Dear Dad Letter

Dear Dad,

On this very special day we want to publicly say, we love you!

Our relationship is not perfect. In fact, we’ve only recently started working on it.

We’ve let down our shields in effort to heal the once broken places.  Yes, it was hard at times but it got easier.  We talk more and we follow-up with each other.  It means a lot to know you are there, praying for us and wanting to be near.

You have your own way of doing things and we’ve come to respect and accept that.   However, even with our differences, we are still one.  We look at you and listen and we see some aspects of ourselves in you or is it you in us.

You are creative, analytical, skilful, innovative, tough, resilient, generous, a problem solver, always willing and helpful to others.  Even though you were not always there it seems some good parts of you from birth your children share.  🙂

In this journey of life we have come to learn that forgiveness is the answer to many of life’s problems.  It starts the process of healing and is the catalyst for new beginnings.   God put us together for a reason.  We all have lessons to learn and this is not about young or old but building  relationships more precious than gold.

While you are still alive, we want to take this opportunity to say,  we forgive you.  We’re not here to judge you but simply say that through it all, we still love you.

Happy Father’s Day!

From: Cherylene, Candice and Junior  🙂

 

It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry.”

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It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry.”

There are times in life when our decisions and actions hurt others.  There are times when it is unintentional and other times well, let’s just say, we can surprise ourselves at just how mean we can really be.

Am I the only person out there guilty of this? Can you remember a time when your actions and words just came out all wrong?  Then someone’s feelings unintentionally got hurt.   Once it comes to your attention it can make you feel really bad about yourself.

How many of us actually do something about it?  Feeling bad about it is one thing, doing something to correct the misunderstanding is another.  It takes a big person to reach out and genuinely say “I’m sorry”.

It’s important to clear the air.  How many relationships or friendships have died because of something that was said or done?  We sometimes underestimate the power of the spoken word.  Once we’ve said it, there’s no going back but we can try to atone for them.

How many of us have ended friendships over ‘he said, she said‘ ?  We sometimes withdraw from people or may react negatively toward them without discussing how what we heard made us feel.  We become judge and juror all at the same time without allowing the person an opportunity to confirm or deny.  Is that really fair?

Let’s not forget, that we are all sensitive beings that can be affected by anyone who at the right moment, equipped with the right words, could strike the right nerve that triggers a volcanic eruption of emotions.  No one is perfect.  We are all guilty of being insensitive at one point or another.

I know some of you are probably saying, “So I can’t say anything anymore because I may offend someone?”   No, I’m not saying that, all I’m saying is that sometimes we need to be mindful of what we are saying and how we are saying it.  Be clear. Be concise.  Never hurtful, unless you are looking for and are prepared for the possible reaction.

Words have the power to make or break friendships and relationships.  Never underestimate the power of your words. 

So, how are you going to use your words today?

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We have two choices

Daily Prompt: Radiate

Radiate such a powerful word full of meaning

To love? or To hate? They both can make you feel like screaming

Emotions so pure and real

Even if we didn’t want to

We can’t help but feel

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Being apart of this world can sometimes be surreal

What do you do when the world sucks all your energy inside

And the only thing carrying you is your pride

Dig deep and steady your feet

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Battling hate with hate will only depreciate

What people have grown to appreciate

Make no mistake

Allowing yourself to become overrun by hate

Is not like eating cake or finding your soul mate

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There is no real joy or pleasure

Just coldness and bitterness beyond measure

So when you feel yourself filling up

I suggest a deep breath

And ask that you not give up

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Don’t let go of the love you have

Don’t let go of what might be your last chance

Not everyone gets a second chance

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Let the love you have radiate like the light that it is

So much so that you can’t help but give

Let love radiate from you core

So the world can see

YOU are so much more.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

If you knew…

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If you knew that special day

When you would have to go away

Away from all that you hold dear

Do you think your loved ones would care?

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If you knew that special day

Could you put aside your pride?

And show them who you are inside

Opening up your heart so wide

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If you knew that special day

Would there be anything special you’d like to say?

Or wished you said a different way

But let your emotions get in the way

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If you knew that special day

Would you live your life differently?

No longer sad or depressed

Constantly worrying about all the mess

Carrying the weight of the world on your chest

Or would you’ll finally take some rest?

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No one knows that special day

When each of us will fade away

So let us make a promise today

To LIVE each and everyday

Cherishing each other and making time for one another

Taking it one day at a time

We’ll see the MOST precious gift we have is TIME.

 

 

Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

 

Reflections

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When you look into the mirror

Beyond your smile and the blank stare in your eyes

Are you someone who is happy?

Or someone who is pretending to be?

Your face sometimes depicting an image

That is so far from your reality

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As the tug of war on your emotions, play out mentally

Often conflicting, with who you are meant to be

Denial you accept, almost peacefully

Now don’t get cross with me

For merely questioning a possibility

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I am in no way suggesting

That you walk around manifesting,

Everything you’re feeling

I’m was just simply asking

How you treat with what you’re truly thinking and feeling?

Because pretending and masquerading

Will only hinder your healing

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Your happiness is important!

Don’t label it insignificant,

Make it your business!

To chip away at any bitterness,

One day at a time,

So your happiness can truly shine.

 

 

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

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Stop and Think!

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Stop and think!

Before you have another drink

Always pushing your life and others to brink

You don’t seem care and that’s so unfair

As your loved ones go to sleep in fear

Not sure, if in the morning, you’ll still be there

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Stop and think!

Before you open your mouth to scream and shout

In an effort to let the pressure from your anger out

Take a deep breath and try not to fret

If you lose your cool

You might end up looking like the fool

Instead, you might find

It’s better to act with a sound mind

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Stop and think!

Before you do the things you do

You might end up hurting the people you love

Or the people who trust and look up to you

Think before you act, it is a known fact

To love and be loved

There’s nothing better than that

So be sure to always stop and think before you act.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂   Have a great weekend!

Find and develop your own talents

Once upon a time there lived two sisters Sarah and Samantha both in their early twenties who lived in the country side.  Sarah was a very quiet person and did not have many friends but she was happy. She found joy in her paintings and writing poetry. She loved her sister and often wished she could be more like her fun and outgoing with lots of friends.

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Samantha was the total opposite.  She always liked being the centre of attention and was very popular.  She was secretly angry and jealous of Sarah because she did not have her talents.  She would always be negative with Sarah in hopes of discouraging her.

Their mother always told them growing up to love and support each other but Samantha always feared that if she did that Sarah would just get better and better at her talents and would eventually go off to the big city and leave her there all alone.

Sarah felt most creative near the water – the river was her favourite place to paint and write her poetry.  Today was no different as Sarah set off to her favourite place.  The birds were chirping, the bees were buzzing and the air was fresh and clean.  Sarah found her spot under the huge cherry blossom tree and began painting taking periodic deep breaths trying to take in the beauty of the place and centre her mind as inspiration was everywhere.

She was half way into her painting when she heard a car pull up and stop on the road behind her.  When she looked up she noticed a tall, handsome young man waving to her as he approached her.  She had never seen him before and was a bit concerned.  As he got closer she could hear his deep, strong voice, “Hello Miss, can you please tell me where Sarah Joline lives?”

“Sarah Joline, why do you want to know?” asked Sarah even more concerned that he was looking for her.  “It’s a private matter, do you know where I can find her it is urgent? My name is Adam, by the way.”  Sarah smiled and replied, “I am Sarah Joline, what is this about?”

Adam was happy that he had found her so easily and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful she was.  He reached into his coat and handed her a white letter sized envelope.  “What is this about ?” Sarah asked again holding the envelope in her hand convinced that Adam had the wrong person. He then said, “You’ll see. It was a pleasure meeting Miss Joline I look forward to seeing you again soon.” He then turned and walked back to his car and drove off with a smile on his face.

Sarah was scared, nervous and excited all at the same time.  She was too scared to open the envelope herself and quickly packed up and headed home.  When she got home the first person she saw was her mother.  Her mother took one look at her and knew something was troubling her.  “What’s wrong Sarah?” asked her mother same time Samantha walked in from spending time with her friends.

“I met this really handsome guy down by the river and he gave me an envelope because he was looking for me.  Can you believe it?” said Sarah.

“Yeah right, it’s just her crazy imagination again?” said Samantha. “Be quiet Samantha. Let me see the envelope Sarah,” said mother.  Sarah handed her the envelope and sat on the step anxiously waiting for her to read it.  Samantha walked off toward the kitchen pretending not to be interested but stood behind the door listening attentively as her mother read out the letter.

” Dear Miss Sarah Joline,

You’ve been selected to take part in the National Art Scholarship Programme based on your submission and recommendation from your teacher Mrs. Jane Oliver.

Should you choose to accept please be advised that this is a two-year programme and you would be required to move to New York city.  We will be providing room and board for you.  You would be given an internship opportunity that would allow you to earn a stipend while here.

Please note that we must receive your decision within the week.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Kind Regards,

Mr. John Hamshire
Director”

Sarah was speechless.  She knew that her teacher was very fond of her work and always encouraged her to explore and develop her talents further but she did not believe her work was good enough.  This letter however, was proof that her work was more than good enough.

Her mother cried tears of joy and began hugging and kissing her on her cheeks so much that her face was now red and numb. Her mother looked at her with so much pride and told her that she always knew she would be great in whatever she did.  “We have to prepare there is so much to be done before you leave,”  said her mother.

“You’re going to let me go?” asked Sarah. Her mother looked at her confused and asked, “Don’t you want to go?  This is an opportunity for you to do what you love.”  Sarah sighed and responded, “What about you and Samantha? Samantha is the only sister I have.  I would be alone in New York.  I know our relationship is not ideal lately but I love and forgive her. I know deep down she loves me too.”

Samantha heard everything. At first when she heard the acceptance letter she was furious that Sarah was leaving and that her talents were not just good but excellent.  She also heard what Sarah said and for the first time in a long time she felt sad and ashamed at how she had treated her sister who despite everything she had done loved her still and was genuinely concerned about her.

She saw her reflection in the stainless steel cookie jar on the counter and realised that she did not recognise who she had become because she had allowed jealousy and envy to consume her.  She wept uncontrollably as she sank to her knees in the kitchen.

Both her mother and sister heard this and ran in to see what was wrong. They hugged her and she looked Sarah in the eyes and apologised for being mean and jealous of her and asked for her forgiveness.  Sarah forgave her and told her that she loved her.  Samantha knew it was true and confessed that she loved her also.

She also went on to tell her the truth about how wonderful her paintings and poetry were and that she should go to New York.  “Sarah you are a great sister and talented artist and I am proud to call you my sister.”

This brought tears to both Sarah and her mother’s eyes. After that day, Samantha and Sarah grew closer and became the best of friends always supporting and encouraging each other to be their best.

Samantha eventually found her own talent.  All this time she thought she was not good at anything – turns out she was a great musician and eventually went on to do great things.  She realised that she was wasting time being angry and jealous of her sister’s talents when she had her own talent that she was not developing because she was too busy being envious and almost lost her opportunity to find happiness within herself.

Sarah learnt that she needed to believe in herself and her abilities more.  She was also grateful that she did not give up on her sister because now they have a beautiful relationship.  Sarah was happy with who she was and who she was becoming and allowed herself to explore other opportunities for happiness outside herself and her work as she and Adam eventually became very close.

In the end, both sisters agreed that sometimes you need to create your own happiness. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others, focus on developing your own talents because it is there you will find true happiness.

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