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On Maturity

On Maturity

maturityA Quote to Carry You

November 16, 2015

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.  In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

On Maturity – Our world is constantly changing and that is especially evident during this time of year.  As autumn begins transitioning into winter, with the days getting shorter, and the air getting colder, it’s hard to believe that we were basking in summer’s sun not long ago.  Given we’ve already had our first frost of the season here in the Northeast, I took the opportunity to plant my spring bulbs a couple of weekends ago.  As I gathered my gardening tools and started digging into the ground, I couldn’t help but think about how much something as simple as planting bulbs illustrates the necessity and magnificence of maturity.

Although there are many varieties of bulbs that sprout during spring, summer and autumn, they all require a dormant period which allows them to develop their root systems.  Spring bulbs even require cold temperatures to start their biological clocks,  After spending a few hours strategically placing each bulb into the perfect spot in my garden, and carefully covering them with soil and decorative rocks, no one would have guessed they’d been tucked away beneath the ground.  It won’t be until months later that all of the seemingly lifeless bulbs will be coaxed to sprout out of hibernation, bursting with vivacious beauty by the warmth that springtime brings.  And so it is with maturity…

As we journey through each day of our lives, we too require difficulties, trials and periods in which we have no choice but to wait.  For it is during those times that our own maturity is perfected.  Like those inert bulbs that I’ve recently planted in the dark, seclusion of the earth, the more we are exposed to challenges that cause us to develop an inner strength, the more we grow and the more we have within us to help propel us forward to become the persons we are meant to be.  When that strength of character is displayed in a noble way…the beauty of maturity blossoms.

May your maturity bloom in a way that will brighten the lives of others.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Uniqueness

On Uniqueness

uniquenessA Quote to Carry You

November 9, 2015

“The question is not what we intend ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when he made us.”  C.S. Lewis

On uniqueness – Do you ever ponder the fact that in all the world, there is absolutely no one exactly like you?  You are different from each of the other billions of people who’ve ever lived.  Uniqueness, being the one and only you, is something that we all possess.  Thinking about our uniqueness even further…do you ever wonder why you are who you are?

In our uniqueness, each of us has something to offer that no one else can give.  Only you can be you, and only you can use what you have to accomplish what you’ve been created to accomplish.  When I think about all of the talents and abilities that God has equipped me with, I feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to share what I have with others.  No matter what it is that I write, or draw, or create, my own uniqueness is a part of whatever I do.

You too, have a unique set of gifts, may you discover them and use them…and may your own uniqueness shine through to those around you.

Peace and love,

Felecia

 

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On Being Consistent

On Being Consistent

 being consistentA Quote to Carry You

November 2, 2015

They might not need me; but they might.  I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”  Emily Dickinson

On being consistent – I always smile when I think of my sisters and the of the silly little things that we share.  My younger sister always proclaims, “Baby order!,” whenever the three of us are standing or sitting in the order in which we were born.  My older sister, Marjorie, and I usually respond by rolling our eyes or saying, “Oh brother!,” then we all chuckle.  When Andrea most recently announced that we were in our birth order, I remember thinking to myself, it doesn’t make a difference which side my two sisters are on when they are next to me, I am the middle child, so my place is always the same.  In fact, that is essentially true for all of us.  No matter who is in front of us or behind us, it doesn’t change who we are.  I believe that being consistent in our behavior plays a big part in who we are…and how others interpret us.

We are all creatures of habit to some degree or another.  As we follow the same pattern of doing things or acting a certain way over a period of time, we actually develop a consistent quality of character.  Eventually, those around us recognize and identify those traits as being part of who we are.  If you ask any member of my family what type of person I am, I can say with certainty that they will mention those traits in which I am most  consistent…determined, strong-willed, sincere, to name a few.  Good or bad, what is more important than the type of person our consistent behaviors represent about who we are, is how we demonstrate them in our lives.

Being consistent in character, building the foundation of who others see you to be…may those around you always find a positive example in you.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Possibilites

On Possibilities

on possibilitiesA Quote to Carry You

October 26, 2015

“I dwell in possibilities” Emily Dickinson

On possibilities – Possibilities are endless, they come in all shapes and sizes, in all colors, and in all forms.  When I think of possibilities, I often think of them in terms of creativity.  When I dream of an idea for creating an item for my budding line of handmade gifts, it is amazing how a single element, such as the texture of a swatch of fabric opens the door for a multitude of possibilities on how to incorporate it’s uniqueness into one of my products.  Before I know it, my head is swimming with all kinds of lovely conceptualizations for intricate and elegant designs for my novelties.  For me, such possibilities have a way of kindling my creative fire…sometimes its blaze far exceeds my own expectations.  When it comes to creativity, possibilities are essential!

How about you, why not reach out and grab hold of your creative possibilities?  Let them pour out of you like a stream of gifts.  May they spill over into the lives of those around you spawning possibilities for them too…like gifts that keep on giving.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Respecting Others

On Respecting Others

respecting othersA Quote to Carry You

October 19, 2015

“So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  Genesis 1:27

On respecting others – Respecting others goes far beyond getting along with them, or even being nice to them.  I believe that respecting others means to honor them as individuals, uniquely made, even when their views or behaviors represent something completely against what we believe or value.  To me, respecting others has less to do with a person’s actions, and more to do with the person’s value and worth as a human being. We’ve all been given the gift of life, a treasure bestowed upon each of us by God.  In that regard, each and every one of us is precious in his sight.  That being the case, shouldn’t we all, at the very least, go about respecting others?

“…the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”  Genesis 2:7

No matter what society says, we are all fundamentally equal.  After all, each of us enters into the world and exits from it in the same way.  God breathes life into us when we are conceived.  We take our first breath of air when we are born, and life escapes our physical bodies when we breathe our last.  The act of respecting others, honoring the dignity of each human life seems so basic.  Yet, according to the tragedies we hear of in the daily news, it is apparently one of the most difficult things to uphold.  It often makes me wonder why?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

I believe the answer lies within the lines of the above verse. When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as a child, I did not fully understand what an awesome sacrifice was made for me, and all mankind, to make it possible to receive not only a new life in him, but life eternal.  In essence, Jesus gave up his life for ours; the ultimate sacrifice, born out of love. The older I get, the  clearer and more important that truth has become to me.  If God so loved each and every one of us that he would demonstrate that love in such a way, isn’t all human life worth respecting?

Respecting others is something that calls for us to peer into our own hearts and face what lies within it.  For, all of us being equal, respecting others essentially means respecting ourselves.  When we value and love others as we do ourselves, just imagine how amazing life can be.

May your respect for others lead to loving others…and may that love lead to a life that is truly worth living.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Sufficiency

On Sufficiency

sufficiencyA Quote to Carry You

October 12, 2015

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”  Vincent Van Gogh

On sufficiency – Sufficiency, having enough, is a wonderful thing.  It provides us with a sense of security and satisfaction.  After all, we do not know what tomorrow will bring, and what fills today’s hours are sufficient enough to see us through until we get there.  Living for today, however, does not mean just that…we do have a responsibility to prepare for what lies ahead in the future.  What I’ve just written sounds a bit contradictory, I know, but is it really?

There is a delicate balance between so many things in life…being full of worry and anxiety verses being concerned but walking in faith about a situation for example.  We walk the tightrope between trekking through today and stepping too far into tomorrow constantly…or at least I do.  Sometimes I have wandered so far into tomorrow that I feel I’ve already lived it and I’m ready to leap into the day after.  When I continue to forge ahead into the future, I find myself stumbling back to the present, often times frustrated and exhausted too.  Indeed, the principle of living on the sufficiency for the day proves to be the best way to maintain a sure-footed stride through today…and there is plenty left for tomorrow.

Walking in balance between today and tomorrow always seems to be the wisest way to go.  For when we strive always to do our best with what we are given today, I believe the results of our efforts will pave the way for a rewarding tomorrow.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Starting Over

On Starting Over

on starting overA Quote to Carry You

September 7, 2015

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”  George Eliot

On starting over – September for me always signifies the start of something new.  As summer fades, students head back to school, and many businesses gear up for the busiest shopping season of the year – the air seems to fill up with a sense of starting over.  If you are like me, there are may activities and traditions that I look forward to and enjoy during the autumn and the holiday seasons.  Although many of the activities are things that I do year after year, as it is with starting over, they all seem fresh and new each time I get to partake in them.  In fact, it is the feeling of anticipating new things to come, that makes those times so exciting.

What is it about starting over that you look forward to?  May your new beginning be filled with all that you’ve hoped for.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Vacations

On Vacations

on vacationsA Quote to Carry You

July 20, 2015

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”  Milton Berle

On Vacations – I am certain that most of you would agree that, ’tis the season…for vacations that is! Whether you are planning some time off to visit with family and friends, trek off to the woods for hiking and camping, or set sail for an exotic adventure in a far off land, vacations are something to look forward to and to enjoy.  In fact, having time off to rest and get refreshed is welcome at any time of the year.  Not only is taking a break from the “daily grind” something to look forward to, it doesn’t necessarily have to want for summer or the holidays.

Given all of the changes in my “daily grind” over these past several months, I won’t have the luxury of taking time off for any vacations right away.  Be that as it may, it won’t stop me from enjoying some of the benefits that vacations provide.  For me, closing my eyes and envisioning myself traveling off to a sunny spot on the beach, wading along the waves and scrunching my toes up in the wet sand can be enough to brighten my day.  Thinking back and reminiscing about the wonderful vacations I’ve gotten to enjoy in the past are often just what I need to get me excited about what I have to look forward to when I do have the chance to get away.  Whether smiling for a brief moment over a treasured memory, or spending time perusing through photographs and laughing aloud at some funny things they’ve brought to mind, vacations have a way of invigorating us long after we’ve actually experienced them.

Whether you get to take one or more vacations for real, or at least get to daydream about the ones you’ll get to enjoy in the future, may they transport you away long enough to be refreshed…it is amazing what a little time away can do for you.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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