Hope, Faith and Courage

Hope Faith & Courage

Oh my gosh, there are days when life takes the wheel and I can’t get my seatbelt off to take it back. On those days it used to be so easy for me to succumb to my circumstances with no hope in my heart. Admittedly, there will always be days that I will have to remind myself not to be that person any more.

I had big plans for today’s post but the weekend went off course, and today happens to be my birthday so, I am spending it with my youngest son and my parents. However, I’d like to say what is on my mind today. I awoke and something struck me this morning. I realized today exactly how far I have come from just a mere year ago; give or take.

I was in my fifth year of letting illness and sadness drive my life, but something happened and oddly enough I cannot even recall what it was. I do remember that it happened on my birthday last year, forcing me to finally looked at myself in my bedroom mirror and say “enough”. I took that wheel back and decided that only I could save me. Now, there will always be times when I hit a pothole, or even a dead end that jostles my spirit. But I have and will continue to hold firm, and keep driving forward with hope, faith and courage. I am in a much more beautiful place now, and I am NOT looking in the rear-view mirror any longer.

Admittedly, my blog is meant to be food, baking and confection based, so yes, I realize this post cannot exactly be eaten. But this is me, and the very reason why I placed the “Me, My Thoughts & I” link on my menu.  I knew there would be times where I wouldn’t be able to shut-up. ;)

I sincerely hope at least one person reads this and it helps either to remind or nudge them to persevere. The saying above has been taped to the same bedroom mirror that I mentioned previously for a year+. Ironically someone posted it on Facebook yesterday so of course I wanted to share it. The message on my mirror has curled a bit but the words are imprinted on my heart now.

Everyone of us has bad days, weeks or longer that may cripple our spirits, but with hope, faith and courage we can take the wheel and drive wherever our heart and souls will to take us.

Practice makes perfect!

Enjoy your day!

-Jaye

 

Here’s a Quick Thought

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

pexels-photo-25230How many times have you heard that quote? It is beautiful and incredibly inspirational, yet the thoughts of a looming car payment, overdue bill or difficult life circumstances will quickly snatch it from taking hold inside our heart and soul in an instant.

So I want to ask you to do something. For every single problem, obstacle or fear that you’ve had lying before you in the past that seemed insurmountable, please think; did you get through it? Really think on this for a moment.

You got yourself through it didn’t you? Why? How?

Could it be that despite the appearance of these impossible odds or perhaps even our own poor sense of self or situation at the time, there is something bigger in all of us? Something that can be tapped when we just say to ourselves, “I will overcome, as I always have”.

Believe me, my sense of self has been lower than low. Rock bottom was a higher plane than I believed I would ever be on.  It wasn’t until, I actually thought about all that I had been through and all that I had accomplished along the way, that I began allowing myself to climb once again.

To this day, I still remind myself of this lesson that I was blessed to understand. Sometimes it takes awhile. Life though beautiful is also painfully difficult and at times tragic. Yet we overcome.

We are all going through life with something inside of us, thats’ strength knows no bounds. To bring it to the surface we must first acknowledge its’ existence.

And then we can again; climb.

Enjoy your day.

-Jaye