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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...

Four Reasons to Tame Your Complaining. New Eyes Lesson 2

“Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.”~ Randy Pausch   One beautiful evening when we were out for a nice long hike, a man pulled up beside us on the country road. He rolled down the window of his truck and asked...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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A Narrow Escape From the Tyranny of the Urgent

“Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.” ~ Charles E. Hummel   Things were getting a little crazy in my life the last couple of weeks. I hate it when I don't listen to the advice that rolls off my own tongue. Hate. It. And I absolutely cringe when I realize I'm sporting a big old busy badge, you know, the one I warn...

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...

Yuletide. High Tide, Low Tide?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol   A funny thing happens to our Christmas seasons through the years. Some are bright and others less so,...