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~~Our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch.~~ Unknown

 

I have a busy life.  Full of work, kids, housework, bills.....you know, the usual stuff.  Sometimes I don't think I can squeeze in another function, another event, or another cause.  BUT.........

I always do.  I find the time to help with Relay for Life.  With the Annual Day of Caring.  With other volunteer driven causes and events.  The first annual Lakefest...wonderful event!!  Family Fun Day.....happy people!!

Because time is all I have to give.  So many people need just a touch, a kind word, to know someone cares. 

I used to smoke my free time away.  Five, ten, fifteen minutes alone in the backyard, or near my car, or so many other places needing that nicotene fix.  Time adds up quickly....hours a day spent alone, just smoking.  Sad, now that I think of it.

But now, I give my time.  To causes, to others, to make the world different.  Simply because I can.  Because I care.  Because I have the time.

Not everyone has to volunteer.  But please know that a kind word, a gentle touch...all have the power to turn a life around.  You can do that.   I hope you do.  It's a good feeling :)

Happy Tuesday, dear quitters.  May you know the power of free time!

Sheri

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Life Is Waiting

Posted by Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 Sep 29, 2014

~~Let nothing hold you back.  Close your eyes, take a deep breath.  Feel your inner strength?  Claim it.  It's beenn waiting for you.~~  Unknown

Once upon a time, I was a shy, timid person who didn't believe in herself.  Didn't think I was worthy enough for the "good things" in life.  Definitely didn't think I had what it took to quit smoking.  I didn't even think about that....I didn't think I had what it took to really live instead of just existing.

Even when I decided I deserved better.....I still stopped short of understanding that my life has been waiting for me.  Life doesn't just happen to us.  We are the ones who move through it.  And so I did.  What a blessing!!  I understand that I am in control of so much more than I gave myself credit for.  I don't have to smoke, I don't have to be shy, I don't have to apologize for being me.

It's been quite a while now since I stopped apologizing for.....everything in my life. I love, love, love waking each morning because I know I have been granted another day to enjoy life.  Breathing the air, appreciating the world, and loving.....myself. 

Its not a 'happily ever after" but not because I'm not happy.  My adventures are far from over!!  So much left to do on earth and so little time to do it all!!  Each day is a new thrill, a new joy, a new contentment.  Being positive worked for me.  I almost forgot to add that I hope you find whatever it is that will "work" for you!!  Some people may not be positive but the quit is in all of us.  Life is waiting and your strength, your commitment is waiting for you!!  Don't wait for life to show you the way....you must lead in your own life.

480+ days of living smoke free and loving every second of it.  I wish the same for you, my lovely friends.  May you feel the joy that comes from truly living life......

Sheri

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Letting It Go

Posted by Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 Sep 23, 2014

~~Not my circus.  Not my monkeys.~~  Polish Proverb

 

In the past, I often took the world's problems on my shoulders.  If I worked a little harder, volunteered a little more, gave more of myself....well, then the world should be just fine!  I didn't see it as ego working or an impossible task.  I just thought that I could make my part of the world a bit better.

When I quit smoking last June, I also quit trying to control life.  My neighbor mad at me?  Not my problem.  My son needed extra money for a car?  Can't help there.  People fighting about gun control?  Let them.

What a truly freeing experience!!  Not my circus, not my monkeys......I love it!!  The world gets on beautifully without my 2 cents....without my control....without my worrying it to death.

I let go.  The stress of living eased tremendously and I was able to quit smoking pretty easily as I learned to let go of what I couldn't control.  What I secretly always wanted to let go of.  Now I live.  I dance.  I learn new things like sign language, belly dancing, and tai chi.  I have more time for fun since I let go.  I have more time to smile, more time to be with my friends, more time to enjoy the day.

So try letting go of those darn monkeys!  It sometimes takes practice but it is so worth it :)  Enjoy today......it will never come again......be happy, my friends.

Sheri

~~I told my psychiatrist that I've been hearing voices.  He told me I don't have a psychiatrist.~~  Unknown

 

Laughter heals.  Laughter helps.  Today I was running late.  I dropped my son off at school and headed to work but had to turn around and sign a paper for Jake which made me a little later.  I forgot to pay my water bill so I have to go to city hall sometime this morning or pay a $35 reconnect fee.  My hair looks.....interesting.  And I broke a nail.

But all this would have still occured if I had been smoking.  Only I probably would have burned a hole in my car seat, I would have smelled like smoke, and I would have probably been scrounging for change to buy another pack.

Smoking helps nothing.  Quitting means everything.  It means that I can do things I thought I could never do.  I'm so very proud of me.....each and every day :)

So my head will remain in the clouds....bills will be paid late.....my hair will continue to be.....interesting.....and I will continue to find life funny and wonderful!!  475 days of living smoke free.  No matter what.

Laugh at life.  Laugh at stress.  And be proud of yourself for quitting...each and every day.  You are a miracle!!

Sheri

~~It's never too late to live happily ever after.~~  Unknown

 

I've loved that quote since the first time I read it.  How true and full of hope!!  It's never too late.  To be happy.  To find love.  To quit smoking.  To be healthier.  To learn how to laugh.  The list can go on and on........

It's never to late and I hope with all my heart that you never give up in finding your happily ever after.

May your week-end be filled with hope, love, and a knowledge that you matter in this world!!

Sheri

~~Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life.~~ Wess Stafford

 

I love waking up in the mornings!  It's a new day and anything wonderful...spectacular....amazing can happen.  I get to wake up my son for school which is a joy as his smile makes my day.  I get to smell the delightful aroma of my favorite coffee.  I get to hear the birds chirping as I go out to work.

So many lovely things happen in just the course of an hour!  There is no time for me to worry or get upset because I no longer fit into my best jeans.  There is no time to feel sad because I'm getting older.  There is no time to dwell on things that don't make me smile.

Each day....each lovely day!....brings me so much to be grateful for.  Each day brings me new challenges, new smiles, new joy.  Positive things are all around me and I want to enjoy each moment.

When negative things happen....and of course they do....it only serves to remind me to be thankful for the many blessings I have.  When my heart breaks....and of course it does.....it only serves to remind me to be grateful to those who help it heal.  To me, life is a balance of positives and negatives.....and I will not ever let the negatives win.  They are only reminders of how much the positives enrich me and nurture me.

I wish for all of you a very special day....filled with joy, laughter, and the understanding of how today is precious and you are precious as well.  Enjoy your day and do not allow those negative thoughts about smoking ruin the joy of being quit.  Enjoy it.

Sheri

~~Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.~~  Unknown

 

I wish for you a bit of sunshine in your soul today.  A skip in your step.  A song in your heart.  Lightness and joy. 

I hope your day is rich in kindness.  I hope that a smile touches your lips and warmth touches your day.

May you have health today and hope.  May you treat yourself gently and feel compassion for those in your world.

Today will be my best day ever and I look forward to having a lovely time.  468 smoke free days have opened up a world of difference in my views of myself.  I can do this....I can have a good day every day because I control how I feel.

So my wish for you is to feel that confidence of knowing you can feel anyway you chose to feel.  You control your view of youself and your world.  I hope you let your soul shine!  I hope you dance a bit today.  And I hope you know how very much you deserve to feel happiness and joy. 

God bless, my friends!  You have this.......enjoy it :)

Sheri

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Finding Peace

Posted by Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 Sep 4, 2014

~~Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze?  A teardrop in the falling rain?  Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves?  Or been kissed by a lone snowflake?  Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place.~~ 

Terri Guillemets

 

I find peace in nature.  Not in just week-end hiking or camping trips every now and then.  I need to get outside every day.  Sometimes to walk.  Sometimes to work in my yard.  But always....always....to find peace of mind.  I need that because it keeps me balanced.  I can get overwhelmed with my job or people's problems or bills.....the list is endless.  But when I step outside and pay attention to the trees, the sky, the birds, or the air, everything else just melts away for a few minutes and I find total peace.  It's truly a lovely feeling.

I can also find that feeling when I practice my yoga.  When I hug my grandson.  When I look at my Jake.  More and more, I am finding peace in my every day life rather than tension, worry, stress, and other negative emotions.  I do not have a perfect life by any stretch of the imagation.....but it is perfect for me. 

Letting go of the smoking was part of me changing the way I live my life.  I didn't let outside influences interfere this time.  I needed to quit so I focused on making positive changes.  I changed the way I thought about things.  I changed my routine to incorporate beauty, fun, and joy.  And I am loving every minute of it now.

I'm happy.  I'm healthier.  And each day brings peace and joy.  I couldn't ask for more than that.  I hope each of you are finding some peace in your day.  Do the things that bring you joy.  

May you find your smile......

Sheri