October 2017 - Betty Streff
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October 2017

morning perspective

Change Your Perspective. See Life With New Eyes.

(A three-minute read) “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”~ Max Planck   I love walking through the hallways of an elementary school and checking out the artwork. Self-portraits always make me smile. And then there are the wonderful, clumsy first pictures of buildings and boxes with smudgy lines and erasures. Think back to learning perspective. Remember when you found...

all different

So Different. But Very Much Alike.

(A three-minute read)"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."~Margaret Mead   We've all heard a person described as "one-of-a-kind." Or, someone might say, "they broke the mold when they made her." The truth is that could be said about every single one of us! The number of possible mathematical combinations of traits and characteristics in the DNA cocktail is infinite. That means it...

calm water

Calm. The Very Best Superpower.

(A 3-minute read)“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön   Have you ever watched time-lapse photography of clouds? An entire day, captured in mere minutes. It's fascinating to watch clouds come and go. See how they thicken and grow dark? Just as quickly, they become pale and thin to nothing. Their shadows glide quickly over the face of the earth below,...

sister cones

Operation Sister Connect

"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."~ Margaret Mead   Just a quick update to let you know my usual Monday post will be delayed until Tuesday morning. I just returned from a three day trip of nearly 800 miles.   My mother-in-law and her sisters had not seen each other in five years. Two of...

Take Five, The Power of A Pause

(Read this in under 4 minutes)"Don't miss anything. Don't miss the game. Don't miss the performance, don't miss the movie, don't miss the show, don't miss the dance. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can." ~ Jim Rohn   Autumn is a glorious time for a road trip. The skies are bluer, the weather is kinder and the crowds are smaller. Most likely we still...

Think Small. Three Reasons It’s A Big Deal.

(Read in 3 minutes)"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." John Wooden I began my true adulting in an era of everything big. The 80's zeitgeist was big corporations, big money, big ideas, big shoulder pads, big hair. I embraced every bit of it, especially the hair. It's funny, looking back, isn't it? If you live long enough, you get...

I Need Your Help. Got a Minute For a Few Questions?

(Read in a minute and a half)“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” ~ W. Edwards Deming   I always say there's no such thing as a dumb question. If someone asks me, "Can I ask you a dumb question?" I always answer, "sure, they're my specialty." So, I have a few questions for you. And, your answers will help me make...

Lessons from an Oak Tree, Are You Well Rooted?

(Read in :04)"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."~ Victor Hugo   I'll never, ever get enough of staring out at the wooded area behind our home. Someday, I'll linger long enough to watch the sun rise and set through the divided panes. Then I'll sit back and wait until the Big Dipper twinkles through the branches. As long as I...

drive out dsiappointment

Drive Out Disappointment and Discouragement

  “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”~ Henry David Thoreau   This may come as a real shock to some of you, but sometimes I'm hopelessly at a loss for words. Yes, even me. Betty, who must always be mindful to curb her excessive wordiness. Let's get real. We're all human beings, not machines. That means even the strongest among...