Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye to 2011

This is the last entry for 2011 -
it's hard to believe it's the end of year.
Today, I want to focus on 
what's been my biggest realization in 2011.
Life isn't easy, and it's not supposed to be.
Elements seem to always be juggling…
but one of the consistencies has been,
my core relationships with family,
friends, and the love of my life.
It's a balance I never achieved until this year.
It could be because maturity,
destiny, countless other reasons -
but more than that,
it happened because it's a balance I chose.
Life flashes around quickly,
it changes, evolves, it shocks us...
it's mostly out of our control.
Therefore, the little control
I do have has been best used
showing love and appreciating those I love.
In return, a level of peace
I never imagined walks with me today.
I am most grateful for this -
for love, and for hope.
Thank you and goodbye to 2011.
May 2012 be a blessing to you all,
and thank you for supporting
Thoughts of a Butterfly.

~Shirley 


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Love Sets You Free

Love like there is no tomorrow.
The barriers of doubt and insecurity 
are barriers to your truth.
Remove the layers,
and be who you really are…
let your light illuminate your path.
Fear keeps you in the dark…
love sets you free.




Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Time


A few more days
and a new year will start.
It’s pretty amazing
how time really does fly.
I remember growing up
while the adults would say
"don’t grow up too fast!"
But hearing those words
only made me want to do it faster.
I get it now.
There is innocence to childhood-
one that can’t be recreated as an adult.
But the memory is strong
of being carefree and happy…
I cherish this memory
and am grateful to have experienced it.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

External Change

Sometimes internal changes
need an external existence.
It's hard to remove oneself
from certain environments.
And even when mentally 
you are no longer connected,
being around the same
will only bread the same.
Let go of it all.
Even the thought of being too strong
to be effected by drama.
Unconsciously, drama plays a role
whether we see it or not…
Change, though difficult at first,
will create the transformation
your heart maybe longing for.



Monday, December 26, 2011

What's Ahead

Today, I give thanks for being here...
breathing, appreciative,
and for choosing to see love
as much as I can.
The biggest gift this year
was the experience.
I'm most grateful,
and look forward to what's ahead.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Beauty of Life

The beauty of life,
is life itself.
The ups, the downs -
the whole experience 
is beyond special.
Each moment leads to the next,
and when you look back,
all the experiences 
have weaved your quilt of life.
It's your life, and no one else's.
Love it, embrace it, be grateful to it.
If you are reading this today,
thank you…
and may your holidays
be a blessing.



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Embrace




Today is a day to live in the moment.
Simplicity in uncomplicated.
if I feel love, I will say it…
if I feel like dancing, I  will…
if I feel like laughing hard, 
nothing will stop me.
Whatever the moment is,
I embrace it.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mystery

A little faith can go a long way.
We don't always know why certain things happen -
they just do, with or without our concession.
Life is a big mystery.
I've learned once I let go of "control"
(which is not easy to do)
a certain fluidity 
walks with us in our journey.
The more faith I exude daily,
more compassion and love flourish.
This connection inspires me
to be my best and to do my best…
and while life is a mystery,
there is no mystery in knowing,
the blessing in having life at all.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Regret

So what if I feel regret?
Does that means it's wrong?
Am I ungrateful to some capacity?
What about all those people who say,
they don't regret anything...
everything happens for a reason,
therefore regret is unnecessary.
I'm not judging, but I may not agree.
Regret isn't bad…
for me it means being emotionally aware...
things may have been different
but certain decisions, both good and bad
may not have been the right decision
(whatever right is).
That's okay.
Regret has worked as a sort of radar for me.
Its made me more alert, appreciative -
its made me wise to all the layers going on
at any given moment.
Regret has taught me to forgive,
understand, and put myself in someone else's shoes.
I don't regret regret.
For me, it has connected me 
to some major breakthroughs as a person.



Monday, December 19, 2011

Nature

Today, I will focus.
I will pay attention
to how wind blows,
how skies move,
how trees give us oxygen,
the beauty of a gentle stream...
Little things that easily get overlooked,
will get my full attention.
Nature is unequivocally 
tied to human existence…
and today I want to appreciate it.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Someone

What's the point of feeling love
if fear holds you from articulating the depth of it?
Actions speak louder than words...
and while this is true,
sometimes words confirm or bring clarity to feelings.
If there is someone in your life,
someone who has helped you,
someone who took the time to be there for you…
someone who made you feel love,
someone who may have just listened…
tell them how grateful you are.
Life is a gift and your words could be the gift,
someone needed to hear.



Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Sun Will Come Out

My favorite movie when I was a little girl was "Annie"
I could watch that movie two, three times a day...
Mind you, this would happen day after day.
I'm sure I drove my parents and brother nuts.
What has stuck most about this movie,
was when she sung "the sun will come out".
Something about how she sang it,
who she sang it with, the whole experience felt real.
I'm in my 30's now, and these worlds
still ring true in my head.
No matter what happens - the trials and tribulations,
the sun always does come out.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Does This Mean Failure?

Sometimes what you hope for 
doesn't happen.
Does this mean failure?
No.
It means you experienced, 
learned, grew and gained wisdom.
You never know where
life experiences will take you.
It's life for a reason -
you can't plan it perfectly…
it all comes together 
in it's own organic way.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Not Sure if You Know

I've met many people in my life…
and there is no one quite like you.
Your humor is unparalleled,
your commitment to real is unreal…
your loyalty is hard to come by.
Do you know what else I love,
I love your ability to laugh at yourself,
your willingness to look deeper than meets the eye,
your ability to assume accountability 
and to just say sorry if you need to.
More than anything,
I love your fighting spirit…
your passion for life, purpose, love 
and for truth.
Your spirit inspires, excites, and 
is just simply beautiful.
Thank you for being you.


Monday, December 12, 2011

You Still Tried

There are moments 
you feel like giving up.
Don't.
A turn of events 
can bring the tide your way…
and if it doesn't,
you still tried.


Friday, December 9, 2011

It's Normal

It's normal to feel frustrated,
confused or a bit unsure…
but it's not healthy to stay 
in this frame of mind.
If these emotions are there,
accept it and see it as a sign -
you are seeking change.
Change is tricky,
because it doesn't happen overnight,
or perfectly as it occurs in the movies.
Gain solace in knowing
it usually always works out...
and sometimes you surprise yourself 
by doing something 
you didn’t think was possible.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just Is

In an instant, life can change..
change can occur by your choice,
or a certain inevitable fait.
Either way, the change has to occur.
This isn't always easy to accept,
understand, like or embrace…
it sometimes just is.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Signs from the Part

There are certain things that happen,
either obvious or subtle -
but these things can be signs.
Perhaps a moment occurs
that seems very unassuming to others,
but means a lot to you.
Hold on to this moment, 
and don't diminish it.
It might be years before it makes sense,
but one day, it can come full circle,
and you will know what you need to do.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Someone Else

If you're having a bad day,
do something kind for someone else.
That's all you can do sometimes.
Your indifferent day 
doesn't have to flow without purpose.
Maybe that's the point of your bad day -
to get you to stop thinking about yourself,
and help someone else.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Somedays…

Somedays are just a little grey,
despite the best intentions.
It's ok…it's life…
it can't always be a bed of roses.
Nonetheless, it's an opportunity
to see the not so good, and make it better.
Seeing your own flaws 
means you are human…
Learning to let go 
and be compassionate with yourself,
maybe the lesson you're meant to learn.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Simply Being / Simplicidad de Ser

I'm happy to say, I've reached a goal.
And that goal has transformed into accepting,
I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.
There is no pressure, unrealistic emotions, or competitiveness…
there is just simply being.
If there is something I'd like to accomplish,
I accept it but recognize,
the lesson is in the journey, not the outcome.
Life doesn't work on a schedule or plan…
life happens in between all the moments 
we're doing what we think we need to do.
Removing the layer of expectation,
allows me to live more in a flow...
the way I believe God wanted it to be.


Estoy feliz al decir, alcancé una meta.
Y la meta se transformó en aceptación,
estoy exactamente donde debo estar.
No hay presión, emociones poco realistas, o competencia…
solo existe la simplicidad de ser.
Si hay algo que quiero realizar,
lo acepto pero reconozco,
la lección está en el camino, no el resultado….
la vida no trabaja en horarios o planes 
la vida pasa en medio de todos los momentos,
nosotros hacemos lo que creemos se debe hacer.
Removiendo la capa de expectativa,
me permite vivir mas fluente...
la manera que creo Dios quiere.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Each Breath Is a Gift

I've reached a point,
where I hear all the voices in my mind - 
and I can discern where they are coming from.
This isn't an easy task,
and I'm not on 24/7 -
however, I've tapped into an ability
to understand, observe, then react.
I share this because,
this wasn't always my story.
For years I felt condemned to misfortune,
bad luck, the short end of the stick…
but I accept all of it, because it was my journey.
What has changed is my perspective.
Had I not experienced bad,
I wouldn't know what good is.
Everyday is different,
but gratitude and appreciation deepens
as I understand...
each breath is a gift.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Something Good

Our thoughts are extremely powerful.
For that reason, today I will only think
of positive things.
I'm sure I'll get tested,
and when those moments arise,
I vow to find the positivity and
spin the cycle into something good.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Discipline / Disciplina

I was recently asked why do I write daily?
My answer was "discipline".
I've disciplined the mind,
to write, blog, and create a link on Facebook daily.
So what does this mean?
It means I've committed to an action
in search of inspiration 
and in hopes of inspiring others - 
this is a calling that I've disciplined myself to do.
Discipline is the entrance to opportunity -
whether it be interpersonal or externally…
learning how to be disciplined
and committing to action,
will help your spirit grow.

¿Recientemente alguien me preguntó
por que escribía diariamente?
Mi respuesta fué "disciplina" 
Yo he disciplinado mi mente,
a escribir, el blog, y crear un link en Facebook
diariamente.
De que se trata ?
Significa que me comprometí a una acción
en buscar inspiración 
y  deseos de inspirar a otros - 
esta es la meta a la que me he disciplinado.
Disciplina es la entrada a la oportunidad - 
si es interpersonal o externamente…
aprendiendo a ser disciplinada
y comprometerse a la acción,
ayuda al crecimiento del espiritu.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom

To a woman who not only gave me life,
but gave me courage, purpose, 
a clear vision of what it is to be a woman,
I say thank you.
There aren't enough words,
to ever express my gratitude 
and admiration to you…
You are in a class of your own.
And what makes you even more beautiful,
is you don't see the magic in all you do - 
you are just you.
Ever so beautiful inside and out…
I thank God everyday,
for making you my Mom.
I love you and Happy Birthday.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Truth / Verdad

How does someone find truth?
Stop looking, it just is.
Truth isn't layered with intention,
purpose, identity, or ego…
No one can claim it as only theirs.
It's pure, simple, it is.
Your wordless actions
speak more truth than your voice.
Truth will manifest in your being.

¿Como alguien encuentra la verdad?
Para buscandola, solo es.
La verdad no tiene capas de intención,
propósito, identidad o ego….
Nadie puede reclamarla solo de ellos.
Es pura, simple, es.
Tus acciones sin palabras
demuestran mas verdad que tu voz.
La verdad será manifestada en tu ser.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Path I See / Camino Que Veo

As life continuously moves so fast,
it's all slowing down in my mind.
The noise that once distracted me,
now doesn't even exist.
Connecting to love,
understanding difficulties
are really lessons to grow,
I've found a level of peace.
It's a work in progress,
but it's the only path I see.

Como la vida se mueve tan rapidamente,
todo es mas lento en mi mente.
El ruido que alguna vez me distrajo,
ya no existe.
Conectando con el amor,
entendiendo las dificultades
son necesarios para crecer,
he encontrado un nivel de paz.
Es un trabajo en proceso,
pero es el único camino que veo.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lead

Today I will allow my compassion,
to lead the way.
Pain from the past will
transform into lessons of tomorrow.
Today I let go,
because I am now here.
I pray for the truest sense of love,
to lead me to forgive.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Your Perseverance

As I look at you I pray
you recognize hope is always there…
difficult times are present,
but your perseverance is stronger
than the difficulty.
There is always a solution,
despair will get you no where…
Stay strong as I know you are.
You may not see this,
but you are truly inspirational,


Friday, November 18, 2011

Embrace It

Removing layers of expectations,
agenda, and strategy
will allow you to tap into your most
authentic self.
This voice knows what the spirit truly wants.
And soon enough, "want" 
disappears too, to a state of just being.
The flow will teach you,
you are exactly where you're supposed to be...
embrace it.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just Love

It's simple...
Let go and let love.
Many words aren't needed
to understand this simplicty.
Just love.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Everyone Has a Story

As I look around -
the influences, the examples, the successes…
Im choosing to be aware 
of my individual goals from within.
Everyone has a story,
no two stories are alike.
There is a reason for this uniqueness -
each individual experience is special for you.
As I look within and recognize
the blessing in each moment,
I gain a deeper appreciation for life.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Focusing

Sometimes what is needed is focus.
Not a plan, an agenda, a blueprint…
rather focusing on the simple blessings
that are around us daily.
Nothing is guaranteed,
especially tomorrow…
therefore today, look around
and see all the great, loving connections
around you now.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Time to Wake Up / Tiempo a Despertar

It's time to wake up.
If today is another day,
where I'm thinking of yesterday's dreams
then what am I really doing? 
Some things don't work out as planned,
but maybe that was the real plan.
Who knows what lessons will come,
more importantly when they will come.
It's important to embrace it all,
learn and live each experience 
in hopes of growing wiser, and loving deeper.

Es tiempo a despertar.
Si hoy es otro día,
pensando en los sueños de ayer
¿que es lo que estoy haciendo?
Unas cosas no trabajan como se planearon,
pero posiblemente eso fué el plan real.
Quien sabe que lecciones llegaran,
mas importante, cuando llegaran.
Es importante de apoyar todo,
aprender y vivir cada experiencia
incrementando la sabiduría y amando mas profundamente.