“It Really Is A Wonderful Life”

(I wrote this post last year at a time when none of us could imagine what was coming a short time later. Yet as I read this again I still believe that we are blessed to be alive, blessed to be loved and blessed to have made a difference in the lives of others. It’s truly a “wonderful life.”)

Tonight I’ll be heading out with friends to the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to see the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” I watch it every year on TV, as so many of us do, yet tonight will be a real treat to see it on the big screen.

It’s the perfect holiday movie and a reminder for all of us that our life affects the lives of others. Think about that…who would you be without the people you’ve met along this journey and who would they be without you? 

There are some of you who have lost loved ones and are missing them, especially during the holidays. It’s good to remember them and the memories they left you with, but think about how their lives impacted yours. Who would you be or where would you be in your life if you never knew them?

And then look around at the people that are still here on this Earth. Think about them as well and ask yourself the same question: “Who would you be or where would you be in your life without them?”

You see, we have a chance to learn the same lesson that George Bailey did: “each man’s life touches so many other lives.” Make your life a “wonderful life,” because it is.

Remember that today and always.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Twas The Morning Of Christmas”

I wrote this several years ago but share it with you every year at this holiday season. It’s a different kind of Christmas this year but let’s not forget the “reason for the season.” There’s a magical feeling this time of year. Keep Christmas in your heart.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Maybe We All Need A Little Love”

Sometimes we need to look at each other the way Linus looked at the tree. I believe there’s good in everyone even if you can’t always see it.

It could be that they’re afraid to get hurt.

Maybe they’re afraid that if they show who they are they will be judged or disliked.

Or it could be that they have trouble trusting other people because of someone that broke their trust. 

And the list can go on.

We don’t always understand why people are the way they are, but I’m going to continue to believe that there’s good in everyone just waiting to shine through

“Maybe they just need a little love.”

Maybe we all do.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Let Go Of Negative Emotions”

Holding on to negative emotions of anger, hurt, frustration or sadness is a waste of your precious time.

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

I don’t always get what I want, do you? So how do you react to that?

I get a bit frustrated but then I switch my perspective. I tell myself “maybe what you want isn’t what you need.”

Sometimes a Higher Power knows better for us. 

And it’s true. Some of the things I’ve wanted in my life didn’t happen and as time passed I realized that they didn’t happen for good reason: it wasn’t in my best interest or something not so good would have come out of it.

We all get disappointed when we don’t get what we want, but if you really look at your life you’ll see that you get what you need.

What is it that you want that you aren’t getting?

Are you loved? Are there people in your life that care about you? Is someone there to help you through your difficult times and celebrate your good times? Have you woken up to another day that you were never promised?

Those are gifts and guess what? It’s all that you need.

Life may not always give you what you want, but it will always provide you with what you need.

And if it’s meant to be, it will give you what you want.

I have to believe that. 

Be grateful for it all.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

Photo by Anne Dennish 2020

“Here Comes That Holiday Anxiety!”

The holidays are fast approaching and that “good ‘ol anxiety” we sometimes feel is taking advantage of us and rearing its ugly head! So many people have anxiety at this time of year and this year it seems to be worse. We feel cut off from friends and family and isolated from having a social life that we’ve grown accustomed to.

But this too shall pass.

Be kind to yourself and others.

Be gentle and forgiving with yourself and others.

And remember that this holiday season will soon become a memory to be shared next year when you’re surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.

We’re all in this together even though we have to do it apart.

Hang in there, my loves.

You got this!

And you’re doing just fine.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“What If?”

Today and every day…

What a wonderful life it would be.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Everybody Hurts…Sometimes”

December 11, 2020

“When your day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,

And you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, hang on.

Don’t let yourself go, cause everybody cries

Everybody hurts…sometimes.” REM

We all hurt sometimes. We all need to cry sometimes. We all feel like giving up sometimes.

Even me.

And that’s when you have to lean on someone in your life that is there for you, that you feel safe with, and that you can let your guard down with.

I’m going to be honest here. I’m there for anyone that needs me, anytime of day or night and for as long as they need me to listen.

Yet there are times, and thankfully not that many, that I need someone to be there for me to listen and let me feel safe to let the tears flow. 

I don’t have a perfect life yet it’s perfect for me. I’ll take any difficult situation I’ve encountered in my life and make it the best that I can, yet there are times that I need someone to be there for me. 

Let me share with you what I’ve learned and give you something to think about. You know that person that’s always there for you? The one you think has their life put together in a perfect package? The one that is stronger than anyone you’ve ever known?

They’re human and sometimes they hurt just like you do. 

Don’t take them for granted because of their strength and ability to help you in your difficult situations. Be there for them. Love them through just as they have for you. Listen to them without judgement as they have for you. And remember even the strongest of people have a moment in which they need someone.

We’re all in this together. Let’s be there for each other. 

Don’t let the strength and positive attitude of someone you know make you think that they don’t need someone to lean on every once in a while.

Because they do.

We all need each other.

Especially now. 

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

You’re here for a reason. You woke up today for a reason. You’re alive for a reason.

Have you ever seen the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life?” If you haven’t, you should. And if you have then you should watch it again.

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” said Clarence the Angel.

You’re here and if you weren’t, life would be completely different. It would be different for everyone. Your existence matters and you’re here for a reason.

Your life touches each and every single life that you’ve met along the way and if you weren’t here, the journey of those people would have been different.

Think about that. 

Your life has made an impact on each and every life you have met along the way.

You’re here for a reason.

You woke up today for a reason.

You’re alive for a reason.

Think about that.

Be grateful.

And take that “wonderful life” of yours and make a positive impact in the world and in the lives of each and every life you touch.

And you’ve touched the lives of many.

Including mine. 

Wishing you love, light and a wonderful life,

~Anne Dennish~

“Take The Long Way Home”

December 8, 2020

Some days you need to take the long way home. I live about 10 minutes from my beach house and there’s a quick route to get home even faster and then there’s the long way home…the beach route. 

I love taking the long way home. Don’t get me wrong, after a long day at work all I want to do is get home but I’m realizing that the long way home holds so much more for me. It’s 25 mph the entire stretch, but it gives me time to see the changing colors of the sky over the ocean as the sun begins to set and once I cross the bridge I drive a few more blocks to see the sunset over the lake and pavilion to my right.

There’s beauty to my left and to my right and the only way I know that is by taking the long way home.

Give yourself permission to take the long way home.

And enjoy the ride.

The long way home is the best way home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~