The little first grade student went toher art teacher with tears in her eyes.”Why are you crying?” the teacher asked.The little girl held up a blank sheet of paperand said, “My daddy said I was beautifuland I wanted to draw it. But I don’t knowwhat beautiful looks like?”The art teacher picked up the little girland put her on her lap and said,”You have asked a very profound question,young lady. Let me see if I can answer it.Have you ever seen a butterfly?”The little girl nodded her head yes.”Well,” the teacher said, “people look atbutterflies and see all the different patternsand … Continue reading HOW IS A PERSON’S BEAUTY LIKE A BUTTERFLY?
Kintsugi is the wonderful centuries-oldJapanese art of fixing broken objectswith a special lacquer dusted withpowdered gold,thus adding value to the broken object.It’s based on the idea that inembracing flaws and imperfectionsinstead of hiding or disguising them,you can create an even stronger,more beautiful piece of art.Kintsugi is related to thewonderful Japanese philosophyof wabi-sabi,which calls for seeing beautyin flaws and imperfections.Every break in an object is uniqueand instead of repairing an itemto make it look new, the techniqueactually highlights the “scars.”In the process of repairing objectsthat have cracked or broken,something more unique, beautiful,and resilient is created,even more beautiful than the original.Metaphorically speaking,we … Continue reading YOUR FLAWS CAN MAKE YOU MORE VALUABLE
ALWAYS FIND TIME Time is a gift and how you use it will tell you what’s really important to you. Ther’s always a way to find time for what really matters to to you. It’s a matter of choice. ALWAYS FIND TIME TO BE THANKFUL A good way to start your day is being thankful for what and who you have in your life. Taking time, even minimal time, to focus on gratitude will make a positive impact on your whole day. ALWAYS FIND TIME TO BE THANKFUL FOR THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY. Some people feel sad … Continue reading TIME IS A REFLECTION OF WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO YOU
Early I arose as dawn kissed the morning dew, and on my patio with coffee in hand, I noticed a flash of rainbow lightening, a glimpse of invisible iridescent wings darting and diving from flower to flower. What a treat to start my day, observing a dancing, dazzling hummingbird that had fortuitously come my way. As I watched this wonder of nature, dozens of words flashed through my mind that seemed to capture what I saw the hummingbird doing…. words like darting, dashing, discovering, and finally drinking a flower’s sweet nectar, then dashing off to another. Oh, that my day … Continue reading DISCOVERING THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE
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?
Have you ever imagined you were someone you weren’t? I have. I was once a singing cowboy and rode with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. And when I was Tarzan in the deep jungle I rescued Jane and Boy many times. As Superman I saved people from harm. I won the batting championship as a Major League Baseball player and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as a famous writer three times. As an astronaut I floated through space and was speechless at how beautiful the world really is. Perhaps my greatest moment was winning the Nobel Peace Prize for my … Continue reading IMAGINATION IS A GIFT TO CHERISH AND USE
Letting go of people we love is difficult. But if we have loved them with all out heart then that includes giving them freedom. Continue reading LETTING GO