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!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

When Is The Right Time

When is a good time to move on when you fear leaving the safety net you’ve carefully built to catch you when you fall? You worked hard to create the life you now have because that was what you once wanted. But now that you are no longer that person and have visions of a different life, what are you to do? You know that you are changing, but you are scared to leave the safety of what is familiar. It’s frustrating because you are not sure what to do. But who said you had to choose one or the other. Would it be possible to incorporate both the past and the future? Nothing is impossible when creating your vision. Maybe it’s not the right time to make a decision. Take your time and do what is right for you. For whatever you decide, it will be a reflection of where you are at the moment.
handstand kihei beach
Let’s just play today…

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I Can Do This

I can do this. You have the motivation and the drive to achieve your goals. You have created a plan to carry out your desires. You know what you want the outcome to be and you are determined to see this through. That was yesterday, today you are singing a different tune. This is so much harder to do than you thought it would be. What were you thinking? Your great plan seems unrealistic as well as unattainable. Why did you think you could ever achieve reaching your goal within the time that you set for yourself. If you think it’s so difficult now, how will you ever see this through to the end. The reality is that everything that creates change will be challenging. You are not only trying to reach a goal, but you are developing new habits which your body, mind, and spirit may be fighting against. Change occurs from the inside out. Begin having internal conversations with yourself. Be understanding when you falter. Be patient when others don’t understand what you are trying to achieve. And most of all be loving to yourself especially when you are going through a rough spot. Know that you can do what ever your heart desires, if you truly believe it can be done.
Sean - Wide angle turtle bay
Life can be so beautiful…

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Affirming The Positive

How long have you been hiding who you really are? It’s not that you are undesirable, but in your eyes there are certain things about yourself that you are hesitant in showing others. What you find tolerable in others, you fear that they will not accept in yourself. Perfection is just an illusion so why are you holding yourself to such high standards. It’s not that you find yourself to be less than others, but you constantly remind yourself of your faults. Remember if you continue to do this, your thoughts will be reflected in who you will become. It’s time to turn your life around. Like everyone else you are who you are because of your past experiences. So move forward and know that you can become who you are meant to be by working on who you are in the moment. Overcome negative thoughts by replacing them with positive affirmations. It’s been a tiring journey for you, now release all that is holding you back and move forward with confidence and love for yourself.
Tangled tree branches
When life gets too complicated, it’s time to jump out of the tree… 

Monday, April 27, 2015

It's Time For A Change

You say that you are open to change, but what are you doing to welcome the change you are seeking. Trying to convince yourself and others about what you envision won’t make it happen anytime soon unless you put your words into action. But as you move forward you will be confronted by the fears that have blocked you before. All the doubts that faced you in the past wait patiently for you like a long lost friend. You say that you are prepared, for this is not the first time that you have walked this path before. So let your determination push past all your fears for it’s time to move forward. You have been waiting for this moment and no matter what comes your way you’ll be ready. Although dreaming about change kept you hopeful, living it is so much more rewarding.
Sean - Stepping Off.
Where do you go from here…

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Step Aside

No one said it was going to be easy to release the control.  But you never realized how hard it would be to let others lead the way. Whether you were sure of where you were going or not, it just seemed easier and faster to get things done. But now in order to regain the balance in your life, you are more open to letting others take the leadership role. It’s not that they appointed you in the past but it’s a role that you easily slipped into. Sitting back and letting others take over seemed easy enough but it is making you uncomfortable. In fact, you have the urge to get up and take over again. You have visions of all the things that can go wrong. But sit back just a little longer and think about how you gained your experience to lead. It was through making mistakes and learning from others. That’s the gift you are giving, the opportunity to learn from in a safe environment. So know that releasing control is not only about you but about all those that you are helping. It’s time to move towards another phase in your life.
It doesn’t matter where this road goes…

Saturday, April 25, 2015

True Friendships

They say that if you want to get to know yourself a little better, look at the people you surround yourself with. We tend to gravitate towards people that we have something in common. In friendships there is a level of reciprocation, a give and take. Where there is respect and trust, knowing that if you are in need of support you can count each other to be there. If this doesn’t seem familiar to you, take a closer look at the individuals who you consider to be your friends. Will they be there when you are going through difficult times or are they in contact with you only when they are in need of help. Some of you may say that it’s not important that you receive anything in return. But if they are a reflection of where you are at this moment, you may need to rethink about how balanced your relationships are? Who are you going to turn to when you need support? It may be time to re-evaluate who your friends are, for you deserve to be given as much attention as you give to others. Being a friend is a gift not an entitlement.
Sharing good times…

Friday, April 24, 2015

Confusing Times

It’s not that you’re not trying to move forward. In fact, you’ve done your research and you know exactly what it takes to get you to where you need to go. But some how it seems as if the Universe is working against you or your life is on a strange holding pattern You feel so strongly that it is time to do something different. But how do you initiate change when there are things in life that you have no control over.  And no matter how much you try to force things to go your way, nothing will happen before it’s time. So instead of grumbling about how unfair life is, think about all the things that are going right for you and enjoy where you are at the moment. Remember that you are never alone, so although you may not be feeling positive at this time be respectful to those around you. There are those who support you and want to help you through this confusing time. Know that no matter how frustrated you are feeling at this moment, this too shall pass and you will attain what you are hoping to achieve.
Enjoy the moment…

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Finding Your Balance

On some days, try as you might it feels as if you are being tossed around in rough seas. It’s not as if you are not familiar with the ups and downs in life, but when it takes you by surprised it’s unnerving. Because you’re not ready to be broadsided, you revert back to the fight or flight response. You’ve become quite good at negotiating and keeping the peace by listening before reacting. But in that moment, you find yourself speaking before thinking or literally running away. It may disappointing that all that you’ve learned has been wiped away, but don’t despair your recovery is much quicker than it was before. Understand that you are only human and come from a place of compassion. Now it’s time to receive as much compassion and love that you have given everyone else in your life. Be at peace knowing that you are exactly where you need to be. The rough seas will soon be gone and you will be able to once again find your balance.
Soon the tides will turn…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What Don't You Understand?

Although you are speaking the same language, you wonder if others understand what you are saying. You feel that you are communicating clearly but some how it gets lost in the translation. It’s not that you are misunderstood very often, but when you are you feel a need to clarify what you are saying. Then the confusion begins. The only thing you are certain about is that you are totally confused as to where the other person is coming from. The words seem simple enough, but the misunderstanding comes in the meaning of what you are trying to say. Times like these, take a deep breathe and think about what your intention is in the words you are choosing. Most times there is something deeper going on with the other person. They bring their past experiences and emotions with them. So what started as a simple conversation can blown up in to total confusion. Take a step back and quickly assess the situation, if need be put this subject aside for another day. Remember your intention is to communicate with respect to not only others but to yourself.  Be mindful that speaking to others is more than just getting your point across, it’s to engage others in your experience.
Quiet reflection…

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slowing Down For A While

Although it may be difficult to slow down, it’s definitely worth it. Just sitting on the sidelines and watching the world go by, you see a lot of things that you would normally miss. It’s not that you are not aware of what is going on around you, it just that you are moving so quickly that life becomes a blur. Your mind is racing in so many directions that you are not paying attention to the simple things in life. Being able to walk down the path you normally take but actually notice the people, the sounds, and smells that surround you. Identifying what you love about where you live and enjoying these things all over again. Taking the time to live your life in a more peaceful way may be something for you to think about before you miss the beauty of the moment. You won’t fall behind if you slow down, you will only gain more of an understanding of what it takes to regain balance in your life.
Enjoy the moment…

Monday, April 20, 2015

Walk Along Side With Me

Can you walk along side with me today?You don’t have to say anything. Silence is sometimes more soothing than words could ever be. It’s your positive energy that I seek to keep me from getting lost in my thoughts and to help me through the rough waters of life. I know that I’m strong and that I can meet the challenges that come my way. But there are times like today that I need a shoulder to lean on. Being brave gets tiring sometimes. After a while, the mask of courage that I have been wearing begins to crack. I know that it’s time to step aside and get back to me. At least for now, peace and serenity is what I seek. 
Sean - ocean and rocks
Spend the day with me…

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Within In Your Own Time

How many times do you feel as if you are being rushed? It’s not that you have forgotten the time, but sometimes it seems if it’s running against you. When you are making plans everything runs smoothly. But somehow during the day things start backing up because they take more time than you anticipated. You forget how many times you have been delayed because you don’t like to hurt anyone’s feelings, so you stay just a minute longer. But running behind has become more of a common occurrence than not. It wouldn’t be bad if you didn’t feel so guilty about being late in meeting others. Be realistic about who you are and the time you take to complete your tasks. If you are someone who likes to take their time, then plan accordingly. But if you’re a Type A person, then adjust your schedule to your pace. But at this point in life, you should be more familiar with the people you spend time with so you know who and what takes more time than what you expect. So in those cases, plan to spend quality time with them. Don’t cut these special moments short. Life is not to be rushed. Enjoy it within your own time.
Stop and capture the moment…

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's A Powerful Day

Today I feel as if I can do anything. Overcoming all the obstacles that are in my way. Forgiving all who have not had the best intentions towards me. Moving beyond all the fears that have held me back. Today is no more special than it was yesterday. It’s just waking up telling myself that I can do better. I know this feeling may only last for the day, but I will take advantage of the power it gives me. It’s not every day that I feel invincible. Being able to accomplish whatever I have set out to do. So let me have this precious day where I am at peace with who I am and all that I was meant to be. It’s a powerful day.
It’s going to be a special day…

Friday, April 17, 2015

How Far Can Your Dreams Take You?

There are times in life when no matter how comfortable you are with what you are doing there is a quiet whispering within you to explore the unknown. Going outside of your comfort zone may be scary, so you quickly try to push aside these wayward thoughts. You have worked so hard to get to where you are so why are you dreaming about a life so different from the one you lead right now. It’s not that you are unhappy or discontent, it’s just thoughts of “What if?” are popping in your head. Know that it’s okay to venture to places you have never been to or doing things that are new to you. That’s how your spirit grows. Pushing yourself to achieve more in life opens up a world of opportunities for you. Dreaming helps you to define what you are searching for. Go ahead and step outside the life that you have created and live the life that you have only dreamed about. The only one who is holding you back is yourself.
Sean - Chinese Altar
There is so much for us to learn about each other…

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Life Can Be What You Want It To Be

There are times when you feel that life is just where you want it to be. You have jumped over several hurdles to get where you are at this moment. Everything seems to be going smoothly for you. It’s not that things are perfect, but you have learned to cope with the imperfections. You have made some adjustments and feel that you have learned some valuable lessons along the way. Then all of a sudden your world is shaken again. It may not be a major disruption but it’s enough for you to start questioning your abilities to make your way through chaos. This time you regroup much faster than before. You have learned that through adversity you have become stronger. Knowing that life is unstable, you shake off the fears and refuse to let back into your spirit and with confidence tell yourself that I can do this. This will not stop me from moving forward to where I am meant to be. Life can be all that you want it to be.
Quinn - sand tracks on the beach
Be part of the footprints that many have left behind…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Getting Back On Your Feet

Sometimes no matter how firmly you stand on your foundation, life has a way of pushing you off. No matter how many times this happens, you are still taken by surprise. It’s like standing in the ocean, when a huge wave comes and knocks you off your feet. You can either struggle against it and get tossed around for all your efforts or you can just go with the flow. You might end up on the shore, but at least you’re safely in one piece. Because you weren’t paying attention, you forgot all the rules of the ocean. You only turned your back on the waves that one time, but one time is all that it took. Sometimes you need to get knocked down a few times for you to learn that although life is unpredictable, if you fall back on your foundation you can make it through anything. Its okay for things to go wrong in your life because you will always have an opportunity to get back on your feet again and do even better the next time.
Dani - waves washing up on shore
It’s time to get back in the water…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crossing The Bridge

There are so many times in life when you put things aside because you don’t want to deal with it at the moment. It’s not that you can’t take care of it. It’s just that you don’t want to. Whatever the reason you are procrastinating, it seems to be a good enough excuse at the time. Whether you feel you are too busy or too stressed, you push it aside without further thought. It’s difficult to imagine how strong your mind is. It makes decisions that only you can makes sense out of. Letting things go for another day may not be harmful in the long run, but then it may if things pile up as they do. I don’t think that you consciously avoid doing what you’d obviously would rather not. It may be just self-preservation. So today do what feels right for you, which may be crossing the bridge when you are ready. Whatever is on the other side, will be there waiting for you tomorrow.
Quinn - bridge
The other side is just beautiful as this side…

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fleeting Moments

There are moments when you look at the clock and realize how fast time flies. No matter how much you wish for more, you know it’s not possible. When you’re enjoying yourself time literally slips away. But when you’re not interested in what you are doing, the opposite occurs. You wonder how you’ll get through the day because the clock seems to get stuck. Your mind wanders in different directions trying to grab onto something that it can take interest in. In life, you only have so many years, months, days, minutes, and seconds to do what you enjoy doing. It’s time to treasure the fleeting moments in your life and do whatever that brings you joy and happiness. 
Quinn - Frozen creek
Enjoy the moment before it melts away…

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Becoming One With Yourself

What is the purpose of lying to yourself? It’s as if you are two separate people. One whose actions are directed by fears and the other who enables you when you make the wrong choices. We all have fears that hold us back from doing the right thing for ourselves. As hard as we try, we revert back to habits that keep us from getting hurt. When we are at the point when we need to make a decision, that’s when we begin lying to ourselves. Reminding ourselves why we need to continue doing what we do in order to keep safe, even if it keeps us from moving forward in our lives. It’s time for you to become one person. Standing up to both that exists within you and saying “No more lies”. Believing that you will be safe no matter how many challenges you face along the way, you will overcome them. Know that you do not stand alone, look around and you will see all who love you and support your efforts. 
Betsy Inside Chur
There is place for us all to find peace…

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Taking Time Off

There are times when you need to take some time off. It doesn’t help when you’re worrying about what you’re supposed to do today or if what you did yesterday was enough.There are moments when you wonder if you’re accomplishing all that you have set out to do in life. At some point though it really doesn’t matter because you tell yourself that you always have tomorrow. But there is a growing feeling within you of not wanting to do anything, to put everything aside and get away from it all. Taking the day off to do nothing. To just be, whatever that means to you. Whether it’s to play, to be out in the sun, to stay home and watch television, to do what gives you joy. You would be surprised that taking time away from everything and everyone is surprisingly rejuvenating. When you begin taking care of yourself, you will find that you’re able to help others in a more loving and compassionate way.
Andaz Wailea infinity pools
Peace and quiet…

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Simple Life

There is something to be said about living a simple life. Being all and doing all for everyone may have been rewarding at first, but it’s getting a little difficult finding down time for yourself. You have taken on so many commitments that it may be affecting your peace of mind. You may find yourself becoming more and more distracted and less interested in what you are doing. You are now questioning if you’ve taken on too much and if it’s possible to even live a simpler life. Learning more about who you are at this moment and accepting that the life you are currently living may not be where you are meant to be any more. Take the time to discover what gives you joy, then create a life that reflects the person you have become. Living a simple life may be where you will find your peace and serenity.  
Kauai rooster
The simple life…

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Waiting For The Perfect Time

The world as we know it is smaller than we think. Our lives intertwine in ways we can’t understand. Sometimes we affect each other’s lives whether intentional or not. Our wishes and desires have a tendency to overlap and become blurred. So what happens when two people wish for totally opposite things? How does the Universe decide who gets their wish granted and who doesn’t? Does it depend on who has the greater need or lesson to be learned? There are times we question whether the Universe actually hears us because we haven’t received what we have been asking for. But what if it’s not about us but about timing. Sometimes it’s frustrating when we ask for something and it does not come as quickly as we would like it to. Only when looking at things hindsight can we see that when we finally receive what we truly want, it comes exactly when it was supposed to. So don’t begrudge others in receiving their wishes. Know that your time is coming and trust when it does it will be the perfect time for you.
This is a perfect time…

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What Is On Your Mind

Lately it seems as if you’re having difficulty quieting your mind. There is always something going on that needs your attention. It’s not that your life is any busier than it usually is, it’s just that there seems to be a lot that you need to sort out. The funny thing is that your mind actually finds comfort in making sense in what you feel is craziness. You’d be surprised at how much your mind, body, and spirit works together in supporting you through times of confusion and stress. So when your mind starts to wander again, just let it go. Creativity begins when you release control of what is supposed to be. 
Betsy - Frozen statue head
Don’t bother me I’m thinking…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Accepting Who You Truly Are

How many times do you congratulate yourself when you do something nice for yourself or for others? There is a sense of peace when you are compassionate. But what would happen if you also begin paying attention to the moments when you’re not so nice. It seems when bad habits begin to slip through the cracks, there is a tendency to look the other way. So what would happen if you acknowledged these less than stellar times and called yourself on it, “Hey, what are you doing? Stop that right now, you know better. Say sorry and play nice.” Can you be as nurturing to yourself whether or not you are doing the right things in life? We all tend to be a little harder on ourselves than with anyone else. It’s okay to make mistakes. But whether you are doing well or not, give yourself an equal amount of loving, patience, and kindness. Accepting yourself as you truly are is the first step in discovering your true potential.      
I am beautiful…

Monday, April 6, 2015

Valuing Our Differences

When you are faced with someone who challenges your values, it’s difficult to see their perspective. It may be very frustrating for you because you can’t understand where this person is coming from. How can they not see that what they are doing is wrong? But are they truly wrong or is it that both of you come from different experiences and backgrounds. At times like this, there is no reason to expend so much energy being upset for there won’t be a positive outcome trying to explain your point of view. As difficult as it may be, accept them for who they are. These moments are just to remind us of how different we all are. Appreciate that we are here to teach each other to be respectful, non-judgmental, and loving. No one is better or worse, we are who we strive to be.
Lanai - house
E komo mai…

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Celebrating Life

Sometimes you may question whether you are living a life that you were meant to live. Is life supposed to be as difficult and challenging as it has been? Do you have the ability to turn things around if you’re not happy with the way things are? Many times going through adversity isn’t to punish you or make you unhappy, but to make you stronger and more understanding when others go through difficulties. It’s time to celebrate the life you have been blessed with. The path may not be as comfortable as you’d like it to be, but it is the one that you are on. Open your eyes and see the beauty that is all around you, even when they are difficult find.

white blossoms
Find the beauty around you…

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Leading By Example

Is it true that if you haven’t received love you wouldn’t know how to give it? If not shown kindness, you can’t be caring? Simple questions, but there is no simple answer for the answers come from within you. If you are waiting for others to complete who you are then you’ll be waiting forever. For no one has been given the responsibility to show you how to love, how to be caring, be kind, or compassion. Even animals who have been abused all of their lives, have the ability to love although they have never known it. Search within yourself and be truthful. How do you treat others who are no more or less than you? Are you fearful to show your feelings? To be honest with yourself is the first step. You are a loving person who doesn’t have to wait for others to give to you, but lead others by example with your shining light.

There is beauty in all of us…

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Positively Perfect

Today is going to be a perfect day for you. Everything is going to go your way. All your plans will see fruition and you will receive all the help you need. There are no fears to hold you back or keep you from overcoming the challenges that come your way. In fact, all the hardships that you have recently gone through have made you stronger than before. All the people you happen to meet will want to partner with you to support your efforts. Although this all seems to be too good to be true. But this can be your life if you believe that every day is a blessing. You have a choice how you would like your day to be, let it be positively perfect. 
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder…

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Slowing Down

Rushing around in life seems to have become a habit for many of us. It’s not that we don’t have the time but we try to schedule too many things within an unreasonable amount of time. We don’t factor in traveling from place to place, eating on the run, or when our appointments run overtime. We end up getting frustrated at ourselves because we should know better. Allowing more time between our activities makes sense but when we feel pressured to accomplish more and more within the day, we begin to create unrealistic expectations for ourselves. Then factor in that we are trying to take care of ourselves. Lessening the stress in our lives, eating healthier meals, and ensuring that we get enough sleep. It’s time to stop and re-look at the bad habits that have been formed because of our busy lifestyle. It’s time to slow down and re-prioritize what we consider important. Know that no matter how much we try to rush, everything happens in its own time.
Upcountry bliss…