Finding Good in the Face of Change by Frances Durriseau

I have recently relocated and moved into a new place. It was quite the undertaking, but I’m happy to say I survived it, mostly intact. I have a few bumps and bruises, a bad case of sciatica that has reared its ugly head after being quiet for a long time, and I have some sore muscles that I am dealing with still, but I’m happy with the fact that I have a place to come home to. I am thankful for the ability that I have to feel, even the things that are painful. I am thankful that I have the emotions that I do, and that I can experience love, happiness, joy, sadness, pain, compassion, faith, excitement, and even fear because it all serves a purpose in my life, and it all plays a part into making me who I am. I am thankful for forgiveness, the ability to give it and receive it, because without it, I would be lost, miserable, hopeless, helpless, and endlessly sad. Thankfulness and forgiveness are two of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. They remind us of our humanity. They teach us to stretch our faith and our hope in self and in others and teach us about mercy and grace. They renew our spirits and our hearts. I am very thankful, that in the face of change, which is never easy for me, I can find the good. I’ve always wanted to live beach-side once again, and because change was forced upon me, I get to do that. Stay thankful, my friends, even when it appears that what you are going through is difficult. You might just be led to someplace with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, balmy sea-breezes, and awesomely messy hair!

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

Do you give each day the chance to be a good or beautiful day? If you don’t, you could be missing out on something incredibly good. You  always have a choice to make. Will you choose to act or to react to what is going on around you?
Each of us is presented with situations that are stressful  and that can try our patience and disrupt our peace of mind. I believe these tests come to us for a reason, usually, but sometimes it’s just life playing out.
When they do come for a reason, they come to sharpen and mature us. We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our loved ones and to those we share this world with to act in such a way that leads us to a place of being emotionally and physically complete. Ultimately we do  not want to be found lacking. We want to be able to present ourselves as grown-up, fully mature, responsible and evolved in our internal and emotional growth.
It is the one area that the majority of us need to be reminded of, frequently, because it is so easy to revert back to our old habits instinctively. It takes consistent  practice and self reminders to change our personality behavior. But it is totally possible. Choose to have a wonderful day today. It won’t happen by magic, but it will happen because you chose the behaviors to bring it about. But for the record, I still believe in the fact a little magic is always possible.
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Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mom’s, step Mom’s, and Grandmother’s reading this today! I know quite a bit about being a mom having raised 10 children, a combination of both biological and adopted ones. They are all grown up now, most with children of their own. We worry, fret, wonder, celebrate, lose sleep, enjoy, drive ourselves crazy, invest most of our time and resources in raising our kids, to one day realize that we actually got the job done.
We look at them, their successes, joys, accomplishments, and even their struggles, with such pride in our hearts. Of all that we have done in our lives, being Mom, is usually what we feel is the most significant. The end result is supposed to be that empty nest feeling, and it should be a good one that we actually celebrate, not mourn, because even if the nest is empty, our jobs are never over.
Motherhood lasts long after we leave this earth. Our love, sacrifices, investments and deposits into the lives of our children live on for generations to come, and carries on into the lives of the future generations. Celebrate your Mothers today, because they are still influencing your life, whether they are with you or have passed on.
Celebrate being a Mother today because it is the most noble, high calling you will ever carry out. You are shaping and changing the world forever, all because you are a Mom! Have a blessed and beautiful day, filled with memories you can carry with you always.

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Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

With Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, I would like to talk just a little about being a mom. It is the best job and calling in the world but can seem like the worst at times. It is the most difficult and most rewarding thing you will ever do. It is full of soft, fuzzy, warm and beautiful moments and it can also be full of worries, struggles, lack of energy and sleep, along with endless wondering whether maybe you are doing it all wrong.
A mother I know once posted something on her Facebook page about what being a mom meant to her page followers, as she was having a difficult time adjusting to some things pertaining to motherhood.
Here is my response: “Being a mom means losing your patience, losing your mind sometimes and losing your heart for ever, for generations to come. Being a mom means gaining it all in the midst of what briefly feels like loss. From a mom and grandma.”
Motherhood has many faces but the best one of all is the face of our babies, when they are good, bad and even indifferent, at any and all ages from the moment of their first breath until we, their mothers, take our last.
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My children were raised on the Rocky movies. We always found inspiration somewhere in the dialogue or action. Here is a life lesson that was spoken by Sylvester Stallone in his role as Rocky Balboa: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are; it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
There is much truth there for all of us in life’s prizefight. Life hits hard and sometimes takes us to our knees. We have to choose to get back up, with blackened eyes and bruises and sometimes looking really beaten up. We need to always be in it to win the fight of getting back up and moving forward, when it hurts, when it’s scary and when we look our worst.
Keep fighting. Keep punching. Keep getting back up. Keep moving forward. Never quit. Never give up. The struggle might be real but the fight is always worth winning.
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