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Inspiration

Spring and a Better You Are On the Way!

“No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turns.”~Hal Bourland   But it can seem that way! Yes, I admit I'm impatient. It was sixty degrees and the wind blew like crazy again today. (If the wind ever quits blowing in Nebraska, everyone will fall down). But you know what? There are still huge piles of yucky, dirty old snow all over the place and everywhere you...

love

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” ~ Paulo Coelho   There's no such thing as an ordinary day but I love Wednesdays! Every Wednesday afternoon I have the incredible privilege of picking my youngest grandson up from school. I look forward to it all week. He's usually ravenous...

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...

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...

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...