There’s Life, There’s Hope

I touched a rose today.  I was struck silent by the beauty that was before me.

Each petal is intricately made, soft and fragrant, placed in the perfect spot for its nourishment, growth and use.  A rose will remain beautiful and fragrant for its lifespan if not interfered with, but life does interfere.

Even roses have challenges such as: storms, insects, lack of water, mildew, cold weather, and of course, people harvesting them for their own enjoyment.  The flower of the rose is the part everyone loves for its beauty and fragrance.  In the bud and petals we can experience the heart of the rose and be stuck by the beauty and scent, but the strength of the flower lies in the stem, covered in thorns, thick and coarse it is meant to withstand whatever life throws at it. 

I touched a baby today.  I was struck silent by the wondrous beauty of a child.

Each finger and toe is intricately made, soft and fragile, placed on this earth for its nourishment, growth and purpose.  A child comes to us pure and innocent, personality programmed and ready for input.

 There is no instruction manual and each child will have challenges such as: storms, heartbreak, love loss, failures, defeat, love, hope, joy, appreciation, neglectfulness, anger, pain, contentment, success, comfort and so much more to experience on this journey.  Though the skin is soft, strength will be cultivated and grow from within over time and with experience.

 The heart of the child – no matter the age – is seen in their actions and deeds.  When the person is being true to their self and their calling, they will bloom just like the flower and share with the world their individual gifts.  We are each unique and gifted to fulfill a purpose.

 The rose and child remind me that there is hope for our future.  Cultivated, cherished and loved, the effect can be far reaching and benefit all that come in contact. 

 Take a moment to look and appreciate the life that is all around you.  The news has plenty of bad things to report, and the world has its share of issues and problems, but there is life, there is hope, and if you’re still here then you still have a purpose.  What are you doing to make a difference and be true to yourself today?

 Cherry Coley ©

Storm Clouds Roll

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I’ve had a lot of people tell me lately that life is tough.  No kidding!  I had two rather odd sinus and respiratory type infections in the last 6 weeks and the antibiotics left me feeling somewhat off, but the ordeal left me feeling kind of weak. 

That’s not counting the fact that the electric bill all but doubled due to the hot weather and the air conditioner dying, the car tires decided they needed replacing, the other car’s belt and fuse will have to be replaced, my youngest daughter is about to start high school and is in a panic to make sure she has the right shoes, clothes, and hair she needs.  My part-time job petered out because of the economy right now, and while I was intending on quitting soon, well, I wasn’t ready yet.  It’s been a steady drain on the finances since about May.

With only one car we are somewhat at the mercy of convenience which means that on days like yesterday when I don’t get home until 8 o’clock or so then have to go pick up my other daughter from work, there’s just not a lot of time to get many other things done.  Not getting things done makes me frustrated and sometimes irritable if it goes on too long. 

What can I say?  Life works that way, it’s a domino effect of one thing leading to one thing leading to another and sometimes we find ourselves wondering when there will be a break, where’s the off switch, the easy button?

Stop the hectic pace just for a moment.  Ever wonder why the birds sing so beautifully after a storm?  They are celebrating the storm passing. Not just the birds, but the crickets, the june bugs, and many animals with a voice will give a shout out in celebration when a storm ends.  Is it any wonder why?

Life is full of storms, but they are all temporary.  Winston Churchill said – “When you’re going through hell, just keep on going.”  He had a point, the thing to do is keep pushing, keep moving forward, find one or two things you can do each day to reach your goals, odds are if you sit down you’re going to get burned.  So get up, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving until you feel like you mean it and soon enough the storm clouds will part and the sun will shine again.  Just don’t forget to throw your hands up and celebrate when the storm ends!

Cherry Coley ©