Welcome to Quiet Island Writings! Sometimes when asking for help on our journey, we are sent inspiring messages. Be open to the universal energy that flows compassionately around us all. If you'd like to share your reflections on the writings, click on the daily post title and leave your thoughts. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Knowing Your Future

Sometimes you want to know what the future holds for you. You’re curious to see if what you’ve been asking for will come to pass, but what would happen if you learned that what you wanted isn’t going to happen. Do you change your plans or do you continue to pursue your dream knowing it may never be? Know that when you leave your future in the hands of others you may not end up where you were meant to be, but where someone has led you. Only you have a clear vision of your dreams and can turn them into reality. Whether or not it’s exactly how you pictured it to be, it will have come through you following your own path. Trust that although your dreams may change throughout your life, they may turn out to be even better than you could ever imagine.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Friday, January 30, 2015

Trying Something New

Sometimes when you try something new it may be a little frustrating at the beginning because nothing seems to make sense. It’s not as if you’re not trying, it’s more that you don’t have a point of reference. It’s hard for you to start at the very beginning when you haven’t been there for a while, but that’s where you know you have to be. You find yourself taking baby steps so you don’t fall. Although you want to learn as quickly as possible, you find that slowing down and understanding the little that you’ve learned is more important. When you understand the bigger picture than everything begins to come together. Know that everyone starts at the beginning and before they know it they are where they hoped to be.

Quinn - Snow walk
Where is the beach…

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Telling Yourself The Truth

You hear that honesty is the best policy and you do your best to apply this to your life. Being honest with others is challenging because you’re caught between telling the truth and being respectful so as not to hurt their feelings. But you know if you keep too much inside of yourself, it may hurt you in the long run. Knowing this, how honest are you with yourself? Are you able to tell yourself how you feel about things without having an internal struggle? How many times do you agree with others, telling yourself that you’ll be okay with your decision even if you have strong feeling against it. When do you do things that you have funny feelings about but don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? Being honest begins with yourself. Your journey becomes much easier when your mind, body, and spirit are in alignment. It’s time to tell yourself the truth.

butterfly hiding
Butterflies are so special…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Creating A New Day

Every day you have a chance to begin anew. Even if yesterday was one of the worst days you’ve ever had, today can be so different. Each morning when you awake you have the opportunity to decide what kind of day you’d like it to be. No matter what comes your way, you can choose to have a positive day or continue what was happening the day before. The next 24 hours is dependent on the decisions you make in the morning. You decide to make it the best day ever or one that you’ll want to forget. How do you want your day to be?

Dani - natural local flowers
Nature’s best…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Habits That Linger

It’s frustrating when a habit you thought was long gone has resurfaced. Knowing that this is a struggle that never seems to end is not encouraging. What can you do to make it go away forever? Trying to control an instinctive reaction is almost impossible because you find yourself responding to something before you consciously realize what is happening. At this point all you can do is damage control, to be in the moment and acknowledge your reaction with compassion. You are no more or less because of your internal struggle. Remember that this too shall pass and you will recover from all that cause you harm. Breathe and know that the Universe is here to support you on your path.

Betsy twilight on the bay
It’s time to breathe…

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Life Of Gratitude

When was the last time you showed your appreciation to those who’ve helped you? You sometimes forget that you didn’t get where you are by yourself. Your journey has been filled with people who have supported you and your dreams. It may have been words of encouragement or being there when you needed a shoulder to lean on. They have never asked you for anything but to see you do well in life. It’s time to stop and begin giving back to them. Whether it’s a call, a text, or a card, send a message of gratitude for all that they have done for you. You will find that as you show your appreciation, life becomes a little more brighter. It’s by acknowledging who you are because of others, that you realize you have never really been alone on your journey.  

Betsy Ferris Wheel
Let’s play today…

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Change You Seek Is Within You

If this is a year of change, what makes it different from other years. You’ve tried to move forward in your life, but find that you are in the same place. It’s not that you’ve haven’t tried, but life is still the same. It’s been frustrating and a little confusing. But every year you begin the new year with good intentions. No matter what you’ve been working on, you are where you’re supposed to be. Sometimes it takes more than good intentions to make change, especially when there are other people involved. Remember that you can only change yourself and by doing that it will change the situation you are in. It may not be the end result you were looking for, but the picture will be different. This year, take the time to reflect upon the changes you want to see happen, release it to the Universe, and see what reveals itself by the end of the year. The change you seek is within you.

It takes time to get up the mountain, but eventually you’ll get there…

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Taking Care Of Yourself

When do you begin taking care of yourself? You have no problems helping your family and friends. In fact, your loyalty and concern for them is commendable and others depend on your generosity. But when it comes to caring for yourself, you don’t have the time. It’s not that you purposefully avoid taking care of yourself, but you don’t see the necessity and  there are always excuses. Your need to help others take precedence, but at what cost. As your health and frame of mind begin to suffer, than who will you be able to help. It’s time to balance your life between caring for yourself and others. Give others the opportunity to take care of you for a change.

Cornell Lake Falls
Enjoy nature and renew your energy…

Friday, January 23, 2015

Being Swept Aside

Sometimes things happen in the day that throw you off your foundation. Your first reaction is to fight fire with fire, but after taking a deep breathe you wonder how wise that would be. Nothing is accomplished by reacting so quickly. Your emotions are swept away in times like these and you may not be responding to what is happening but how you are feeling. So when you feel yourself losing control, step aside for a moment and regroup. You’ll be happy in the long run that you did. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Betsy twilight on the bay
Just be in the moment..

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's Okay To Be In The Moment

Searching for who you are can be frustrating, especially when you don’t know what you’re looking for. You think you’re doing all right until you read a book that tells you that you’re doing everything wrong or you talk to someone who seems to know the answers for everything. Either way, you end up questioning if you missed something along the way. Know that finding yourself is not as important as being comfortable with who you are at this moment. You know yourself better than any book or anyone else. So trust who you are, believe that you are where you’re meant to be, enjoy life, and leave it at that.

Quinn - fireworks
Celebrate the moment…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Advice Not Needed

Think how often you give advice to your family and friends. You quickly assess the situation and know exactly what you would do. But being who you are you probably wouldn’t be in that position. When giving advice to others you think about how you would respond, but you’re forgetting about the person you are trying to help. If you were to really listen to their story, you would realize that they are not you. You are both so different, yet you are advising them to do something that may work for you but probably wouldn’t work for them.  There are no fears when you are not emotionally involved. So the next time you are ready to give advice, step back and just listen. For all that is needed is your love and compassion.

Quinn - concrete sculpture
What is this…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trusting Your Dreams Will Come True

How long do you have to wait for a dream to come true? It’s not that you’ve stopped believing, but it’s frustrating when what you see so clearly doesn’t come to fruition. You question whether you’re being unrealistic or too greedy. Have you been wasting your time? Know that the Universe supports your dreams and guides you to making them come true. But how many of you listen to what needs to be done in order for you to attain what you want. Sometimes you forget that the things you want may not come the way you thought they would, so be open to all opportunities that come your way. You’ll be surprised as to what is already on its way. 

Blow and make a wish..

Monday, January 19, 2015

Talking To Yourself

How many conversations do you have with yourself in a day? Usually these talks come from a place of indecision. Having doubts about where your life is going. Asking yourself whether what you are doing is right for you. Trying to be convincing but knowing the more you question yourself, the harder it is to decide what to do. When you begin talking to yourself more and more, then it’s time to put this conversation on hold for awhile. Why are you stressing yourself out by making a decision you’re not ready to make? When you’re trying to convince yourself about something you’re not sure of, you’re more than likely going to settle for a decision that won’t make you happy. Listening to yourself isn’t easy, but it’s so worth while in the end.

Quinn - mountain top
How far can you see…

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Path For You

Although everyone is on their own path, sometimes you question whether the path you are on is truly yours. Not sure of where you are going or if you’re prepared for what is coming, you remain still. Fear of the unknown prevents you from moving forward. Feeling unsure, you are paralyzed from seeing opportunities that have come your way. So here you stand, not knowing what to do. Maybe it’s better for you not to do anything than it is to make a mistake. Would knowing that you are never alone on your journey, comfort you? Although you can’t see us, know that we are always with you to keep you from getting lost. Have the courage to take chances for there is so much more for you to experience in this life time.

Quinn - Pez on the boat
You are never alone…

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wishing And Dreaming

What do you want to do today? You’ve been saying that you want to do something different. Something exciting, something you’ve never done before. If that’s truly what you want, why haven’t you made an effort to do just that. We are here to support your desires and help you attain your dreams. But what would you do if you had the opportunity right this moment to do exactly what you want? Are you ready for your life to change? With every action you take there are consequences. This applies to attaining your every wish. So it’s not that you have to be careful in making a wish, just know how different your life can become. But sometimes your wishes and dreams comes from within you where fear does not exist. So continue to ask for the world and we will be there to support you where ever life leads you.

kihei twilight
Walk with me…

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Life Meant For You

How many times have you wondered what it would be like to be someone else? Someone who you’ve admired or wish you could have a life like theirs. What would it be like to have a successful career, more money, or a place you’ve always dreamed about? But what is it about these people that make them so special to you. They are no different from you. They go through hardships and difficult times just like you. It’s natural for you to want a better life, but why wish to be someone else when you are unique and can create all the things you are wishing for. Know that you can spend the rest of your life wanting to be someone else or work towards becoming the person you were meant to be.

maui paddlers
Your journey is special…

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Seeing Yourself In Others

Sometimes you spend so much time trying to change other people, that you forget that change begins with you. It’s easier to identify the faults of others than it is to recognize the weaknesses within ourselves. If you take the time to look at what bothers you, you may find that it’s the very thing that you’ve been trying to overcome. So pause for a moment and think of all the things that others do that irritate you. Can you recognize any of these traits within yourself? Instead of being judgmental of others, use this time to better yourself. You’ll be surprised at how much nicer people will be when you focus on yourself instead of others.

close up of seal

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Listen and Learn

You say you are listening, but it’s difficult to listen to others when you’re always talking. You have so much to learn in this lifetime, but you seem to think you know all the answers. Even though there are times that you may be unsure of yourself, you fear that others will judge you if you can’t respond correctly. We all come from different experiences, so embrace what others have to say because they may add something to your story that will make it come alive. By assuming you know more than others you are only limiting yourself. It’s in the silence you begin to learn a little more about who you are. This is not a competition of who knows more, but  trusting that the more you acknowledge your ignorance the more you will gain. It’s time to step off the podium and let others share their knowledge. You’ll be surprise at how much fuller your life can become.

golden buddha
In the silence, we hear more…

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Taking Action

Knowing what you want is one thing, but doing what you need to do to accomplish your goals is another. We all tend to talk so much about the task at hand that we give less thought to how we intend to see our plans through to the end. The final result is so clear in our minds, that we sometimes get lost in the process. Losing our way and forgetting what we are supposed to do gets frustrating at times. It’s easier just to dream about what we want then it is to actually pursue it. Talking about what we want makes it more real, but it still takes commitment on our part to make things happen. Dreaming and wishing is the first step in envisioning the life we desire but taking action turns our dreams and wishes into reality.

 hokulea on board
  • It began as a dream…

Monday, January 12, 2015

Run With Me

Let’s run to the ends of the world. Without the worries that tie you down, you can fly so easily. Nothing can prevent you from seeking all that you desire. You can discover all that was lost when you left your childhood behind. When the realities of life pushed aside your fantasies. What was mislaid, you will find along the way. You are guided only by the voices within you that encourages you to seek out all that you put aside. When you give yourself permission to look beyond what you see in front of you, there is no holding you back. So open your eyes to all that you were told was impossible and embrace your future without fear. It’s time for you to fly.

Sean - View from the plane over the island
Do you see how much more you can see when you are flying…

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Seeking The Approval Of Others

How many of you seek approval when doing a job well done? Instead of looking for others to acknowledge your work, you should be looking within yourself. We all have a voice within us that guides us in doing what is good for us. It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, you are there for a purpose. Remember although you may not see the impact that you have, you can change the life of someone by the actions you take today. Don’t let the approval of others determine how successful you are.  If you listen to the spirit within you, you will be exactly where you need to be.

bamboo forest path
Following the path is not always easy…

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Keep Believing

Have you been thinking about something you’ve wanted for awhile but can’t seem to get? It always seems to be beyond your reach. In fact, it’s getting to a point where you’ve becoming resolved to the fact that you may never attain it. No matter how impossible it may seem to be, it’s been your desire. If the Universe hears our prayers then wouldn’t you have gotten your wish by now. It’s debatable whether what we want and what the Universe has planned for us are in line with each other. What if we are at cross purposes? All we know is that you can’t stop wishing or dreaming, for that is what gives us hope in life. Sometimes we get what we want but it doesn’t exactly come in the way we thought it would. So be open to all possibilities for when there is a feeling of hope in your heart, nothing is impossible. 

ala moana sunset
It’s a new dawn…

Friday, January 9, 2015

Living A Compassionate Life

Sometimes it’s difficult to be compassionate to others when your judgement gets in the way. We know that you work to be loving towards others, but who do you feel is deserving. Everyone has differences in what they consider a priority in life. Values differ from person to person. So what you think is important, someone else may not. Instead of having to choose who deserves your consideration, what if you are compassionate to all. Everyone is in pain in some way. We are all suffering in life, but whether or not you are able to see it depends on our life circumstances. No one is more or less than anyone else. So when you begin your day tomorrow, remember that everyone deserves your compassion. When you begin to look at life this way, you will see how our much our lives are intertwined.

There is so much beauty in life…

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Life's Unexpected Moments

Sometimes no matter what you do you can’t prepare for the unexpected. You have your plans laid out and hopefully everything goes as scheduled. But then something occurs that you never expected. You catch the flu, the internet goes down or you have guests that drop by uninvited. Whatever the reason, you can’t be prepared for everything. So what are you going to do? It’s your response to the situation that is important. The choices you make from then on will decide whether your day will turn out better than what you had originally planned or be the worst. But one thing you can depend on is life throwing you a curve every once and awhile. So make each day joyful, whether you are sick in bed with the flu, writing in a journal instead of on the computer, or enjoying your guests’ company. Know the choices you make are always up to you.

Kauai rooster
When your alarm breaks, just listen for the crowing of the rooster…

Monday, January 5, 2015

Life Is Not Perfect

Sometimes when you get frustrated because you are not getting the results that you are seeking or when life doesn’t go exactly the way you planned, it’s time to regroup. No matter how you look at things, nothing seems to be coming together just right. Although you know that life is not always perfect, you can’t believe this applies to you. Know that we are here to help you. You only need to ask. But that being said, be open to hear the messages that come your way. Guidance may come through those you may or may not know, by doing something you’ve never experience before, or even by making mistakes. This year is all about thinking outside the box, being innovative, and believing in yourself.  

image (26)
No matter how difficult it gets, find joy in what you do…

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Don't Give Up On Your Ideas

There is still time for you to recapture the momentum that you began last year. All that you planned for can be continued into the new year. You do not have to start from square one. The frustration that you felt at the end of the year because you didn’t meet your timeline, should be feelings of excitement because you are forging ahead with a well thought of plan. Many ideas take more than a year to see fulfillment. Even goals that you reached in the previous year can be refined. So in the coming year, you don’t have to think to hard in creating new goals when you already have successful plans right in front of you.

Sean - flowers in field with mtns
Planning can wait until tomorrow…

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Falling Short Of Our Expectations

We know that you have the best of intentions, but you fall short of your expectations. You compare yourself to a vision of perfection, but it’s difficult to be someone you are not. Struggling to do what you think is right, but sometimes things are not so black and white. Instead of being the best, do what feels right at the moment. Acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses, you can create the life you want. We accept you for who you are, not what we expect you to be.

Quinn - multiple water falls
Life is not always perfect…

Friday, January 2, 2015

SimplifyingYour Life

What happens when the power shuts off? With the strange weather we have been having, it wouldn’t be out of the question for this to happen. You are so used to sending and receiving communication in a blink of an eye that it frustrates you to wait for even a minute. What would your life be like if you didn’t have access to your phone, the internet, or the television? How quickly would you be able to adapt to a more simple life style? Think of how quiet your life would be. Technology is definitely a part of our lives now, but it may be a good idea in the coming year for you to turn off your devices every once and awhile so you are able to hear yourself think. You’d be amazed at how many messages you are missing because your mind is being kept busy. Listen carefully and you may hear what the Universe is trying to tell you.

buddha in the sunlight
It’s time to listen…

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Resolutions For The New Year

Welcome to the New Year! It’s a year of change and you are meeting it with the determination that it will be a prosperous year for you. But it’s funny how quickly the resolutions you made last night are already challenging you. You made them with such good intentions but you may have disregarded a few of them in the first hours of the day. Instead of getting discouraged, know that making resolutions are just the first step in acknowledging your weaknesses and trying to better yourself. The second step which is the most difficult is having the patience and commitment to reach your goals successfully. So if you find yourself getting off the path of good intentions, forgive yourself and do better next time. Changing behaviors do not happen overnight, so be compassionate to yourself and others for the change you want for yourself is coming.

image (19)
Today Is a good day to venture out…