Thursday, September 9, 2010

Heart of Glass

You know what Cinderella said . . . . "One shoe can change your life."
Some days, I wish I could just have the dang glass slipper. Would have been so much easier. Instead I've got me and my [Blondie] "heart of glass".


I've been told before I am "sensitive". By some I've been told I am "overly-sensitive". I was even told by another at the ripe age of 19 that they felt like they had to "walk on rice paper around me". I'm guessing that's not a good thing. I know I've come a long [loooooooooooooooooong] way in the last 10,11,12-er something years.


I had a chance to really think yesterday [I try not to do that {think} much because it usually leaves me with a headache]. About life. About me. me. me. me. me. me. Yep, and I don't feel guilty one bit.

First, I am so grateful I have love in my life. This thought reminded me of a sign[?] I saw in a book store in Port Angeles, WA.


"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao-Tzu

Nuff said.

I am thankful my personal spiritual relationship with God provides me with eternal optimism. I know there are times when I feel depressed, defeated or disappointed, but I am blessed this wave of hope is strong enough to crush even the strongest sentiments of pessimism and despair in my life.

I am so blessed to have a wonderful family that strives to be together. To be there. To just be. Sure we can struggle with conflicting personalities like we're still kids, but I wouldn't trade even one of them [not even their spouses] for anything in the world. My family made me who I am, and I am thankful for all the beauty and challenge in that.

I cannot begin to express my thanks for such a wonderful group of friends. When I want to be accepted, loved and appreciated, my friends are there in full force. My friends have become a second family for me, a family where I can seek unconditional support, acceptance and the absence of judgment.

I am so grateful to have a career that allows me to explore my talents while maintaining the "mom/wife" role I set for myself. I love the what it has done for me & my confidence in myself.

My health deserves my appreciation. I am so thankful to be pain free [given what I do to it each week] and without any significant ailments threatening my being. I am grateful for the Pita's job & the great health insurance and a financial stability that ensures we can take care of any sickness with the best available health care.
Finally, I am grateful to the beauty I experience daily. If I don't it's because I've been too lame to look for it. Whether it is in kind words from my friends/bloggers, a text from my mom, a humorous email, a kiss on the top of my head from the Pita or in the extra 3 seconds of my "goodnight hug" to Peanut, I am so blessed to have been given the gift of sensitivity and appreciation for all my surroundings.


Cinderella can keep her shoe.

This heart thing works for me.

44 comments:

budget menu lady said...

Lovely thoughts. Written exceptionally well.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

This is a GREAT post

Matty O said...

oh man... now you have me all "i love the world" moody.

Whatever happened to treadmill thursdays?

Glad you have everything in your life that you do... because you are a fun blogger friend buddy of mine :)

Emz said...

Thanks guys.
I heart my blogging friends.

Matty-o..... You hated treadmill thursday's!!??!
But I DID have the best treadmill workout in I think forever yesterday!!! Yay!! :)

Angie said...

Sigh- this is much like what I was trying to express the other day. You said it perfectly. Lovely writing.,

Karine said...

This "heart" thing works for me, too. Cinderella can keep her shoe! Your sentiments have made my day.

Laurie said...

Very nice... and deep. It helps to be reminded sometimes of what I take for granted. Thank you. :)

Marlene said...

What a wonderful POSITIVELY empowering post!

ShutUpandRun said...

Once I had a love and it was a gas, soon found out he had a heart of glass (or that he was a P.I.T.A.). Hahahha. I laugh at myself. See how I worked Pita into my comment? And heart of glass?

Seriously, great post today of all things that you love and those who love you.

Ken wants a meet up in Vegas. He wants you and I to share a hotel room. I think he's enjoying a little fantasy.

PITA!

Angie Bishop said...

I love your posts :) They are always so real and honest. They make me think and smile.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great post. Written so beautifully.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great post. Written so beautifully.

Quinton J said...

Very nice post. Warm even.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

How lovely and heart-warming.

Karen R said...

I will take Cinderella's shoe! But I hope it's a size 11 :)

Awesome post! I have been feeling grateful and blessed myself. I wrote about the fact that I am grateful for and love my job on my post from yesterday.

I love hearing about what people are grateful for! A thankful spirit is not just for Thanksgiving Day :)

Matty O said...

I didn't hate Treadmill Thursdays... I JUST DON'T GET TREADMILLS!!!

And you have yet to explain to me... WHY.

just saying.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Sigh...You ARE sensitive! The problem with glass slippers are that they are dang uncomfortable to run in. Also, it's kind of vain to write "Finally, I am grateful to the beauty I experience daily." Stop looking in the mirror and look at the world around you.

Quinton J said...

Matty-O...A treadmill is an exercise machine for running or walking while staying in one place. The word treadmill traditionally refers to a type of mill which was operated by a person or animal treading steps of a wheel to grind grain. You can find more information on this device here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadmill

I hope this helps.

Emz said...

Kovas- you are killing me.
Matty-o. I feel treadmill Friday coming on.

misszippy said...

Excellent post! It takes a lot of growth and maturity to get to that point--good for you.

Sarah said...

Love this! And that song too. :-D

Adrienne said...

I would like to point out that Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and any other fairy tale princess out there didn't just have their Happily Ever After handed to them the day they were born. They had to struggle through their own trials and tribulations and THEN they got to live Happily Ever After. Most seemed to find happiness all along the way. So are you at the beginning, middle or tail end of becoming a princess or can you be a princess all the way along. Food for thought. Great post.

Evolving Through Running said...

You should also be thankful that you have such a great way with words. Very, very well said/written.

Little known fact - Cinderella developed terrible Plantar Fasciitis from those glass slippers. I believe Somnio is working on a glass slipper for release soon. Vibram's experiments with a glass model went horribly, horribly wrong.

Emz said...

Adrienne - awesome. I have a thing for being called a "princess" I've told you right?! ;)

ETR- the best comment. Hilarious.

Andrew Opala said...

You reap what you sow. You said love 4 times in your post and we echoed it back 11 times.

"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears."
- Edgar Allan Poe

Gratefulness is catchy - thanks for a great week!

Quinton J said...

Andrew is Canadian.

Emz said...

Love
Love
Love
Love
Love
Love
Love

Even Steven Canadian

RunWithKate said...

This is my favorite post yet!! That must be because I am super-sensitive too. :) I love the mushy stuff.

Mark said...

Nice post, Emz!!!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Again, I LOVE your post! You just have such a great way of expressing thoughts and feelings! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Adrienne said...

What is the story behind princess? You no like? Me love :)

Emz said...

Oh noooooooooo ------ I loooooooove "princess" [again, as long as it's not said to me in sarcasm or by someone way younger than me.]

It's funny to me that I like it because other "terms of endearment" make me nuts.

Weird.

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

I agree with you. You do have wonderful friends. But more importantly, you are an amazing friend! I would not be who I am today without your influence on my life. And that goes for Peanut, too. I heart my Toia girls!

Anne said...

So much love in these comments! I swear EMZ as much as I LOVE and look forward to your posts (and this was another great one)...I think I enjoy your comments just as much :)

Candice @ I Have Run said...

What a perfect post.

I am so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours. And to find this as the first (but not only) post I read! Perfect.

You are running TOU?? I ran it last year; it was my first (and only so far) marathon.

Jill said...

:)

45before35 said...

It is refreshing to be so positive and appreciative. Now how can I buy that...kidding:)

Erika said...

<3 this and I am stealing the quote that is on that banner! That's great!

Molly said...

so many things in life to be grateful for, I love reading posts like this!

gmontalvo13 said...

love that quote!

The Kornegay Family said...

So sweet!

Hmmm, the sensitive thing must be a family trait that we all happened to inherit . . . we got it from our goodly parents. I think that it is one of the things that I appreciate most in our family.

Love you!

Allie said...

Awww, you're my sensitive little lady. I know when you're talking about love you're really talking about me and that makes me a little sensitive too. :)

Emily said...

Em, I'm sorry that things are hard for you right now, judging from the clues on the blog. I love you and really want everything to be okay for you. And I think that it will be.

Megan said...

I wish I was more sensitive. I used to be when I was younger. But experience changed that and I'm sad about it.