Celebrating Freedom and Remembering Freedom Isn’t Free

This has been the month for celebrating freedom and remembering freedom isn’t free. So to bring my celebrating freedom series of posts to a close, I’ve created a short video. If you don’t have the time for the video, scroll down for the transcript (though you’ll miss out on cool images and great music).   Remember What Freedom Is Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. ~ Albert Camus   For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela   Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche    Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. ~ Peter Marshall   Who Deserves Freedom? Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it. ~ Albert Einstein   In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; […]

Energize Your Imagination: Be a Child

Everyone tires eventually. The details of life and the repetitiveness of routines dull our senses. Still, we push aside imagination and play for more important, more adult duties. And that is a disservice to our selves. We need reminders. Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to ONLY be an adult. Energize your imagination: be a child. Recently, I’ve fallen into this trap of always adulting. I’m a caregiver, responsible for all the household stuff, and caring for my dogs. I’ve been preparing for the publishing and launch of my novel. And I’m taking a short online course. In all the doing, I’ve not written new fiction for a month. And that made me cranky. My online class challenged me to do a video and publish it on my site. That reminded me that a friend had recommended a free website called Lumen5. I checked out the website and decided I’d do my assignment on it. But I hit a creative wall. What do I make the video about? I decided to use an old post This video, more accurately slideshow, is a re-imagination of the post called, Be a Child. It was a timely reminder for me. BE A CHILD It wasn’t difficult, […]

Touch the Stars

To Touch the Stars is a song written and produced by astronaut Scott Tingle’s son. It was written to honor his family’s journey to reach his dreams.   Watch me touch the stars is one of the lines of the chorus. Fitting for the videos he used. Fitting for his father, the astronaut. But oh, so appropriate for anyone who’s reaching for a dream. Touching the stars implies we have to stretch–a long way. Anyone reaching for a dream must stretch themselves. You must do what you never thought you could do. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou That doesn’t mean you must reach the stars on your first stretch. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela Sometimes it’s difficult to break the dream down into small steps because you may not know what it takes to get there. “Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.” ~Susan L. Taylor Too often we think of the missteps, the mistakes, as wrong or bad. “I love myself for […]