Brooklyn Legends Inspirations VI – Be Encouraged

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Dear Readers:

The past few weeks have been extremely challenging for many of my friends and colleagues.  Some of have lost loved ones, others have experienced health-related setbacks.  Regardless of the form, the loss and pain are apparent.

In a few weeks we will usher in the fall, which is truly my favorite time of the year.  For me, it is a time of renewal and rebirth.  Lately, I have been in a quiet space as I contemplate the recent losses many in my circle have experienced, and the sadness that has crept in.  Despite these trying times, I rest in knowing that there is still hope and all is not lost.  I came across this quote and decided to share it with you.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and there you will see that in truth you are weeping for
that which has been your delight!
Khalil Gibran

Be encouraged.

Monique

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As We Begin Another Week – Press Forward

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Dear Readers,

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Like many of you, I am spending more time giving shape to my dreams for the future. There are times when I can come up with 100 different reasons why I can’t move forward.

Some days it can be something as simple as an insensitive remark by someone who already has way too much to cope with, to my own feelings of insecurity about what will people think if I achieve this?  Will they care enough about my dreams to understand why them are important to me?  Are my dreams relevant in the space that we now live?

After weeks (or what felt like weeks) of this incessant dialogue, I realize that I was stuck.  The answer came in the form of a quote by Mother Teresa that now serves as a screen saver on my iPad.  I am sharing it below, in the hope that you will continue to be encouraged and move in the direction of your dreams.

Have a great day!
Monique

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Mother – An Instrument for Peace

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On this Mother’s Day, as I reflect upon my life,
there is one thing that I know for sure.

I was always at peace
because of the way my mother treated me.
Martina Hingis

With peace and blessings,
Monique

“I Remember My Mother’s Prayers…”

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Dear Readers,

With this post comes my very best wishes to each of you on this special day.  As many of you know, my mother made her transition 27 years ago, but I will always carry her in my heart.  Some days the years feel like an eternity.  Other days, it feels as if this happened just yesterday.

I truly feel we never completely “heal” when we lose someone so dear, we just learn how to tuck away the pain in a private compartment and keep those feelings at a safe distance.

A few months ago, a friend sent me a note of encouragement when I was feeling challenged.  She ended her message with a quote from President Abraham Lincoln.  I thought it was an appropriate tribute to a great lady.  She was truly my hero.  I hope that she knew that when she was alive.

I remember my mother’s prayers
and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Peace & Blessings
Monique

A Perfect Love

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Dear Readers,

Happy Resurrection Sunday.  We are the beneficiaries of one of the greatest gifts ever known – God’s perfect love.

When looking for an inspirational thought to share, I came across these words written by Mahatma Ghandi.  For me, they perfectly convey the essence of this joyous occasion.   As always we would love to know what you think.

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.

Have a wonderful day.  And remember, each one of us is the embodiment of God’s perfect love!

Monique

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Embracing Hope, Renewal and New Life

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Dear Readers,

As I write this, Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday.  However, I pause to remember our sisters and brothers who, in many countries, are still persecuted for their beliefs.  How fortunate are we, in America, to have such great freedoms.

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I was raised in a Christian home by maternal grandparents who were Catholic. As a rule, I was never allowed to be intolerant of my friends whose religious beliefs were different from mine.  That all important “rule” guides my behavior to this day.

Yes, I celebrate Easter with a glad heart and have come to view it as a personal time of hope, renewal and new life.  Yes, I have friends who do not celebrate Easter and I love them just the same.  Why would I do anything else?  At the end of the day, isn’t this what life is all about?

I came across a quote about Easter from Henry Knox Sherrill that I would like to share with you.

“The joyful news that He is risen, does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline and make the sacrifice.”

Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journey through life.

Peace and Blessings,

Monique

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