Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is” …. I love this song… I have my mom and dad to thank for my awesome taste in classics :)
To my family and friends <3 also this reminds me why I always loved Pooh so much as a child… he’s so darn sweet.
Thanks Rick, you’re really too kind. (p.s I cried I laughed so hard)
Cards & Quarters
My wonderful and lovely friend posted this on her blog (which is great btw and the link is below) and I had to share, I haven’t read this book completely yet but have added it to my list to purchase so I can re-read it, I’m in a different time in my life and think I’ll appreciate it more than I did then. This is the intro to the book, and I hope you enjoy! (Thanks Kate for posting this!)
“Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don’t all have the courage to confront our own dream.
There are four obstacles. First: We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.
If we have the courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is just a futher impetus, not something that will prevent us going forward. We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey.
Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. We who fight for our dream suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse: “Oh, well I didn’t really want it anyway.” We do want it and know that we have staked everything on it and that the path of the personal calling is no easier than any other path, except that our whole heart is in this journey. Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.
I ask myself: are defeats necessary?
Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first began fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
Having disinterred our dream, having used the power of love to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all our lives.
Oscar Wilde said: “Each man kills the thing he loves.” And it’s true.
The mere possibility of getting what we want fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt. We look around at all of those who have failed to get what they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. We forget all about the obstacles we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far… This is the most dangerous of the obstacles because it has a kind of saintly aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you…help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”
- Paulo Coelho
This is great. Oh Snape you crack me up.
love me some Gabe Dixon.
IF I ever get married, I will con my husband-to-be into doing this as our first dance. Simply amazing. I don’t know how I haven’t seen this sooner.