Brake For Butterflies!






It’s me again … 

I’m in the parking lot with a cartful of groceries when I see this bumper sticker  –


I whip out my phone and click.  (How could I not? 🙂 )

Okay –



                                                                                                           wondering where this is going, right?

 I jotted down some thoughts to share.   



I resort to  paper and pen.  (If you’re under thirty, don’t judge those of us who do –





… got distracted!  Sorry, where was I? Oh, butterflies …






at myself.  I asked – 

Is it possible to


   and still


 from life’s knocks?

How can you

_20150623_101616 , no matter what the circumstances?

 How do you measure

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I know I’ll never be the

_20150620_121419  , a _20150615_173042

_20150620_115759 , or a 


.  Who cares if I’m not




?  I don’t yearn to


 at the best restaurants, nor do I  seek


all the time. 

This I know, however.  Each new day is a 


  – not just the


 –  but every moment of my life,


.  Of course,



How wonderful not to always have to


.  I’m happy as I am, though. 


or not, I don’t


than I have.  I  know I’ll never be

_20150617_154611 , but I can be a


.  I can make


to be


 – because this is how I feel inside.

 So what sort of 


 brake for butterflies?

I’d like to think a butterfly-braker is someone who could live as if every single day is a


, who understands that simple things are of



 .  If you are


 –  and we all do from time to time,  because often




 the precious things.  

Love, faith, family, friends


 and if these things are yours,


 Are some words hard to say?

  • I’m sorry. 
  • I need you
  • I miss you
  • I love you 

Say them as often as the need arises.  And then some more.


 can turn an entire situation around.

 Do you really believe that success can be measured by the


 piled up in a bank account?

How could you ever know


 the glittering façade of a life that looks 


              on the outside?








  .  Be


to be turned


by unexpected serendipity.

Tell yourself each morning that



It’s not all about possessing stacks and


of stuff, you know.

Take a minute to

_20150618_161740 and breathe slowly.  Just think –



_20150618_162311Only once.  But …

You can make the choice to feel young for as long as you live and be


with each passing day.

Age is only a number, I tell myself.  What counts is how I feel inside, right?




You have only one life to live.


 it with all  your might!  

Brake for butterflies.


Dance under the stars. 


Hold hands.  Smile a lot.




And always remember … you’re never too old to dream!

Behind The Dreamer …

_20150506_134302Behind the dreamer – no matter how old – there’s often a mother who cheers and dreams alongside.  Sometimes  the embers of the dream might only remain alive  because of her. 

Such a mother makes you feel –


 She is –


 by everything thing you do, no matter how trivial.  She may well be your most ardent and only fan!

That was my mother. 

Mum taught me that –


So, if someone  asks

_20150503_130934 I might evade the question – be honest, who hasn’t? – but I’d never lie. 

I know Mum would say –


… so I won’t! 

She often said –


 On March 28th, 2015 – just weeks ago – my mum’s earthly journey was done.

It’s Mother’s Day today. 

This deluge of mobile-phone digital moments is for you, Mum.   Every picture on this page was taken because it reminded me of who I am, and what I’ve become because of you.

Thank you for teaching me that –


 And –


 For helping me to understand that to –


a dream might require a touch of the –

IMG_20150409_081248654 You showed me that –IMG_20150325_213110812 So I must –

_20150428_145350 always.

 Thanks to you, I will –


 And within me I will remain –


 … always young.  Never too old to dream

You’ve said, over the years, in many different ways –


 Thank you, Mum.   Thank you for the power of your words. 


I miss you so much.

I’ll never stop dreaming – I promise.

 Happy Mother’s Day!