Monday, September 29, 2014

Unplug and Be Present

Unplugging gives us a chance to be present for ourselves and everyone around us.  It's a good thing!

I'm always amazed (although I don't quite know why) when I see someone plugged in to an electronic contraption while walking among real live people. How can they prefer that to interacting with others? There is so much to be missed while being electronically plugged in, like people watching or listening to others' conversations for interesting tidbits.

Just for a day (or for an hour if you're so totally addicted) unplug from the electronics and plug in to real life. Look around you at what's going on. Fall in Michigan is a beautiful season...soak in the changing colors. It's truly God's paintbrush at work here. When you pass someone on the street, make eye contact and smile or say Hi. Don't be amazed when they smile back or nod. It's called human interaction, and it's worth experiencing.

Make today the day you unplug from electronics and plug in to life.  That's what is really important.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Purging Files

The next time you are doing a purge of files from your computer, remember to also purge the computer in your brain...especially if you have a folder marked "All The Things That Could Go Wrong".



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Faking It!

My new full-time position has kept me pretty busy. In fact, at times I feel overwhelmed...and very unproductive. Meetings keep popping up on my calendar at times when I have other things scheduled. Suddenly I'm very much in demand, or so it would seem.

I wish I could just teach my classes and counsel students. This is what I love...not the many meetings that have been added to my agenda. So I remember to breathe before sitting at the conference table, and I do my best to look interested when what I'm really hearing is someone droning on about something I already know or, worse yet, something that has nothing to do with me.

Maybe faking it is my new strategy to get through the day.



Monday, September 22, 2014

How to Deal With Failure

I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game's winning shot...and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life.  And this is why...I succeed.                    

                                                       ~~Michael Jordan

Thomas Edison had over 3000 failures before making a light bulb.  Colonel Sanders peddled his "secret recipe of herbs and spices" to hundreds of people before finding someone to take a chance on it. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen were rejected 123 times with the very successful book, Chicken Soup For The Soul.

Sadly most of us give up long before we experience anything like the people mentioned above.  Yet every failure brings us one step closer to success. Dare to try again when things don't work the first time...or the second or third or more. When you believe in yourself, success will find you.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's All About Peace and Love

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, Make me an instrument of Thy peace.

Where there is hatred...Let me sow love.

Where there is injury...Pardon.

Where there is doubt...Faith.

Where there is despair...Hope.

Where there is sadness...Joy.

O Divine Master grant that I may seek not so much to be to console.

To be understood...As to understand.

To be loved...As to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

~~St. Francis of Assisi



Monday, September 15, 2014

Wise Words

People are often unreasonable and self-centered...Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives...Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you...Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous...Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow...Do good anyway.

Give the world the best  you have and it may never be enough...Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God...

It was never between you and them anyway.

~~Mother Theresa

It IS All In Your Head!


Monday, September 8, 2014


Any reorganization inevitably passes through a stage of disorganization. ~Tadeusz Kotarbinski

For the next year, my blog posts will be more like "nuggets of wisdom" designed to be short and to the point. You see, I recently accepted an annual full-time contract position, so my more leisurely life will have to be put on hold.

In reality, it's all about reorganizing my life. Instead of having loads of idle time to fritter away (which is what I did with much of it), I now have to figure out how to get by with much less...time that is. So activities that were high priority (like napping), will have to slip down a bit in favor of actual work. But the trade-off will be worth it.

Reorganizing and reprioritizing is something we can all do if we want to make changes to our lives. Whether it's breaking a bad habit or just trying to be more productive, each of us can commit to changing to make it happen. But only you can decide if it's worth it to you.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Have A Little Laugh

There are three things which are real: God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension. So we must do what we can with the third.  ~~John F. Kennedy

Don't you just love to laugh? I certainly do. There are two things guaranteed to make me laugh...a giggling baby and my husband trying on hats (he just doesn't have a "hat" kind of face).

When life is getting you down or you feel like you're going to explode, search "laughter" on youtube, watch reruns of King of Queens or some other sitcom that tickles your funnybone, or just start laughing...the real thing will soon follow.

Laughter is the one thing that makes life instantly better.  Here's a link to get you started.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Did you know that Labor Day was created in the 1800's by the labor movement to honor the social and economic achievements of the American worker...achievements which have added to the strength and prosperity of our country? Over the years, increased emphasis was placed on the new holiday; and on June 28, 1894, Congress declared the first Monday in September to be a legal holiday.

Early Labor Days consisted of a parade followed by a festival for the enjoyment of workers and their families. This tradition holds true today as families gather together to enjoy the three-day weekend.

Although many of us may take it for granted, this year, pause to reflect and honor the American Labor Force and the part we have all played in making American great.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day!