Posted in Sunday quotes

Roaring like a lion

It’s a new month today!  It is said that this month comes in “roaring like a lion and goes out like a lamb”, have you ever heard this phrase before?  I have but had not thought of it in awhile so I looked it up. It means that March comes in with Winter still going strong but when the month ends Spring is upon us.  As I am waking up to a spectacular sunrise over a whole bunch of mountain peaks in very cold temperatures, I am reminded of this.

And it has me thinking about how we approach life sometimes.  How there are seasons where we are going all out, chasing our dreams and goals, making strides in our relationships or businesses, pursuing the hard things.  I see this as roaring like a lion. And then there are the times when we are more laid back, going with the flow, enjoying the fruits of our labor, I see this as the lamb season.

These thoughts do not have to apply to literal seasons such as Winter and Spring but also as the seasons of our lives.  Where are you right now?  Are you in pursuit of your desires?  Are you hustling; chasing those dreams?  Making changes?  Or are you enjoying the work you have done and are more relaxed?  Playing more than working?  Taking more time to rest?

Just like the seasons change and each brings something new to wonder and marvel at, we too have seasons in our relationships, bodies, employment, parenting, etc.  We are never standing still.  We are not the same next year as we are today.

Waking up to this incredible view this morning, I am in awe.  I wish the above picture could do the majesty justice.  But is hard to capture something that is meant for the eye to see standing in front of it.  It reminds me of how small and tiny I am in this big huge world.  How I am just one person. But also how each of us have something unique and special to bring to this life.  We may be tiny but we are not insignificant.

No matter what season you may be in your life journey, appreciate where you are.  Look around you and find some beauty.  Sometimes you will be given the gift to wake up and see the wonder that is this life; enjoy it!  Marvel at it.  Take it in and let the seasons of this life grow you into who you were meant to be.

Whether you are roaring or relaxing, see the beauty. Find the joy. The best you is the one who knows how valuable you are and who shares that with others. The one that stands in moments of awe and majesty and is grateful to be alive. Who sees all the hard, tough, brutal seasons as the winter of this journey; believing and knowing that spring is on it’s way.

Are you standing in front of something so spectacular that you are in awe? Please share!

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Where does your soul find rest?

It’s that time of year again!   The end of the summer, last trip before we must return to the regularly scheduled program of school and work.  In my house, this often means a ROAD TRIP!  This summer though, I have been recovering from back surgery and can not sit in a car long enough for a long car ride.

So we hopped a flight and landed in Montana last night!  The air is hazy with all the fire smoke, a bit heavy and dry, but it’s MONTANA!  For those who know me, know that my soul is at rest, my heart light and my body relaxed as I just breathe in the Montana air (no matter the quality).   This is home to me.   Not because I was born or raised here, but because I found myself here.

I believe that where you venture out on your own, is a place you will always be drawn to. Where you have explored, found the local haunts and met new friends.   No matter how long it has been since you have been there, this place will always have special meaning.

I found my place about 25years ago!  For me this is Montana.

And every year, I venture back, even if for one day, to place my toes in Montana soil.  I bring my kids here so they can see what their mama looks like in her special place.  I want them to understand my draw to the Big Sky,  the mountains and to a place that for me the pace of life is calmer.  I want these kids to understand they too can find a special place; they can venture into new lands and explore.  That one day I hope they take me along and show me where their soul finds peace and rest.

Where is your special place?  That place you explored.  Learned the streets and routes; hideouts, parks, coffee shops or favorite restaurants.   Do you ever go back and see if it still brings a smile to your face just to drive down old streets?  Do you take your kids or partner and show them a piece of you that they may not see in day to day life?  If you have not found this place, look for it.  Be open to finding it.  Let it seek you.  There is somewhere that when you breathe the air, place heel to toe on the pavement,  your soul sighs a happy contentment.  Find it.  Let it breathe new life into you, every time you go there.

Signing off now…I’ve got some Montana places to get to.