Every day is a new beginning

“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”– Oprah Winfrey “Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.”– Marsha Petrie Sue “If I fall, I’ll take the fall and get…

Christmas: Hope Shines Through desperation

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is set with the background of the island of Blue Dolphins , which lies in the Pacific, somewhere off the Hawaiian islands, there lived a tribe of Indigenous people, living peacefully organizing themselves into a society subsisting on the marine life. But even this little island of…

FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT

I would like to share a story that I heard when visiting Nairobi Giraffe Centre in 2016. According to the story teller, a baby giraffe never go to school, but they learn a very important lesson rather early in life. The birth of a baby giraffe is quite an earthshaking event. The baby fall from…

Feeling empty. Confused. Lost. Alone…

“If you’re so empty now, then why don’t you start doing fun things? Fill yourself up with that? ‘Cause the thing is, you ain’t all alone, are you?”― Kyouta Shibano, フェアリーテイル 外伝 剣咬の双竜 1 [Fearī Teiru Gaiden Seibātūsu no Sōryū 1] “If you felt empty and sad after doing something, you probably did a great thing.”― Michael Bassey…

Freedom in Forgiveness

In 1978, Dr. Dabney Ewin, a surgeon specializing in burns, was on duty in a New Orleans emergency room when a man was brought in on a gurney. A worker at the Kaiser Aluminum plant, the patient had slipped and fallen into a vat of 950-degree molten aluminum up to his knees. Ewin did something…

Let’s Hope for the Best

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller A bestseller, Let’s Hope for the Best by Carolina Setterwall recounts the intensity of falling in love with her partner Aksel, and the shock of finding him dead in bed one morning. It tells…

“I don’t deserve”: Shutting up the whining inner critic voice

“I will not try to convince you to love me, to respect me, to commit to me. I deserve better than that; I AM BETTER THAN THAT…Goodbye.”― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience “Make the most of what you have and keep your standards high. Never settle for anything less than you…

I suck: Stopping “Not Good Enough” thoughts

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”Khalil Gibran “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”Eleanor Roosevelt “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”Louise L. Hay We all feel it AND SAY IT…. that awful, pervasive…

Stop Saying, “I Don’t Have Time.”

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela “My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs “I don’t have enough time in the day.” This is…