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Stuff to think about

it was a nice ride

Knowing When to Say When

"We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop."~Paulo Coelho   If I was a car part, without a doubt I'd be a battery. What would you be? Steering wheel? Brakes? Good! We need 'em! I've often use a car as an analogy for a team when I'm speaking. A car needs several key parts and...

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...

pearl factory

No Grit, No Pearl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor Frankl   It probably comes as no surprise but often, I write to comfort myself or to explore my own feelings and this becomes my journal. When I’m wrestling with something especially challenging, writing is my way of thinking things through. I dump out all my thoughts and go searching like a...

beauty on the Platte

Look Closer, See Beauty. New Eyes Lesson #6

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it”~Confucious   Our home is in the Midwest. The wide Platte River braids its way placidly through this part of the country. The river itself is fascinating and unique. There is only one other like it on the entire planet. Countless wagons full of wide-eyed pioneers journeyed across these open plains as our nation expanded westward. They knew this...

Wow

How to Know Your Wow. New Eyes Lesson # 5

“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.”~ Matthew 25:15   Life’s become a spectator sport. We’ve become wired for wow. We spend hours glued to the screen watching other people do all sorts of amazing stuff. For instance, my mom absolutely loves Dancing With the Stars. And, I have a good friend who’d never miss an...

sparkling smiles

New Eyes Lesson #4. Seven Reasons Why A Smile Makes Eyes Sparkle and You Shine.

“Smile. Your eyes sparkle when you do.”~Coco J. Ginger   I'm completely smitten by babies. Always was, still am. As a new mom, I rocked my newborns for hours, staring at their tiny faces as intently as a sailor watches the sky. I searched longingly for that first tiny smile, like the ones that flicker by as infants sleep. An old woman once told me a baby...

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...

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...