L – Love in Dallas

a-to-z-letters-lI love parks. I think they are romantic.  One of my favorites is Celestial Park in Addison.

Maybe it’s the steps with poem verses written on them or the sun dial at the top (I love the sun), but the place inspires my creativity.  I not only love the park, I fell in love in this park.


“Where are we going?”
We’d been driving around for 20 minutes. The radio is load and I have to yell for him to hear me, but he doesn’t answer. He squeezes my leg, tries not to smile and continues to focus on the road. 
He slows down and turns into a neighborhood. We don’t know anyone in this neighborhood. I know everyone he knows.  
As I am about to yell again, he pulls in next to the curb and turns off the ignition. 
“Where here.” 
“Come on, I’ll show you.” 
From where we parked, I see a trail covered with trees. I can’t see where it leads, but through the trees I sees an open area elevated from the street.  
He takes my hand and leads me to the trail. I can feel the gravel through the soles of my sandals. The air is filled with the smell of lavender and a hint of magnolias.
I notice he is still grinning. I can’t imagine what I am in for, but I can feel the excitement through his fingers as they grip my hand tighter.  
The trail takes a hard left turn up ahead. Before we reached the turn, he stops. 
“You have to close your eyes.” 
“Trust me,” he smiles at me, squeezes my hand and I close my eyes, trusting him completely. 
He lets go of my hand, but in seconds, I felt him standing behind me. He places his hand on the back of my arms and guides me forward. 
We take a few steps and then he turns me to the right and wraps his arms around me. He whispers in my eye, “Open your eyes.” and this is what I see. 
“Welcome to Celestial Park.”
This is where I fell in love. 


Unfortunately it didn’t last, I was 15, but still special.  Can you pin point the time and place you first fell in love?  

Motivation Plus Inspiration – That is a Good Question?

Definition of Motivation – The reason or reasons now has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

What motivates you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What puts a smile on your face? What makes you feel all warm and tingly in side? 

Are your motivations internal or external?  Do you get motivated by money and power? Or do you find motivation in gaining recognition or respect from others?  Do you have an internal trigger that motivates you?  When you are motivated, is there a physical manifestations of that motivation of are there mental boost you receive from that motivation?  Does the motivation make you happier, stronger, smarter, wittier, bolder or more clever?  

What motivates you? 

Definition of Inspiration – The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. 

What inspires you? What stimulates your heart to feel a certain may? What touches your emotions to act and feel a certain way?  What do you see, smell, hear, taste and feel that inspires you? What places have you visited or situations you have been in or people you have meet that inspire you? 

What inspires you? 

The thing that motivates you and the thing that inspires you the same thing?  What if there was one thing in life that not only motivated you, but inspired you? What would you do in order to sustain the feel that it gave you?  

I think about my life and all that I had hope to accomplish so far. I find lots of inspiration, but very little motivation.  And there in lies the problem.  If you have something in your life that cause you to act a certain way and that mentally simulates you to create something, well, I call that living you life.  

I am on a journey to discover what that is for me.  Asking yourself those questions and I hope you find out what it is that does it for you as well.  Once you find out what that thing is that both motivates and inspires you, then be grateful and respect the gift you have been given.