YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED

To experience success in lifethere are several things to keep in mind.First of all, success can beas small as completing the day’s chores,or as big as composing a concerto.Regularly succeeding at small thingsprepares you for success at big things.Practice at succeeding develops goodhabits and creates a positive mindset.It makes you realize thatyou have what it takes to succeed.There are several things thatwill help you be successful.(1) BELIEF IN YOURSELFThere’s nothing more empoweringthan having confidence in yourself.You have to believe that you can do it.(2) VISIONThose that succeed are those who have aclear vision of what they want to accomplish.Always focus … Continue reading YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED

THE LION KING SAYS A LOT ABOUT LIFE

The Lion Kinghas been on my bucket listfor a long, long time.Good news.Tomorrow we go to Sarasotato enjoy the stage production.At long last.What a thrill it will be.The Lion Kingsays so much about Family Relationships,about Social Class,about Moral Principlesabout Good Triumphing Over Evil.It’s one of the good ones out there.I still have many more itemson my bucket list,but what a joy it will beto cross this one offand live with the memories. Continue reading THE LION KING SAYS A LOT ABOUT LIFE

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

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

OH THE JOY THE BLACK-EYED SUSANS BRING

My black-eyed susans took a lot of care all summer, cultivating, nurturing, watering, pruning— a lot of work for me, the gardener— whose old knees don’t bend so easily anymore. But oh such JOY those black-eyed susan’s brought me all summer long — their bright yellow faces and dark brown eyes made me smile each time I was in their presence. But now as Autumn creeps in I look at these once beautiful flowers and see that they are fast fading and will soon be gone. As I sit on my garden bench, I ponder. I could easily focus on … Continue reading OH THE JOY THE BLACK-EYED SUSANS BRING

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME…REALLY!

When my mother was in the hospital, gravely ill, and in pain, I was holding her hand and she said, ”I want to go home.” Home and family meant so much to her and I wish I could have helped her go home one last time. But it was not meant to be. Knowing my mother, though, I think she also meant she was ready to go to her eternal home, the one she often sang about in hymns. One day later she made it to that home. I think there’s a longing for home that lives in all of … Continue reading THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME…REALLY!

ALL LIVES NEED MENDING

I grew up in the ‘50s, those nostalgic “happy days.” Eight sisters and brothers and two parents on a little farm with dogs, cats, chickens, cows and pigs. Those years are etched in my heart forever. We had nothing, yet we had everything. We had little entertainment, yet we were entertained. We had outdoor movies, ice cream socials, fish fries, hayrides, and hot dogs roasted over a blazing bonfire. We were joined often by friends and relatives who lived near and our times together were rich and full. We sat and talked and laughed a lot and sometimes cried. We … Continue reading ALL LIVES NEED MENDING