Be Inspired ~ Paw Prints on My Heart

My featured journal theme for July is “Paw prints on my heart.” And so my quote posts this month are inspired by this theme!

He might only be here for part of your life. But for him, you are his whole life. Click To Tweet

“He might only be here for part of your life. But for him, you are his whole life.” If you’ve ever had a pet of any kind, I’m quite sure you are very aware of this truth.

We love our furry babies but I’m pretty sure our love for them may not be equal to their love for us.

I don’t think this reality was clear to me in my youth. It still makes me a bit sad when I think about my childhood dog “Tramp” who passed away my senior year of high school. I still recall how excited he was for me to come home from school every day and I don’t think I ever considered how sad he was for me to leave him when I headed off to work or on a date or to dance classes or where ever I was heading off to leaving him behind to wait for my return.

You should hear me now before I head out my door as I try to reassure my precious “Lady” I will be back as soon as possible telling her how much I love her and promising her special time together when I return.

What a difference a few decades has made to my pet owning behavior!

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ Go Someplace You’ve Never Been

Once a year go, someplace you've never been before. -Dalai Lama Click To Tweet

Going places I’ve never been before is my ultimate dream in the same way I long to do things I’ve never done before, too! And I would so love for both to happen more than once a year!

I’ve often told my husband my ideal trip would be to head out with no place in mind to go along with no time limit for our travels. Just start out whatever direction we are inclined to go. Then stop in towns we’ve never been to before. I would especially love to explore small towns.

I feel like there are many forgotten treasures to discover and I want to explore them before they disappear!

So yes yes yes!!! I want to go someplace I’ve never been before AT LEAST once a year!

How about you? Do you have places you’ve never been to that you would like to see?

Enough with saying someday and one of these days! I think the time is now to plan it and do it!

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ The World Is Ever Changing

“Every hundred feet the world changes.” For some reason, this brought to mind a song from my college days by Seals & Crofts – “We may never pass this way again.”

Yes, I would agree that every hundred feet our world – our point of view – changes. As in every hundred minutes or days or miles or memories…

Each moment in time where ever we are is a moment that will be gone in the next moment. So much to pay attention to. Not to be missed. An opportunity to be seized today that may be gone tomorrow.

The world is ever changing. Time moves onward.

This truth makes me want to stay more focused on present moments, be more aware of what’s happening around me, looking up and all around taking in my surroundings, paying more attention.

How many gorgeous sunsets or sunrises do you step outside to see? 

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ The Ultimate Staycation!

That word – travel – has more meaning to me these days. In fact, it’s the word my 91 year old mamma is using when she speaks of traveling into whatever eternal life looks like beyond this world. She knows I struggle with that future for her so she speaks about “when she travels” instead of using the “d” word.

But I’m also thinking about traveling for my own life and I’m NOT talking about the “d” word!

Lately I spend more time traveling into my soul. Exploring those deep places in my heart. Finding the beauty and joy of what revives and refreshes me. Discovering purpose and passion.

And of course I do have places I want to travel, too! Mostly any place with an ocean or lake view satisfies me most.

How about you? Do you have places you plan to travel to this summer? Planning to schedule some trips into your soul? The cool thing about those types of trips is they can happen wherever you are! The ultimate staycation!

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ Unforgettable Someones

It’s hard to forget someone that you know you’ll always remember. Click To Tweet

I suspect we all have many unforgettable someones who have crossed paths with us.

Childhood friends.

First dates.

Sunday School teachers.

School teachers.

College professors.

Family members.

Coaches.

Teammates.

Roommates

Even a stranger…

What is it about each and every someone that makes them so memorable? Have you ever thought about the types of memories that are forever embedded in your heart?

Are they happy? Tragic? Inspiring? Do they involve a first-time? Was a goal achieved? A momentous event?  A special occasion? Something unusual or unexpected?

There are undoubtedly numerous special memories with all the unforgettable someones of our lives. These memories are precious treasures as they instruct us on the things, events and people that are most important, on what matters most, that are worthy of being always remembered. They teach us what and whom we need to make time for in our busy and crazy lives no matter what, too.

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ You Are Not Alone

And if you’re ever feeling lonely just look at the moon. Someone, somewhere is looking right at… Click To Tweet

Have you ever thought about that?

I remember when I was a starry-eyed college student looking up at the moon imagining my someday-hoped-for sweetheart looking up at the moon at the same time as me. And there were nights when I would speak aloud while looking up at the moon wishing my future love could hear me.

I found comfort in that thought and wish.

And since meeting my sweetheart thirty-seven years ago, I will say the few times we’ve been apart, we have often spoke to each other on the telephone while looking up at that same beaming moon. Somehow the moon made us feel connected, not so far apart from each other.

I’ve thought about the moon that unites us other times, too, such as when my child was away at college or when a friend moved across the country from me or relatives who live in another state.

The truth is someone somewhere IS looking at the moon when you are! You are not alone!

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ Look Again

You can find inspiration in everything. And if you can’t, look again. -Paul Smith Click To Tweet

Do you believe this?

Look again may be the most instructive and helpful suggestion anyone could make to you.

There may be many times in your life when inspiration, peace of mind, joy, calm … can feel in short supply or no where to be found.

The truth is LOOKING AGAIN with a hungry heart longing to be fed coupled with an expectancy that the inspiration or peace of mind or joy or calm can indeed be found and felt is precisely what will help you discover what you’re longing for.

Your inner compass will help you find it. Trust it. Be willing to look again. Be open. Ready to be surprised. 

 

Take a deep breath.

What you need is present. In everything and everywhere. Even in the unexpected. Or even in the unlikely.

 

Look again, my friends. Look again.

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ Inspiration Comes Slowly

“Inspiration comes to us slowly and quietly…prime it with a little solitude.” -Brenda Ueland Click To Tweet

Coming across this quote was just what I needed to hear!

My life doesn’t lend itself to much solitude lately. Many days I feel like I’m coming and going at the same time. I feel pulled in different directions. And I struggle to do the impossible feat some called multi-tasking.

I long to hear the still, small voice the Bible speaks of.  Those divine utterances that I’m certain will give me the answers I long for and the comforting reassurance I desperately need.

These words remind me how I can hear and feel the inspiration I’m longing for. I need to give myself the gift of solitude. Hush the worry. Hush the to-do list. Hush the fretting and running and jumping through hoops. 

Pause. Be still. Do nothing. Relish in the quiet. Take slow deep breaths.

Embrace solitude.

Ah yes…

Inspiration was waiting for me to be still and quiet long enough to hear and feel it.

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ Perhaps Your Answer is Simply To Begin

“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.” – H. Jackson… Click To Tweet

Some of you know that I wrote a weekly editorial column that was published in numerous Texas newspapers, magazines and websites. During that decade, I can’t tell you how many columns began with me having no idea what I was going to write about. I would open up the blank word document on my laptop and gaze upon the screen and ponder, “What now?”

I had deadlines to meet.

There were those lovely weeks when something had prompted my inspiration and it was easy to sit down and let the ideas flow effortlessly. And then there were other weeks when I had no idea where my inspiration would come from.

I didn’t have time to waste waiting for inspiration to come to me, however.

So I would begin. I would literally just start typing whatever was on my mind having no idea where it was going to take me or if it would spark the inspiration I needed to create the column.

What I can tell you is this. Inspiration always came. And each week I was left awestruck.

I guess that’s why today in all of my endeavors I refer to myself as a jumper. As ideas come, I act and let inspiration find me and take me where it wants to go. I don’t sit around waiting and wondering what to do next. And I’m still awestruck as I witness the evolution of an idea and how inspiration molds, shapes, and refines it.

So my friends, perhaps your answer is simply to BEGIN. Act. Move forward. Try it. Do it. Let your story unfold and evolve. You don’t need to know how your story ends first and you will never know if you don’t BEGIN.

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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Be Inspired ~ Try to Love the Questions

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.… Click To Tweet

I’ve always loved asking myself questions and have never been one to avoid them. So when I read a phrase like “try to love the questions themselves” my first reaction might be “no problem!”

The first part of this quote is another matter. “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.” Patience has never been my greatest asset in my humble opinion and yet when does our life not demand patience of us?

Where my impatience happens is when my heart knows what I need and outside circumstances keep me from moving forward and taking action.

Yet if I have no control over a situation, there really is no other alternative than to embrace patience along with acceptance.

I guess my lesson and suggestion to myself and anyone else these days is this. Be patient with yourself always. Things in your life are not always in your control. Time may be required for solutions to be realized. There may be things that go unsolved for a season.

I am accepting that grace is needed. Give yourself patience and loving care. Be gentle and tender with your heart when it is weary and uncertain. Welcome the questions. Love them. There will be a question that leads to receiving the answer you long for.

I’m also learning to accept the idea that some answers to questions may not be what I want or wish for. These are usually the questions that involve loved ones. Sometimes I tend to make questions that really belong to others my own. Their answers may not be what I want them to be. But their journey in life is theirs – not mine. Another lesson I’m learning to accept.

I guess when talking with your heart and considering what is unsolved in your heart, we need to be sure the questions are ones that are about us and for us – not others. I think I tend to give more attention to the needs of others and confuse their needs with my own. They are not the same my friends.  Perhaps the word that needs the most pondering in this quote is YOUR.

Annette Bridges

Annette Bridges

Author, Publisher and Women's Retreat Host

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. Part of Annette’s own journaling practice includes collecting ideas, quotes, songs, videos and photos that inspire her. She shares some of her finds in these weekly “Be Inspired” posts to lift your spirit with encouragement, comfort and joy.

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