Sunday, April 23, 2017


"As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life -- and travel -- leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks -- on your body or on your heart -- are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt."
Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef and author is known for some outrageous statements, mostly regarding the food service industry. He's very experienced working in kitchens and shines the light on the "less than glamorous" side of professional cooking. He's opinionated, raw, and quite insightful.

His quote regarding life really resonates with me. I'd go so far as to alter his meaning, to add that if we are blessed, than we leave are mark behind. AND if we are blessed, life leaves marks on us.
Regardless of other people's behaviors and intentions, we are all part of one life. We are blessed when we can share in lovely things with people we respect and adore. Life isn't always so positive, and we do encounter hurt, pain, sadness. This too, leaves deep marks. But, we can learn from those situations too. The strain and strength required to do so, can be fleeting, or challenging, but with enough gumption, we can eventually see the blessing in the pain.

I am blessed and have been blessed in life. Like everyone, I have the marks, both beautiful and ugly on my heart. And I am blessed to have that heart, as flawed as is and the ability to see that as a strength.

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