Tuesday, May 12, 2009

::: make like an elephant---and remember:

- laugh every day. especially when you don't want to. that's when you need to the most.

- love those who are difficult to love. everyone has a story. everyone has something that makes them the way they are. see past the outside.

- set goals. make plans. have dreams. think of everything you want to do. then do everything you can to make it happen.

- take pictures. even if they're blurry. even if no one is looking. document your life. in color. in black and white.

- tell children you love them. hug them. hold them. occasionally even against their will.

- give children boundaries. rules. rebellion is a cry for the kind of parental love that sets limits.

- write something down everyday: a poem. a list. a journal entry. a love note. get your thoughts out.

- listen. to friends. to nature. to music. to a tiny heartbeat. to the person you love breathe in and out. take a moment to cherish all that you can take in.

- read. reading is travel. is learning. is love. if you don't like to read, you simply haven't found something worth taking in. keep looking. everyone has a book with their name on it.

- drink coffee with friends. and if you don't like coffee, drink tea. and if you don't like tea, drink lemonade. and if you don't like lemonade, drink water. and if you don't like water, go with your friend anyway. coffee shop conversations can't be beat.

- try new foods. sushi. goat cheese. paneer. falafel. resist a tame palette. you won't be sorry.

- go green. and not because it's cool. but because it's beautiful. and necessary.

- go organic while you're at it. start small. find a local market. make a difference.

- find your style. wear something you thought you never would. try things on that look hideous on the hanger. be a maven. be marvelous.

- pay attention to politics. exercise freedom. realize we don't have as much as we think. cherish what we still possess.

- pray. God's with you. hears you. answers you. perhaps not in obvious ways. but have faith. speak without being spoken to.

- take time to do nothing. lay in the sun. take a car ride. nap. enjoy the ride. enjoy the journey.

- buy flowers for your house when you can. the color. the life. it's therapy.

- exercise. even if it hurts a little. even when your busy. even if it's just for a short time. get up. get out. get active.

- never under estimate the power of 'i love you'. say it. mean it. then act like it.

- acknowledge the world. then take action. donate your time. your money. your prayers. to the homeless. hungry. motherless. voiceless. in our country. and in other countries far less fortunate.

- remember:: no matter how horrid a situation, it can always be worse. find joy in the fact you will never be given a mountain you can't climb. face it. embrace it. then conquer it.

9 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this. So much. I hope it's ok if I share it (via link) on my Inspired Wednesday post tomorrow!!!

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  2. Jamie::

    early this morning, these thoughts just came pouring out! I'm glad you enjoyed them! feel free to link!

    Thanks!
    Ashley

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  3. what a fantastic list. i especially like what you said about going green, because it's necessary. am going to go re-read it all over again. thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    xo.

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  4. Thanks! I shared it on my Inspired Wednesday post! =)
    http://inspiredmess.blogspot.com/2009/05/inspired-wednesday_13.html
    I see this is a little inspirational book. Each point on a two page layout with cute little drawings and photos. ;)

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  5. You made me smile and I feel very inspired. Thank you!

    For a giggle come stop by and check out the top ten reasons how you know you've lived in L.A. for too long.

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  6. Wonderful list!! Like Jamie, I'm going to share a link on my blog ... this shouldn't be missed.

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  7. jamie, marta, nancy, laura::

    thanks for the kind words and encouragement!!

    ~ ashley

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  8. i will also share...thank you, i don't think about these things enough.

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