Category: #encouragement

Your voice is important

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In My Garden

Today started early for me when my husband looked out and saw that the “gang” of raccoons had turned my flowers upside down. I was so upset and then angry. I marched outside to begin the cleanup, and one of the “bandits” was under the mulberry tree. I turned on the house, and it scared him as he ran up the tree for safety. We do live by a county preserve, so having lots of wildlife on our property.

I can not let this be the mindset for the day. I finished the clean-up and began observing the growth of the flowers remaining in the landscaping around our home. We still live in the first home we purchased. It is our home. We have so many memories and comfort in this home.

So I snapped a few pictures of our flowers. It is enjoyable to stop and smell all flowers when you need to change your mindset!

The colander

I did not receive many material things when my mother and father passed away. The memories of the pictures I have and those I can still keep in my mind and heart are enough for me.

My daughter could get a few things for herself and me as I was out of town when my siblings decided to close things up. One item I know many will think I should throw away, but I am not, is the white colander. I will keep using it, and it can be thrown away when my journey leads me home.

The white colander

My mother’s colander-you see cracks on both sides and a cracked slit down the center. However, it still works for what I need it to do. Sure I have other ones, but I get this one out when I am cooking family meals, especially spaghetti or cleaning fruit.

A colander is a kitchen utensil that is primarily used to rinse vegetables or strain foods such as pasta. The bottom is perforated, which allows for water or liquid to drain through while holding on to the solids inside. Drain has been a focus for me for a few weeks as I have thought a great deal about the stress of life for so many in the world.

I recently wrote a blog post about “Drainout” which I believe is the replacement of “burnout.” Our lives are being drained of valuable resources we need. We are pulled in many directions at every moment of the day and the hamster wheel of life moves faster with never enough time to catch up so it seems.

Colander Rinse

When I buy fresh fruits like grapes, I love to put them in the colander and run the water to wash them off. They seem to sparkle and shine with freshness. Maybe we need to think about this as we look at our lives and those close to us.

We are fighting against “Drainout,” and if you look at my previous blog, you will find some things to do to help. However, are we also fighting to hold onto things we should let go of and allow through the colander?

Often we tend to hold onto things of comfort during times of extreme stress. “I have always done it this way.” “Even if it takes longer, I want to keep it this way.” “We cannot make any changes now.”

Listen to yourself and each other, and then pause to look at how things are going. Is it time to let go? Make some changes and take back control.

I am thankful for all of the different colanders I have, but the one from my mother is special to me. I know how hard it is to let go. You can hold on to them if they are not holding you back or preventing you from living the best way possible.

  • Rinse
  • Review
  • Reflect
  • Renew

Face new days with it your way!

Dirt on the Window

Our vision can be clouded for many reasons. It is up to us to step back and reflect on the “why” of the situation. Turn to the guidance you need in the right place. What do I mean by this statement?

We seek guidance from others, but those we seek from may not always have our best interest as a priority. We have to take rugged looks at those we surround ourselves with to understand the actual value they bring to our lives. Surround yourself with those who will shout your praises to everyone publicly and are genuine in their support for your success.

My faith is my strength, and God directs my guidance. I surround myself with so many who have the same level of faith I do. If you look at the leadership of those I admire the most; you will find a strong faith at the center of who they are.

Jon Gordon is at the top of my list, as you know from following my blog. If you do not already follow, please do! If you are not connected with me on LinkedIn, Twitter @BrendaYoho, or Website, please do! If you would like to win one of Jon Gordon’s new books, The Sale, give me a like and comment on why you want to win! I will hold a live drawing to win these books! Please do not wait. I want to get these books into your hands so you can experience this great wisdom to share with others!

Finding small ways………

As you wake in the morning to greet a new day, what thoughts do you first have? Does the alarm clock wake you, or do you wake up on your own?

I look forward to the days when the birds begin to sing their songs as the sun starts to warm the day. The clouds and temperatures are not preventing the grass from growing or the flowers from beginning to bloom. The season is changing, the days are passing by, and the summer days are straight ahead.

This week I began with a final day of radiation treatments, but it did not end my days with continuing to recover from breast cancer. This week has been the hardest, and my doctor told me it would be. I did not want to believe it as I wanted to focus on the finish line.

I have high pain tolerance, but this week has been pretty difficult. If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer finding small ways to be encouraged is always the goal of every day.

Writing, reading, and sometimes painting is my favorite things to do each day. I love time with family and talking with friends. But the best times are when you can capture moments in nature that are so peaceful, beautiful, sometimes very small but so large in the space they fill in the beauty they create.

The pain can fade away for a few minutes when we can focus on something else, and I am always blessed with many relief opportunities.

Find small ways to enjoy the day. Find small ways to bring joy. Find small ways always to bring love to each day—many blessings.