Monday Inspiration: October 12, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Ready for Monday? I am not sure how I am feeling about Monday. Mondays can be pretty numbing. Anyway, here we are at another week. We are heading straight into knee-deep October. Rumor has it eggnog will soon be arriving, and maybe once Halloween passes we will have our local pharmacy back. It currently looks like a haunted house.

I met interesting people on the train this week. The other day, I met the most intriguing and friendly flight attendant. She was one of those people who seems so cool; the type of person who just leaves you in awe.

You see and meet all kinds of people and creatures in the tunnels and on these streets. I met a little dog who was dressed up in a lion costume. A fierce little pup. I have a feeling I am going to need that costume myself this week.

Sometimes, we reach interesting crossroads in our lives. We have no doubt God has taken us there, but we know it’s not the end. So, as we stop to look at our maps and figure out where we are, we also have to look up and ask for guidance and clarity to see where we are going. It’s about keeping the future goal in mind, while making the most of the present.

It’s important to remember the trip is just beginning. Some things are temporary; others are lessons; others are meant to be; and others are opportunities we need to accept or reject. GPS is searching for signal.

This week, don’t forget your lion suit. Showing up and being fierce– that is already half of the battle. Go show the jungle what royalty looks like, and I will join you along the way.


“She wasn’t afraid of difficulties; what frightened her was being forced to choose one particular path.

Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live and she was always thinking that, in future, she might regret the choices she made now. ‘I’m afraid of committing myself,’ she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.”

Paulo Coelho, Brida

“We are most like beasts when we kill, most like men when we judge, most like God when we forgive.”


By: Tim Landis

“Sometimes it feels good to take the long way home.”

Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home 

“The things that we love tell us what we are.”

Thomas Aquinas 

Wild is the music of the autumnal wind
Among the faded woods; but these blithe notes
Strike the deserted to the heart;

William Wordsworth, “The Excursion” 

“Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer. But this I know with my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.”

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“The heart must mend, whether it’s mending from a lost love, failed dreams, or hopes crushed. The heart must mend, and you will never know when it is done healing, you will simply find yourself much lighter than you have ever felt because finally the heart can retain beauty and joy once more.”

T.B. LaBerge 

“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” Randy Pausch

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Reflections Before Bedtime #42

[Image from @PatriciaManfield. This photo just says, “Boss.”]

By: Gabriela Yareliz

They say a photo is worth a thousand words. It seems that these days we live off of illusions. Many times, things aren’t what they seem, and people aren’t who they project themselves to be.

We hide behind masks and large sunglasses–hoping no one will see our reality and how we feel. In relationships, we are insecure, manipulative and selfish… We sell ourselves as an image with no depth. We talk about authentic living, but we are afraid to be different.

It isn’t until we come clean about who we are; until we start living with some integrity and confronting our weaknesses– it isn’t until then that we can start growing and truly be free.

Be a boss. Be all that God made you to be.

A Goethe Moment

By: Gabriela Yareliz

The perfect message for a tough week that has no end in sight.

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“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Amen, Goethe. Amen.