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This Complicated Thing Called Life

socsStream of Consciousness Saturday is: “how.”  Start your post with the word “How.” Bonus points if you end with it too.

How did life get so complicated? I would love to go back to a time when all I had to worry about was school grades, what to wear and what to eat for breakfast. Now, here I am married, with two teenagers of my own and the responcibility’s list goes on. I have a million thoughts running through my mind constantly. Yesterday, at one point, I literally could not focus on one thing at a time, and was running around like a mad woman. Well, some would say “mad woman,” while others would just say, mom. Is it any wonder though that I am losing my mind? Really, the pressures of life get higher as does my age! Sometimes I think that I would like to fane crazy just to get a holiday in a hospital (okay, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far, but I know some of you get me)!

 Now, I need to go get ready for work, which happens to be my respite from the complications, some how.  ~Mac

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My Child

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Perhaps it’s because my oldest turned 16 this week or maybe because we have been dealing with many struggles this year already in my two teen’s lives. But, I have had my kids on my mind a lot this week. As many mom’s do, we worry and with that give- whether it’s time, emotions, energy or sleep! We are often pulled in so many directions, with little of anything left for ourselves. So, here’s to my children and all those mom’s out there that are doing what we do, thinking of our kids. Love, Mac 

To My Children

My child please see yourself the way I do

Perfect and pure and true

My child please feel compassion for others

With friends, walk as brothers

My child please taste of the fruit of your labor

Work hard and life savor

My child please take time to breathe it all in

Drown out the world’s din

My child please hear each of the words I say

I love you in every way©

by Mac

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Keep It Together

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Why do you call one another names?

You say that you are faultless

As many self-proclaim

But life is not always black and white

And sometimes we disagree

Or we straight out fight

But to dismiss what one holds true

Belittle, label another person

Is not for me or you to do

If we could all just be more self-aware

Consider each other’s view

As this world we share

Using slurs such as prejudice and racist

Name calling without reason

No proof or any basis

This will not bring us together in any way

Make the divisions larger still

Never see a newer day

Why not grow? Instead you embrace the strife

Not understanding how to respect all

Or learn about each other’s life

I ask you to look for some good in every person

As you will encounter many on this journey

Instead of the conflicts worsen

Don’t hold things against another without cause

Take time to learn about each other, listen

So future generations can applause©

by Mac

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Force Unstoppable

“If you add your hot passion to the cold attitude of another person, it becomes lukewarm. Don’t stand on the toes of dwarfs; stand on the shoulders of giants!”
~Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Watchwords

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I have fire burning within, a raging ember

Refusing to let others put out my passions

Never changing myself for another, never

Choosing people that add only positivity 

They will raise me up, not bring me down

No water can turn me lukewarm, I’m a force

For when my fire burns hot, I’m unstoppable©

by Mac

 

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Don’t Walk Alone

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I am well aware that life’s just not fair

But then again we are just men

To walk in hope and not just cope

Our path in life is full of strife

And what is planned is not in hand

We must trust this is a must

What the future holds as it unfolds

Is for me what’s meant to be

Thought I was strong could just go along

Do it on my own be it all alone

So on I went until I was fully spent

Life took its toll on my soul

So I prayed for love sent from up above

With strength to lend or help send

As my struggles passed I’ve learned at last

Wish I’d known, to not walk alone©

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Night Or Day

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A battle rages for my mind
Two sides within one vessel
Pain it cuts my heart so deep
With choices I must wrestle

An Angel tells me I am weak
I’m lost and have gone astray
My only hope is, I must repent
Asking me to believe and pray

The Devil tells me I’m in charge
It is all there for an easy taking
Want and greed, luscious deeds
Not to worry what I’m breaking

As I struggle to make a choice
Pick between the night or day
I search for the answers within
Hope and pray I find my way©

by Mac

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Growing Yourself

“I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don’t want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It’s high time that I accept all the great things about me.” ~C. JoyBell C.

In my twenties I found it very easy to be drawn into critisism. I would criticize myself, lest anyone else had the chance to do it first. And God forbid if someone did give me a bit of their opinion, I may have fallen to pieces. In other words, I often lacked self-confidence to stand behind my choices. To own my actions and be myself without hesitation.

As I came into my thirties I also feel like I came to have more confidence in myself. Finished with all the drama and fed up with those that were not adding anything positive into my life. I grew by leaps and bounds, figuring out more and more of who I am as a person. Excepting that self-reflection is important and that other’s voices can be drowned out if necessary. And certainly, negative self-talk is unneccessary!

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This is not to say that there are not positive aspects to scrutiny. But, as I’ve matured I have learned not to take it all to heart. As with many things, you learn to take the good with the bad. You learn who has your well-being in mind and who is looking to bring you down for their own uplifting. Finding people with wisdom and who you respect, these are the ones I listen to, because I know their intensions are pure.

My point, don’t look at critisism as a negative part of life. Instead, learn to use it to improve yourself and also to help you weed out those that are not aiding in your growth as a human being. It’s easy to hear praise, but it does nothing to help you better yourself. Many people will throw empty words at you, but few true friends will be honest with words not meant for anything but your betterment. Take those to heart, use them as fertalizer for your soul and grow.© Mac

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