Because I Can…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All About Me.”

When I started blogging I wanted my blog to be a source of inspiration and motivation.The title I chose for my blog has been the same since I started and it has never changed. That is because I truly believe that we can all change if we desire to. That we can be an inspiration to others, even when we feel at our darkest. That by saying and believing that “Because I can…” even if it is the smallest thing can have a profound effect on others.

I have had some dark times since starting my blog and wondering if I shouldn’t stop blogging. I have wondered if having a blog titled “Because I can…” wasn’t hypocrisy at it’s worst because I have often felt that I have lost my way and that maybe I can’t do it. But, I refuse to do that. I refuse to give in because at some point I truly believe that I will find my rhythm and inspiration again to write and to find my path. Sometimes we all stray and get lost in the havoc of the world and our own self-doubt. The trick is to never give up. We may not end up in the places we envisioned or in the way we envisioned it. But, it doesn’t mean that that is not the place we were meant to be or the trying does not make a difference. It makes all the difference in the world.

I will continue to write and I will continue to take my pictures and find my path. And I hope I can continue to inspire others to keep going even when they don’t believe it. And I hope I will never stop saying and believing in  “Because I Can.”

“A Moment in Time” Reflections

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

“What was the last picture you took? Tell us the story behind it. (No story behind the photo? Make one up, or choose the last picture you took that had one.)”

I had gone by Prater’s Mill-one of the only Flour/Grist Mills that survived Sherman’s March to Atlanta. It is a lovely spot and the reflections on the water were lovely.

Calm reflections
Calm reflections

Daily Prompt: Enough is Enough

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Enough Is Enough.”

“When was the last time you were ready to throw in the proverbial towel? Did you end up letting go, or decided to fight on anyway?”

This has been a difficult year. There has been family issues, there have been health issues, mental health issues and spiritual issues. It has been difficult to not want to delete my blog because I have been unable to stay positive enough to not feel as though I was being a hypocrite in keeping a blog titled “Because I can…”. I have written about it from time to time and have been amazed by the support I have gotten from my followers. Support I appreciate with all of my heart.

As I was doing research on various topics, especially in race relations, gender/sexual identity. I became more and more angry, more and more sad because of the division and outright hatred displayed toward people. As I discussed these topics with people it became apparent many times that discussion is almost impossible and it seems that there is more of a desire to fan the flames of hate and intolerance. Where will all of this lead us? Nowhere good. Suicide was on my mind a couple of times during this year, but I made the decision to not give in.

I quit doing my school work and was going to allow myself to fail, but I just couldn’t do it. Anymore than I could quit living. Darn it!!! I have worked to hard to get to where I am. I have fought, clawed, crawled and cried my way to the point I am now. And it isn’t great, but it is much better than it has been in the past and I am very thankful for the blessings that I do have. My family, my friends, my husband and my God. So, I finished my schoolwork; I re licensed for my Respiratory Therapy License; I have managed to keep off the weight I lost, except for 5 lbs. I am going to study for my CAPM and my Six Sigma Black Belt, my RRT, begin exercising again and keep my blogging and writing. How can I do all that without being overwhelmed? LOL…have no idea. Just one step at a time. One process at a time.

So, yes, there are times that I have felt that Enough is Enough and I wanted to throw in the towel, but have decided to brush myself off again and stand up and keep going. Even though as I type this I feel exhausted. It doesn’t matter. Because I can do it.

Learn from yest…

Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow.”..Albert Einstein

When I saw this quote it really spoke to me. It is so similar to something my grandmother used to say to me all the time and something that I didn’t really understand until I was older and had too many regrets. “Live your life today so that you will have no regrets tomorrow.” The saying is timeless and applies to life no matter your age, gender, culture or religion.