Why are you trying so hard?


Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out?


Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out?

Do you fear being thought of as “strange” if you “stand out”?
Are “different” from others?
Do you look at the world through different eyes?
Do you know your gifts? Are you grateful for them?
You are your greatest gift!
We all spend more time than necessary trying to fit in or blend. It’s the way our culture has programmed us. But consider this …. some people were meant to stand out. However, for many of us, the older we get, the more we don’t care how much we stand out in the crowd because we have finally come to reason with our self-esteem. 
Accept who you are even if you are different or stand alone. It doesn’t matter. You are your own person, an individual who has confidence to accept who you are in the face of others who may laugh at you. Let them laugh! Besides, what you think of me …. is none of my business! 
You are and have something special, whether you know it or not right now.
Love yourself! Be thankful for your gifts. You are the greatest gift of all!
Live your own life. Stand in your own confidence. Start living your life as if no one is watching.
It’s a beautiful world and it’s all right out there in front of you. Go for it!!
…and once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive, you won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over, but one thing is certain… when you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in … that is what this storm is all about.
Haruki Murakami ~

What I'd Really Like to Grow this Year . . .


As we prepare for another gardening experience this year,
here’s some thoughts to ponder:

“I planted too much anger and resentment last year, so this year I will replace them with some tolerance  and patience. I really could have used some more enthusiasm, too, so I will add a little extra this time and plant it next to the hope I have always wanted to cultivate laughter, and I have the perfect spot right next to the lighthearted expressions.
“Perhaps I should thin out the tears. I really don’t need very many of those. And, you know, I never really liked the frustration – it’s so invasive. I think I will replace it with harmony I didn’t care that much for that variety of judgementeither. It’s casting a shadow over the kindness. It does complement the blamebut the other plants that are near it are not doing well. I will move them both to that far corner, and be sure to keep them pruned back. I should probably move the criticism back there, as well.
“A person could never have too much peace, so I will order twice as much this year. I will add a couple more varieties of love and put them right here in the front, so that I can smell their fragrance whenever I walk past them.
“There. Now I can place my orders. This catalog says that is I place an order of $20 or more, they will send me a free good will  bush. It would look so pretty, tucked in between the peace and the harmony.

Now if spring will just hurry up and arrive.

“I’d better not wait, though. I will start these seeds right away. I’ll begin them inside, to give them, and myself, a good start” on the new growing season.
By Lisbeth Ann Williams
From the Weeder’s Reader

My Wish for You . . .


This is my wish for you:

Comfort on difficult days,
smiles when sadness intrudes,
rainbows to follow the clouds,
laughter to kiss your lips,
sunsets to warm your heart,
hugs when spirits sag,
beauty for your eyes to see,
friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe,
confidence for when you doubt,
courage to know yourself,
patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

It's Madness . . .


When you complain, you make yourself a victim.
Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it.
All else is madness.

~ Eckhart Tolle ~