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Sunday, April 22, 2012

LISTEN UP ...the Universe is Speaking ...

Though there are many things that I am grateful for and truly know I have been blessed with. This knowledge and acknowledgement does not prevent the darkness from taking over on occasions. As up beat as I have been trying to keep my writing (posts) I must confess that things have certainly not been good. I seem to have misplaced my rose-colored glasses for looking at life.

When one loses their rosy-colored glasses it is easy for the darkness to take over and feed the fears, that lay just beneath the surface.

But the universe, tries to send us messages... be it by a song, a word(s) that keep repeating throughout the day, something you read, it's endless the way messages are sent ...

When I started off to post today... it was going to be something along the lines that I would be taking a little blogging break. But as I clicked through the internet these are the things that kept coming up...

Quotes found here

It appears my rose colored glasses have somehow dropped into my computer... and helping me to see that I have much work to do.

So, my friends I will not be taking a blogging break (though I may post a little less), I will be focusing on how to keep moving forward creating a me and a life that fits. I will be focusing on being more inspirational not just by words and small actions ... but by example and actions...

I hope that the quotes that have turned my day around will also (if you are having a dark day or just need a gentle reminder) turn your day around!

I am thankful for not only the great things that today is inspiring me to move forward, but most of all I am Thankful to be given the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others.



  1. What a beautiful, inspiring post, Celia!! Thank you for my inspiration today :) I am thankful for YOU, for your heart..your spirit..and your love! Thanks for joining in for Thankful Thursday! oxoxo

  2. Moving out of ones comfort zone is hard work . Sometimes it seems much easier to fall back into what we know instead of what can be new and exciting. You've been through a lot...you've come a long way...and you will continue to move forward because you have the courage that it takes to do that!

    Sometimes its good to take a break... to sit back and breathe for a while.

  3. Thank you Celia. I needed this today! Today I will list all that I am Thankful for.
    Enjoy your day,

  4. You know, i needed this today. Thank you. Big hugs from me and for being such a strength and inspiration to me.

  5. Hi Celia,

    I got hooked on your blog awhile ago and read it everyday.
    My son had a severe head injury and internal injuries
    that almost killed him a year ago next month. My journey
    has been long but you keep me going.

    I also have a disabled 37 year old daughter with spina bifida
    and today I just felt like I couldn't go on anymore. People alsways
    tell me how strong I am, but inside I am falling apart.

    Thank you for your blog this is the first time I have every responded
    to anyone's blog but I had to let you know how perfect your blog was
    for me today.

    I am now off to face my day.


    1. Debbie, I can't begin to put into words, how your comment touched me. Knowing that my detour (and sharing my ups and downs)is helping others is what truly keeps me wanting to get out there (and on the blog) to bring awareness to all the "invisible disabilities" that people face. They can be physical, emotional and mental ~ people need to know that there is no flashing NEON sign , but they are real.

      I also want people to understand how difficult it is for the loved ones who take care of us. I'm trying to gain the courage to share this (and I am confident in time I will) as it will mean sharing the darkest parts of brain injury.

      I want to say "stay strong" , but you already are ~ though like all of us you are human and sometimes forget that you need support and help too. That is when keeping the faith and belief help. Also know that your children picked you for their mother ... because they knew when they were merely souls that you would be there to help them through their journey in this life on earth.

      Many, Many, Blessings to you and thank you... with admiration, Celia xo

  6. Celia...oh how your words always reach out and hug me. I feel we are at similar stages right now. This post was just want I needed, I can so relate on many levels. I love inspiring quotes - I have quite a collection of books filled with them. Your blog and advice always helps me. I look forward to learning more from you.

  7. Although I haven't been visiting as often as I would like, I'm glad you're not taking a break! You really are inspirational to so many people!

  8. Celia,

    My heart goes out to you. This post brought tears to my eyes as I just returned from a visit with my father who is entering the later staged of dementia. As I return to my normal work routine, I can't help but wonder if I will end up like my dad.. It seems the older I get the more stressful and complicated things get. THIS - in part is why I started my blog. Keep going as you have a wonderful spirit and know that you have support when you need it.


    1. Leslie; Thank you for your wonderful and encouraging words. I will add you and your family to my "Pray For..." journal. BlogLand is a wonderful place and so many wonderful people (like yourself) make going through our respective life detours a little easier... it's amazing the power of WORD(S).

      I can't imagine the fears that you must go through each day, the "unknown" is a very scary thing. When I find myself trying to guess what may or may not happen ... I do try to remember all the worrying is not going to change the course of the path and lessons I'm to learn... so I try to leave it in HIS hands, and keep going. Blessings, xo

  9. Honey, things might seem dark to you but from here, "looking " at you, I see light.
    You are surrounded by it and you bring warmth and love with you wherever you go and whatever you do.
    We all get down about this and that, some superficial and some tragedies that would flatten anyone ! it is all part of living.
    I , for one, could do with the least amount of sad and as much happy as I can get and I wish the same for you.
    besos, C

  10. Celia,
    I often think of you, check in on the blog and wonder how you're doing. I know that there must be good and bad days...hoping that the good outweigh the bad and that you can find peace. You're amazing. An inspiration. Truly.

    1. Susan, thank you for your thoughts and sweet words. I'm truly blessed ... and yes, the good (thankfully) out weigh the not so good. Wishing you a wonderful week-end!! Blessings, C. (HHL)

  11. Celia,
    You are always an inspiration to me! Feel free to explore the depths of yourself and step away...you will come back richer with fresh insight to share with us. I bought an old book recently at a tag sale and found this little bookmark in it that reads, "God is the wellspring of our good. We give thanks for the ever-increasing abundance that flows freely to us and from us to bless others." I am thanking him in advance for filling you with everything you need to carry on and do the work for which he has called you.
    Much Love,

  12. I think sometimes you don't realize how much you bless others just by being yourself. I can't believe you don't know how much you are already very inspiring and bring peace into other people's lives. Never underestimate the importance of beauty in life. Your tea parties keep me focused on slowing down, peacefulness and beauty, and helped me through a rough time taking care of my mother before she died - and especially afterwards. YOU are already where you are aspiring to be - inspirational!

    1. Dear friend I'm humbled by your sweet,positive and encouraging words and thoughts. Blessings my dear friend... there is certainly some magic in a cup of tea! Blessings and hugs, C. (HHL)

  13. Dearest Celia and Mr. G,

    Wow, this is so powerful and it is even more strong with the echo from a deep valley... Yes, you will get to the top again, never give up your dreams and don't let anyone drag yo u back into the valley of life.
    THANKS a million for all you do for others, for being a true AMI, a precious FRIEND with a capital 'F'. For writing from the heart, for supporting others on their valley journeys upwards. You are an ANGEL to many and yes, we understand that even angels can feel 'heavy' at times. Know that we love you and care about you. How is fur-baby Gabbana doing? Has big brother Dolce accepted her lovingly, and also Stella?
    Hope the sun is brightening your days soon and that spring will land you at a different level of joy.
    THANKS for your sweet parcel, will one day show it in my blog... Right now too much going on in our lives too.
    Love and tight hugs to you sweet friend,


    1. Mariette, your words always reach our hearts ... you continue to be an inspiring light and one that always brightens my day. Thank you for being you! xo

  14. Oh Celia,
    If your weather is nice, take some time to sit in your beautiful garden and just breath...and if you need a blogging break, take it! I have (obviously) been on an intermittent break,sometimes it is just what you need to do (although your computer has informed you otherwise!).
    This too shall pass....your light is far too bright my friend.
    BIG hugs,

    1. You are so right my dear friend, life has a way of wrapping itself tight around us, leaving us weak. But faith, belief and inspiration from wonderful friends near and far ... is such a strong power. I hope that all is going better with your grandmother and that you will see her soon. Many hugs to you and thank you for your sweet words.xo

  15. Dear Celia,
    As always, I wil leave your blog encourages and strengthened to go out and do what I need to do. Your sweet letters have cheered me in my times of stres. SO happy you are not taking a blogging break, but yes, please do pace yourself. It is sometimes very difficult to keep up.
    Stay positive and know that you have many firends out there praying for you. The good days are on their way back to you and your Mr HHL. I just know it!
    Big huges and bigger prayers coming your way mon amie,

  16. Celia,
    You are such a positive person and I know your difficult journey has helped many, (including me)! It's impossible for any of us to be upbeat 100% of the time. When the clouds come in just allow yourself to feel whatever you have to feel. It will pass. I think it's better than pushing it down and not acknowledging any pain that is there.
    I know due to your accident there are health issues. I have chronic neck pain which I feel sometimes affects my quality of life and prevents me from doing things I want to do. With that said, it's hard to stay positive when your body is not operating at 100%. When it needs rest... rest, don't feel guilty.
    Here's to that gray cloud passing soon!!

    Much love,
    Deb xoxo

  17. Celia, my angel...... you did it so well, you listen with your heart the messages the Universe was sending you!!!! Not to give up!!!
    It's so easy not to listen.....
    It's so natural feeling that everything is soooooooo difficult!!! You know I know.... I've been there and from time to time I'm also there.
    Listen the Universe, but take your path on your own time... if you need to slow down do it, with no guilt, the Universe will understand....

    Tons of love across the sea with sunshine kisses and sea hugs.

  18. Hi Celia. I lost my rose-colored glasses last week, too and I watched Anthony Robbins Breakthrough series on YouTube. Suddenly my problems paled into insignificance. I strongly recommend it. I defy you not to cry throughout the programme, but you will be bursting with the zest for life after. If you wish I can e.mail you the links-just shout Angel xx

  19. Celia, I mentioned you in my post today!

  20. Hi Celia,
    your posts never fail to inspire me...thank you! It's been a year since i last visited the blog land. I'm so glad i chose to visit you first!


  21. I loved traveling your day's journey. Such good quotes. When we lost our sweet Sarah, my husband and I laid in the dark that first night and promised we'd let the pain make us better instead of bitter. So thankful you will be continuing to inspire me.

  22. There are things on the internet that will bring you despair but there are also many things that will build you up and help you get those rose colored glasses back on. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  23. I've missed you so much. And that is my own doing. But I am back ... and I'm so happy to hear that you are going to stay with us. We all need people like you in our lives Celia. You are such a blessing and one of my favourite people. Fill your life with as much positivity as possible ... and block out the negative people. They are toxic and not worthy of your time.

  24. Hello Celia
    There are some powerful quotes in your post and I think we can all relate to at least one. I'm glad you'll still blog, it is an outlet for stress and you know the blogland community is a kind and caring group to offer support.
    Take care.

  25. Hi Celia,

    Thanks for linking up with the Networking Blog Hop and for stopping by my blog! These quotes are so inspiring. :)

    Be blessed!

  26. Hi Celia ,I linking you up on my site ;)

  27. Thanks for the quotes, CĂ©lia ! We ALL need them at one time or other !

  28. Celia, Life isn't always easy, as you well know...and indeed, I think everyone knows that. I am involved in a ministry where I write notes of encouragement to persons with serious health or other problems. Sometimes I quote a scripture that might provide that encouragement, such as ...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 Another I like is We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8,9
    Big hugs to you today! Beth

  29. remember celia, in the end, we're all human and all experience these times where things seem to heavy to shoulder the burden. when our trials get the best of us. give yourself a break and remember that you are human too. and that you've been through quite a lot on any scale. i'm glad you found inspiration on the internet, it's one of the great things about being a blogger. hang tough and don't forget to breathe.

  30. Such great quotes! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  31. Very very happy that you came out on the other side of your dark day. Life is valuable - you are valuable.
    Bringing beauty and peace to others is a great thing to do - especially since you have so many people who have connected with you.

  32. Beautiful inspiration! Thanks for stopping by earlier and leaving me a super sweet note! I'm excited to be your newest follower!

    XO, Aimee

  33. great inspirations Celia, kisses

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