All posts tagged: helenfowowe

For Caroline: #KissesforCaroline

For Caroline: #KissesforCaroline Life has a way of happening even when we have other plans. Life has no respect for anyone’s dreams, visions, desires, families, friends, ambitions, social economic status, race and definitely not our love lives. This past week, a tragedy struck the entire Salem College Family. One of our beloved suddenly left us. With only 25 years of greatness and life well lived, she bade adieu to all of us. Hmmm, life. What is this life? What is this life that allows us a taste of goodness and then takes it away from us? This life that takes angels and leaves behind demons? What is this life? This life that makes it so that we can have someone here today and gone tomorrow. Life has reminded us all once again that it is fleeting and we all should live each day like it is our last, not forgetting to forgive, to show grace, to love endlessly, to say “I love you,” thank you,” or “I’m sorry” in time. For a day might come …

Oh, The Places You Must Go!

Oh, The Places You Must Go! In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” It is always a delight to read about the struggles of The Greats, you know the kind of people we remind ourselves about whenever we try to convince ourselves that our lives can still turn out well if we decide to quit school, quit our job, take a leap of faith on a business idea, or sleep-in instead of going to your 8am lecture on a Friday morning. I mean Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Racheal Ray, Kevin Rose, Ellen DeGeneres and other successful people, yeah, those people. …

Reminder for when you are feeling “Blah”

                 If your childhood was similar to mine, you went to your place of worship at the end or beginning of each week (for me it was going to church on Sundays) and “The Adults” in your life, be it your parents or older siblings forced you to go to the children’s church instead of causing distraction for them in their “adult services.” In the Children’s Church, you sang songs like ‘You got the whole world in your hands,  Father Abraham, Rise & Shine and give God the Glory’ and other Children’s Melodious Hits. The cool thing about these songs back then was that they were too sophisticated to be sung standing still so there was always a great choreography to match each song, thanks to the Children’s Church adult volunteers. 🙂         Out of all of the songs we sang and danced matching choreography to, ‘You have got the whole world’ was my favorite. Its choreography was the silliest in my eyes because all …

Wonders

Wonders Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on your dreams, don’t stop trying. If one dream does not work out, step back and dig deeper, we were all born to be great at something and to contribute something substantial to our world. In other words, Don’t stop believing! Words and Works from M. C. Escher says it best. He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.  – M.C. Escher     To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am  – M.C. Escher   The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.  – M.C. Escher   So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen  – M.C. Escher Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on …

Universally, a Deal Breaker

3. Universally, a Deal Breaker “Oh God! Arrrghh! I am doing my best!” I grunted/breathed the words as I felt the frustration burning from the depth of my intestines and finding its way to the tip of my tongue, and before anything else could escape my lips that would later land me on my knees in prayer for forgiveness, I slowly took a deep breath and burst into a song. It made absolutely no sense at the time but it worked. A distraction was what I needed after the day I was having. I had 7 more things on my list before the day was over and the meetings were less than 30 minutes apart. I was now going to be 10 minutes late for appointment number 4 (at which my presence was highly needed for the meeting to commence). It was the third time that week and my enthusiasm level was suffering. Either I liked it or not, Stress was slowly creeping into my state of being and my anxiety level was shooting through the …