A Love That Lasts

Gorgeous flowers from my German family.

Gorgeous flowers from my German family garden I took last Sunday at brunch.

Tell me I am a hopeless romantic but here’s another beautiful poem from my friend Mali that I could not help but share.

A New Day
Mali Phonpadith (c) 2014

Your presence reaches me like the sun
Shining on me through winter snow and rainy summer days

Nothing, not even time, will take your love away

My hopes extend beyond these dreams
I am awake every moment, you bring me to life
Nothing compares to being next to you
through the stillness of nights

These waking moments, I savor them with each breath
My heart – free like wildflowers
being sprinkled by the endless clouds
I am more in love with life than ever –
singing my heart out loud

Your embrace takes my breath away;
pulls me like the moonbeams
Lighting up the darkest of evening skies
To the millions of teardrops that once fell from these eyes

I wave the sweetest farewell as they
float away like fireflies.

Like fireflies, starting a new day.

Loving Freely And Fully Is Never Too Much.

Valentine's Day flowers

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here’s to another beautiful day full of love, beauty, luxury, inspiration, and harmony!  That’s ideally my kind of world!

This poem is dedicated to a special person in my life.  I think you are so amazing and wonderful!  Thank you  for being my strength.

“Spirit Cup”  By C. Mali Phonpadith

I trace the rim of my coffee cup

Gently, softly – making circles
Some days I drink it darker than others
Sweeter today than most days

I stare into the eyes of my love
Clear and inviting
He searches for nothing more than my truth
Some days I speak it out loud
Today, I share in silence with only a smile

He reaches for a taste from my cup
Handing it over gently, softly –
Sharing the depth of my life
Ready to give him love
In older days, I would have made a fresh batch;
Just for him…
This day – I share and give plenty of what I have

I embrace the rim of my full spirit cup
Gently, softly – creating ripples
Most days I fill it up with sunlight and love
Today … I can offer it all up
Gently, softly – to the touch
It is yours my love.

Today, I share in silence with his arms outstretched
And me; with my cup in hand … smiling.
Gently, softly – to his touch
It is ours my love.
Gently, softly – smiling.
Creating ripples…
Loving freely and fully is never too much.

Mali is my sweet, beautiful, talented, and dear friend.  She is an author, poet, speaker, marketer, messaging strategist, CEO of Mali Creative and the Producer/Director of Tea with Mali. Mali specializes in helping her corporate and individual clients SOAR (See, Own, Articulate, Release) their uniqueness by aligning their personal gifts and professional talents with their passions and purpose. Her SOAR Mapping programs are offered as 1 hour seminars, 2 day retreats, and full day workshops to individuals, entrepreneurs, associations and corporate executives who want to uncover their gifts and talents and powerfully articulate their unique differentiators to their intended audience. Find out more about her work here: MaliCreative.com Contact her at Mali@MaliCreative.com.

Know Yourself…The Key To Being Happy…

You Rock! magnets“I would be happier if…
I made more money
I was in a relationship
I lived in a bigger house
I had a better boss
I had a different boyfriend/girlfriend
I had a pet
I lost some weight…”

Sound familiar?

I think we all have been there. Growing up with very little resources, I used to think that one day I would make a lot of money and life would be happier for my family and I.  Well, I can tell you that is not exactly so.  But all those things are merely external.  Life is too short.  Make everyday your happiest day ever!

The way to do that is to know yourself and be true to what is inside of you.  Discover happiness from within.  When you can do that, your energy will exude outward and others around you will want to do just the same and you know that energy is contagious, good or bad.

I came across the quote below that I thought was so profound. I hope you will like it.

Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
― Christian D. LarsonYour Forces and How to Use ThemI
Did the above quote stirred some feelings of inspiration inside of you the way it did for me?  Most importantly, respect and honor yourself.  Don’t ever compromise who you are, your morals, your values, or your beliefs for the sake of others.  As much as I love being of service and accommodating to others, those are things I will never compromise. Until next time…