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Four Things That Might Happen When You’re Spread Too Thin

“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”~ J.R.R. Tolkien   Our second daughter teaches third grade. Her specialty is language, writing, and all basic communication skills. She teaches things like alliteration and onomatopoeia right along with the usual synonyms, antonyms, similes and metaphors. Stuff we learned in college, but her class is made up of eight and nine-year-olds! It's utterly amazing to...

New Eyes See Right Through Old Obstacles

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”~ John Lubbock   It's really easy to get discouraged. Life can feel like a losing game of chutes and ladders. All downhill slides and no rungs headed back up. Other times, our world can seem like one big round of whack-a-mole and it sure appears that the moles are winning. We've all had a turn like that. Just...

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...

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...

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....

morning perspective

Change Your Perspective. See Life With New Eyes.

(A three-minute read) “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”~ Max Planck   I love walking through the hallways of an elementary school and checking out the artwork. Self-portraits always make me smile. And then there are the wonderful, clumsy first pictures of buildings and boxes with smudgy lines and erasures. Think back to learning perspective. Remember when you found...

all different

So Different. But Very Much Alike.

(A three-minute read)"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."~Margaret Mead   We've all heard a person described as "one-of-a-kind." Or, someone might say, "they broke the mold when they made her." The truth is that could be said about every single one of us! The number of possible mathematical combinations of traits and characteristics in the DNA cocktail is infinite. That means it...

calm water

Calm. The Very Best Superpower.

(A 3-minute read)“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön   Have you ever watched time-lapse photography of clouds? An entire day, captured in mere minutes. It's fascinating to watch clouds come and go. See how they thicken and grow dark? Just as quickly, they become pale and thin to nothing. Their shadows glide quickly over the face of the earth below,...

sister cones

Operation Sister Connect

"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."~ Margaret Mead   Just a quick update to let you know my usual Monday post will be delayed until Tuesday morning. I just returned from a three day trip of nearly 800 miles.   My mother-in-law and her sisters had not seen each other in five years. Two of...

Take Five, The Power of A Pause

(Read this in under 4 minutes)"Don't miss anything. Don't miss the game. Don't miss the performance, don't miss the movie, don't miss the show, don't miss the dance. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can." ~ Jim Rohn   Autumn is a glorious time for a road trip. The skies are bluer, the weather is kinder and the crowds are smaller. Most likely we still...