29.3.15

Word of the Week: Revision



Revision:
re·vi·sion
rəˈviZHən/
noun
-the action of revising
-a revised edition or form of something.
plural noun: revisions
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28.3.15

WOW: Resilience -Saturday



A quick refresher: 
Resilience:
re·sil·ience
rəˈzilyəns/
noun
noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences
  1. 1. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
    "nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience"
2. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
"the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions"
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Life is full of complications. It's full of challenges.  It's full of moments and moods of every sort.  

I know.
I've been there...in the thick of it.  I've  wrestled with problems that seemed impossible.  I've struggled to find myself again after everything in me broke into a million pieces.  I've wanted to lay down and give up.  I've been absolutely alone...absolutely lost...and absolutely hopeless. 
I know.

I've also become resilient. 
I've learned that challenges are only as big as I allow them to be.  I've discovered that hope is never really lost, even  if it seems to go missing for a while.  I've realized that I can either let the hardships define me or refine me.  I've chosen to keep going. 
I've become resilient. 

So should you.

Choose to be happy.
Choose to be hopeful.
Choose to keep going...keep growing.

Choose to be resilient

~Leanna



27.3.15

...from way up here...

From way up here, I can tell you...
Have faith.  
Have faith in yourself.  Keep trying all the suggestions.  Keep doing what you're intuition tells you to.  Keep believing that there is room for improvement.   Keep asking questions and seeking out answers.  
And keep up all that hard work.
know you're tired… I know you're exhausted…but don't stop to rest.  The breakthroughs (and there will be many) will come when you least expect them and are weary to the bone.  The miracles are on their way, but you are going to have to sacrifice everything first.  Give it all your time. Give it all your energy and all your emotion and all your strength.  I promise you, the results will be worth it, but you are going to have to give him your all. 

From way up here, I can tell you…
Have faith.
Have faith in him.  Diminish every disappointment for him, because he'll need you to put it in perspective.  Reward his efforts.  He's going to surprise you.  Catch him when he falls, and hunker down next to him when he's tired.  Follow that intuition of yours and celebrate every single step…every achievement…every success.  

From way up here, I can tell you…
There will be so many people who are wrong.
There will be so many predictions that are wrong.
So keep you chin up and push back, and don't you dare for a minute let it get to you.

From way up here, I can tell you…
This life you're living is going to be touched by magic.  Miracles are going to happen.   All the No's will be transformed into Yes's.  Things you thought impossible are going to change.  Dreams you never dared to dream will come true. 

From way up here, I can tell you…
Soon, so soon, it's all going to start.  You are already on the path.  That step you took way back there?  It's leading you all the way to here.  It's going to take you beyond even this moment.  

From way up here, I can tell you…
I want you to enjoy it this time.  Revel in it.  Stopping being such a self-conscious twit and let your guard down.  

From way up here, I can tell you...
You are going to sit in the audience at his fifth grade talent show and every single emotion ever will flood through you.  Every moment of every struggle that the two of you have gone through will flash through your mind as he gets up from the risers, retrieves his cello, and sets his music on the stand.  There in that crowded gymnasium, perched on a folding chair in the dress he picked out for you, you'll hold your breath as he picks up his bow.
He will begin his solo there, in front of children who have torn him down for years.  You will watch his face as he prepares...serious and determined.  That moment when he does just what you've taught him and shuts out the audience.  
He will begin to play.  The first note filling the silence...then the next and the next.  
He will give you back the music.  
That piece, played on that night, will fill you back up with every wish you've ever had for him and every tear you've cried.  
He will play. You will listen.  
And the music you sacrificed and thought was lost, will come pouring in.  

From way up here, I can tell you…
Go ahead and give it everything you've got, because he will give you back the music.

You will realize that you are the luckiest...ever.

~Leanna




WOW: Resilience - Friday


A quick refresher: 
Resilience:
re·sil·ience
rəˈzilyəns/
noun
noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences
  1. 1
    the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
    "nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience"
  2. 2
    the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
    "the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions"
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    Resilience, it seems, requires an open mind and accepting spirit.  It's the idea of taking something bad, or something that turned out all wrong and either finding good in it or discovering a way to use it to build something good.  

    Resilience is being open to the possibilities and accepting the realities.

    To some extent, resilience goes against our nature.  We're programmed to grasp tightly to the way things are and the way we want them to be.  Loosening that hold can be difficult and painful.  We often equate it with failure.  But the truth is, we can only grow if we are willing to look past the original plan.  Resilience is allowing for changes in the plans and in yourself. 





26.3.15

WOW: Resilience - Thursday


A quick refresher: 
Resilience:
re·sil·ience
rəˈzilyəns/
noun
noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences
  1. 1
    the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
    "nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience"
  2. 2
    the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
    "the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions"
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    The above image pretty much sums up my every little hope for my son.  I want just exactly that for him.  Truth be told, I want it for myself just as much.

    Let's face it...perfection is a lifeless goal.  Perfection doesn't allow for any of the experiences  that make up a life-well-lived.  Perfection is cold and sterile and remote.

    Perfection is out to get you.
    Perfection wants to take you down.
    Perfection whispers insidious little messages of discontent and discouragement into your ear.
    Perfection wants to tell you that you aren't enough.
    Perfection will demand that you relinquish everything that makes you unique.

    Perfection is, in my opinion, the very absence of life.

    Wouldn't you rather write your story in the lines of mistakes and lessons learned?  In the doors closed and windows opened?  In risks taken and challenges faced?

    Perfection, opposite a life full of real nitty-gritty living, doesn't seem so appealing after all.

    You know what's really wrong with perfection?  It's perfect. It's complete. It's the absolute absence of anything else. It's unwavering -unchanging - ungrowing.
    Un-Growing.
    The opposite of growing.
    The opposite of living.

    I don't want my son to strive for perfection. I want him to strive for a life well lived.  A full, rich, storied life of ups and downs and twists and turns.  A life of realizations.  A life of lessons.  A life of finding his own unique paths.  A life of ever-changing, ever-rearranging growth.

     A life of resilience.

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