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Start Your Morning Right and Change Your World

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”~ Meister Eckhart   When I was a little kid, you could buy "magic slates," sometimes called paper savers, in grocery stores and dime stores everywhere. They consisted of a clear plastic film layered on top of a sturdy backboard with a special coating. I could write or draw on the film to my heart's content with the handy stylus...

renewed by nature

You, Renewed. Five Solid Things You Can Do to Take Care of You!

“Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first, it means me too.”~L.R. Knost   Here's an all-too-familiar 5:30 PM scenario. You, frantically racing through the grocery aisle hoping to find something tasty you can throw together in 20 minutes. You've been at work all day and soon you'll dash off to meeting, a ball game, or out to tackle your shaggy, over-grown lawn. OK, maybe you just...

time for a change in habits

Habits. Why We Need Less Stick and More Carrot

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."~Aristotle   I'm the queen of beating myself up, I've got the award certificate on my wall. For most of my life, in my own eyes, I always fell short and never accomplished enough. But you know what? It's taken a long time to get there but I've been wrong. It's always been...

overwhelm crazy

Five Peas to Pick When Overwhelm Overtakes You

I had the great fortune of spending bonus time with our grandkids this weekend and feeding them! It's something I love to do. Food has always one of my best love languages. Wouldn't have traded it for anything but I ran out of time to write.   Spring is coming fast and and the pace of life always ramps up about this time of year. So, I...

Five Ways to Rise Above the Yips

"There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” ~ Shannon L. Alder   A few days ago I read about someone who was nervous about speaking in public. Someone in her group reached out and told her she'd be fine once she got over the "yips." I was surprised to see it used in...

New Eyes Lesson #8. Finding Your Mentor

"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself" ~Galileo Galilei   My mentor will be canonized someday. For real. She has the patience of Job, the servant's heart of Mother Teresa and the wisdom of Solomon. Especially that part about the patience of Job. Especially concerning me. After all these years she hasn't given up on me. If she doesn't become...

need mentor

New Eyes Lesson #7. Four Reasons You Need A Mentor

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   Did you know if it had been a normal road trip, the Israelites could have made it from the foot of Mt. Sinai to the edge of Canaan, the promised land, in two weeks or less? Isn't that amazing? If they had been less stubborn or better listeners, it...

blue Christmas

Christmas Is Over and You’ve Got the Holiday Blues?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." Charles Dickens   I wish Christmas Day came with an extended warranty that allowed it to last at least 48 hours. It goes by way too fast. Who's with me? On the 26th, life hits "resume" and boom, it's back to reality. Back to work. Trucks to drive, patients to see. Businesses...

lock out discontent

Discontent. Three Ways to Lock it Out.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu   I was nearly robbed today. It's Thanksgiving week no less and a thief tried to sneak in my back door. He nearly managed to pull it off but I recognized him right away. It was that old varmint Discontent and he almost got...

Integrity and Character. Two Tickets to Legacy.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden   People with impeccable character and integrity fascinate us. Folks who have it become epic, larger-than-life and timeless.  Maybe it's because it's become so rare. Perhaps it's the way a shiny veneer peels off, revealing major flaws beneath the...