• Catholic,  change,  Faith,  future,  Inspiration,  loss,  remembering,  sorrow,  world

    Sending Prayers For Paris and Catholics Alike

    It is with mixed emotions that I write today’s post. As a Catholic as well as an architectural lover, I am saddened by the fire that took place in one of my favorite buildings is the world. You have probably all heard of the fire that tore through this beloved icon. So, I won’t rehash the whole story.

    This treasure of both history and religion has stood its ground for centuries. Though I am saddened with the events that occurred, I am also inspired. Before you get upset with me being inspired by a tragedy, let me explain. I think the fact that a large portion of this building was lost is horrific, however, I believe the fact that so much of it still remains is nothing short of a miracle. “But for the grace of God” is such a fitting sentiment for my feelings today. As I watched the news unfold and feared the worst, I too like many others, cried for such a great loss. Then to hear the words, “all is not lost”.

    If the fact that so much of this building survived was not enough to inspire me, the outpouring of support from around the world, definitely has. Hearing the news that over 300 million has already been pledged to the reconstruction of this icon, was overwhelming for me. I am proud to see so many people come together for this marvelous cause. Not only is this building important for Catholics and Parisians, but the world. The history held within Notre Dame’s structural magnificence is something that needs to be preserved. I remember studying the fascinating history of Notre Dame and all of the changes it has gone through in my art history class. I was left awestruck by the amazing history and design.

    I am sending prayers for all of those affected by this tragedy. Though no lives were lost, and few injuries were reported, this fire has had an impact on the world. You are all in my thoughts and daily prayers. Remember though that everything happens for a reason. God obviously has a plan or the whole building would have been lost. We need to trust in him and know that he will make his desire known.

    For now my friends and followers, I wish you an inspired week. Look for the inspiration in everything in life, even those that seem to be as horrific as the scene we witnessed last night.

  • Achieving,  books,  change,  ebook,  family,  fiction,  Following Dreams,  future,  Inspiration,  learning,  parenting,  reading

    Bringing Back Literature

    Good afternoon all. I hope your Monday has been full of triumph. I am looking forward to a beautiful week and hope that you all receive the same.

    As an avid reader and lifelong writer, I find it heartbreaking when someone says they really do not like to read. Imagine my horror in hearing these words come from my own child. He is at that age where the only thing that interests him are video and computer games. As a mother and book lover, I have ardently tried to change his mind. This led me on a hunt for any type of book that would turn his eyes away from his game.

    This search has saddened me a bit. As I asked him what he thought about the classics that I read in school and he simply stared at me dumbfounded, I realized that they do not teach the classics anymore. Only when you reach the college level do they truly introduce people like Aristotle, Sophocles, Dickens, and the like.

    With this realization, I have decided I need to bring literature back. I would love to see its return all over, but I will settle for in my home. I have most of the classics. I have read and reread most of them. My new project is to read them with my children, so they will understand them. I do not expect them to pick up The Iliad or Romeo and Juliet and understand the meaning. I do feel though that if they understand it more, they would find them enjoyable.

    My plan is to start them off with reading with me thirty minutes every night. Then we will spend thirty minutes discussing the meaning of what we read. I will let them discuss among themselves the meaning and then all of us together. It is my hope that they will learn to love these classics as I have my entire life. If not, at least they will be ready for college courses that include a small portion of them.

    What do you all think? What are your favorite classics? Which book could you read over and over and never get tired of? Or which book do your learn something new from every time you reread it? Let me know in the comments and let’s bring literature back.

    As always inspire to be inspired my friends. Your next great adventure is just a turn of the page away.

  • Achieving,  adult,  change,  family,  fantasy,  Following Dreams,  future,  Inspiration,  learning,  Love,  parenting,  romance,  world,  writing

    The Devaluation of I Love You

    Good afternoon all. I hope you are having a marvelous weekend so far. I am spending more quality time with my children. This quality time is what inspired today’s post.

    While we were driving down the road, my 13-year-old daughter asked me, why do so many people say “I love you” and then break up a few days later? I was definitely not ready for this question. I thought about it for a while and finally told her that “I love you” are just words for many people. It broke my heart to have to say this to my child. First because I have taught her the true meaning of love and second because it made me truly think about the value of those three little words.

    I am saddened that our world has so devalued these words that even my child can see their insignificance. Do not get me wrong, I believe in love. I also believe that these words have meaning. Unfortunately though, these words are very seldom backed up by actions anymore. I remember growing up how romanticized these three words were. I was told they were very special and should only be used for that special person in your life. Nowadays, these words have a completely different meaning.

    Too often now “I love you” only signifies an interest in another person. It does not mean that they care or have deeper feelings for the other person. It is what people have come accustomed to say. It is like an obligatory response. Now to believe these words you have to look for the signs and cues that go with them.

    How can we give value back to “I love you”? This can only be done through action. We have to show that we love the other person with the things we do, not just the words we say.

    Buy your love flowers just because you thought of them, not because it is a special occasion. Write them a letter expressing your true feelings. Bring the romance back into the equation that is love. It is the small things that matter. The ones done from the heart that prove your true intent. Only with this type of follow through can we give meaning back to the words “I love you”.

    The simple gesture of a flower on a summer morning can promote such intense emotion, when given from the heart. What kind of message are you sending? How do you show you truly love some one? Leave me your ideas in the comments section. I look forward to reading them all.

    Remember always to inspire to be inspired and never give up on what you believe in. Success is not measured with a dollar sign but with the satisfaction in the eyes of those you inspire.