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Live life with innocence

Today I’m sharing some simple and wonderful life lessons that I aspire to follow this year, thanks to PIXAR

Love can be as simple as holding hands
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Take a minute to reminisce about childhood friendships
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Add a few spices to your life. Literally and figuratively
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Be open to unlikely friendships
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Never discount the small guys
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Take a chance on the adventure (and friendship) of a lifetime
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Hold on to your family
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Embrace your own strengths
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Laughter > Fear
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Take a break and drive in the slow lane sometimes
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True love never gets old
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Nothing else matters

img_2835_editedFunerals have a way of reminding us of the importance of why we live, which is  love, hope and human connection.

Two of my dear friends each lost love ones recently and my heart feels their sadness.

Both women were incredibly brave at the respective funerals declaring their gratitude and love for the person they lost.

Drawing from their inner strength they shared their vulnerability with family and friends to honour the love they feel for their loved ones who passed away.

Today my thoughts are with my friends who are grieving the loss of someone very dear to them.

Letter to my friends

Dear Julie (aka Cookie), hibernationnow, risinghawk, Eric Tonningsen, Theresa, Ruth Rainwater, Pocket Perspectives,  shreejacob, sufilight, grevilleacorner, Crowing Crone Joss, starrystez, Owls and Orchids newbloggycat, quarteracrelifestyle , Robbie, lauriesnotes, and suzjones

The love, advice and support that you share with me in your responses to my blog posits is so greatly appreciated.  Every one of you is helping me more than you will ever know.

My last post Peace be with me was a heartfelt letter admitting my fears and regrets arising from my mothers passing seven years ago.

I wrote about the negative feelings I’ve been holding within for way too long. Admitting these thoughts ‘out loud’ and sharing them with people I knew would read them, was a big step forward for me.

What I received back was caring, thoughtful responses given with abundant love. The message was loud and clear – Jenna, you need to let it all go and remember your mum with love.

Relief washed over me with every comment I received. Suddenly I felt vindicated. I had shared my deepest fears and people were saying it was okay, they understood. They didn’t think any less of me.

Yesterday I listened to a CD,  Change your Thoughts, Change Your Life with the lessons of Lao-tzu. The Tao Te Ching (The Great Way)  provides spiritual guidance to live in harmony with the universe.

Re-reading the comments from fellow bloggers combined with the lessons learned from Lao-tzu was exactly what I needed to satisfy my wish to find peace within.

Again, I express my deepest thanks.

Your friend
Jenna

Listen to your heart

My heart kept telling me everything would be okay as I struggled to stay strong throughout many years of personal adversity.

My extended family remained silent but I felt their judgment and heard their cruel whispers about my troubled relationship with my son.

I withstood this implied criticism for ten years until they lost interest and pretended we no longer existed.

Over the years I had sporadic contact with my son but it was usually strained and traumatic for both of us.

Only my husband knew the extent of my anguish, only he was supportive.  We both believed one day my son would find his inner strength and conquer his problems that steered him away.

We always hoped he would want us back in his life one day, but knew he had to figure out how to do this in his own way and in his own time. He had to learn to navigate his way back over a very rocky road.

My heart was right.

It started with a couple of upbeat phone calls.

Then one day it was a warm heartfelt hug.

A genuine smile.

Real laughter.

Illustration by Aaron Pocock
Illustration by Aaron Pocock

And the latest puzzle piece, a picture of his childhood teddy bear with a message saying that Teddy reminds him of so many happy memories.

That old teddy bear and my son Chris have been through a lot together.

I am so happy they have found the path that is leading them back home.

Little things make me smile

Without a doubt, gratitude is one of the most important traits we can nurture to increase happiness. IMG_0110

We can only experience true happiness if we really notice and absorb the beauty and joy of the little things that make a difference to our lives each day.

Today I am grateful for

  • The love and loyalty of my little dog Gracie who makes me smile every day.
  • The happy phone calls I have been having with my son Chris that are slowly helping to rebuild our once estranged relationship.
  • The enjoyment I get from perusing blogs and reading all the posts depicting everyday situations and emotions that I relate to.
  • The follows, friendship, advice and comments I receive from other bloggers