DAD and THREE HEARTFELT WISHES

Dad,it’s your dayAnd I’m thinking about youI WISH I HAD THANKED YOU MORE.You worked hard to provideand you did a good job.At the time I didn’t realizewhat an effort it took to workday in and day out to make surewe had the things we needed.I appreciate your many years of hard work.And I now realize that in your own wayyou were always in my corner.It would have been so simpleto say “thank you” more often.I WISH I HAD ASKED YOU MORE QUESTIONS.There are so many thingsI don’t really know about you.Little things about your childhood,your interests, your dreams, you hopes,all … Continue reading DAD and THREE HEARTFELT WISHES

5 KEYS TO A HAPPY, FULFILLED LIFE

Everyone wants a happy, fulfilled life.But how do you achieve it?How do you make it happen?I have one answer to this question. It’s one answer based on my experience in working with people for many yearsas a former college professor and alicensed mental health counselor.It’s not the only answer, of course,but it’s the one answer I found that makes a positive difference in people’s lives.It not only works, it’s based on solid research.THE 5 KEYS TO A HAPPY, FULFILLED LIFE(Please note that Creative Expressionis the heart of each Key.)(1) PERSONAL GROWTHANYTHING you can do to keep LEARNINGand GROWING as a … Continue reading 5 KEYS TO A HAPPY, FULFILLED LIFE

REACH FOR YOUR STAR

Wherever you are in lifereach for your star.Each star shineswith hopes and dreams.So reach high.And in the vast galaxyof endless possibilities,YOUR star is there.Find it.Reach for it.But do not wait forever,because forever is onlyas long as today.Let go of your doubts.Let go of your fears.Let go of all distractions.Focus on your star.You’re never too youngto reach for it.You’re never too old.Hopes and dreamsknow no age.Do not let life slip bywithout reaching highand grasping your star. Continue reading REACH FOR YOUR STAR

THREE KEY WORDS THAT DEFINE A FIRST-CLASS RELATIONSHIP

Blue-ribbon, first-class relationships don’t just happen. They require attention. Here are three words that are always a part of every effective relationship. People often give lip-service to these three words, but living them is a different story. If nothing else, they’re good reminders. LOVE Anyone can say, “I love you.” But saying it isn’t enough. ACTIVE LOVE is the foundation of a rock-solid relationship, showing the other person on a REGULAR BASIS that you love her/him. Love is never, ever taken for granted. You make a CONSISTENT EFFORT to SHOW your love by doing all the little things that DEMONSTRATE … Continue reading THREE KEY WORDS THAT DEFINE A FIRST-CLASS RELATIONSHIP

LET MY HEART BE FILLED WITH TODAY

Another morning breaks.Another welcome dawn.What a blessing to awaketo the gift of another day.What joy to see the lightstream through the silhouetted trees,to see the dew drops bright and glisteningon silhouetted leaves.How refreshing to feel the gentle touchof the early morning breeze.How beautiful to hear the choral singing from birdsperched proudly in the trees.O let me listen to this new day in silence,as it softly speaks to me.Let not my heart be attachedto yesterday.Let not my heart be burdenedwith a load of care.Rather,let my soul be filled with today,the beauty, the sights, the sounds,the wonders all around.Let my heart be … Continue reading LET MY HEART BE FILLED WITH TODAY

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, OR IS IT?

Some say, “The sky’s the limit.”But is it?When we’re talking abouthopes, dreams, and possibilities,should the word “limit”even be in our vocabulary?In a way,the sky represents life,and if we’re holding our head downwardwe’ll never see the sky’s grandeur,the spectacular sunrises,the dazzling sunsets,the breathtaking rainbows.And if we do look upwardbut see only dark, dreary storm clouds,we’ll miss the endless parade ofshapes, formations, and figuresthat march by.No, the sky is not the limit.To find out, don’t look downward.Look upward.Reach for the sky, and you’ll likely touch the starts. Continue reading THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, OR IS IT?

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