Friday, July 29, 2011

BEST FRIENDS

     "Mom guess what?"  I listened as her voice anxiously impatient to inform me of something.  Wondering  I asked, "What?"  "You won't believe this mom, but Emily ( her best friend from next door) is going to Lagoon on Saturday".  Not wanting to seem uninterested I responded, "UH HUH?"  Waiting for her next statement.  "Well, instead of taking me with her to Lagoon mom, she is taking a boy that she likes".  Then she went on as disappointment coated her voice, "Can you believe that mom?  I mean, I am her best friend and instead of taking me, she takes him."  
     I struggled hopelessly not to chuckle but failed and tried to cover up by feigning a shocking impression.  This daughter have so much to learn about life, friendship and best friends"What?  I can't believe Emily would do that to you!"  Immediately she retaliated,  "I know mom.  On my next birthday, I'm not going to take her with me to my party.."  I know my baby well enough that she will forgive Emily tomorrow.  After all, they are "BEST FRIENDS".
     Aren't we all lucky we have people that we can define as "BEST FRIENDS".  I have two of them in my life.  Julie and Sela.   Met in High School and our bond has been strengthened over time that we feel more like sisters now then friends.  No matter where we are in life, our connection remains strong and steady even when we haven't seen each others for years.  And I love them like my own sisters.
     Who is your best friend?  Are they as loyal to you as you are to them?  Can you trust them with your life?  If you answer "yes" to the above questions, then consider yourself truly blessed.  Somewhere I either heard or read, "Your best friend always has another best friend".  It could be their husband, boyfriend, sister-in-law, co-worker etc, etc etc?  Or it could be their closest neighbour, ward member and cousin?  No matter, there's always one, in the midst of the friendship, who carries the depth of the term "best friend" to it's fullest.  If you are "NOT" that one, then you are the "OTHER". 
     Many are lucky to have that "best friend" in the complete sense of the word.  Others are not so lucky because they don't have one "true" friend in the world.  They have "friends", but no "true friends" nor "best friends".  I have been greatly blessed with two dear and beloved best friends.  My daughter will eventually come to grip with the fact that, even with the best of friends and the best of intentions, something or someone will always come up short, but then, that's where understanding, toleration and acceptation fill in the gap and the difference.  Cheers then to all the "BEST FRIENDS" out there. 
    
    

Thursday, July 28, 2011

LAUGHTER

     It is the BEST medicine!  So exhilarating and refreshing.  Whether we laugh out loud or a suppressed laugh, it's still has an effect.  A significant effect.  I find joy and relief when I laugh.  It's like turning your whole inside out and letting the sun shine on it.  Letting fuzzy warm feelings of happiness and delightfulness take over your being.  Conveying to the outside world, a countenance that is of pure unalterable joy.  So go ahead and laugh.  Let it all out. 
Laugh hysterically
Laugh bounteously
Laugh shamelessly
     Laugh even when you don't feel like laughing.  You'll be surprised at how fast serious and hopeless situations will seem bearable to you when you indulge in laughter.  It works like magic. 
So if you're feeling blue, down and out, try exercising some face muscles and chest muscles in laughing.  Turn that frowning face upside down and laugh the blues away.  If you can't, search for something that will
make you double over in laughter. 
     America's FunniestVideos are sure to make you laugh hysterically.  Funny movies, stand up comedians and so on and so forth.  Treat yourself to a session of laughter each and every day.  Don't miss out on moments that you have to release all your frustrations, suppressions and depressions in the joy of blissfull laughter.    

Monday, July 25, 2011

LOVE

"How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways."  Shakespeare

     "LOVE" is an action word.  Don't tell me you love me.  Show me you love me.  There are countless ways we can show our love.  Whether it be Family Love, Romantic Love, Spiritual Love, Brotherly Love, Unconditional Love.  It's all free.  Doesn't have to cost a thing.  Drop by and say hello or pick up the phone and tell those close to your heart how much you love them.  An impromtu visit.  Doesn't have to be planned out or scheduled in.  You just do it because you feel that love.
      It's a sad thing, when those you love, are left to wonder whether you truly love them or not.  Because you say you  love them, yet, you distant yourself from them.  Your words are just that.  Words and hot air.  No action to back it up.  You make no time to....
Make a phone call just to say Hello
Do you need anything to-day?
Can I help you to-day?
How are you to-day?
or I've missed you and have been thinking about you?
    So simple yet many tend to forget and ignore it altogether.  If you have a loved one....  A parent, a lover, a friend, a spouse, children or a special someone ... Don't just say you love them.  Show them you love them.  Clock is ticking.. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.  You might just run out of time before you know it.  To-day, this moment, the present is all you have.  Use it to show those that are dear and precious to you, just how much they mean to you and how much you care for them.
     Let them "count the ways".  LOVE     LOVE     LOVE..................

    

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Family Time

Almost always overwhelmed with emotions when I think about my family.  Not only immediate but also extended.  They bring joy and warmth to my heart and I love spending time with them.  Yesterday evening, July 4th we got a chance to have FHE with all our children.  Leveni and Fusi warms my heart as I see how they struggle to balance their marriage and life out.  Fusi is such a delightful addition to our family and I love her as my own.  She is good for my son.  I feel blessed with all my children.  We are not a perfect family, far from that, but we are a loving family.  Loving enough to see pass our differences and accept each others as we are.  

My son said something that really surprises me.  Something about life being too short for pettiness.  He meant too short for meaness, intolerance and hate.  Hearing and seeing him step it up as the oldest son, big brother and Priesthood holder brings such joy to my heart.  He is learning and he is growing.  I am so proud of him.  He REMEMBERS what has been taught to him.  He showed it by his never ending help on Sisilia's birthday.  What joy this brings to my heart when I see my children contribute, serve and help each others and others.

We barbequed at Isi and Whit's new home.  A brand new start as they bought their own home.  I love watching these young ones move forward in life according to what is desired of them.  Serve missions, go to school and then start a family.  It's so exciting.  I love spending time with families.  Both mine and Siones.  I love Family Reunions too. 

When all is said done, I know families will always be there for you.  To pick up where you fall short, to comfort, to encourage and to love you.  What a blessing to have a families.  But most of all, what an honor to be part of one, especially the ones I have.