Monday, December 29, 2014

Live and Learn

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
~Mahatma Gandhi

We are quickly coming to the end of 2014 and I have to say this has been an extremely full year. I could discuss the many adventures, changes, challenges and heartbreaks but instead I'd just like to share what I feel are "take aways" or lessons learned.

1) You can't reason with crazy. Crazy can only be handled.

2) Don't underestimate the power of the weather. It has the ability to nurture or destroy.

3) Know what poison plants look like before you go elbow deep into weeds.

4) Five people and a dog can age a house quickly. They also make it into a home.

5) Getting completely rid of skunk smell within a week is impossible.

6) My kids are at an age when traveling with them is an adventure in a cool way.

7) Selling a house in any country is stressful.

8) Being in court is nerve wracking and it's not good to be a nervous laugher.

9) You never know when you get another birthday so enjoy every one like a Queen or a King.

10) Miserable people will always be miserable. Don't try to fix them, just preserve your happiness.

11) Friends are the best at lifting a spirit or soothing a soul.

12) Waking up every morning with someone you love is almost as nice as kissing them good night.

13) Too much squash in a garden is a bad thing.

14) Teenagers "in love" are oblivious to the world around them. Sometimes you have to take their blinders off.

15) There is nothing that tugs at the heart more than seeing someone you love in pain.

16) Not everyone can save themselves. Sometimes people need a hero.

17) Old dogs don't learn new tricks.

18) And last of all, I'm not Wonder Woman. I can't seem to juggle a magic lasso, a crown and a couple of bullet proof bracelets while still getting the invisible jet serviced and keeping my day job with out dropping items, letting people down, revealing my secret identity or letting the bad guys get the best of me. Sometimes you have to pick and choose what you will fight through and what you can maybe pass on to Superman. Sometimes you have to admit you can't save the world and settle for saving what is closest to your heart.

So my best advice is to follow your heart in 2015 and see where it takes you. What have you got to lose?

"This above all; to thine own self be true."
~William Shakespeare

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Twas the Day Before Christmas

Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the house
Creatures were stirring in the walls of our house.
Stockings were hung near the scene of the sound.
The racket is highly distressing the hound.

The children all nestled all snug on the couch
with X-Box first shooters running about.
With Dan playing music and Lily in art
I wondered when the noisy things would depart.

When next to the chimney there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the fireplace I flew like a flash,
Tore open the glass to discover the crash.

The space was empty, nothing to see.
The wall is where our guest appeared to be.
So shaking my head and soothing the dog,
I decided to sit down and write a new blog.

Reflecting on a year of new things in our life;
New house, new jobs and some occasional strife;
Poison ivy and court cases to name just two.
But nothing so bad as to keep us blue.

Our blessings are many, our family complete,
Our friends are amazing, supportive and sweet.
Our adventures are always so crazy and fun,
In different countries or basking in sun.

So the noisy house guest can stay for a bit.
The dog will just have to get over it.
It's Christmas after all, seems right to be kind.
Just don't actually come in, that I will mind.

So tomorrow in the midst of your holiday cheer
Remember all those that are no longer here.
Keep them with stories and jokes your can share
So that in a way they will always be there.

And keep close this year to those that you need
Time is the thing that can't be retrieved.
So enjoy Christmas Day and every day after
Fill it with love, joy and laughter.