TEN THINGS I LEARNED ON THE WAY TO GROWING OLDER

LIFE MOVES AT A FAST PACE It’s tempting to pursue life with such breathless haste that you risk missing all the good stuff there is to enjoy.  And here’s the thing, most of the good stuff is free.  It doesn’t cost you to enjoy it.  So, as you journey through the years, take the time to soak in all that life offers and avoid having regrets later because you missed them. LIFE HAS HURDLES Hurdles in life happen to everyone.  It’s what you do with them that determines your character and whether or not you will succeed.  Every hurdle is … Continue reading TEN THINGS I LEARNED ON THE WAY TO GROWING OLDER

SPOKEN WORDS AFFECT LIVES

One word that encourages giving. ”PLEASE.” Two words that make giving a pleasure. ”THANK YOU.” Two words that bring healing to relationships. ”I’M SORRY.” Three words that mend broken relationships. ”PLEASE FORGIVE ME.” Three words that reconcile broken relationships. ”I FORGIVE YOU.” Three words that overcome pride and open doors .”I NEED YOU.” Three words that are music to the  ears. ”I LOVE YOU.” Three words that create tears of joy. ”I’M COMING HOME.” Four words that offer encouragement and support. ”LET ME HELP YOU.” Five words that lift the spirits. ”YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON.” Five words that offer … Continue reading SPOKEN WORDS AFFECT LIVES

WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE

The older I get the more I think about what really matters in life.  My thinking has changed over the years, which is to be expected since experiences in life have a way of helping us to adjust how we view things. So what really matters?  Here’s a list to ponder. RELATIONSHIPS.  Be realistic about life.  It’s not going to go on forever.  There will come a day when you will see no more sunrises, no more sunsets.  So make the most of every day.  Focus on what’s important — relationships.  Cultivate them with care and stay connected with the … Continue reading WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE

LEAVE THEM SOME GOOD MEMORIES

I’ve heard people say, ”At least she lived a full life.” or ”He’s fortunate.  He had a full life.” Hmmm….it makes me wonder…. What in the world is a FULL LIFE? Some say it’s achieving everything you dreamed of, or…. helping others achieve what they dreamed of, or… having no regrets on your deathbed, or… leaving the world a little better than you found it. A global survey by Abbott asked 2 million people around the world what ONE THING made them feel MOST FULFILLED IN LIFE. Their answers, in order of preference, were… FAMILY, SUCCESS, and HEALTH. Interestingly, SPIRITUALITY … Continue reading LEAVE THEM SOME GOOD MEMORIES

IT’S OKAY TO SOMETIMES ACT SQUIRRELY

I admit I have a love-hate relationship with squirrels. Some days they’re cute and funny, other days they’re a nuisance as they attack our bird feeders. Most days they’re just plain squirrels — jumpy, nutty, flighty, unpredictable, scurrying around in a mildly insane manner. But let me admit something right here — the other day when I was scurrying around being flighty, acting a little nutty, maybe acting mildly insane, like I do on occasion…. I thought, “Just look at me. I’m acting squirrely.” My dad had another name for it — “Acting like a chicken with its head cut … Continue reading IT’S OKAY TO SOMETIMES ACT SQUIRRELY

DOESN’T EVERYONE NEED A LITTLE NOSTALGIA?

Nostalgia,noun: ”A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past; a twinge in the heart more powerful than memory alone; a feeling of a place where we ache to go again.” Yes….nostalgia….I love it. I love creeping into the recesses of my mind…. traveling back to the days that once were…. pulling out slices of my life to enjoy…. nothing more….just enjoy…. simply remembering things that warm my heart. On this day I remember the  old pump  out by the barn. Oh, the twinges I feel when I recall grasping that long iron handle and pumping water for … Continue reading DOESN’T EVERYONE NEED A LITTLE NOSTALGIA?

THE ART OF BENDING WITHOUT BREAKING

I have an orange tree in my yard. It’s a lesson in life to behold. I watch the miracle of blossoms give birth to oranges. And then I watch the oranges grow larger and larger, heavier and heavier, causing the branches to bend under the increasing weight. Storms come and the winds blow, the boughs swing and sway, the boughs bend and bounce, but the boughs do not break. Those tiny branches have been created to somehow have enough strength to withstand the storms that come and the weight of the oranges and make it through to face another day. … Continue reading THE ART OF BENDING WITHOUT BREAKING