Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Herman's Lessons

From the second it rolled off my tongue yesterday, on the video blog, I regretted it. But I was so nervous, and unsure how to edit my video, I just decided to go with it. There's a part in there when I said, "So far, all that I've learned, is that you can never give up, you know, and you have to take everything...lightly, and have fun." That's not all I've learned, though. I've learned much, much more than that.

I've learned that I have a choice, in each moment, in each situation, to interpret things positively or negatively. I've learned that each person you encounter, in any moment, is going through their own challenges. I've learned that a smile from a stranger can spark happiness in your soul, and it's important to give that gift back. From that, I've learned that connecting with others can help heal you. I've learned that you have to be your own advocate, and you need to listen to your inner voice. I've learned about diet and nutrition, and exercise, and meditation. I've learned forgiveness, empathy, gratefulness, kindness, generosity, and true, fulfilling happiness. I thank Herman for continuously teaching me more about myself and how to become a better version of me. You can be whomever you want, but it starts from the inside out. You have a choice to look at things in a positive light. You have the ability to change your negative thoughts. It takes work, but you can do it! Before long you start to notice all of the fun, happy things in your life. Instead of focusing on the bad, scary, unknown things you pick up on things that make you smile. I love that about being an intelligent being. We are so easily moldable.

So there you go. I've learned more than I could ever explain because it's deep inside my soul.

Bingie Looking For Birds
(Apparently, I'm not the only bird lover in the household.
There's a bird feeder in the distance just above his head, hanging on the tree)


  1. Ah, I have not been able to post comments, but today, in the midst of this snow storm, I am able. The video's a good start and it's fun to watch you and the one eyed google look! But mostly your gratefulness of what living with Herman is doing to your soul and compassion for other people is what humbles us/me so. You are a blessing. xo Susea

  2. great post Jess


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