Today we are celebrating the life of my sweet grandmother “Mama”. She left us a very special book of memories as well as her favorite quotes and other advice. I will cherish these stories forever and recommend everyone take the time to record special memories like this for their loved ones.
Here are some of Mama’s favorite quotes:
“Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings”
“Be true to your own self”
“The honor that is lost in a moment cannot be restored in a hundred years”
“The journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step”
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
“Dream dreams and act on them”
“Some things that happen are good, but there are going to be bad times also – I want you to learn how to deal with both” – Kathleen Zimmerman Thompson
I loved all of my time spent with Mama – she taught me to care for others before myself, to always write handwritten notes, and best of all she taught me how to cook her most delicious recipes – including macaroni & cheese, chocolate chess pie, and homemade biscuits. I am very thankful for all of the time we got to spend together. Love you Mama.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
This year I am choosing one word to guide my actions and focus in 2015. If this is something you are interested in doing, check out #oneword2015 on Twitter and join me in Sam Davidson‘s challenge to come up with one focus word for the year. 2014 put me at a crossroads in some ways, and 2015 will be the first year in a very long time (20+ years) that I am not in school for any part of the year. The timing is right to be more mindful.
“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you”
During this year of mindfulness, I will:
Practice moment by moment awareness and acceptance
Grow with my faith
Care more; worry less
Pay more attention to what is happening here and now, not necessarily what is wrong or right, good or bad
Have a beginner’s mind
Approach everyday things with curiosity and savor them
Forgive mistakes – big or small
Show gratitude for good moments and grace for bad ones
Make peace with imperfection
Embrace vulnerability by trusting others (and myself)
Accept and appreciate that things come and go
Strengthen my mind, body, & soul
Re-evaluate my priorities
Realize and experience the good in me and what’s around me.
Acknowledge the bad and be wise enough to know whether or not it’s worth worrying about
Spend more time with friends, less time on my phone doing stupid things
Be present when it matters
Say what I mean, mean what I say
Care more & worry less
Do more good
Be intentional with the people I care about
Love well, live well, and realize a life more abundant is not about abundance of things but of life
Have you chosen one word for 2015? If so, please share in the comments and join Sam’s One Word Group. Cheers to 2015!
PS – Tis blog post I found on Twitter helped guide my thinking about mindfulness and what it would mean for me this year.