“You must not reduce yourself to a puddle just because the person you like is afraid to swim and you are a fierce sea to them. Because there will be someone who was born with love of the waves within their blood, and they will look at you with fear and respect.” Just reading some love from @tblaberge and his new book.
I think people worry too much about being alone and single. Embrace it friends, embrace the now and someday when you stop worrying, love will find you <3 #unwrittenletterstoyoy #embracethenow

Living in the Moment

I’ve spent so much of my life creating a space of security that I missed out on opportunities to simply live in the moment. I remember my teenage years consisted of finding my sanity and accepting that I would forever be changed from sexual abuse. The future didn’t feel so bright back then because I was a troubled and confused teen mother of a beautiful baby girl. I was thankful God gave me a glimpse of hope when he entrusted her to me, but I knew I wasn’t equipped to be the mother she deserved. So I made it my mission to work my ass off and become a stable support in her life.

The journey for security placed me on a path of pain, stress, loneliness, and uncertainty. I couldn’t focus on the present moment because I was always thinking of how to improve my livelihood. My daughter was growing before my eyes, but I missed those moments, lost in my grind. I spent my energy grasping for my lost teen years while figuring out a career that would keep me from residing in low-income housing. While I lived in tunnel vision, she grew before my eyes and before I knew it she was in elementary school. I promised myself that I’d get through college, and then we would have time to reconnect. Things improved for us; it became her and I against the world. We conquered life together, and I knew things would be better. But, I still became lost in my grind and focused so much on creating a better life that I miss the precious moments. When I look back over the last ten years, I recall a constant state of stress and uncertainty. It was a challenge to enjoy the moments because I was recycling my to-do list or a figuring out how to cover a bill; never staying in the moment. Damn, I missed some good times.

There was the time my daughter was cheerleading on a squad, and she was doing her thing. She was all smiles and focused on getting her moves just right. While she was practicing, my mind was stuck on how I would cover the costs for her uniform and what could I maneuver for dinner. I remember biking riding with my son, I couldn’t enjoy the experience because I was so concerned about being laid off and how I’d get through the coming weeks with little to no money.

As I reflect on many of my most happy experiences, I realize that many were missed in useless distractions. In my need to gain security and create a better life for my family, I lost some moments. I missed out on being present, embracing my children as they grew, laughed, loved, and experienced life. I’ve since committed to clearing my thoughts and focusing on the present. To spend less time in my head and more time, simply embracing each moment.

We are a culture and a people obsessed with trying to control and trying to change our futures, our outcomes, that we forget to see what is right in front of us. We forget to live the life we have.
Will you let go of control and let circumstances land where they may?
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Reposting this essential reminder about #expectation from the awesome @jasonwrobel along with his original post for no other reason than that I doubt it could be said much better than this!!! “ See, the thing is, when you fight against reality… reality always wins. It’s undefeated. Your incessant expectations and constant demands that life ought to be a particular way cause you immense amounts of suffering. Life owes you nothing and expectations are illusions. Staying present and responding (not reacting) to what is… are powerful practices to keep you connected and clear in the moment. ” #princeea #lifehacks #respondingnotreacting #beinthemoment #embracethenow

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

There are two days in every week we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said - yesterday is gone.

The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow, with its possible adversities, 
Its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. 

Tomorrow is beyond our control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds but it will rise. And until it does,we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day - today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of today that drives people mad - it is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!