Monthly Archives: April 2009

In search of your full potential?

A well-known biblical verse states, “Don’t hide your light under a bushel, shine it forth for all to see.” While I learned it as a child, I ignored the wisdom of that message most of my life. Like so many of you out there, I ignored it for a number of reasons. For one thing… life always seemed to provide one or more distractions. Secondly, the thought of achieving my full potential was a scary proposition, if not an impossible one. Yet even as I ignored my “light”, my self, my talents, and my full potential … all wanted to shine.

Recently all that changed when I started to attend a nine-month series of Dream-Believe-Achieve workshops facilitated by You Rock Academy. As a result of these workshops, I no longer fear my “light”; rather, I now embrace it. It all began back in February when I attended a two-hour retreat one Saturday afternoon. Soon after I found myself starting to attend these wonderful workshops. During the last two months, I have been asked to visualize who I am to my own self as well as to others. This meant I had to think about all the qualities … the good, bad, and the ugly … that make me unique. I was also asked to think about what I wanted my life to be like four years from now. Finally, I was asked to create two collages; one representing who I am today and a second one representing what I hoped to be doing four years from now.

I have to tell you… to see and feel who I am, my unique qualities and talents, as well as my dream of who I will be four years from now condensed on two poster boards somehow made everything … including my potential … very real to me. What’s more, I learned we truly do not reach our full potential until we share our talents, our gifts, and our selves with the world then invite others to do the same.

I started the new year hoping to make a real difference in the world as St. Therese did; doing many small deeds over time with great love. One way I am doing this is through this blog. While there are countless ways to accomplish this goal, it is hoped my words and deeds inspire, teach, guide, and provide a safe haven for others. Further, in recently discovering my own light and voice, I invite you to do the same. It starts by learning who you are then visualizing, following, and sharing your dream with others.

To help get you started, I offer you my top 10 quotes about following your dream.

  • Magic has often been thought of as the art of making dreams come true; the art of realizing visions. Yet before we can bring birth to the vision, we have to see it. ~Starhawk
  • If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it. ~ William Arthur Ward
  • To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. ~Anatole France
  • Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities ~ Sue Ebaugh
  • The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” ~George Bernard Shaw
  • If you don’t follow your dream, who will? ~ Emeril Lagasse

So don’t hide your light as I once did as we are all meant to shine! What is your dream?

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others.  Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at

~ Theresa

Joy is a Choice

How many times has a Negative Ned or Nellie attempted to ruin your day with their negative comments? For example… just today I sent a birthday card to someone I truly care about. We’ve had some rough patches in our relationship and I was hoping to “break the ice” with a sincere greeting. Rather than accepting my simple gift with the positive spirit it was given, this individual responded in a very negative way. Some people are like that. They often see and feel themselves and the world around them as a half empty glass rather than a half full one. Viewing life in such a dark way is a deeply-rooted habit. Often occurring automatically, they give little or no thought to the possibility that life may not be nearly as bleak as they make it out to be. It’s such a shame too. As a loved one pointed out, the chronic habit of interpreting things so negatively cuts so much joy out of life (not to mention ruin many relationships too).

So what do you do? For starters… read the article, “The Power to Choose Joy – A Bridge to The Messiah Seed” by Story Waters. The following is an excerpt:

“To see your Self as not being accountable for your state of being is to live within a belief in external forces that have control over you. This can be manifest in such forms as a controlling person, governmental laws, or a lack of abundance; basically symbols of perceived limitation. This births the ability to blame. To blame is an attempt to hold this externalized aspect of your power responsible for your state of being, instead of being fully responsible for your Self. Re-assimilating this externalized power is a part of the journey to being All That You Are. To take back that power is to come to the realization that all power over your being is yours alone. It is to realize, within your Self, the absolute power of choice over your being.

To experience your power of choice is to realize that you are the one that possesses the power to choose joy for your Self. When you realize joy as being a choice you will realize that all states, including suffering, must equally be a choice. Through this you will see that to take responsibility for your own suffering is to empower your Self to be able to choose joy. A part of the journey to joy is therefore to take ownership and responsibility for your own suffering. To do this release all sense of ‘blaming others’. Understand that this will be a gradually unfolding process.”

What’s next? Pay this article forward to the Negative Ned or Nellie in your life to instill positive change. After all… joy IS a choice.

Do you have any thoughts to share on how to handle a Negative Ned or Nellie in your life?

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others.  Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at

~ Theresa

Small decisions, big impact

“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that change your life forever.”
Kerri Russell, Actress
Have you ever noticed how the small decisions, the little passionate ones, are sometimes where we house our deepest drives? Like the time when my brothers and I were cleaning our parent’s home in preparation for sale and discovered mom’s journals dating back to 1938 scattered throughout the house. I thought I saved them for sentimental reasons yet three weeks later I found myself volunteering my time with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitating journaling workshops to caregivers and those with early stages of dementia. Now, explain how three years later I find the greatest joy facilitating these workshops! I think there was more in that decision moment, don’t you? Have you noticed a time when your small decisions impacted your life forever?

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others.  Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at

~ Theresa