The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
- Lao Tzu
One of my favorite things to do is travel. I have had the honor of traveling to quite a few places in the world so far. This year of 2020 is one of a different kind of journey. Instead of traveling the world, I am taking a trip inward to discover more of myself, and in turn, teach others the joys of learning about life. Each and every day, I take a step towards that inner world by writing an article or a poem. I feel that…
Sometimes letting go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. -Eckhart Tolle
My mom is still alive, and I am grateful for that. However, the ideal image that I have of her is gone.
After searching my soul for over a year, I have discovered how to let go. It is as if I have grieved my mother’s passing even though she is still here.
Through the years, I realize I had tried everything to make her my best friend. I sought her approval in every way I could. …
“Having a dream is like having sunshine. Without it, you cannot see as clearly. With it, your world shines. Have a dream, and the light will fill your eyes with hope.”
― J.R. Rim
Lately, it seems I have not allowed myself to go for my dreams. Old feelings of not being safe have come up in my mind.
These emotions surface when I am on the cusp of trying new things.
I just started a strength training program with a personal trainer this month. …
Dear Readers and Writers,
I feel a deep appreciation for the time I recently spent on a family vacation in Las Vegas. When we spend time away from home, our focus is on rest, delicious food, and enjoying every moment together.
We spent three glorious hours focusing on a special dinner out.
Living simply at home has allowed us to save our money for once-in-a-lifetime meals like this one, an experience that is more valuable than diamonds for us.
In these moments, time slows down, flavors intensify, and our memory of each bite lasts forever.
Each morsel of food at…
“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
The message I received this morning from my inner being was this: You do not have to do anything to be loved.
As I walked outside in the cool morning air, I contemplated life, thoughts, and circumstances. My spirit bubbled to the surface.
We all seek love.
Sometimes we may feel love all around us, and at other times it is only a whisper in the wind.
We can choose to let our hearts fall apart, or…
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
For seven glorious days, we floated on a lazy river at our hotel in Las Vegas. We found joy around every bend and love in every drop of water. I am so grateful for our time together.
I could completely relax and let go because of my loving friends here at Thank You Notes.
“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.”
― Robin Hobb
Dear Readers and Writers,
Early Saturday morning, my husband and I decided to go out to breakfast. We had been to this neighborhood restaurant before and felt the warmth of the people running it.
Their family took over the restaurant from the former owners and poured love into this space.
It all started when a dear friend and I had lunch here.
I loved how one of the employees came…
“Friends are God’s way of apologizing for your family.”
― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Long ago, there were elaborate gatherings, themed Christmas dinners, celebrations, and milestones. In my mind, my family would always be together.
Of course, with the pandemic, the gatherings stopped but so did the communication.
I had once held dear the notion of being close with my cousins, aunts, and uncles as we were when I was a child. Every single holiday, my grandmother would bring us together.
My cousins and I would rush in excitement to play together. …