23 Jul

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea


Awhile back I bought a book called The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster for me and my daughter. It is essentially a journal with prompts; you can draw, tape pictures, or just write about things that make you happy. In the future, it can be used as a reference to look back at happy things and make you smile on the days where a smile is hard to find. Recently with the advent of some mixed health news, I put it in my car and started.  The very first entry was to list everything that makes you happy. My list currently has about 85 things listed and is not finished. I have to say while writing all these ‘happy’ things, I had a huge smile on my face. So, this weeks topic for my blogging group is ‘breathless’ which I thought tied into things that make me happy because some of the things  that make me happy are also things that take my breath away. Today I was left breathless when the doctor told me that the extra ‘something’ that was seen on my optic nerve was NOT cancer, just some nerve bundles, normal tisue. There are the small things that make me happy or take my breath away too, like chocolate cream pie, or just a really good candy bar, obviously a new lipstick, and even a hug from someone I love can leave me breathless. Then there’s the big and beautiful things like rainbows and sunsets and the colors of a flower in bloom; or even my kids laughter or watching them sleep. Then there are not so happy things that knock the wind out of you leaving you breathless. Things like hearing the phrase “you have cancer” or “the cancer’s back” or “yes, it’s back again,”; or when you get robbed or when your child is sick, etc. Both instances, good and bad, leave your heart racing and your mind turning in different directions. Both though, the good and the bad give you more life. They allow you to feel something and that’s how I want to live. I want life to take my breath away.

What is it that takes your breath away? For me, life leaves me breathless; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I read this quote last week and it has left an imprint on my mind because this is how I want to be…passionate, daring, and always a dreamer.

“When we focus our energy towards constructing a passionate meaningful life, we are tossing a pebble into the world creating a beautiful ripple effect of inspiration. When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels that energy, and before too long they are making their own daring leaps and inspiring yet another circle.”- Author Unknown

Today I wear Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Passion. This is a tinted lip balm with SPF 15 which comes in 5 sheer colors. I love these tinted balms because they’re packed with vitamins, have great color, and are not sticky (they’re just a little pricey). I chose Passion because I love the name but also, this one is the sheer candy red color…I LOVE it!!!


18 Responses to “Breathless”

  1. linda July 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Life should leave us breathless, Anna. I love your positive attitude!

    Take care!

    • Anna July 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Thank you Linda!

  2. Kathy July 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    If only life could always be so exhilarating and leave us breathless, what a life it would be!!


    • Anna July 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

      So true…I guess we have to have some mundane in between each breathless moment!

  3. Jo July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    My post, though not finished is similar, yet different…again, we are on the same page. Our time here is so short and living a breathless existence seems right to me. Time to enjoy, time to play hard, time to sleep, time to love, time to work. All things that can leave you breathless and having a friend who gets that, bonus!

    Beautifully done. ♥

  4. Kat July 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Anna, I love your take on this week’s prompt. Your outlook on life is always so positive and an inspiration to all of us. That is an amazing quote…I see why you liked it so much.

    • Anna July 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks Kat!

  5. Facing Cancer (@cancer2gether) July 24, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    Lovely post on being breathless. When I imagine that sensation, I think of the Rocky mountains and how they used to always tower above during my long-ago summer in Jasper. I think of how it felt to received friends at the door with gifts of food when I was too tired during chemo. I think of the excitement of meeting the love of my life.

    Thank you for this reminder of the good things that leave us breathless. It’s true that the diagnosis was another sort of breathlessness . . . but not the only sort. That in itself is a relief to realize.


    • Anna July 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks Catherine, I also remember the meals at the door and what a relief that was for my family. Good and bad, life is crazy

  6. Steven Clark July 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Great reminder about life being about feeling everything, the good and the bad. I tend to shy away from both and try to stay numb. I’m trying to learn to appreciate both. Nice write.

    • Anna July 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

      No no, take it all in! Don’t numb up, there’s too much out there!

  7. Pat yeakey July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Anna……I borrowed your quote and posted it to my FB page today (I apologize for not asking you first) along w/the following: A wonderful quote borrowed from a friend’s blog. Thanks, Anna, for all that you do, all that you say and all that you are. You’re making a difference in so many lives. ♥

    • Anna July 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      No problem on the quote, anytime! Thank you for continued encouragement!

  8. Suzy August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    I loved the quote particularly “When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels that energy” – we are all connected.

    • Anna August 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you Suzy!

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