Only You Hold The Key

Only You Hold The Key

“Beauty and Truth are lost without the courage to hold them. But one pair of hands can grip too hard, so that the precious slips through the fingers. Loss and pain, sorrow and will, blaze the rough path through the forest. Along the journey there is blood, and there is the death of innocence and the ghosts of what might have been. Each time the path forks, it is faith that chooses the way or doubt that blocks it. Is it despair, or will it be joy? Can there be fulfillment without risk of loss? Will it be an end, or a beginning? Will you move into the light, or return to the dark? Fear hunts, and its arrow strikes heart, mind, belly. Without tending, wounds fester, and scars too long ignored harden into shields that block the eyes from what needs most to be seen. Where does the goddess stand, her sword in hand, willing to fight each battle in its time? Willing, too, to lay down the sword when the time comes for peace. Find her, know her power, her faith, and her valiant heart. For when you look on her at last, you will have the key to free her. And you will find it on a path where no door will ever be locked against you.” ~ excerpt from Nora Roberts book “Key of Knowledge” I thought I was picking up a “summer read” for the warm weather arriving here in Las Vegas but received much more than pure entertainment. This excerpt comes from the last page of the second book in Nora Roberts Key Trilogy… and it caused more personal “questions” to arise than the typical sexy beach read could ever possess! I began asking myself questions such as ~ If I hold the “key” for myself, why do I give it (power) over to others  so easily? Do I really know my own “truth”? And if so, why don’t I trust it like I should? Why do I trust others beliefs/perceptions over my own? Why is it so hard for me to stand my ground and believe in my truth/convictions? And on and on… All of this from a romance novel trilogy!!! It just goes to show we can learn from any circumstance, lesson, book or person put in our path. It’s up to us to find the “key” to the meaning and how it is intended to impact our life. I think this is one novel I may have to read again…this time with a highlighter in hand! In-Joy! Holly Photo credit: Marque Kelsey,...

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How Do You Bounce Back From Disappointment?

How Do You Bounce Back From Disappointment?

I was taught from a young age to “reach for the stars”… with a Mother who told me I could do anything I set my mind to. As a result, I’ve been fortunate to look at life in a positive light. Of course, there are times I have been knocked down due to circumstances beyond my control but I have always gotten back up. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you there were times over the last few years where I’ve been a little slower in getting on my feet with a smile again. We all have those “lessons”… but I believe these are the times when our true character shines. How are we going to react or respond? When life hands you lemons ~ i.e. being passed over at work; someone who you are attracted to doesn’t respond in the same way; a family member turning their back on you; moving to a new city and wondering what the hell are you doing here; and on and on ~ how do you make lemonade???? Here are a few of my favorite stress busters ~ If anxiety rears it’s ugly head I stop what I’m doing, close my eyes, take a long deep breath in through my nose, then blow out the tension/stress through my mouth…and repeat until my mind is calm as well as my heart. I steep a nice cup of white or green tea…creating a peaceful and regenerative ritual; observing all the blessings in my life. I look around to see who I can lift up… such as the sales person at the 7-11; greeting each stranger I meet with a smile and “hello”; calling a friend just to say I was thinking of them; or sending a hand written note to someone special. It’s the little things we take for granted each day that make a big difference in someone’s life. How many times have you lit up when a friend compliments you unexpectedly? It always gives me the warm “fuzzies”! Then there are the tried and true activities to get your butt moving ~ a walk in nature or down a new trail; hitting the gym and sweating to Christina Aguilara’s “Dirty” CD; a quiet sun salutation in the early morning hours after waking to a new day and reading one of my many treasured books. Or you could post a new blog like I’ve learned to do! As Wayne Dyer has always shared ~ Change your Thoughts, Change your Mind. Developing “tools” with which to adjust your mental state of mind and attitude are invaluable in bouncing back from the disappointing lemons of life. Each of those lemons though can be transformed into the most delicious lemonade you could ever imagine! over the counter All it takes is a little Sugar to sweeten the mix! Add some “sugar” into your day, attitude and living…then stand back and watch the abundance pour in! Make it a day filled with the sweet nectar of life! In-Joy! Holly Originally posted on my old blog ~ June 13, 2011 Photography by Marque Kelsey, Quiet Walk...

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