Be Inspired ~ Learn to Love It Again

Be Inspired from Annette Bridges

“Sometimes you have to step away from what you love in order to learn how to love it again.” -Damien Rice Click To Tweet

I have no idea what the author was thinking when he wrote these words but they have been stuck in my head ever since I first read them.

There are things that I used to love that I did step away from. When I asked myself why I stepped away, a mixture of answers, reasons or excuses began filling my thought waves. 

Regardless of why I stepped away, I do have longing to engage again with some of the things I loved and left.

The word that really captures me in this quote is LEARN…the idea that I will need to LEARN how to love “it” again!

Just as shown in this photo, for example, walking is one of those loves that I stepped away from and I do feel like I need to LEARN how to love it again.

I do have the longing. I miss my memories of how I felt before. The pure joy, contentment and calmness of being outdoors! I definitely miss the results I saw and felt in my body.

But I can see that there will be a learning curve this time around. It’s not as easy to get started as it was before. So this learning will require embracing a new way to begin, too. It could be I need to embrace a whole new approach, a new location and setting, a new time of day. Everything may need to be different!

I need to be willing to embrace the idea of “different than it was before.”

Perhaps my current challenge in trying to begin again is that everything needs to be different and that fact alone has been holding me back from starting.

I really believe I’m on to something. That these words in this quote are giving me the incentive I needed. It’s telling me I can go back to an old love but there will be a learning curve. That loving again will be different, fresh, new. That things are never exactly the same as they once were. And that is ok!

Be willing to learn. Be willing to let an old love become a new love whatever that may look like. Be open. Don’t limit the possibilities. Don’t confine the present and future possibilities to the details of an old memory.

We never really can go back. Life only moves forward, grows, develops, unfolds. That’s the nature of life! But the old can become new when we let it! So…off I go! Right now! Walking shoes are on! Not the time of day I used to go walking but I’m going anyway.


How about you? Do you have an old love you would like to learn how to love again?


Be Inspired ~ It All Begins With A Smile

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“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.” -Maya Angelou Click To Tweet

Our smile! This is a powerful gift to those we love.


Sometimes it can be easy to take those we love for granted or perhaps even let them be who we rant our grievances to and maybe we even direct our frustrations toward them.

Some of the people I love most have either passed on recently or in the midst of illness and senior aging challenges. It became vividly clear to me along the way the light that I can bring into their lives. And it all begins with a smile.

Your smile can be the only light in an otherwise very dark atmosphere of thought a loved one is dwelling. But make no mistake. Your smile is a light. It brings light and has the ability to totally brighten the weary struggling heart of someone you love so very dearly.

Indeed, your smile doesn’t cost you anything. Yet it may be the most valuable gift you give to your loved one. And it leaves a memorable healing imprint. And…it can also lighten your own burdens and even soothe your sadness.


Be Inspired ~ For All We Know

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The song “For all we know” sung by the Carpenters would have been sung at my wedding if I could have found the sheet music thirty-six years ago. I thought the words perfectly expressed my feelings and wishes as I said my vows to a young man I had met only seven months earlier.

With Valentine’s Day next week, this song came to mind once again.

We may not be strangers anymore (although sometimes I still feel like we have much to learn about each other), I can’t help but think about the lifetime we’ve spent together so far. And I can’t help but feel that the lifetime we have remaining doesn’t seem as long as it did on our wedding day.

“So much to say…”


I wonder if I’ve said all the important things I’ve wanted to say. Sometimes I think it’s easy to get so busy and caught up in the day to day of life, that too many important things get left unsaid.

Yes….I have much I want to say this Valentine’s Day!

Or better yet…

Don’t put off for tomorrow what could be said today, done today, experienced today! Regrets can happen when we put off. And this is true for ALL relationships including the relationship we have with our self!


Be Inspired ~ What Fills Your Soul?

Be Inspired from Annette Bridges

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi Click To Tweet

I simply LOVE the imagery that I feel when I read and reread these words. This seemed like the most fitting image for my blog this week since I’m heading out to a Heart Art Retreat tomorrow.

“From my soul” FOR ME means I am creating…

Thinking of new ideas, writing books and blogs, imagining new designs for journals, coloring book themes…

Also…redesigning and repurposing closets and rooms and houses…fills my soul with immense and total joy.

Indeed, my river is not a slow-moving kind of river! It’s more like rapids!! Ha!

At Heart Art Retreat, I’ve discovered the joy of painting. A blank canvas in front of you with no idea what you will do with it. Listening for what your soul decides. Ah….this kind of soul-moving has more smooth, calm waters. Peaceful. Soothing. Relaxing.

Oh my yes, I need some of this kind of “from my soul” activity this weekend!

What things do you do from YOUR soul? What fills YOUR soul with joy?

My wish for you is MUCH MORE of those kinds of things!