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Realizing Inner Potentials

Whether you know somebody with special needs of any kind, have them yourself, or just need encouragement this is a wonderful post! Thank you Starrlife, for sharing this.

Life is something beautiful, in and of itself. The joy of living and being alive, feeling rain on your skin or sand between your toes, is far greater than the sorrows people may have to face.

This post goes out to a very dear friend- keep shining your light, and I still think you are one of the most passionate guitar players in the world. Even if you still can’t quite play the chords that the rest of the world has accepted as “guitar playing”.

Whenever someone interacts with my daughter there is a part of me that is observing, tightening up just a little. Sometimes, like at basketball games, I have to consciously loosen up and let go of that special awareness a mom of a child with challenges has built in regarding who is looking at her and how others are responding. I know that she is perfect but I know that others may judge her on her looks and measure by performance in the absence of … Read More

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January 31, 2011 at 1:21 PM Leave a comment

1,000 views, and a fresh new look!

I’ve been feeling a change coming on, so I decided that in honor of having reached 1,000 views I am changing up my blogs theme. 🙂 I hope you like it. It’s much brighter and cheerier than my last theme.

Also, I decided to share the “finished” product of that work in progress I showed earlier. Read the previous blog about that for the reference photo.

January 30, 2011 at 10:47 PM 2 comments

My Own Little World – Matthew West

I love this song. So much. Give it a listen, maybe it will encourage you today!

January 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM Leave a comment

A Work In Progress

Much like this piece of art that I have spent a little time working on, I am a work in progress. I am constantly growing, learning, and sharing. Every step of the way I run across something new– new friends,  new places, new heartaches, new goals, new inspirations, new scars, and new adventures. Sometimes though, I can’t see past the mess that I am far enough to envision the beautiful masterpiece that I am going to be one day. Just like this “rough sketch” I can feel like I’m never going to get there.

But also like this rough sketch, if I focus on the positive things, and I work diligently to improve my “problem spots” then I will be on my way to something incredible. It will take lots of time and effort, plenty of determination, and I can’t get off track. Sometimes it takes another caring eye to see problems that I might not, and that person can kindly help me grow. In much the same way people can criticize me until I feel like I am ugly and worthless, but that does not mean I will not be beautiful someday. I just have to keep shaping into who I want to be, and I can’t let negative comments keep me stuck where I am.

Just like me, this drawing is still a work in progress and we both have quite the ways to go. Unlike this art though, I will never be a finished work because I will always have room for improvement until I die.

 

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Happy Adventures,
Burkie

January 29, 2011 at 1:18 AM 4 comments

re·sil·ience

re·sil·ience

[ri-zil-yuh ns, – zil-ee-uh ns]

 

–noun 

1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
2. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.
Resilience is my “Word of the Day!”
Happy Adventures,
Burkie

January 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM Leave a comment

Nuggets of Happiness ;)

I am so glad that I have an ability to find the positive things in life. Some of the strangest things lift me up and give me inspiration, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Today a good friend came over and we watched some anime, some really cool music videos, and some very uplifting lip sync videos. Even though I am still trying to kick my asthma and I had to miss another day of work this friend really cheered me up. She had some chicken nuggets and the most amazing thing came out of that box of chicken nuggets. Right when I was on the border of hysteria about having to miss work again because I couldn’t be out of the house long enough to sustain my shift she found a chicken nugget shaped like a foot. It legitimately looked like a human foot, and we both could not stop laughing for quite some time. We took pictures, texted friends, and held the nugget on a pedestal. That is of course, until she ate it about five minutes later. ;o

In honor of this very special “nugget” I have decided to create a list of things that make me happy! 😀 Maybe sharing this with you will brighten your day, like my “foot nugget”.

  1. Singing, in the shower or when nobody is listening, to some of my favorite songs.
  2. Dancing like no one is watching!
  3. Watching ’80s sitcoms!
  4. Taking pictures of EVERYTHING!!!
  5. Curling up with a good book!
  6. Surrounding myself with friends and family. 🙂
  7. Inspirational quotes ❤

May inspiration and love find you wherever you are!

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

January 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM 4 comments

The Fear

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about fear. I’ve been thinking about what happens to the mind, spirit, and body when we let fear overwhelm us. Every person is going to experience fear differently, but for me depending on the level of fear it can be crippling. It will start with a tingling sensation in the pit of my stomach, almost like butterflies before a performance. If I don’t resolve the fear it crawls it’s way into my throat and scratches at my eyes making them watery. The tingling in my stomach turns into an ache and the tingling begins in my limbs. I feel jittery and numb, like I am losing myself to the battle inside myself. My vision begins to blur and I hunker down into a fetal position, heaving and sobbing, because I don’t understand the problem. I’ve become so crazed by fear that I have altogether lost sight of what it was that frightened me.

Fear is inevitable. You cannot get past anything substantial in life without at least one healthy dose of fear. The most important thing is not to let the fear weigh you down. You have to stand on your own two feet and face whatever is coming your way with the strength you have. You might feel weak, life you can’t handle it, but the amount of strength you have is meaningless in comparison to how you use the strength you have been given. You can examine your fear and figure out if it is a reasonable fear or something irrational. If you are terrified of jumping out of a window, that is probably a rational fear. If you are afraid that you will fail, that is probably something you should consider going for and getting over.

I struggle with fear in my life. I am afraid that I won’t be good enough, I am afraid I will never make it on my own in the world (but really I won’t because I will always be a part of a community, it’s who I am). I am afraid of singing in public because I am afraid people will laugh when I am bearing my soul. I am afraid to show certain pieces of artwork because I am worried people won’t quite understand them. I am afraid of elevators, and for that very reason I turned down a job I would have loved so I wouldn’t have to ride one on a daily basis. I am afraid to mow the grass, because I could die if I forget to take my medicines before and after mowing it.

I am afraid of being alone. That one scares me the most. I have an irrational fear that nobody will ever love me, friend or otherwise, for the real me. A voice in the back of my mind whispers to me that people are just pretending when they are nice to me. It says, “Heather, you don’t really amount to anything. They are just trying to make you feel better. Those kind words are a lie. Don’t you know that? You are so stupid.

I fall prey to a false truth that I am not good enough. THAT is the biggest lie I could ever tell myself.

I am good enough. God created me for a purpose; even if I do not know what that purpose is.

Fear exists in life, but we can tame our fears. We can tame our fears with the help of others and with our own minds.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

January 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM Leave a comment

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