mary jane dodd
mjd - 2014
so many wonderful things are happening here for the contributors of the blog -
things they work hard for,
take chances on,
dedicate their time to.
a new talented member has joined in - welcome, carol!
it's not easy to keep a group blog
(much less your own)
i thank them for their dedication and desire to inspire and educate
i've not been so present -
life can be unpredictable -
before a serious illness i was more productive,
attending to blogs,
writing for publications.
in short, doing what the goal of many of us becomes.
mjd - 2014 beach and forest finds
but what happens when you cannot do as you did before?
after you have grieved
after you have gotten frustrated?
because it is in making that you speak
that you feel
that you make sense of things.
mjd - 2014
as in dealing with many of life's challenges,
you learn to let go.
i know i am not alone -
we have deaths in families,
things that change our lives
and can strip us of passion.
be gentle with yourself.
find what works,
what makes you feel good
what allows you to speak.
mjd - 2014 - everyday love pins
inspired by rumi
things work out.
the necklace in the first photo evokes a cupped hand ever so gently holding a heart -
a heart wrapped, but softly and openly - keeping it from turning hard.
no matter how bad it gets, remember that love is ever present. i challenge you to go outside and look around. how many plants have leaves shaped like hearts? stand before them, breathe deeply, smile and know. know you are loved. know that this life of yours offers an opportunity to touch others.
then figure out how you want to do that.
you're a maker, aren't you?
so make something for someone who has touched you.
then set it free into the world.
guess what? you've created a ripple - maybe that gift will reach someone just when they needed it. and they will be able to do it for someone else.
spread the love -
and never stop believing in the power you hold to make the world a better place.