For as long as I can remember, my aunt had stained glass hanging in her window. She had pieces from all over the world, each one handcrafted by a stained glass artist.
She had small ones and larger ones, all created by various artists. They were beautiful to look at and when the sun hit them there brilliance shone through.
She loved them all, but there was one piece that hung in her kitchen window and she often referred to it as her “motivational stained glass”. She told me that she hung this particular piece in her kitchen window where she would see it every day.
The stained glass piece, which she was referring to, was a rainbow. And on the rainbow someone had written the saying: “Remember, to make rainbows you need sun and rain.”
The motivational stained glass piece was one of the smaller pieces of her wonderful collection and was certainly not the most beautiful piece. I asked her why she kept it there. She said it gave her motivation on days when presented challenges. It reminded her that we need to have some bad times to appreciate the good times. And, on the days when life was good, it always reminded her that life doesn’t get any better than this.
She said that in life we sometimes need small reminders to stay focused on the more important things in life. And, this piece of stain glass was her reminder that even when things were difficult the rainbow was there and would come out to shine.
I was at our local farmers market and found a stained glass rainbow similar to the one my aunt had hanging in her window. The one I bought did not have the saying on it, but every time I look at it I can remember my aunt’s words and the saying. . . “To make rainbows you need sun and rain”.
Today, when I woke up and saw the news I was so sad. This crazy world we live in just keeps getting crazier.
I have no ideas, no opinions and no information to offer in light of new current events. I am just trying to offer some hope, positivity, and something different.
Normally on Thursday’s, I do random thoughts most of the funny nature but today I am going to be a little more serious. I have been very quiet lately because my life has been so chaotic and honestly, no one would read what my chaotic mind writes. 🙂
Be Kind. You do not know what is going on with others and you could be the thing that pushes them over their limit.
Be Open. Allow yourself to see/hear another’s viewpoint or opinion whether you believe it or not. Sometimes it only takes one person to put things in a different way and you will change.
Change! Do not allow yourself to be stagnant. Do something, anything other than following that circular path over and over again.
Choose your words wisely! I.E. You cannot TRY, you can only do or do not!!
Have Fun! We were all put here to help each other and to navigate the craziness of Earth. Have some fun because it is not all terrible. You need to stop and smell the roses from time to time!!!
Remember, you are NOT alone!! Until next time — Jenn 🙂
During a research experiment, a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank.
As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.
The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.
Again, the shark quickly attacked. This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off. Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail. Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition. Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.
This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks. Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually, the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether.
The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack. The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the baitfish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.
The moral: Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go.
Being and Breathing
One warm evening many years ago…
After spending nearly every waking minute with Angel for eight straight days, I knew that I had to tell her just one thing. So late at night, just before she fell asleep, I whispered it in her ear. She smiled – the kind of smile that makes me smile back –and she said, “When I’m seventy-five and I think about my life and what it was like to be young, I hope that I can remember this very moment.”
A few seconds later she closed her eyes and fell asleep. The room was peaceful – almost silent. All I could hear was the soft purr of her breathing. I stayed awake thinking about the time we’d spent together and all the choices in our lives that made this moment possible. And at some point, I realized that it didn’t matter what we’d done or where we’d gone. Nor did the future hold any significance.
All that mattered was the serenity of the moment.
Just being with her and breathing with her.
The moral: We must not allow the clock, the calendar, and external pressures to rule our lives and blind us to the fact that each individual moment of our lives is a beautiful mystery and a miracle – especially those moments we spend in the presence of a loved one.
The Wise Woman’s Stone
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me something more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone. Author Unknown
Remember, you are NOT alone! Until next time — Jenn 🙂