always take a stand for yourself. Your values, you are defined by what you stand for. Your integrity is not for sale.” –Oprah Winfrey

“One of the greatest feelings in life is the conviction that you have lived the life you wanted to live—with the rough and smooth, the good and the bad—but yours, shaped by your own choices, and not someone else’s.” –Michael Ignatieff

“When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Our answers were things like, astronaut, president, or in my case, a princess. When we were ten, they asked again, we answered, rock star, cowboy, or in my case, gold medalist. But now that we’ve grown up, they want a serious answer. Well, how ‘bout this – who the hell knows? This isn’t the time to make hard and fast decisions. This is the time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere. Fall in love. A lot. Major in philosophy because there’s no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind and change it again because nothings permanent. So make as many mistakes as you can, that way someday when they ask what we want to be we won’t have to guess…we’ll know.” —The High School Graduation Speech from Eclipse

“I know starting your careers in troubled times is a challenge. But it is also a privilege. Because it is moments like these that force us to try harder, to dig deeper, to discover gifts we never knew we had – to find the greatness that lies within each of us. So don’t ever shy away from that endeavor. Don’t ever stop adding to your body of work. I can promise that you will be the better for that continued effort, as will this nation that we all love.” –President Obama (2009 ASU Commencement Speech)

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

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