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Inspiration

Five Ways to Use Five Senses. New Eyes Lesson 3

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson   A very long time ago on a summer morning at the crack of dawn, I mounted my old blue Schwinn bike looking for adventure. I must have looked like a street urchin. I never stopped to brush my hair or give a thought to what clothes I threw on. Mostly I favored crop...

wow look at that

New Eyes, Lesson 1: Be Wowed by Little Things

"Let the little things amaze you. That's how you'll remember life is a miracle" Alexandra Wolf   My husband is German on both sides of the family. Farm born and bred, he's never met a potato he didn't like. We've been married close to 50 years. Wow! (Yes, I was twelve.) And, I'm absolutely certain I've peeled truckloads of spuds in the course of holy matrimony. In fact, I...

How to See Life With New Eyes

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”~Max Planck   I cross paths with lots of people on a daily basis. And, I love engaging in conversation with the folks I meet. I relish finding points of connection, common ground, similarities in thinking. The Gallups Strength Finder model calls this tendency WOO. Simply put, I'm energized by talking to strangers...

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...

new day new eyes

See Life with New Eyes, Slow Down the Passage of Time

“I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.”~ Andy Bernard   My mom had delicious sense of humor and latched on to witty sayings she'd hear. As I grow older, I'm beginning to see this with new eyes. She adopted some of them and used them often enough we weren't sure which ones were original to her...

For Christmas Yule Need Some Tools

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."~Erma Bombeck   When you're a kid, Christmas is the Super Bowl, the Indy 500, the World Series, the pinnacle of the year. It's pure adrenaline and it takes forever to arrive. Yep, it's great being a kid at Christmas. Second best is having kids at Christmas, especially little ones. Especially freshly bathed ones in...

time flies

Its About Time. Looking Back on Life, Moving On

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on" ~ Robert Frost   God must chuckle about us, I'm sure he does. Quite often in fact. And why not? We give him an endless supply of comic material. Besides that, He loves us the way we love our kids. He thinks we're all adorable.   Think about it. From the moment we're born, we're in a...

hygge cozy cottage

Hygge Your Way to a Happier Holiday Season

“We need to learn to enjoy the moment and cherish the little things. It is all about you being happy, content and at peace with oneself.” ~ Sofie Pedersen   Sorry about Friday. I didn't post after all. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised or offended if you didn't even notice. No one really slows down for Thanksgiving anymore and I couldn't carve out the time, either....

chains of habit

Habits. Good for More Than Remembering to Floss.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”~ Jim Rohn   Well, it happened again. Another book title popped up to tantalize me. Somewhere in my email, a snippet about it appeared and I knew I would enjoy it. So, I ordered it, of course. I bought a used copy like I always do and it turns out this one is autographed! Lucky...

sudden change in the weather

Change How You See Change. Here’s How.

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."~John Ruskin   Maybe it's the same where you live. But in Nebraska, there's a saying, "If you don't like the weather, stick around a few minutes, it'll change." Mark Twain has been credited with the quote but who knows....