We’re not here to be the same.

By Toni O’Keeffe

The sun does not twinkle like the stars.
A rose can not bloom into a buttercup.
And, you can’t yell at a tulip and demand that it grow into a daffodil, (well you can, but you’re wasting your breath).

Some flowers bloom in the spring, some bloom in the summer. Some need a little rain, some need a lot. Every flower is a miracle, even the ones we call weeds and each one will bloom when it’s their time.

The most beautiful gardens are a blend of splendid colours, varying shapes and sizes and home to an interesting collection of birds, bees, bugs and little ponds filled with all sorts of fascinating life that happily coexist.

You and I are a part of this garden of 7.5 billion little creatures splashing around in different ponds, trying to coexist.

Perhaps, if we were a little more patient, more tolerant and a little more kind towards each other we could “happily” coexist.

So can we please appreciate our unique and beautiful differences and stop yelling at each other to be the same? It serves no purpose, because in the end, we can only bloom into who we’re meant to be.

Toni O’K ~ ❤️🌹

It’s time to get out of the mud.

By Toni O’Keeffe

Hey humanity,
We’ve been in the mud long enough,
It’s time to be brave,
To find the courage to do what’s right,
To fix what we’ve collectively broken,
It’s time for each of us to do our part,
It’s time to play nice,
It’s time to grow-up.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

Maybe……

By Toni O’Keeffe

Here’s a thought,
Maybe 2020 ends up being the best year humanity has ever seen?

Maybe because of all “this” we all end up being kinder?

Maybe, just maybe, we finally realize that what happens to one of us happens to all of us?

Maybe we realize the power that’s generated when we stand up together against evil, racism and hypocrisy?

Maybe this will be the year the world unites to save the planet?

Maybe this will be the year we all make a commitment to love thy neighbour no matter what colour their skin is or who they pray to?

Maybe in 2020 we finally realize how little we need, and humanity stops raping the planet and hurting the other living beings that share our world?

Maybe because of all this, our broken world begins to heal?

Maybe we realize we must stop putting our trust and our futures in the hands of corrupt, greedy, self righteousness, self-serving politicians and start electing world leaders that posses loving, nurturing, collaborative, compassionate hearts and spirits?

Maybe we will look through the eyes of truth and realize we are the virus the planet is trying to fight?

Maybe 2020 is the year we receive the message the universe has been trying to send us and everything changes, including us and everything is better?
It could happen.
Look around you, crazier (like bat-shit crazier) things have happened.

What if today…

What if today…

By Toni O’Keeffe

… you forgave everyone that ever caused you pain?

… you forgave yourself for the mistakes “you think” you’ve made, and realized none of it was a mistake?

…you decided to be grateful for everything, even the painful parts of your life?

…you left fear behind?

…you got rid of everything (the stuff, the beliefs, the behaviour, the judgement, the people) that are toxic and weigh you down?

…you decided to be kind?

…you unleashed your creativity?

…you decided you were happy?

…you started to smile at strangers and they smiled back?

…you started taking care of your mind, body and soul because you realized you are worthy of love and self care?

…you decided to surrender and be YOUR best and authentic self~ not the self others expect you to be?

…you stepped out of your own darkness and into YOUR light?

… you looked in the mirror and said “thank you for getting us this far, I love you~ it’s time to live our best life.”

You have the power to hit the reset button on your life at any time.

You are only one decision away from leaving the past, the pain, the regrets and the excuses behind.

What if today was that day and you shone so bright that the warmth of your glow created a ripple of light that illuminated the way for others?

Think about it, what if today…….

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

Every moment matters

By Toni O’Keeffe

Every moment matters.
With every decision you make, you’re paving the path that all your memories will be built upon.
You’re choosing to move towards your dreams or away from them.
You’re choosing to heal or suffer.
You’re choosing to seize an opportunity or let it pass.
You’re choosing to speak your truth or fall silent.
You’re choosing kindness or cruelty.
You’re choose tolerance or judgement.
Your memories will last longer than the moments that created them.
Choose your moments wisely.
Toni O’K~🌹❤️

Calm

By Toni O’Keeffe

Our lives are a blend of sunshine filled days,
wild chaotic storms, and days that provide us with a bit of both.
No matter how dark the day has been,
the sun stills comes up,
the stars still shine,
the ocean tides continue to roll in and out and,
the wind continues to move the heaviest of clouds to reveal blue skies.
There is calm before every storm,
There will be calm after every storm,
Life carries on after every storm,
and so shall you❤️.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

One Day

By Toni O’Keeffe

One day you’ll wake up,
look at your reflection
and say;
“I set you free,
from all of it,
everything,
everyone,
and every emotion
that has ever hurt you,
let you down,
caged you in,
or caused you pain.
Now your free,
really free,
to live your magic
and soar”

All you have to do,
Is choose the day.
Toni O’K ~🌹❤️

Lullaby for a weary world 💕

By Toni O’Keeffe

Surrender to the quiet
you’ve been gifted,
and rest your
beautiful heart.
Slow your breath,
close your weary eyes,
and paint your dreams
with indigo skies
draped in serene light.
Hush sweet soul, hush.
Something brand new
will be waiting
to greet you
in the dawn.
Toni O’K ~🌹❤️

Surrender

By Toni O’Keeffe

Now is the time to exhale, to unpack everything and surrender to something new.
To sail into a life of grace guided by the things that sing from your heart and are craved by your soul.
It’s time to anchor your dreams to the warmth of the harbour waiting to welcome you home.
Toni O’K~🌹❤️

One Day

If YOU are still waiting for your “One Day”, this is for you❤️
I hope one day, everything appears different, brighter and better for you.
That the gentle whisper of your own voice greets you with love, replacing the harsh voice of criticism that has been by your side for too long.
That you are guided by your deepest wisdom and an inner peace that allows you to let your walls down and let your beautiful light shine.
Love Toni💕