As your life changes, so will your circle... and what a ride my life's been! Here you'll find a collection of some of my life experiences, as well as my random ramblings & some things I just find interesting... in no particular order.
The King reportedly ate a mammoth 10-12,000 calories per day, his diet consisting mainly of meat and fried food. His favorite snack was Fool's Gold Loaf which consists of a hollowed out loaf of sourdough bread, stuffed with an entire jar of peanut butter, an entire jar of grape jam and a pound of bacon. Not forgetting margarine first, and deep-frying it afterwards. A recipe for the grilled peanut butter & banana sandwich he loved is in one of the images above.
And people stayed at home.
And read books.
And they rested.
And did exercises.
And made art and played.
And learned new ways of being.
And stopped and listened more deeply.
Someone meditated, someone prayed.
Someone met their shadow.
And people began to think differently.
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways...
Dangerous, meaningless, and heartless...
The earth also began to heal.
And when the danger ended and
people found themselves,
they grieved for the dead.
And made new choices.
And dreamed of new visions.
And created new ways of living.
And completely healed the earth,
just as they were healed. ~ Written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Mara, and was reprinted in 1919 during the Spanish Flu Pandemic ~ ?
When my kids were young, I would plead with them, "Please, just let me sleep five more minutes!" almost every morning. My youngest daughter would say. "I don't know why you can't just get up." She absolutely hated it. Always the night owl, mornings have never been my favorite time of day, so come morning, I was seldom well rested. So, my sleep deprived mind was convinced that those five more minutes were key to my survival. Well, as it turns out, as my daughter got older and had a child of her own, she became a night owl, too. So, now she's the mother who pleads with her child for, "Just 5 more minutes!" ... and her daughter hates it. But this mother loves it.
"Something is always happening, but when it happens, people don't always see it, or understand it... or accept it." -John Hobbes, 'Fallen'
When you thought I wasn't looking, you said a prayer. And I believed there was a God that I could always talk to.
I've read that Jupiter has a corrosive atmosphere... caustic, destructive, incisive, certainly uninviting. Oh, I'm sure the same has been said of a lot of us, you know? Maybe, just maybe, Jupiter can't help but to stir up the never ceasing storms around her. All I know is, her kids have never known peace or stability... because as much as she wants to, she will never be able to offer them a solid foundation, but still they tag along, in the Hope of Someday... in the same way a lot of us keep right on holding on. Hope is a Powerful thing. -k.h.
I believe the dog-eared pages of our life story are filled with our bests, our worsts, our to be continued's, along with a slew of in-case-of-emergency refer back to's ... -k.h.
He's my Strength, my Hope, my Way Maker, my Promise Keeper, my Miracle Worker, my Shelter in life's storms. He's the Light in my darkest days. i need only to be still, for He always carries me through. And if that isn't love... well, i don't know what is. -k.h.
I've learned to listen to my heart. To trust my gut. To believe my eyes more than my ears because people tell you what they think you want to hear. To stop rushing things because everything happens in God's time. I've learned that if it's meant to be, it will be. That the voice of fear can't always be trusted, but God's Word can. That the beaten path is not always for me, and the occasional detour can be so enlightening if I just pay attention. That everyone doesn't have a moral compass, and to steer clear of those people. I've learned that I, and I alone, am responsible for my happiness. That my mistakes, my decisions, my choices have made me the person I am, and have led me to where I am today. These are the things I've learned throughout my life... and I've even learned to be okay with that. All of it. ~k.h.
“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
- Steve Jobs
While she was waiting for him to realize what he had in her, she came to her own realization... she deserved so much more than the tiny scraps of time he was willing to offer her. Yeah, funny how things work out, isn't it? -k.h.
I'm not comfortable living between certainty and doubt... I was certain I could trust you until you gave me reason to doubt. Now, the only thing I'm certain of are my doubts. -k.h.
From my massive vault of Lessons Learned in Life...
I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. I love listening to the blues. I love old movies. I love looking through old family photographs. I love deep conversations. I love hearing, "I love you," before hanging up the phone. I love innocent kisses that lead to hugs and cuddles. I love the things that have meaning, those things that make you feel... the things that have soul, you know... ~k.h.
Dreaming is the closest we will ever get to the other world. It's when we sleep, that our mind lets down its guard, allowing us a glimpse into the other side. That’s when our loved ones who have passed come to visit us... ~k.h.
If you have a choice between me and her, choose her... because if you really loved me, there wouldn't be a choice. ~Tinkerbell
The thing with broken clocks, is you can always tell exactly when they stopped ticking.
With people, it isn’t so easy, and sometimes you can’t even tell they’re broken... ~n.h.
“If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted.
Say what you need to say, then say a little more.
Say too much. Show too much. Love too much.
Everything is temporary but love.
Love outlives us all.” ~R.Queen
Have you ever been in, what I call a light switch relationship? You know, one where you wake up every day wondering, "Are we ON today, or are we OFF today?" ~k.h.
It's those feelings that come back... those feelings that never truly die. They stay locked away, hidden deep within the soul until they feel it's safe to resurface... it's self-preservation, or something like that, I think. But then again, what do I know? ~k.h.
Are your shoulds and oughts based on Your own personal convictions and beliefs, or are you blindly following Someone Else's idea of the person they think you must be? If so, climb into the driver's seat. Yeah, get behind that wheel... Now follow your heart. Allow your soul to shine. Feels freeing, doesn't it? Yeah, that's what's been missing all along. Congratulations on reclaiming your life! ~k.h.
Funny, how some of the most ordinary moments turn into the most memorable moments, you know?
The moment I saw him, I thought to myself , "Oh, this one is gonna hurt..."
I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness, to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree, to live within the warmth of your heart, and always call it home. 'The Vow'
I am here still waiting...
I still have my doubts.
I am damaged at best,
like You've already figured out.
I'm falling apart,
with a broken heart
that's still beating,
but in the pain,
there is healing.
In Your name,
I find meaning.
So I'm holding on...
holding on to You. -Lifehouse, 'Broken'