Like a Sponge

Our brains are wired to take in everything around us like a sponge. We absorb so much from other people and our surroundings. What we hear and see daily has a great impact on our well-being.

The spoken words of others have so much impact and meaning to us. Good or bad, they either make or break us and these words are often kept with us for a very long time, if not for life. I can recall so many times certain words were said to me, and I have kept them close whether I wanted to or not.

I remember a good amount of my childhood and young adult life, I remember most of the kind things that were told to me as well as the things that broke my heart. The power of other people’s words is beyond measure. Words live with us, they become part of us.

I remember when I was younger and moved to a new school where I knew no one other than my sister who was there with me. I remember sitting in class taking in my new surroundings, trying to focus on my teacher and the many new faces surrounding me. One of the other girls in my class came over to me after the lecture ended and she said “Hi, I am Kylie (not her real name), I am your new best friend.” We laughed and I felt such a sense of peace knowing that someone had my back, especially during such an intimidating time of changing schools and leaving everything that I knew behind. These kind words will never leave my mind.

Some of the words that stay with us are not only spoken but written. I have been blogging for a few years and I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to hear your comments. My whole day is made when I hear comments like “this resonates with me,” “I feel the same way,” “this helped me so much,” or “thank you for the insightful post.” Your kind words mean so much to me and are a huge motivation, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The moral of this story is that our words have a great impact on other individuals, and we should choose them wisely, for they may stick with someone for a lifetime. Do you have any words that have stuck with you over the years? I would love to hear them!

Amazing Love

There are few things as comforting in this world as love. It’s a feeling that can be expressed in so many ways using so many words. The basis of life revolves much around giving and receiving love. From the moment we are born, we seek to find love and for the most part, that does not stop for the rest of our lives.

Love takes on many forms, it’s a feeling between lovers, parents and children, pets, family, friends, even love for a hobby, or passion. I define love as anything, or anyone that brings you to life, brings you happiness, that makes you feel whole, and that lights your soul on fire. Love is so powerful that it can conquer hate, fear, darkness, just about anything.

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Life is an adventurous journey filled with ups and downs, an emotional rollercoaster, a journey full of experiences, growth, and learning. Love is there for us in good times and in bad, it makes the good better and the bad bearable. As we go through life, it is the times of great joy and also times of great challenge and sorrow that we remember the most. We remember the love from others when we graduated, got our first job, got married, the birth of a child, we remember the love that we were given to make those special days of our lives even more spectacular. Love was there in moments of despair when we lost a loved one, faced medical issues, financial issues, when a dream of ours was lost.

There are times in life when we experience joy and sorrow and no one is there. I am sure that we have all encountered this, or have been through a moment in life where we felt lonely. There is still love present. There is love from our Heavenly Father, love that is cultivated through our passions such as writing and art, love from our pets, even our plants! We can’t forget about a major and very important sort of love…self-love. Love gets us through.

As you can see, life has many things in store for us. Love is the glue and foundation as we journey through life. It is comforting to know that no matter what we may face in life, that we can always fall back on love.

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