Visual Quote: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Moment. Take the Moment and Make it Perfect!

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Life is so short, it is important to make the most of our days and remember that we are in charge of our own happiness.  Make today a perfect day! 🙂

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Visual Quote: Wherever You Are, Be All There

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The only thing we have control of is our thoughts and actions in the present moment.  Yesterday is over and there is nothing you can do to change it.  Tomorrow hasn’t happened yet, so don’t waste your energy worrying about it.  The moment you are in right now is a gift!  Take a time out for a moment…use all of your senses to recognize and appreciate the blessings surrounding you right now.  Heaven on Earth happens in moments, but only when we are FULLY present!  So, wherever you are, and whatever you are doing right now, be ALL there and give it 100% of your focus. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

EVERYTHING is a gift!

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Everything that has happened to you so far in life has happened FOR you.  It is the combination of every single event and every single person you have met so far in life that has made you into the person you are today.  You may not realize it in the moment, and it may take a very long time to find the “good” in some situations, but trust that everything that happens is for a reason — to help you grow and become the person you were meant to be.  Learn to embrace each experience and situation that happens to you and view it as a gift to you and the world.

This is THE mantra that gets me through the tougher days in life.  When something unfortunate happens in my life that is out of my control, I remind myself that it is a gift.  And I truly DO believe it.  Some of my most difficult situations have turned out to be my greatest blessings.

Eventually, when we look back on our lives, we will be able to understand the gift in each situation, no matter how unfortunate it may have seemed in the moment.

Try it now.  Identify one event in your life that seemed unfortunate when it happened, but it turned out to be a blessing.

The next time something unfortunate happens that is out of your control, gently remind yourself that it is happening for a good reason and is in fact a gift. 🙂

**This post was also published on my blog Journey To Complete Wellness.

12 Uplifting Quotes (and list of 44 books) by the Inspirational Dr. Seuss!

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA.  He would have been 111 years old today!  He is most famous for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss.  His books and quotes have entertained and inspired people for generations.  Here are some of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go

“Today you are you.  That is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than YOU.” ~Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

“You’re off to Great Places!  Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.”~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. “

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. “

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

“A person’s a person no matter how small.” ~Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you know, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Complete List of Books Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss

I found this list of books written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss on the Best Books for Kids website.  Check out the website for more information about Dr. Seuss and his books.   Here are the 44 books Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated (in the order they were originally published):

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937)
The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
The King’s Stilts (1939)
Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
McElligot’s Pool (1947)
Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949)
If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
Horton Hears A Who! (1954)
On Beyond Zebra (1955)
If I Ran The Circus (1956)
The Cat in the Hat (1957)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958)
The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958)
Happy Birthday To You! (1959)
Green Eggs And Ham (1960)
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961)
Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963)
Hop on Pop (1963)
Fox In Socks (1965)
I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965)
The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)
The Foot Book (1968)
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969)
My Book About Me (1969)
I Can Draw It Myself (1970)
Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)
The Lorax (1971)
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)
Great Day For Up (1974)
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978) Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
Hunches In Bunches (1982)
The Butter Battle Book (1984)
You’re Only Old Once! (1986)
I am Not Going to Get Up Today (1987)
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990)

Stand Out FINAL

Which Dr. Seuss quote is YOUR favorite?  Which Dr. Seuss book is your favorite?

Practice Acceptance. Everything Happens for a Reason

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As I sit here writing this, my daughters are home from school with another snow day!  This is the third snow day this week, with February vacation only 2 days away.  Over the past 13 scheduled school days, school has only been held on 5 of those days (and one of those was a 1/2 day).  We have been hit hard with snow in Massachusetts so far this year…and more is on the way tomorrow!  Needless to say, my schedule has been greatly interrupted and needed to be rearranged.  And for that, I am grateful!

With every situation in life that is out of our control, we have two choices:  we could complain, or we could recognize the gift in the situation.  Complaining is often the easiest option, but it will not accomplish anything good.  On the other hand, looking for the good in each situation takes a little more effort, but it is much more rewarding because it leads to feelings of gratitude, love, and happiness.

So, today I choose to focus on being grateful for the 8 snow days I got to spend with my girls so far.  I am grateful:

  • We knew school was canceled the night before, so we were able to sleep in.
  • I didn’t have to pack lunches (my least favorite chore of all)
  • We still have heat and power
  • We had the opportunity to go sledding and make some wonderful memories.
  • We had time to bake cookies and cakes and experiment with some new dishes for dinner.
  • The girls were able to enjoy good old-fashioned unstructured play time outside with each other and their friends.
  • We were all able to make good progress on some projects we had been putting off.
  • I had the opportunity to shovel.  Call me crazy, but I enjoy shoveling.  I find it so peaceful and therapeutic.  I love being outside in the silence, breathing in the fresh air and giving thanks for the beauty of nature surrounding me.
  • We had the opportunity to try making snow ice cream.  It wasn’t a hit with my girls, but we are going to try it again with a different recipe.
  • I was able to capture some beautiful pictures to preserve the memories of these days.
  • For boredom!  I LOVE it when my kids say they are bored, because I know it won’t be long before they are using their imaginations and re-discovering their inner artists.
  • For the chance to help out neighbors and take the time to reconnect with them because everyone is always in such a rush.
  • For the memories made with family, friends, and neighbors as our community works together and accepts help from other communities to get through this unprecedented snowfall together.  And most of all…
  • For forcing everyone to SLOW DOWN and take a much needed break!

Sure, these days may appear to be an inconvenience today, but I know we are going to look back on them and realize what a blessing they were.  I understand nobody wants to be in school until the end of June, but if that is the case, it will give us a chance to practice acceptance then, too.  Remember, we are not the master planner of our lives.  Some of life’s greatest blessings are a result of distractions and inconveniences beyond our control.  So, the next time life doesn’t go as planned, take a deep breath, remind yourself that the situation is actually a blessing, and look for the good in the situation.

Because EVERY situation we encounter each day IS a gift! 🙂