Joy can be experienced in a moment’s notice and especially when you’ve had a long week. Leap for joy! It’s Friday! Not only that, but you have four days to relax, refresh and become invigorated for another successful week. Now just leap! Enjoy Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the special holiday gift of Monday! #showersblessing #jacquishowers #IDECIDED #themeplace #ohbreakout
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Every May I celebrate life! I celebrate my mother and the legacy of her life. This year would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. Even though she has since left the earth realm almost 20 years ago, I continue to celebrate her life and thank God in His infinite wisdom I was born as her 10th child. Or in the words of my mother, “I am her baby and will always be her baby.” In this week, I celebrate both her life and my life.
A few years ago one of my grand-niece’s mother celebrated my mother’s life in a prayer. She extolled my mother’s life because of her offspring. She never had a chance to meet her, but because of what she instilled in her children this young woman was reaping the benefits of my mother’s legacy.
I remember reading some notes from one of my mother’s notebooks where she had written a plea to the Lord, “Please let my life count.” When I read the plea it brought me to tears. All I could think about was how much her life did count and was continuing to count with each life that our lives touched. Naturally as this young woman prayed and thanked God for my mother’s life, it took me back to that plea. I was overcome with emotion.
Although my mother had been gone from the earth realm for more than a decade she continued to touch and inspire others. Oftentimes we are so consumed with the here and now we lose sight of the fact that one day we are all going to leave this earth. Our entrance from the wombs of our mothers is the first step as we journey towards the distance horizon of the day we leave this earth.
All that we accomplish from the day we were born to the day we leave here should have some impact on someone else’s life. Oftentimes we find ourselves stagnated because we don’t fully comprehend that when we pour into someone else, where they travel and all the lives they touch we impact as well. Wow! Each one does truly reach one.
More than any of my other siblings I have my mother’s physical features and often peer into the mirror and it is as though her reflection is gazing back at me. Each of us has some parts of who she was and this is not just limited to the physical. All of us have the same compassion and love for others as my mother did and extend ourselves to nurture and help others along the way.
So it is with mothers. They instill so much in each of us. Along the way others are blessed by our mother’s, regardless if they are alive or not. Continuing our mothers’ legacy keeps them alive.
Today, celebrate your mother’s life and all that she poured into you. Regardless if your mother is still living or not, you are the most precious of her legacies. Make your mother’s life count by spreading the love and compassion she gave you, not just to your children but to others as well. That is how you keep your mother’s legacy alive. That is how I keep my Mother’s legacy alive.
Happy Mother’s Day
Monday is always a great time to make a successful plan of action for your week. Planning enables you to determine each day’s success. If you don’t take this time to assess your week, plan each day and then execute the plan, at the end of the week you will have come up short.
Develop a daily plan of action that guides you progressively through the week. At the end of the week, you will have accomplished what you set out to do. Stay on course. Don’t give up! You’re doing well. You’re being successful. Stick to the plan. Your success depends on it. Now enjoy it!
I would love to hear what you do to ensure that you have a successful week. Do you make a plan? Do you write it down? Or do you formulate it in your head? Either way, do you stick to it?
10 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Do the Right Thing | Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers
Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was committed to live out his purpose in service to humankind without fear of the consequences to his own life. As you kick-off your week in celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy, be committed to rise above yourself in truly living out your dream of service to others by doing what is right regardless of its political, social or cultural consequences. These are 10 quotes by Dr. King to help you through your journey.
- “You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
- “The time is always right to do the right thing”
- “On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.”
- “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
- “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
- “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
- “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
- “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
- “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
- “The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.
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