Happy Anniversary Boy Scouts

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.



Happy Birthday to Me!

As I celebrate another year I feel completely blessed.

I am continually amazed by the generosity of spirit I see all around.  As I enter in to each day I am energized to see the human spirit in action.

Thank you for sharing in the energy of each day and being a part of this amazing adventure we call life!

2010 in White

Winter wonderland

I live in the midwest and we are getting hit with a lot of snow this year….and I mean A LOT! While many of us are growing tired of the white stuff and the bitter cold that has accompanied it, there are many silver linings.
First, it brings out my neighbors and we are all out and about shoveling snow and laughing about our technique or lack thereof. It is a new venue for communication and I welcome the change.

Second – I am grateful for my shovel. It does a great job with the proper motivation behind it. To give you an idea for amounts – I have had to shovel tunnels in the backyard for my dog – I have had to clear these trails 4X due to MORE snow. I know what you are thinking – she must really love her dog.
You would be correct. A 30 pound cockapoo is not match for the winter landscape.
Lastly, the splendor of snow is a living reminder of the glory of the seasons in this part of the country. We know at some point this snow will melt, nourish the ground and new, colorful blooms will burst supported by a fresh carpet of grass.
It feels like that may be a long time from now but it will eventually find us.
For all of you roughing it with me in this blizzard – blessings to you and be careful out there.

Song in Your Heart?

My year of gratitude is off to a very touching start. A friend of mine shared a video with me that is filled with hope, love, joy and dreams.


We all remember the headlines of this story.

I am grateful for the reminder of the power of the human spirit. Here you have a middle aged woman, unemployed with a beautiful spirit and a strong dream.
We adore her because she exemplifies all of the hope and passion of the human spirit. It is SO powerful.

As we enter in to a New Year, the possibilities are endless. Have you taken the time to think about your dreams? What resides in your heart?
I would encourage you to take a few minutes and focus on your dreams. Are you working towards something you are passionate about?

I am taking this challenge and will keep you posted on progress.

We are off to a wonderful start to 2010.

A Year Of Gratitude

Hello 2010.
We have a bonus round with this New Year….the start of a new decade.
I have decided to make this My Year of Gratitude. My goal is to do 365 days of different thank yous.
Today is Day 1. I have started with special emails to a few people to thank them for specific contributions to my life. I will track how my actions impact others.
I am looking forward to seeing what this year of gratitude will bring.
Will you join me?
Stay tuned.