You Do You

“Always remember you are just where you need to be. Everything you are experiencing is conspiring to help you grow. So let go and love where you are and the infinite wisdom of your life in this moment.”  This morning I saw snow flurries blowing around in subfreezing gusts of wind, so before I set…

Words Matter

“If you don’t believe in carefully choosing your words, think of the difference between, “You look like the breath of spring” and “You look like the end of a hard winter.”  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about New Year’s resolutions and some things I’d like to work on. I’ve settled on a few tangible…

Reverse Advent

So…I put the tree up a little early this year in anticipation of decorating with my kids when they come home for Thanksgiving. But I’ve also found a neat advent idea that I’m thinking about trying this year. It’s called a “reverse advent calendar.” Instead of opening a door or box each day and removing…

Kindness is Magic

“The two most powerful things in existence: a kind word and a thoughtful gesture.” – Kenneth Langone, philanthropist  So I came back from lunch yesterday and found this little guy sitting on my desk, a surprise delivery from a lovely friend and colleague whom I don’t get to see very often. This thoughtful gesture silently…

It’s the Thought That Counts. Really.

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” – Richard Bach, writer The two items in this picture perfectly sum up three of my greatest loves* — pandas, baking, and Hello Kitty. And both were surprise gifts recently from two friends at work. While I absolutely *love* both items for what they are,…

Tough Teachers

“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” – Khalil Gibran During today’s run, I noticed several flowering trees in my neighborhood bursting through, in spite of earlier snows and hard freezes. For whatever reason, it reminded me of this…

Onward.

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl,  but whatever you do,  you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. The Girls on the Run 5k was this weekend. As I indicated a few days ago, discouragement had given me reservations about running….

Real Love

“Love is not warm and fuzzy or sweet and sticky. Real love is tough as nails. It’s having your heart ripped out, putting it back together, and the next day offering it back to the world that just tore it up.” — Glennon Doyle Melon, author I’m home from a three-day work trip, but it…

Thoughts on Kindness

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop I’ve noticed a lot of little things lately that have made me stop and smile. Little kindnesses left behind for others to enjoy. And we could all really use it right now. Here are a few photos and a couple of ideas from “100 Ways…

Learning the Hard Way

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron You know, I never really understood that quote until recently. In fact, I’d never even thought about it much. But it popped in my head last night during a run. One of the things I love about running is that…

For the Love of Samaritans

Please take a few minutes to read this sermon from Nadia Bolz Weber, called “Why it is the Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and Not the Parable of the Robbers.” (Link here.) So. Much. Yes. It is a perfect commentary on the state of our world, the deafening barrage of violence and hate within our news, and…

Unusual Beauty

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” Tonight, I found a really nice one. We’re back at the hospital for another round of the dreaded MRIs. The same MRIs that confine my kids to a claustrophobic tube for anywhere between three and four hours a pop. A recent…

This Won’t Happen Again.

Uh oh, look out. I’ve learned how to turn my photos into memes. Okay, in reality, I won’t be doing this often. But it’s always fun to learn new stuff — and even more fun to merge one of my favorite Dalai Lama quotes with one of my favorite photos. Something else I don’t do…

Love Made Visible

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha Happy Valentine’s Day! While I don’t have a sweetheart this year, I am still so ready to celebrate. Today marks the beginning of Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20, 2016)! Read about it here. A whole week…

Big Guy, Bigger Heart

As if Santa wasn’t already the coolest guy in the world. It seems like there have been a few really special Santa stories this year that have hit me right in the feels. This Santa settled himself onto the floor to make an autistic boy feel more comfortable. Link to full story and more photos here or click…