Good Morning day. It’s going to rock. As you read my first two sentences I wonder how many of you think – wow, what is she taking? And how many of you think, that’s right. Let’s get this awesome day started. The idea that our thoughts contribute to our health and well-being is not a new concept but it is one that requires greater concentration and focus. We are bombarded with messages 24/7 through various media and technological devices.
As we enter the day it is important that we focus on the things we have control over, the things we can change. It starts with our thoughts and our attitude. These are amplified through our actions and interactions with others. Are you a blessing to others? Do you feel like a gray cloud surrounds you? Think about the information you are allowing in to your life and in to your mind. Is it positive Is it negative? Does it make you laugh or cry? This is one major area where you have the ability to make a change. I have gone on a news strike on more than one occasion. When I do this I find that I am much happier and grounded.
I also store positive mental pictures for future use…. A couple of examples include a light breeze whistling through the trees with the birds chirping in the background. Another picture would be the laughter of children playing on a playground. These pieces of sunshine feed my internal light and hopefully reflect back in to the world at some point.
As we enter summer I would encourage you to think about your mindset. What do you think about? How can you bless yourself and bless others? Focus on the things you can change and watch a beautiful new world emerge. All is well, brilliant and beautiful. Welcome Summer 2012.
It is an opportunity to reset and begin again. Very similar to asking for redemption from our sins. I reset when I pray. I ask for guidance, direction and most of all forgiveness. This reminds me of starting a New Year.
What can I do better in the coming year? What do I need forgiveness for? Who do I need to forgive?
Do I have clear guidance on the goals for the year? Have I given them enough thought? How will I track my progress?
Have I established a clear vision for the year and beyond?
I love these questions and have spent a lot of time thinking about them. Now is the time to ensure I have my plan in place. At the top of my list is my daily time in prayer and conversation with God. I am FULLY confident that if I can consistently start my day in prayer and conversation with God my days will go the direction they need to and my plan will be fulfilled.
This will foster peace and prosperity in my life and in those around me. It is my life’s mission to listen and serve.
I passed another milestone last week. Yes, the birthday fairy paid me a visit and I have welcomed another fantastic year of opportunity.
In the week since my cake extravaganza I have experienced a wide variety of feelings. From the peaks of possibility to the valley of…what is next in my life? There are times when I feel like I haven’t tapped my full potential and then there are other days when I feel completely empty….can you relate?
With all of these feelings it is important to maintain perspective. I think we all tend to tough self-critics. If we step back and honestly look at other people we will soon realize we are all in similar boats with oars waiting to be used. Where would you guide your boat? There is no such thing as a wrong direction…..all of our experiences create our maginificent journeys.
I am grateful for my adventures and all of the people I have encountered. These people have made the journey sweet and memorable.
Now when I think in these terms, I am eager to see what the next chapter will bring. I am also grateful for the blessings from God. God is so patient with all of us. God is love and it is offered to all of us. Our job is to embrace the love and help radiate it to others.
Where is your adventure taking you? Have you passed a milestone? Who are you grateful for in your path?
Take a moment and share some joy with those sharing your journey…there will never be another moment exactly like this one.
This time of year, it is easy to imagine life as art. When I walk thru the neighborhood I see the splendor of nature. The trees are flowering in beautiful shades of pink, purple and plum. These trees also smell amazing this time of year. The spring bulbs have been up for a couple of weeks now. Tulips and daffodils frame sidewalks with their cheerful colors and shapes. This is truly life as art.
As you travel through your day today keep an eye out for this natural splendor. It is a feast for the eyes and senses. I am grateful for all of the art which surrounds me.
As I undertake all of the my errands during this season…it’s just not feeling like Christmas. I don’t know what it is but this season feels different to me. Could it be the ads that start running well before Thanksgiving or the fact that holiday decorations are now crowding out the Halloween stuff in October? The extension of Christmas well in to October can be exhausting.
The tree is up and the lights are on the house…I am playing the Christmas Carols but something is missing. Could it be snow? I guess that is a possibility. I have a feeling the root may be a little closer to the heart. This is my first year without a child at home fulltime. Notice how I qualified that. I have a wonderful son going to school in Omaha and he blesses me nearly weekly with a visit and we talk on the phone frequently. My daughter is 3 hours north of me completing her first semester of college. I see her on occasion and am proud of her maturity this fall. This is my first season with no children living at home. It sounds like heaven – right?
The house has been very quiet this fall. They refer to this as an empty nest….I think it’s a weird reference. I thought I was ready for this change. In some ways I was…. but in most I was not. I miss the entourage of friends coming in and clearing the refrigerator or getting ready for the big event. I can remember many events when I walked in to a cloud of hairspray and glitter as the girls prepped for their “big” night.
Now there’s Saddie, Sully and Lucy. They are my other 4-legged kids and they do fill in many of the voids. They are entertaining, warm and cuddly. However, it’s still not the same.
I have a new appreciation for parenting during this season. Our window of time is so short with our children and it is a blessing in so many ways. For the holidays, I have adopted a family and many other children to help during this holiday season. I know turning my attention to others is the first step in helping me to get in the spirit. I am also going to re-read a couple of my gratitude chapters and focus on ALL that I have been blessed with. Family, friends, wonderful neighbors, a nice place to live, a fun car to drive, laughter, smiles, and above all else: LOVE!
As I am weaving through my gratitude list I want to make sure it starts with prayer. I pray for guidance, wisdom and the heart to express love to everyone I come in contact with.
It’s starting to feel more like Christmas……join during this time of spiritual renewal.
It gives us just enough time to unwind and laugh. I did a lot of laughing this past Labor Day weekend. All of our kids met us at the lake and they all brought friends. It is amazing to watch them grow and develop in to adults. We had a small army for the weekend.
These young adults form unique opinions on everything from politics to parenthood. They aren’t afraid to express themselves either. I had to cover my mouth and resist laughing on many occasions. Life is indeed an adventure.
We also played games. This proved to be most interesting. The competitive spirit came out in everyone.
I am also proud to tell you we all survived and laughed – a bunch.
The weather was cool and the smell of autumn was in the air. It was a terrific weekend. It also stirred gratitude in regards to family, friends and the blessings of a good laugh.
There is not a better stress-buster – laughter is fantastic.
Recently actor Henry Winkler was interviewed about Tenacity and Gratitude. In this interview he said: “As virtues, tenacity and gratitude are nice to have; as behaviors they are a strong combination found in many successful individuals.”
It is my wish that everyone I was blessed to spend time with during the weekend understands the virtues of tenacity and gratitude. May the memories created during the long weekend sustain the laughter and the smiles we shared.
Wow you just never know when it’s going to hit you.
Someone very close to me recently went skydiving. I was nervous and excited for her. It also called my faith to the frontlines. Faith in her judgement. Faith in the people helping her. Faith in the tools being used for the jump.
I never thought about it much outside of the context of day-to-day areas like health & well-being. I realize well-being and skydiving may not seem like obvious twins but in this case they both challenged my depth of faith.
As my baby flew in to the horizon for her great adventure, my faith was called out. I had to give it all up to God. This wasn’t easy. The situation was completely out of my hands – literally. I decided to envision God was with her holding her in the palm of his hand gently guiding her moves and ultimately her landing. Sounds a bit like everyday life doesn’t it?
I am happy to report, the jump was a huge success and my daughter is back on the ground.
She was exhilarated and I was blessed.
My children head to college this week and it gives me yet another opportunity to have faith.
Children present us with many gifts. I am grateful for their presence in my life and relish all of the lessons they bring.
I attended a family wedding this weekend and relished in watching a young couple pledge their eternal love. Isn’t it amazing how powerful 2 simple words can be – I Do.
It was also a living reminder of what is truly important. I flew home late Friday and knew I was looking at a long car ride on Saturday to get to the wedding. To say I was jet-lagged was an understatement. I had a thousand reasons to not go and contemplated not attending. As I looked at the piles of laundry and mail I felt defeated. Where would I even begin to dig-out?
Well after my 30 minutes of self-pity I packed my bag, put a smile on my face and got in the car. The car ride was a bit tense and thank goodness I have a patient husband. We arrived at our hotel. It was beautiful. My disposition started to shift and in one fell swoop I finally got my head around the basis of the event. We had the honor in sharing in the celebration of love. The fragile union of two souls witnessed by friends and family.
I was teary-eyed as I watch to two young hearts profess their love and exchange vows. I met new family members and felt such a warmth from the dinner and reception.
It was a perfect night. Their perfect night. Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ahern.
I was honored to be a part of their celebration and all of my concerns from earlier in the day simply faded in to the sunset.
Dancing, laughing, smiling ~> it was the perfect medicine for my ailments.
If you have the opportunity to celebrate love – take it…no matter how large or how small – CELEBRATE. In the end….it is the most important thing we have.
Today is the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts. Let’s hear it for scouting!!! Do you know their oath?
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Wow – imagine this oath was established 100 years ago. Imagine the good this oath would have nationwide TODAY. Scouting is one of the unsung hero’s of history. This is the mission statement of the Boy Scouts:
The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law. Another timeless set of ideas that apply to our world today.
You can usually spot a boy scout collecting canned food around the holidays and selling popcorn during other times of the year. They raise funds to help support their programs. They are engaged in many community programs ranging from helping the elderly to clearing yard waste.
Now couldn’t we use more boy scouts in the world?
Cheers for the Boy Scouts! A fabulous tradition built on timeless character cornerstones.
I began painting months ago and I have found it to be exactly the outlet I have been looking for.
I am able to express feelings, concepts and expressions through acrylic.
Do you have such an outlet? When you tap in to this area of your mind and soul a new energy emerges. It is an activity I embrace with amazing enthusiasm. Each canvass encompasses a new adventure. You start thinking you know the destination and when you realize the final destination is something different a wave of “WOW” takes over. It is a beautiful moment.
I am grateful for this gift and hope it is a blessing to others.