Most of the things that guide us happen early in life. As we get older, those things may become challenged or blurred. Whether you change at that point or not, be careful what controls your life doesn’t make you less loving, compassionate, or forget where you came from.
A memory is the capturing of a moment in our life that touched our heart, changed our lives, or brought us closer to those we love. It’s sometimes all we have left when all that’s left is us.
Owners Tracey Bommarito and Sue McCall met each other several years ago and bonded working on Santa shops, art projects, and later on, Sweet Repeats (Tracey’s twice a year children’s consignment shop). It was during the preparations for Sweet Repeats that they visualized the top floor of the old Gass building in historic downtown Dandridge as a shop where they would carry only items handmade or repurposed in Tennessee and occasionally, the surrounding states. A one stop shop for one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else!
Getting mad about something just to prove a point only creates more problems that you’ll have to apologize for later. It’s hard enough sometimes to explain why you’re mad, but just to prove a point is impossible to justify to anyone.
In life, every great success begins with a challenge. Don’t be dissuaded by the difficulty of something or the amount of time it will take to accomplish it. Perseverance and determination are the two strong legs that every great success stands on.
A smart person can tell you how something works. An intelligent person can tell you why it works. But, an experienced person can tell you if it will work. When you’re looking to get the best answer to what to do, go with the person who's doing the job now.
I believe there will be sunshine following the rain that falls upon me. I believe there will be calmness following the strongest winds in my life. And, I believe I’m loved even when I feel unlovable. I know all of this because I believe in the One that does it all.
Like a drive down a sunny country road, life takes us through moments of sunshine and dark shadows. Like this road, we never know what may be around the next bend. Don’t fear what life may have waiting for you. Rejoice in the sunshine today and deal with the rain tomorrow.
Some of our greatest rewards in life are not the wealth we accumulated or the positions we ascended to. They’re the times we chose to love others unconditionally, to bring joy to their life, and to make memories that will keep them in our heart forever.
In life, it’s not the physical touches that we remember the longest. It’s the things that touch our heart. What touches our skin slowly fade away, but what touches our heart may live forever. Every embrace brings us joy, but those things that touch our heart often bring us, love.
Negativity breeds positive thinking. People who are too negative make others positive they don't want to be around them. Don’t let your negativity produce a positive feeling in those around you.
One of the greatest motivations a person can have is to know they are appreciated. When you're appreciated, your heart and mind are free to dream.
Though we cannot always choose what will control our lives, those things we surround ourselves with have an impact. If we surround ourselves with happiness and joy or hate and ugliness, one will be stored away and leak out into our life. We emulate what we most see in life.
The collective efforts of many hearts help God place miracles in our life. One person says something that touches our heart, another helps reinforce our faith, and another shows us love we desperately need. All these acts of grace prepare us to see God’s miracles in our life.
For some people, the truth is hidden behind an unwillingness to accept it. Most people who know you, love you. They have nothing but your best interest in mind when they say things to you. Don’t let your pride or stubbornness keep you from hearing the truth.
There are people in our life that no matter what we say they always know our heart. These are the ones that believe in us most. There is nothing like old friends that never leave your heart. Inspired by Diane Crowe LeGuillon
Sometimes, what we think we need in life will be around the next corner. We keep looking, hoping we will find exactly what we need. That may be the case, but if you go around enough corners it brings you back to where you started and you realize its where you belonged all along.
Sometimes, life doesn’t seem fair. We suffer losses, disappointments, and problems that never seem to go away. We seem to gain today and lose it tomorrow. Life is all about perspective. Don’t look at what goes wrong, but what goes right. Your joys always outnumber your problems.
One of our greatest strengths in life is realizing what’s not our problem. It’s okay to help, but it’s not necessary to inherit the problem.
If we could rewind time, we would bring back those we’ve lost and moments we cherish from our memories. We could correct mistakes and make amends where we know we were wrong. Sadly, we can’t do this, but we can learn to never waste a moment in life and cherish those we love.