Friend Mine…Gina’s Favorites

Friend Mine…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m spending the weekend with my family.  I’m guessing we’re not the only ones trying to squeeze a little bit of extra summer into these waning weeks.

One of my favorite Sunday posts is my Friend Mine post, and knew it would be a great Gina’s Favorites post.  You can read my Friend Mine post below in its entirety, or, for you hardcore readers, you can click on one of these magic links to read Friend Mine in its original location.

Either way, I’ll meet you at Friend Mine.

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Friend Mine

Who sings to me

And lifts my spirit

Who whispers gentle love

Who walks with me

And holds my hand in fog

Who spies good buried deep inside me

Who draws me into sunshine

And surrounds me with warmth

Who renews my joy

Restores my smile

Reminds me to play

And to laugh

And to run

And to leap higher

Always higher

Ever

Friend mine

-gina valley

Friendship is such an amazing gift.  I’ve heard it quipped that God gave us friendships as an apology for our families.  I think friendships are another form of family altogether.

No matter how you look at it, friendships boost and support us in a way no other relationship can.

I’m going to reconnect with friends this week that I’ve been missing.  I hope you’ll do the same.

Love!

-gina 

Who lifts you?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it.  Drop me a comment while you’re thinking about that special person.

There’s Only One Today

There’s Only One Today

by Gina Valley

Poem Poetry Trees Humor Funny Humorous Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Kid Kids Child Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Grandpa Grandma Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Gina Valley Parenting Stillness Sunday There’s Only One Today Walk Procrastination Seize The Day

Walk

I want to walk through the woods

The forest that is my world

My time

And the ones beyond that

Stretch my legs

Breathe deep

Run fast

 

I want to smell the growth and feel the moss under my feet

Hear the birds around me

Climb every tree

Leap with every lamb

Dance with every wolf

Some wolves twice

Cross rivers

Climb rocks

 

I want to know as dappled sunshine fades into night

As stars begin to twinkle over trees

As the gentle wind blows the sweet scent of life around me

As the woods go dark

That I have taken a good walk

And am ready to rest

– Gina Valley

 

We had a small fire in our linen closet last night.  A blanket on the top shelf was too close to the old light fixture and it ignited.  We had the fire out before the fire fighters arrived.  But, due to all the thick black smoke and the fire’s proximity to our ceiling, we wanted the professionals to double check that the fire had not spread through the walls or ceiling.  Fortunately, it hadn’t.

It was scary to see what such a small fire could do, and to imagine what a large one would mean.

It was embarrassing to have strangers go through every last one of our closets and cupboards.  For safety’s sake, I was glad they did.  But, I was wishing I’d finished doing the organizing I’d planned for the summer.

The whole experience served to remind me and my pack of a couple obvious things that we tend to forget.

First, we should do what we know we should do.

Whoever piled the blanket close to the light knew it was the wrong thing to do.  Whoever left the light on and closed the door knew it was the wrong thing to do.  I realized that leaving those shelves in, and expecting no one to use them was foolish on my part.  I should have ripped them out years ago.  Those errors were glaringly clear tonight.

But, it was also a good reminder to me in other areas.  There are people I’ve meant to call to check on.  I know I should, but I haven’t.  I need to hire a new assistant, as I’m working too many hours and I’ve promised myself and my doctor that I would.  I need to get myself to the gym to protect my health.

I know why my children don’t do what they know they should.  They’re children.  They are acting childishly.  They should be, as they’re still learning.

I’m not.  I have no excuse, and I need to do what I know I should.

The other lesson we all picked up was that today is the only day we have.

We have another closet with a similar light fixture and similar shelves in it.  We emptied it, as instructed by the firefighters, last night.  It was late, but it was worth staying up to make sure it was done.  Then, we changed the batteries in every smoke alarm, as they’d drained themselves last night.  Today, we’re ripping out the upper shelves in both closets, changing the light fixtures, and putting smoke alarms in every closet.

Nothing like your house full of black smoke to remind you that waiting for tomorrow is not an option.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Procrastination is not a viable option.  I don’t know why it always seems like it is, until something big, like black smoke pouring out of a closet, reminds you that it’s not.

This week, I’m going to make a major effort to do what I know I should, and to remember that today is the only day I can count on to do things.  I know my life will be better for it.  I hope you’ll join me in the effort.

Love!

-gina

How do you remind yourself to do what you know you should?  What is something you put off?  How do you get caught up when you’re behind?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Start With Forgiveness

Start With Forgiveness

by Gina Valley

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Beyond

Looking

Thinking

Pondering

Wandering

Ever wondering

Ever drawing

Ever will be

Running

Skipping

Seeking

There

-gina valley

 

I have a love-hate relationship with Mondays.

I hate that Monday signals the end of the weekend.  Weekends always feel too short.  I’m rarely ready for them to end.

But,

I love that Monday is the start of a new week.

Monday mornings have magic.  They signal the start a new day and a new week.

For some reason, every Monday seems to hold extra possibilities and opportunities that other days of the week just don’t seem to have.

Of course, truly, any day, any hour, any minute can be a new beginning.  Each is an opportunity to seize life and run with it.

But, somehow, Monday seems to give me a deep breath that propels me forward.  I’m inspired to start new projects and new plans on Mondays with renewed energy.

I think forgiveness is a lot like Mondays.

Forgiveness can feel heavy, like heading back to work on Monday morning.  Whether we’re seeking forgiveness, or striving to grant it to someone else, it can feel like a burden, just like Monday morning.

But, just like a Monday morning, forgiveness releases energy and possibilities that come at no other time.  Whether we ask for forgiveness or grant it to someone else, it gives us that same deep breath and propels us forward.

A lot of life starts on a Monday.

Even more of it starts with forgiveness.

Love!

-gina

Have you ever sought someone’s forgiveness?  Have you struggled to forgive someone in your life?  What happened when forgiveness was granted?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

There Is Good

There Is Good

by Gina Valley

Poem Poetry Trees Humor Funny Humorous Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Kid Kids Child Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Grandpa Grandma Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Gina Valley Parenting Stillness Sunday There Is Good Beauty Peace Green Embrace
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Green

Breathe deep, my soul.

Bask in Beauty.

Soak in Light.

Grow in forgiveness.

Live in Love.

Breathe deep.

-gina valley

 

I feel so much unhappiness and strife in the world today.

Reach for the good, instead.  Embrace life and living.

May you find great beauty to fill your day.

Love!

-gina

What keeps you going when your world seems to be stuck in mud and mire?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Smile…Gina’s Favorites

Smile…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My pack and I have been traveling.  We’ve visited family, and spent lots of fun time being together.

Now, we are on our last leg of our journey home.

As I have planned to be busy being unbusy and unplanned until we return home, I’ve gone through my posts and queued up favorites to keep you in giggles while I’m hanging with my pack.

I hope you enjoy this Gina’s Favorites.

And, I hope you stop and take time to hang out with and smile with your loved ones, too.

Thank you for reading and sharing.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Today’s Gina’s Favorites post is my Smile post. You can read my Smile  post below in its entirety, or, for you hardcore readers, click on one of these magic links to read my  Smile  post in its original location.

Either way, I’ll meet you at Smile.

 

Smile

by Gina Valley

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Smile

Rhythm of laughter

Shine and beam

Breezing through

Lifting

Clearing

Cleaning

Filling

Happiness and joy

May your day be filled with smiles and joy!

Love!

-gina valley

Have you made someone smile recently?  Has someone made you smile?  Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can make your day?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.