but girl-you’re not old yet


#Lyricoftheday Step by @VampireWeekend
Everyone’s dying, but girl – you’re not old yet

#Photooftheday Park Bench in #SLO , CA

Some years, it feels like days fly by so fast, before you start to really understand what this year holds for you, it is already over. I looked at the calendar the other day and wondered how fast 2015 flew by. Sometimes it feels like your finger is super-glued to the fast forward button on the remote of life and you can’t let it go, no matter how hard you try. And isn’t that the truth about life? As much as we try to avoid it, the reality is that it has an expiration date.

I came across this park bench and was so moved by this woman’s tribute to her husband, who “showed me the beauty of life and love, and gave me a safe, sweet place for my heart and spirit. A man of dignity, gentle kindness and generosity. He suffered injustice bravely.”
What a legacy to leave behind. As the days speed by, and I am one year shy of ten years younger than Scott W. Bennett, I will strive to ask myself: how do I shine the light and show others the beauty of life and love today? How can I provide a safe and sweet place for the hearts of those who I encounter, even for just a moment? How can I embody dignity, gentle kindness and generosity through my words, my thoughts, my actions. How can I suffer injustice bravely?

There is not much we can control in this life, but we can impact the world around us, and as the great poet Emily Dickinson once wrote “if I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”

don’t dream it’s over

And I’m counting the steps to the door of your heart. Hey now, Hey now don’t dream it’s over by #crowdedHouse
#photooftheday in #portland, OR

How many steps did you take today? When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was climb stairs. I used to always wish we had a two-story house so that I could have fun going up and down the stairs and every time we went to visit my cousins I basically lived on the stairs with the dog. I like to think that my early childhood love of stairs was symbolic of my future in following my dreams, “climbing up ladders” and not being afraid of the inclines of life. We only get so many steps on the staircase of life. Some go up and some go down. Some lead us where we want to go and some set us back. Like a game of chutes and ladders, life can often feel unpredictable and no matter how high we climb, the next second, due to unforeseen circumstances we can fall right back down. The beautiful thing about this process is that, we have faith that each step we count in life is leading us somewhere. The great Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Faith is taking the next step, even when we don’t see the whole staircase.” Just because you don’t know where the steps you took today will eventually lead you, and if you even want to go there, you can trust that your dreams don’t have to be over if you have taken a few steps backward recently. You are still on your way.

“An optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha