Inspirations

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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Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

I heard something recently that caught my attention – that you can’t really appreciate life until it’s knocked you down a few times; that, until your heart is totally shattered, you won’t really appreciate love; and that, to appreciate happiness, you have to go through sadness.
I can add another to that mix – you can’t appreciate peace, order and lack of chaos until you move to a new location. Moving is chaotic, hard work and can be frustrating. Trust me, I have first-hand knowledge of it – and I’m still recovering.
How many times in one day can you misplace packing tape and permanent markers that you had in your hand just moments earlier? How did you live with so many herds of dust bunnies that were secretly hiding behind and under everything? How high can you actually stack packed boxes without fear of collapse?
Then comes reorganizing everything you’ve just packed up! If you are living in a non-moving environment, count your blessings, appreciate your good fortune and be thankful for your peace and your non-chaotic life! If you have a move on your horizon, I have one wish, to borrow a phrase from a much loved movie: May the Force be with you!
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Inspirations by Francis Durisseau

As the month of April comes to a close, we can look back at what was – both the good and the bad – or we can look ahead to May and all it might bring. I want to look back on some things but also feel the importance of looking ahead at what might be.
May I remember all the good. May I learn and grow from the things that weren’t so good. May I not let fear enclose me in its powerful grip, so may I have an extra dose of courage please, with an extra portion of dreaming good dreams, and fulfilling my purpose?
May I remember that, even when it feels like everything is going wrong or being stripped from me, I need not harden my heart but instead open it for love and other good things to enter in. May I have a renewal of strength when it feels as if life is beating me down, to rise up once again, infused
not only with power but also with peace.
May I remember that sometimes we have to go through what might seem like the worst, in order to arrive at what could be our very best. May I remember when I feel like throwing up my hands and screaming “I quit!” that, at times, things have to go wrong before they go right.
Goodbye to April, a month of renewal, the onset of spring and change. Hello to May and all that it might bring, to all that we have to encounter, to all that might be awaiting us and which just might enrich our lives in ways unknown to us now. May we approach May with excitement, encouragement and empowerment for all that we might discover during its 31 days!
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Inspirations by Francis Durisseau

Moving is such a process. As you read this today, Sunday, I will be loading, unloading, hefting and basically wearing myself out in the relocation of my “stuff” to another abode. At first, I was very resistant to the fact that, suddenly, I needed to move and take my “stuff” with me. I was very sentimental about where I have been and the prospect of having to let go of my attachment and memories was beyond difficult for me.
Sorting though my late husband’s “stuff” is being forced upon me. I have been resistant in actually doing that for the past couple of years. Now I have to. Going through years of memories is tough but every now and then we all need to go through our “stuff”. We need to evaluate, re-evaluate, sort, toss, donate, clear out and figure some “stuff” out in various ways. No matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, no matter how emotional it leaves us, we need to deal with our “stuff” and sometimes even let go of it or relocate it.
I’ve already cleaned out a lot of “stuff”. There comes a time in life we must do just that. Soon, I will unpack all the important “stuff” that is left in a new place. I’m feeling better about some “stuff” now and am ready for a little less clutter – and a brand new view out of different windows!
Contact Frances by e-mail at Inspirations_By_Frances@yahoo.com.