Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Dad… The one who looks over me…

My father…my dad…my daddy…
While I spoke fondly of him and our relation, there’s truly no amount of posts that would be enough to describe who/what kind of man he was but mostly how much I miss him…how much we miss him… 
So if you haven’t heard my story about him, if you haven’t seen the smile in my eyes when I think about him, if you never crossed his path then you are missing out on knowing one of THE best human being there was and today there is less in this world without him. 
16 years today that he left us to his forever. 
Today I looked at myself in the mirror and I smile because I saw the reflection of what he taught me, what he instilled in me. 
He told me and showed me my value. 
He boosted my self-esteem because I was one of his princesses.
He told me to not be anything less than independent and strong because he knew I was capable.
He showed me love because I was one of his invaluable prizes, I was his wealth…    
The confident person that I am and who you all look at every day is really made from the mold he created of me for me. HE was truly THE AMAZING guy and no matter what happened, happens or will happen in my life, HE will forever be the man I love the most in this world...

I love you dad❤️                                   

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Things We Live By… The Things That Define Us…

“Your choices become your directions the moment you start to implement them. When you make choices and you don’t implement them, your choices may be the best ever, but the most useless.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

Do you have any concerns about life? Concerns about YOUR life and how you want to live it…
Or maybe should I ask; do you know what your Philosophy of Life is? Everyone has their unique Philosophy of Life, whether they realize it or not… at least that is what I believe.

Nothing like a birthday, an additional notch on your “lifebelt” to bring up questions, to want to make you reassess choices you've made, close or open doors you staked on, or simply… give you a chance to pause, breath and appreciate where and how you are standing right on this new year…

Philosophy: “A particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc…”

A PoL will usually apply to (and not change depending on any given situation), something, an idea, a belief that is factual to you, and that no matter what you do, say, see, or experience it will always remain a fact… You naturally revert to your PoL because it encompasses “the how” to your happiness…
I also believe that your PoL can change depending on where you are in life… Well, I’m not 100% certain if it’s changing, or just adding characteristics to refine it but what I know is that you need to commit to your beliefs while keeping an open mind to different ways and different traditions.

After many years of living, (and probably the opposite of how I come across to the few who take the time to read my randomness - Life Lessons), I don’t have it all figured out and I can bank on the fact that I probably will never have it figured out. With that being said, every “today” that I have woken up to experience, has brought so much wisdom to my “tomorrows” that the summation of years lived have so far allowed me to learn more, to be more discerning, to be more judicious in my choice, and to be more understanding of life…
With age I’ve learned a few things. One of the things I’ve learned is that the person I am today is the result of (or the combination of) all the wisdom I’ve summarized into guides of how my life’s path should be navigated. Small philosophies which are all about questions and possible answers… philosophies that translate to commitment because they are deep in accepting, deeper in understanding, deepest in putting into practice and when they are all put together, they make us who we are…

I believe that while two people may have the same PoL, the way they got to it is rarely the same. The experience is less likely to be the same. Things like deception, birth, death, love, expectation, disappointment, struggle, success, failure, hurdles, mistakes, joy, sorrow, triumph, happiness, etc., are what experiences are made from. The way you bounce back from the experience, the “take away” from the experience is what will shape a person’s philosophy. Your PoL will vary depending on your life experience. I believe that no two people will have seen life in the same way…similar but not the same.

 “Live life to the fullest…”
“Don’t sweat the small stuff…”
“Work on making the grass around you greener…”
“All in due time…”
“Don’t be a passenger in your life, be the driver…”
“Live and Learn… Nothing is ever in vain…”
“Everything in moderation is one of the keys to happiness…”
“Today is what today is… Tomorrow is your opportunity…”

These are some of the PoL’s in my lifeJ. With the years, I have mastered a few of them and within the same years, I have had the opportunity to work and better myself through them. Every defining moment in my life brought up a new PoL, or just a refinement of it. I do believe that I am a better person today than I ever been, because tomorrow is my opportunity to do better and to be better.

I strive to live a full life each day, laugh, and love deeply. I try to be nicer; to not give up on patience J… I tried every day to learn how to be a better Rose, to be a good friend, a good mom and partner.
I try to set realistic expectations for myself and those around me. I welcome any opportunities to learn by not being afraid of failure and by remembering that all I can do is try harder next time and learn from my mistakes. At times it might feel as though it’s moving slowly but believe you me, life is going by quicker and faster than any of us really want it to, so make every day count…

To the fullest of you  
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