Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I love diners. There are usually kind waiters/waitresses, good home cooking and interesting motifs. I have passed by this one on S. High Street many times and have not had the chance to stop. Glad we did!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
After a while he resurfaced from the dungeon and proclaimed,
"So......... Mom, I not a very good looker, you are way better at it--maybe you can find my suit".
I am not sure how much faith I have that he really tried. He did however find a game he wanted to play. So now he is playing tanagrams on the family room floor.
My dilemma is whether to encourage him to look harder or bask in his compliment :-).
I think he needs to give it one more try.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
There is a body of thought in the world called the Law of Attraction. I do not believe in it lock stock and barrel, but I believe there are some elements that ring true. One element I would describe as visioning. It is where you express your vision for the future as if it were already true.
I wrote the vision for myself on March 26, 2007 within my journal and as I turned to that page today, I realized it is the same for me now. I also recognize that even though I expressed my vision then, I did not take as many steps toward it as I would have liked. I find that I am a bit behind. Of course, there have been many wonderful moments along the way--just not there yet. So, my first action is to place my thoughts here and then take steps, small and large, toward my end goal.
Within the Law of Attraction you are coached to write your vision by expressing gratefulness as if it is already present in your life:
I am eternally grateful that
- I experience a deep, loving, fun relationship with my children where we can express true connection and love.
- I have a fulfilling career with a sense of purpose, where I use my gifts, and have esteem in my field of choice.
- I am financially stable, have extra money to play with, the ability to travel and make purchases without contributing to debt.
- I have a easy going, fun and loving relationship with an attractive man that leads to a bright and happy future.
- I feel good within my spirit, within my body and I am physically and emotionally healthy.
These are not in any particular order and in many ways I have elements of each of these in my life currently. I am grateful for each blessing. I believe we are all on a journey and have access to these blessings. I try every day to realize and live in the knowledge that happiness is present at all times.
My main goal is to make decisions that reflect and align with my goals and purpose in a consistent way so that I can fully experience this happiness. Along the way, I have forgotten my goals or have been distracted and I am sure that may happen again but then, it will just be time to hop on the path again.
To life well lived! (Imagine that I am raising my glass in a toast :-)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
One of the lines in the video/interview was:
"Knowledge knowing that you can hug somone without them throwing you down the stairs saying get your hands off me. Being married is like having a color television set--you never whant to go back to black and white. "
Saturday, June 5, 2010
"Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
Life is too short to wake up with regrets. As each day passes I realize this more and more. Time is precious. Every moment I spend on regrets or negative energy I end up wasting.
So love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't. I have struggled with this one at times. I have this sickness where I think I can work through issues and help difficult people realize that I am a wonderful human. I say this tongue and cheek, but there is some truth to my need to feel acceptance. As I get older and wiser, I realize that I am wonderful and I have a lot to offer this world. If a person or persons can't see the wonderfulness--I may not be their cup of tea and that is ok. It does not change the fact that I have value and worth. Only I can judge this and I choose to believe it. I also to choose to hang out with people who are capable of love and expression of said love.
Believe everything happens for a reason. One of my bosses told me that "sh*t" happens and not all things happen for a reason. This explains cancer, or a child getting hurt or numerous other things. I must admit that this rocked my boat a bit when I thought about this. How do we know when things are meant to happen and others that are just happenstance? I tend to put this thought aside and just concentrate on the belief that it is really about what we do with our circumstances. If we run into a bump in the road, do we see the gift within? Do we handle the situation with grace and love? Do we become stronger in the process? I often screw up in this department, but I strive to learn and grow with each opportunity.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. As I read these words a tear came. I am one of the most fortunate people. Grace has knocked on my door many times. I hope that I recognize when a second chance comes and that I have the courage to grab with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it. Letting go--opening up, trying something new, taking the risk--all takes bravery. It is a power/decision within us. We have the chance to become anew and more of our genuine self in the process.
God never said life would be easy, He just promised it would be worth it. Amen!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Upon reflection, I realize that I often get so caught up with "what I have to do". I sometimes even forget to play with my kids. I am not sure how this happens but it is also true that growing up I did not play much. I had a lot of responsibilities early on and worries too. So, playing has not been an organic process for me--at least not yet.
It is good to have role models who can point the way. Reminders are helpful. I suppose I may need to ask for help from my kids to guide my way--who better to ask than the mouths of babes?
I read an article on a website called The Cute Kid that had this to say about play:
"Playtime is valuable time. Children learn through play. During play children often imitate valuable adult behaviors, stretch their imagination and reinforce creativity, and feel like they have accomplished something. When you play with your child you add to these benefits by making your child feel important and valued.
As you play with your child let your child decide what to play. They usually choose an activity that they are interested in. When a child decides what to play it will keep their attention longer. It also increases the child's feelings of self-worth. Because they feel that their parent likes and is interested in the things that they do. You might get bored with the same activity but your child learns through repetition. If you are tired of it add a new dimension to the activity. Turn the tea party into cooking an entire meal. Instead of just pushing around cars build a garage and pretend to fix them. As your child gets older their interests will change as well. They might want to go outside and kick around a ball or play a game. They might want to help you cook in the kitchen or scrapbook together. Whatever your child's interests just make sure that your child chooses the activity not you."
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
- Happiness is a continuum and not a destination.
- The real question to ask is, "How can I become happier?"
- Create rituals rather than forcing self discipline.
- Keep a gratitude journal--remember 5 things nightly about your day of which you are grateful for. Studies show that people who do this are more happy.