Inspirations

Durisseau, Frances cropped           Frances Durisseau

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

What comes to mind when you think about the word “home”? It’s a word that stirs our hearts in many ways. Home is the place where our hearts are, where our childhood memories reside and where we first learned what the word “grace” means.
Home is the place where we were free to grow both physically and emotionally. It’s where our spiritual roots were planted in us and where we also were given our wings so that, when the time was right, we would be ready to fly.
Home is a perfect blend of welcoming fragrances and aromas that can’t be found anywhere else. It is also the warmth of familiar smiles that chase away the remnants left over at the end of the day from the cold, uncaring world. It is the place where there’s a feeling of oneness unlike any other place.
Home is a place where our heart and our souls can find peace – our place of comfort and sanctuary. Best of all, it is the place where we first discover that love is real.
May the sweet sound of the word “home” always bring beautiful thoughts and memories to your mind. May your home be a haven of love and comfort to all who enter there. As Dorothy found out in The Wizard Of Oz, “There’s no place like home”.

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

 

Durisseau, Frances cropped            Frances Durisseau

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

Looking at the publication date for this installment of Inspirations, I realize that most of you will be reading it on the first anniversary of the passing of my husband, Michael, the former editor here at the newspaper. It’s been quite an incredible year for me since then. I’ve experienced some of the deepest sadness, heartbreak and grief that I’ve ever known and, at times, I have wondered if I would have the strength to carry on.
But I’ve also learned so much in this year about myself and about life. I’ve learned that, no matter how much you plan and dream, things are not always going to go the way that you want. Suddenly things can and do go wrong.
I’ve learned that, when things do go wrong, they can’t always be fixed or there isn’t an answer or solution. No matter how much you cry, beg, plead or wish, some things can’t be fixed or changed and you have to face it whether you want to or not.
I’ve also learned that you have more strength than you ever knew you had and, as you have need of it, that strength will show itself. I’ve learned that you can get through really dark times in your life as long as you remember to keep looking forward in faith for the better ones that you know are in the distance, somewhere.
I am still growing through this grief stage of my life but I’ve made good progress. I feel Michael’s presence with me all the time and I believe that he would be proud of me. That is truly important to me.
You are and will be forever loved and missed, Michael. As long as I live, I will do all that I can to keep your memory alive and show you the honor you deserve.
RIP Michael Durisseau, July 17, 1961 – January 17, 2015

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

I recently ran across some memorabilia that brought back a phrase I hadn’t thought of in a long time. Some of you will readily recognize it and some of you won’t and, yes, the grammar is atrocious.
“You got your ears on?” was a question you would hear while traveling down the interstate back in the day when CB radios were commonplace in cars as well as in 18-wheelers. Before cell phones, many of us used them, and mine came in handy on several occasions when I had car problems.
That question coming over your radio preceded or followed by your “handle” – your CB identifying name – was the way of asking if you were listening.
Do you have your ears on? Often we think we are listening but maybe we are just processing sounds and not hearing all that’s being said. Do you listen to hear or do you listen to reply? Most of the time we listen to reply and that’s where our thoughts go immediately.
While we are thinking of things we’d like to work on in the new year, I’d like to suggest that we all add our listening skills to the list. Being a good listener takes practice and an open heart. So how ’bout, it my friends? You got your ears on?
This is that Lady Teetotaler 10-10 and standing in. I’ll catch you on the flip-side. Over.

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

I’ve entered into the new year full of hope because I’ve been eagerly pursuing something very precious. Instead of looking for problems under every rock or hiding in the corners of my mind, I’m on the lookout for peace.
There are many symptoms of peace to watch for and be aware of. In the presence of peace, you have this crazy ability to live in the moment and appreciate everything about it. When you allow peace to come in, judgment and harshness seem to leave the premises and you feel the change inside you and settling all around you.
Where peace dwells, conflict and chaos know they are unwelcome. Instead, sweet peace will cause spontaneous laughter and heartfelt smiles.
With peace you will find feelings of contentment and connectedness – yes that’s my new word – with others and it will be contagious and spread to those around you like a wonderful infection that everyone exposed to it will want to catch.
And, maybe best of all, you will find an increased susceptibility to the love that is offered by others, as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend that love to everyone you meet.
So, how about joining me on this quest for peace? It’s sure to be a wonderful adventure.

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

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

Many people have made new-year resolutions. A common one is to do more physical exercise. Strengthening our bodies is a worthy goal. But how do we get stronger in other ways? It is in working through the struggles and difficulties we face that we develop our true strength in life.
Being determined to not surrender to our hardships and to fight through our challenges also brings us results that we can see. We will become stronger in every area of our lives – and not just physically.
Mentally, we will be sharper and better focused. Emotionally, we will become more stable and balanced for future challenges. Spiritually, our faith will grow because we can look back and see how far we have come in our journey.
Without these struggles, we will not maintain our maximum strength, just as, in the physical realm, our muscles will weaken and cease to perform at the capacity we need for our daily activities if we do not use them.
So, if you are working to strengthen your physical body in the new year, remember that, as you face other challenges that come your way – and you will – it’s just a different kind of workout. You just need different “muscles” for those challenges, so flex those muscles proudly too.

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