THINGS TO DO AND NOT DO WHEN SOMEONE’S HURTING

When you’re hurtingthere’s something healing to know that others are hurting for you and with you.It’s comforting when someone says,”I understand.”And they take the timeto be there for you in a supportive way.and you know they’re sincere.BUTwhen someone’s hurtingPLEASE……PLEASE don’t say”Let me know if there’s anything I can do.”That is so hollow.Especially when there’s ALWAYS something you can do.Always!JUST DO IT!It doesn’t matter how big or small it is,JUST DO IT!It will help the healing.Like,Send a thoughtful note.Spend time with them.Take them out for lunch.Give them a casserole or soup.Bake them some cookies.Give them a book or puzzle.Give them a gift card … Continue reading THINGS TO DO AND NOT DO WHEN SOMEONE’S HURTING

IF YOUR HEART IS BEATING, THERE’S STILL TIME FOR DREAMS

Sometimes when I want to reflectand ponder about life,I walk along the woodland trailthat runs behind my home.I raise my face and feelthe sprinkles of the sunstreaming through the treesand I listen.I listen for the heartbeatsthat surround me.The heartbeats of today,yesterday, the day before,even years past.I feel the rhythm of hearts beating,so mysteriously present,in the earth, the wind, the morning dew, in the red fox, the squirrel, the raccoon, the chattering chickadee,the doe and her fawn,the Native American Indian,the early settlers.I hear all the heartbeats pounding.I feel them in my soul.O the hopes and dreams that come from human hearts.And … Continue reading IF YOUR HEART IS BEATING, THERE’S STILL TIME FOR DREAMS

WHAT REALLY MATTERS WHEN YOUR LIFE IS DONE

It’s not what you’ve  enjoyed in life,nor what you have experienced.It’s not the books you’ve read or the knowledge you have gained.It’s not the beauty you have viewednor the exciting things you’ve done.It’s not about the truth you have discoveredor the victories you have achieved.It’s not what you have ownedor what you have accumulated.It’s not about the people you have knownor the places you have been.What really matters when your life is doneand the sun sets beyond the sea,is what you have contributed to life,what you have given,the difference you have made.That’s all that really matters, my friend.That’s all that … Continue reading WHAT REALLY MATTERS WHEN YOUR LIFE IS DONE

LIFE IS LIKE SAILING ON A BOAT….SET YOUR SAILS CAREFULLY

Life is like sailing on a boat.You can sit and simply driftthrough life with no directionand let the wind determine your destination.Or you can plan your destination, listen to what the wind and the waterare telling you,and set sail toward your goal.Remember, though,it is how you set the sails,not the direction of the wind,that determines which wayyou will go.You can use any windto go in any direction,so set your sails carefullyand travel not to escape lifebut for life not to escape you. Continue reading LIFE IS LIKE SAILING ON A BOAT….SET YOUR SAILS CAREFULLY

A SURPRISE ADDS SPICE TO LIFE

Reducing your expectations in lifewill increase your surprises.Expectations may or may not happen,whereas surprises definitely happen.The fact that you don’t see them comingadds spice to life.Generally speaking,surprises are delightful gifts,whether you are the recipeintor the one giving the surprise.Therefore, make a habit of giving thanksfor each surprise you receivebecause you were given somethingyou didn’t expect. Continue reading A SURPRISE ADDS SPICE TO LIFE

EXPLORING THE MEANING OF LIFE

If life is the pursuit of happiness,may I make the right choices to experience it.If life is the search for truth,may I discover it.If life is a long and winding road,may I not miss the rainbows along the way.If life is a symphony of nature’s music,may the melodies soothe my soul.If life is a journey of spiritual awakenings,may I be inspired.If life is a gracious gift,may I be wise and gracious in how I live it. Continue reading EXPLORING THE MEANING OF LIFE

A BUCKET LIST CAN DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE

WHAT IS A BUCKET LIST?It is simply a list of thingsyou want to experience in lifebefore you die,dreams you want to fulfill.Why a Bucket List?Simply to remind yourselfof things, big and small,that are important enough to youto want to experience.Its not a To Do List.There is no pressure to get it done.It’s Value is that it helps to defineyour Purpose in Life.It gives your life direction,sets forth your hopes and dreams,without agendas.It’s not set in stone.You can adjust it as you go.And here’s the good news.Research shows that peoplewho have a Bucket List,a defined Purpose in Life,tend to live longer than … Continue reading A BUCKET LIST CAN DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE