About Me

Pete and I at my 40th birthday in January 2013

Pete and I at my 40th birthday in January 2013

October 7th, 2013

My name is Janine, and as you may have already surmised, I am a new blogger and a rather poor writer! All mistakes are entirely my own!  This is my journey into the unknown…

I am hoping that if “all things happen for a reason”, I may find some answers while I write about them.  I welcome any observations, any quotes anyone may want to share, any encouragement and sharing of stories. I may not write everyday, just when I have something to say or making observations or when I find quotes I just HAVE to share!

And so my journey begins with the death of an old life. Life has pitched it’s proverbial curve ball, and I have been pushed to reinvent a new normal and and a new me to go with it!  So here I go again, with the words of people who say things far better than I ever could.

 5 Responses to “About me”

  1.   wendi on October 13, 2013 6:40 pm Edit This

    Your love of quotes is a special part of you,and I as a staunch sister supporter will follow your blog, hold your hand, make you tea, and continue to marvel at your strength of character-the only explanation for your new life challenge is perhaps clearly put by Dr Chopra…
    All great changes are preceded by chaos. -Deepak Chopra

  2.   janinee73 on October 13, 2013 7:06 pm Edit This

    Thank you for all your support already, and thank you for your contribution to my quote collection! Please keep them coming!

  3.   Shaldean on October 13, 2013 11:55 pm Edit This

    Your invitation is enclosed, with all my love XXX

    The Invitation
    By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

    It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
    I want to know what you ache for,
    And if you dare to dream of meeting
    Your heart’s longing.

    It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
    I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
    For love, for your dream,
    For the adventure of being alive.

    It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
    I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
    If you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
    Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

    I want to know if you can sit with pain,
    Mine or your own,
    Without moving
    To hide it or fade it or fix it.

    I want to know if you can be with joy,
    Mine or your own,
    If you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
    Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

    It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
    I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
    If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
    I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

    I want to know if you can see beauty
    Even when it is not pretty every day,
    And if you can source your own life
    From its presence.

    I want to know if you can live with failure,
    Yours and mine,
    And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
    “Yes!”

    It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
    I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
    Weary and bruised to the bone,
    And do what needs to be done for the children.

    It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
    I want to know if you will stand
    In the center of the fire with me
    And not shrink back.

    It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
    I want to know what sustains you
    From the inside
    When all else falls away.

    I want to know if you can be alone
    With yourself,
    And if you truly like the company you keep
    In the empty moments.

  4.   janinee73 on October 14, 2013 9:03 am Edit This

    Thank you Shal, this will become a quote I will read often, an authentic way to measure and reflect over the hours, days, weeks and months to come. Thank you for sharing xxx

  5.   Shaldean on October 24, 2013 1:54 pm Edit This

    The phrase Daring Greatly is from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech, Citizenship in a Republic.

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at le ast fails while daring greatly . . .”

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