“One gets over the loss of a wallet or a watch. But a loved one, they never leave you. You never get over, you only get through.”
Fourteen years ago today my youngest sister left us. A slick curve, a winding road, a raging river. And in a splash, a crash, a flash of light, a split moment was all it took. And Andrea Lynn Rutledge was taken from our family.
I’m reminded not to feel the pain today, but rather to feel the joy of how she touched my life in her 32 years with us. How she touched so many lives.
I could not write a book with more feeling, more tragedy, more tears, than this one day brought fourteen short years ago. But Andrea is not gone, and I don’t have to ‘get over’ her. Because I can’t. I will never do that. But I can get through the pain and the feeling of emptiness just by looking at her picture that sits in my living room, and knowing she was one of the most gentle souls I have ever met.
Some day I may write a character that is like my little sister. Beautiful, giving, authentic to the core. But watch out, she may break your heart!
A lot of times I think about things I want to do, and I place a condition on them. I’ll do X when Y happens. And then I realize, Y may or may not happen, and I can do X now. Whatever X is.
Don’t set limitations on your life. If you are given inspiration to do something, then just do it.
So many people say, “the time isn’t right. I have to wait until my bills are paid off, or I have a better job, or the kids are in school, or out of school.” But the truth is, you can do whatever it is right now. The only one putting conditions on your actions is you.
Every time I do that, then stop and realize I don’t need to wait for one thing to happen before I can do another, I set out to do what my initial idea was. And you know what? When you do it, everything else falls into place.
We don’t have to have all our ducks in a row to accomplish a goal, or to take the next step in a relationship, to start a family, to apply for a new job, or move to a new home. There are no conditions in life. We have Free Will. And we need to remember that.
So whatever it is you’ve been thinking about doing, but were putting off ‘for the right time‘, just go do it!
You’ll be amazed at how wonderful life is when you live it.
Hello, my name is Sherry Briscoe and I’m a fiction writer.
I’ve been writing for over 30 years.
Is writing a passion for you? An addiction? Or maybe a new interest? Something you’d just like to check out?
Join me Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Library! at Cole & Ustick for a fun, entertaining, and interactive workshop. Find out how writing impacts you and those around you. Get tips on becoming a published author without upsetting the balance of your life.
The workshop is FREE and open to everyone.
7557 W. Ustick Rd, Boise, Idaho – we start promptly at noon and end at 1:00 pm.
Every story begins somewhere. I have a sign in my home office that says, “Home is where your story begins”.
But stories don’t necessarily start at home. Some start the minute you walk out the door, or board a plane, or put the car in gear. Some stories start when you open a door or answer the phone, or say “hi” to a stranger.
And not only that, but our lives are not just one story, but many, many stories. There’s the story of my childhood, the story of life and Grandma Johnson’s house. There’s stories of school and friends. I have stories from an old apartment house that isn’t even there anymore. But the story is still there. That’s the great thing about stories-they live forever.
What story are you in right now? Or what story will you start tomorrow? Is your story about success, career, love, loss, or hope? I’ll bet you have a story that touches on each of these. We all do.
It’s a fun statement full of hope and magic. Although some people would rather live by what’s probable than what’s possible. Part of this comes from fear of change. Reaching for the ‘possible’ can mean reaching outside of your comfort zone. It can mean taking a risk, testing your faith, capabilities, or knowledge. It is often much easier to live in a world of what we know and are comfortable with.
That darn comfort zone! It’s our worst enemy.
Is there something you want but felt it was out of your reach? Maybe you don’t feel qualified for a particular job or task? Or like some unfortunate souls, feel you’re not worthy? Who establishes your worth? Who establishes your qualifications? Who says you do or don’t need that enough to warrant your having it?
Your life isn’t up to anyone else, it’s up to you. If you’ve given the control of your life away to someone else, then it is fully in your power and right to take that control back. It’s your life, not theirs. What is possible in your mind, that you haven’t tackled, tried, or reached for yet?
It’s time. Take the first step today to do the possible.
Every year I travel to the Vancouver, WA area to spend Thanksgiving with my oldest daughter and her family. Thursday we have our traditional turkey dinner, Friday we find some great Black Friday specials to take advantage of, and Saturday we have first Christmas with my grand kids there. It’s always a magical time.
I have attended a lot of churches and a lot of services in my years, but none so enjoyable and fulfilling as Demetrius’.
Being a public speaker myself, I appreciate a talented and gifted speaker when I hear one. Demetrius Rogers is one of the best. The Mount Hood Christian Center is blessed to have him at their helm. He presents his sermons in a way that makes you think, makes you laugh, and makes you feel touched by the very hand of God.
I loved how he made it so relevant to life today. How he pulled in personal stories, and even made me laugh.
He is a gift. If you live in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, I strongly encourage you to visit this church and hear this great man.
I do not give this recommendation lightly, it comes with true conviction.