Tears of Joy

My gratitude has evolved in to tears lately.  I wonder how many other people may be taking the same journey with me this year?

You see, my youngest graduates high school next month and I officially join the club affectionately called the “empty nesters.”  I have found myself reflecting quite a bit lately and the tears have flowed freely.  I look back on major events and not so major events in the lives of my kids and the memories warm my heart. 

You know the ones, the first day of school, the bout of chicken pox over Christmas break, beautiful crayon artwork for the refrigerator and so much more.  As the cliché says; time flies. 

It certainly has flown. 

I have traded the worries of childhood boo-boos for the worries of young adults.  What will the future bring for them as adults?  Have I planted enough seeds of faith in them to sustain them for the challenges ahead?  Isn’t this the mantra of parenthood? 

As we make final plans for graduation I will continue to embrace the memories and remain hopeful in their future.  If you look in the eyes of a graduate you can see the spirit that has made our country great.  The spirit that drives innovation.  The spirit to succeed, make a change and develop a new frontier.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

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Grease is More Than a Word

My daughter performed in the play “Grease” this weekend.  I was amazed at the level of talent from this group of high school students.  The production was beautifully cast and it was an outstanding performance.  The music, colors and energy were captivating and uplifting. 

There are high schools throughout America going through this same ritual this time of year…..what a blessing.  High School Musicals are something to celebrate and lift up.  If you have the opportunity to participate in one of these events I would strongly encourage you to make the investment.  It will be the best time and money you have spent in a LONG time.

I am grateful for the spirit of youth.  They bless us with hope, growth and change.  Look in their eyes and you can see tomorrow……..WOW!

Thank you – Good Morning

Do you have a morning ritual?

Do you do the same things morning after morning?  I hope the answer to this question is YES!  We are creatures of habit.  When you follow a routine, your day starts in the “flow.”  It is comfortable.

I have a couple of ideas that may help energize and start your day with a lift.

1.  When you wake up – greet the day – stretch your arms upward and cheer the arrival of a new day. 

2.  Set your intention for the day. Whether it’s summing up one or two big tasks you want to accomplish and focus on, or selecting an overarching theme for the day (such as “calmness” or “contentment”), I’m letting the universe know here I am and this is what I intend to attract.

3.  Develop a list of 3 things you are grateful for.  The list doesn’t have to be complex.  The items can be simple and short what it important is that they are written down.  If you will do this for 21 days in a row a couple of things will happen.  First, you will be amazed at the list you have compiled and second, you will be surprised by the energy this list holds.

4.  Use the right fuel.  As you power up for your day.  What is in your breakfast?  Do you eat breakfast.  If you plug-in to your day, energy is a necessity.  Pick something healthy and nutritious.  I like yogurt and oatmeal coupled with fruit.  It sticks with me and warms my stomach.  Power Up!

5.  In closing, your entire morning will start out better with a little planning the night before.  Do you lay out your clothes, your to-do list as well as any extra items?  Make sure it is easy to find your keys, briefcase, purse, etc….  This keeps the morning on track and stress free.

Try a few new morning traditions and see how it changes the course of your day.

Grace & Gratitude!