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Once Upon An Afternoon Stroll

Once upon an afternoon stroll – in a child’s perspective

I love this picture of him just standing and staring down at the grass. It’s a reminder of how innocent my little darlings are.

As little angels, they see the world in a different perspective – simple, fun and interesting.
They are at awe at how the yellow dandelions stand-out in that vast green grass.

So you can imagine when we walked along Hershey Garden! The colors and the sculptured landscaping just make you feel like you’re in Alice in Wonderland.

” Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows might go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable”
– Kahlil Gibran

Once upon a time in an afternoon ZEN-WALK

Zen-walk gives me inspiration to write how blessed we are to be in this world;
Zen-walk leaves my worries behind and helps me focus on how good life is.

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit." – Kahlil Gibran

Just remember when you feel like staying inside while it’s gorgeous outside:

In an instant, the weather can change;
In a heartbeat, you might miss the day;
In the blink of an eye, the beauty can fade;
So choose to enjoy the moment!

Every day seems like a new test in my new found “zen”
It does not mean I’m giving up.
I’m just gathering all the strength so I can fight this ordeal one more time!

When I see the sun shining through the blue skies
And spreading its brightness down to the river,
Even just around the corner of my home,
I feel at peace that someday, things will be complete.

I cry thinking about the things that have happened and things that are not in-place.
I can marvel at the beauty of the day, to be grateful that I am here!
I’m sad that some of my loved ones cannot enjoy this blessing.
But one thing I learned, I don’t have to cry endlessly to NOT forget about them.
I will always remember them every day and will find ways for us to be together again.

I don’t know what path the new challenges will take me.
I don’t know if it will be easy or another long-ended road.
But a few things I learned:
I can not take back the past;
I have to take action one step at a time
And be grateful for what I have right now
And the road I take today will lead me
To the future that will always be there waiting for me.

Inspiration is waiting for you to unlock
For yourself and for others!

So let go and be free
Follow your heart and
Follow your dreams
At this very moment.

Copyright © 2009 GottaLoveMom CJ Solutions, Inc.

“Me” time usually involves walking and taking a stroll while the kids are in school. I even call it “zen-walk”. Zen-walk is when I go for a walk (with my ipod swaying my hips to Beyonce’s Single Ladies) and just try not to worry about anything.

Although this week’s been impossible! The rain and pollen-covered atmosphere left me locked-up in my suburban abode.

Next school year, I’ll have two kids in college, one in high school and one in 3rd grade. My youngest is my buddy now that everyone’s busy almost every time. He has tons of energy and just loves to walk – I mean run!

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  1. hi jen,
    yeahhh for walks to refect! hope you had a great day today...

    o yes, duck duck goose... now you are it, check out my blog... i tagged you...

    happy day!

  2. That quote is amazing - and so are your photos! Must be nice having a beautiful place like that to go for a walk. :) You just wait till summer is in full bloom here: I'll get some pretty pics up too!

  3. BEAUTIFUL! I loved the quote!
    awesome post today!
    Thank you =)

  4. First of all, I love the pics! So you'll have two kids in college soon? Oh my! You looked like you're they're age! Sweet!

  5. This post is beautiful, just like you.


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