To Risk or Not To Risk

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I don’t know who wrote this, but it’s been hanging in my kitchen for a long time.

Dare To Risk

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach for another is to risk involvement.

To expose your ideas or your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying.

To believe is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The people who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, are nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves: They have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

 

Those sentiments also line-up with a profound thought I heard the other day, which is:

When the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the fear of change, we will take the risks that will help us to move forward.

Is there anything that you’d like to learn or experience that you’re not doing because of fear?

I can think of several!  Here’s to having the courage to take the next baby step…shall we?

Be well!

Jacque

Small and Simple

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In all our big thinking and goal setting, we must remember that it is the small things that make all the difference in relationships!

A kind look.

A sincere apology.  A hot meal.

A hand on a shoulder.  Some undivided attention.  Forgiveness.

And when it comes right down to it, what we all need most in life is to have strong relationships with our family and friends!

So in goal setting, (I am reminding myself!) that the truly great things that will happen this year, will most likely be the small and simple acts of kindness and grace that occur between loved ones.  Which means in part, not overbooking life, so that we can create unhurried, daily, memorable moments together. To work together, play together, eat together and enjoy each other!  It’s crazy, but it may be more difficult to UN-schedule ourselves than to try to squeeze in one more thing!

It’s also true that when we get running too fast, (speaking to myself again) we often don’t feel well, and then it’s much harder to cultivate relationships,to be patient or to offer solace. An important goal for us moms could be immersing ourselves in self-care on a regular basis!  It is such a loving thing to do for everyone’s sake!

“I am making time and space for the people in my life who mean so much to me, and I am caring for them by first caring for myself.”

Be well!

Love,

Jacque

“No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.” C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Dreaming Dreams

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The ladies in this picture are my people.  I didn’t ever know them and we’re not even completely sure who is who.  But they are my people and they look like women I’d really like to know!

It always astounds me that my ancestors where here (in living color even though black and white photos make it hard to imagine) and now they are gone.  Even more astounding is the reality that now is my time, and your time and it won’t go on indefinitely!

What dreams do you dream?  What visions are you having about what you’d like to accomplish in this fresh new year?  What relationships would you like to improve?  What skills would you like to learn?

What character traits do you hope to cultivate?   Have you had a chance to write out your ideas on how you’d like the story to go?

I took an hour or so and made a summary of the major events of this year (using my journal as a guide) and the most profound lessons I learned.  It was a great exercise!

I have made notes, categories of goals and have had some preliminary talks with my husband about our family plans, but now I need a few hours to write out the specifics of my goals and vision for this year.  (One major thing I’m changing up this year is spreading out my Christmas preparations through the year!  December was too crazy!  So, I’ve been brainstorming about what items I can work on when…)

“I claim my life and will do my best to write the story I envision!”

I hope it’s a great year ahead for you and your family.

Much love,

Jacque

 

You Matter

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Sometimes I think it’s easy to feel like the world is going on without you, especially when you are knee-deep in child rearing.  Like, who will ever know how many diapers you changed today or how many times you reminded a small person about using good manners or how you consistently redirected your thoughts to being positive when you were getting through lunch dishes and counting down the minutes to nap time?

The reality is, your house is the world.  In fact, you and your house are the whole universe to little ones who are learning from your every word.  Who watch your face and know your moods and love you whole heartedly.

I hope that you will care for yourself today.  You are needed and loved and irreplaceable.

“I am full of love and patience.  I love my life!”

Be well,

Love,

Jacque

“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?” Neal A. Maxwell

Happy New Year Lionesses!

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I’m always thinking about you.

I’m in awe of what you are accomplishing and how determined you are to continue to learn and to improve your life and the lives of your family members!

This year I’ve committed to sending out a short, daily thought or affirmation with the hope that my words will lift and inspire as you journey through the joys and challenges you will face in the coming months.

You are capable and strong.  You are fierce and determined.  You are the inner workings of society.  You are the glue that binds us all together.

With my love and admiration,

Happy 2017!  May you prosper in every way!

Love,

Jacque

What have you committed to do in this new year?  Please share!