Inspirations

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

The month of May is ending.I pray it was a good one for you. School is letting out, graduations are happening, and many are either breathing a sigh of relief over those two things, or feeling an element of sadness, because one of their babies are stepping out into the grown-up world. As we close this month, ‘may’ we do so with more happiness than sadness. ‘May’ we look back and see that we grew a little more in every area of our lives. ‘May’ we find that we have become stronger, more determined,and more satisfied with our lives. I also hope that you ‘may’ find that no matter what you might have gone through, that your moments, hours, days, and weeks, brought you to a place of knowing more about love and peace. ‘May’ the closure of this month of May, leave you looking forward to all the possibilities of joy in the season ahead. There is always a lot of promise in the word may! May we continue to allow it to be revealed to us!

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

I’ve heard it said that we should never start the day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Yeah, wow that is an awesome philosophy, and it can be done! Whatever troubles, frustrations, burdens, or problems that you are dealing with, they need to be laid down at the end of the day. When you wake up, it is a brand new day. Treat it that way! Expect good things to happen. Leave yesterday’s disappointments,hurts, and letdowns behind. I know sometimes it seems a lot easier to think about than it is to actually do. But with practice and determination, you can accomplish it. You are stronger than you think. You just have to change your mind,your heart, and motivation and then work on it every single night, and again when you wake up, and throughout your day. But it’s not going to happen by magic. It takes courage, maturity, and a strong desire to grow in a new way emotionally. If you feel like you are constantly weighed down by the same problems, and the worry is eating at you incessantly, it’s time to make a change! It’s time to start setting yourself free. Sweep up the broken pieces and discard them. It’s a brand new day!

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

I’ve heard it said that you truly find out who your friends are when something big, stressful, tragic, or maybe even life-changing happens in your life. I’ve found out how true this can be. We all need friends, ‘our person’, someone who is there for us, who gets us, stands beside us come what may, and is ready to reach out a hand, an ear, a shoulder, or whatever we might need at any given moment. We learn the difference as we go through our ups and downs in our lives who our true friends are verses our acquaintances. Our forever friends are there for us in spirit, truth, and deed whether we are ascending to our highest heights, or have fallen to our deepest and lowest depths. They are there to guide us, cheer us on, and strengthen us with love and kindness. They just believe in us, because- no other reasons are needed. I am thankful for my forever friends who are willing to be there for me, on the mountain tops, in the trenches, or just the mundane occurrences of every day life. Some of mine have recently stepped up for me in heartfelt and tangible ways. I am so blessed. If you have one or more friends that are always there for you, be thankful. I know I couldn’t have made this physical move to my new home without mine. Friends are one of our most precious treasures. Always remember to cherish them and be thankful for them, every day.

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.
Contact Frances by e-mail at Inspirations_By_Frances@yahoo.com.