#GoBeKind

After a flood of visceral hatred and ugliness filling my Facebook feed (worse than the typical political spewage), I’ve begun to seriously flirt with the idea of dropping Facebook altogether. I love keeping up with a number of friends over social media, but the constant barrage of negativity and righteous indignation has become too painful. Between the irrational outrage…

Thanks for Everything…and Nothing in Particular

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” – Leo Buscaglia, author Today I was wildly enthusiastic about…a single sunflower defying the change of seasons. I can see. And enjoy.  Kids’ artwork in a hallway of the local elementary school (my polling place this…

Message Received

“Look in the mirror. Appreciate yourself. Celebrate your capacity for simple acts of generosity and gentleness.” – Chogyam Trungpa Today I noticed this little yellow leaf had settled perfectly on my front porch’s potted plant when I got home from work. I was completely fascinated. It certainly didn’t look like this leaf had floated here randomly on some gust of…

Five Tips for a Healthy Spirit

Tiny Devotions, my favorite Instagram account and mala maker, posted these “five tips for being a Free Spirit” today. I think I would amend this title to read “five tips for a healthy spirit” to make it more relatable for everyone. “Free Spirit” implies hippy-dippy to some (although I’m totally good with it). This is…

Levels of Uncertainty

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still…

Shine.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of…

Cupcakes and Grace

This weekend, I took a short road trip to my hometown to participate in a very special (Cupcake!) 5K to support two of my high school friends who have a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare, cruel and incurable disease.  It was a family affair, including my sister and brother, as well as my son and…

Memories and Loss

“… even out of unspeakable grief, beautiful things take wing.” –AR Torres, “The Lessons of Loss” Today included a little road trip for work to help with one of our special events. It’s a camp that helps children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The goal is to teach them to cope and…

Up

Look up. Get up. And never give up. (The past two days have been a cloud gazer’s dream. These are like cloud balloon animals. What shapes – or critters – do you see?)

Finding the Sacred in Everyday Life

“I designed my house around being able to have African violets in the kitchen window. I did it because my grandmother had them in her kitchen window. That meant the kitchen window had to be in the south, because that gave them the best light. So my entire house was designed around having a south-facing kitchen window…

Resolutions…

Typically, I like to establish specific goals to be met in the New Year (i.e., running goals) rather than create resolutions. However, per usual, Pope Francis has established ten resolutions that are really good. Below is a summary of each one; click here for the full text. 1. Don’t gossip. Every time we judge our brother in…

Today’s Post is Brought to You By…

…the number 10. I’m seriously thinking about putting together a book of these happy/inspired lists and using my photos as the art. These lists are everywhere, each offering something new and valuable. Anyway, today’s list is the “Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life,” originally published here. 1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by…

Today’s Number is…18

“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’” Not too long ago, I posted an abbreviated version of Gandhi’s Ten Rules for Changing the World. Today,…

Some Thoughts on Trust

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 This pretty kitty is one of three feral family members who have declared our office building’s back yard as their home. The reason…

Never Gets Old

A work trip to Northwest Missouri isn’t complete without a visit to the Benedictine Convent in Clyde. I’m convinced that their chapel is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.   I don’t take as many photos as I used to, but it never gets old. Takes my breath away and brings tears…

This Life is a Good One

This life is a good one. Enjoy it. — Jim Henson An oh-gawd-o’clock appointment had me feeling a bit fuzzy, anxious and disheveled this morning. I fumbled around the house on autopilot, but ultimately stumbled out the door on time. As soon as I was out the door, however, I knew something was a little…

Near or Far: Some Thoughts on Prayer

Click on photo for source. As the past few years – particularly the past few months – have brought about challenges for my family that I never could have anticipated or even fathomed, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and talking to God. Not in anger (if you subscribe to the psych 101…