Life is for Living Every Day

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Looking at You (aka Reflecting)

REFLECTING

I look at you
sometimes more than
once in a single day
eyes fully open
not wanting to miss
one single moment,
straining to really see
how much of me
is growing
with you, in you;
not wanting you to be me
(not at all!)
but acknowledging all
that I could ever wish for
is already there … within you …
my most amazing work of art.

© Gale Weithers, 2017

“A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.”
~ Hans Hofmann

“Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.”
~ Maxim Gorky

 

 

 


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Hug Your Mom – Especially If She’s Still With You

My mom and I 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
John 19:26-27 (NIV)

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There’s nothing like being a mother …  and I would know; I’ve been one for the past 19 and a half years.  But where’s my reward for being a dedicated worker?  What about my recognition for overtime or for going above and beyond?  Oh, and let’s not forget all the extra things I did that weren’t on my job description!  If this is a career path when will I ever become CEO instead of a general worker/cleaner/taxi driver/counselor/conflict negotiator and first-aider? Yet, one of my biggest achievements in life is being a mom (wipes tears from eyes before son sees them).

Actually, none of the above matters.  There’s no way a mother can explain in words the feeling she gets from hugging her child as she reads stories in bed, or wrapping them in her arms after a bad day at school, or swatting them on their behind for giving her lip! She laughs when they laugh and she cries when they cry.  Her heart swells with pride in accomplishment and constricts with pain in defeat.

But I digress.  This post today is really to say: Happy Mother’s Day to all mummies and adopted mummies e.g. aunties, god-mummies, older sisters, teachers … you struggled and sacrificed and disciplined because you were committed to helping us realise our potential and we love you the more because of this.

If you have a mom, then celebrate her! Do not do like a friend of mine who always complains that his mother is exceeding the limits of his medication! Noooo!!!

And to all of you who like myself have no mummy to spend the day with them in person, be strong!  She’s looking down on you with love and pride because she knows you are simply awesome!

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“Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.”
~ Charles Stanley

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”
~ Erma Bombeck

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Mom and son (I would be the shorter one)

Mom gifts, parenting joys

Tea in my favourite mug from my son Nathan


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Where’s your space?

 

We have readers from so many different countries but where are they exactly? Who knows? But this post is merely to invite you to let us know where you are joining us from. Share your current country i.e. space with us, and if you are brave enough you can include where you were born if it’s not the same as where you live.

Guess everyone knows by now that my heart was born and still resides in Barbados even though I am quite the globe trotter. There are several articles posted within this space on my home so take a look around and click here to: get to know Barbados a bit better but now it’s your turn; let’s get a friendly conversation started all over the world so ready, get set, go!

Think this is a good idea for your own blog? Then share this post in your own space and happy friending! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 


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A Good Name: more desirable than great riches!

 

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

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Unfortunately this is not a signpost directing you to where I actually live, but it was fun to see an actual sign with my name (and land!) while on a leisurely evening drive.

But what do my first names mean? Gale is of Hebrew origin and means ‘joy’ while Elizabeth, also of Hebrew origin, means ‘oath of God’. Thanks dad for giving me simple, easy-to-pronounce and easy-to-spell names that truly represent!

The only time I’ve really seriously thought about my name though was when I got married and changed my surname to that of my husband’s. Yes, there was lots of discussion because I wanted to keep my name but hubbie wasn’t too thrilled so I gave in.  Then when I became divorced I struggled with a decision: go back to my maiden name or keep a name that was technically no longer mine. I kept it, not only to cement the bond with my son but because I knew I wasn’t that young naive girl anymore; I had survived loss of a job, loss of a parent and loss of a marriage … and there was no turning back. As my coworkers can confirm: I am now 50 Shades of Gale – see my birthday cake from 2015 as proof 🙂

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I think names carry a special weight or significance and in molding Nathan – a Hebrew name meaning ‘gift’ – as my one and only son/heir to adulthood, it’s been important to reinforce that in life it’s not about wealth or education or fame, but more about your name/reputation. Do you agree? And what do you think about your name? Have you had to think long and hard when naming your children? What about naming a pet or even your home or boat? Leave me a comment; can’t wait to read your story ♦

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“I call everyone ‘Darling’ because I can’t remember their names.”
~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

“The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever.”
~ Malcolm X

For more fun WPC ‘name’ posts click here -> NAMES

 

 


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Are You Humming?

Lately I find myself searching for life answers. Why? Because it’s around this time at the close of one year and on the cusp of another that I truly wonder if anything I did over the last 12 months was meaningful in any way.

Questions collide within my brain as I look for the answers to things like:

  • Did I complete any of my goals?  If not, what stood in my way?
  • Did any of my dreams become a reality?
  • Did I encourage or support others selflessly?
  • Was I a good parent, daughter, sister, writer, friend?
  • Am I in a better place mentally, physically and spiritually now than when compared to this same time the year before?
  • What situations made me really happy or excited vs. really sad or disappointed or frustrated?
  • Was my glass half full or half empty? Did I even have a glass?!!

Maybe I am the only one who goes through this phase year after year, but as I start to wave goodbye to 2016 I came across a TED TALK by a woman I totally admire for her creativity: the one and only Shonda Rhimes, American television producer, screenwriter and author. Wikipedia states: “In 2007, Rhimes was named one of Time magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape The World, and in 2015, she published a memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person.

If you have ever watched any of her shows i.e. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Private Practice or The Catch you will agree that Shonda’s writing is off the wall (if not a little risqué for the more conservative among us). Suspense and unexpected episode endings abound, profound life truths are highlighted and dissected, and every Thursday morning someone somewhere shouts out to a fellow Gladiator: TGIT!

To say that Shonda works hard would be an understatement. How in the world does she find time to do it all while raising a young family? But listen to what she tells us about her life and her ‘hum’, how she lost it and how she got it back. Then ask yourself as I am doing about your own hum – do you have one, do you know what it looks like, are you feeding it or starving it?

A brand new year is right around the corner and it looks as though I may need to do some serious work on my hum before moving ahead.  For starters however, I am anticipating my participation in Shonda’s Writing for Television MasterClass due to commence in the Spring of 2017. I am signed up and so excited, aka one very small part of my much bigger picture!

To close out this thought let’s remember how short life can be. It’s all we have and being on the right path is so very important! So will you support me on this quest, just as I will support you on yours? In the meantime, I am thinking we should go out and start a movement filled with lots of positive humming noises … it can be done 🙂

Happy Holidays to all and may the hum of your new year be even more than you can ever wish it to be.


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Tiny Yet Magical

It’s interesting how something so tiny can result in something so magical. Nothing like communing with nature up front and center every morning before going to work  🙂

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A few tiny bird seeds and rice grains …

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… produce a magical feeding moment 🙂

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