That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman

Happy Thoughts

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

Push right back.

He said, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter,…

Goals

I tried to guess what was going through this adorable dog’s mind long after the car drove away. Possibilities included: What’s that smell? I think I smell food. I can’t see very well. I wish she would scratch my ears. I wonder if that person over there would play with me. I finally settled on:…

Abundance

“If you begin and finish your days with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll find yourself living from a place of abundance rather than lack. Those first and final moments set the tone for the many minutes that fall in between.” – Erica Layne, author

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Monday motivation

“Never underestimate the power of kindness or rest. Give yourself copious amounts of both.” – Chani Nicholas

Distance and Presence

“Presence is more than just being there.” – Malcolm Forbes The past several months have been challenging for everyone in a myriad of ways — work, kids, isolation, basic safety, etc. While I’ve adjusted well to the remote work environment and have had the unexpected blessing of my children’s company at different times over the…

Today’s Headlines

“Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of Covid, protests, looting, brutality. I lose my way. Become convinced this “new normal” is real life. But then I meet an 87-year old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam, protests, and yet is still enchanted with life. He seemed surprised when I said that…

What if

“What if 2020 isn’t cancelled? What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw – that it finally forces us to grow. A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber. A year we finally accept the need for change….

Sometimes

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

Like it or not

“Here’s how you grieve 100,000 lives: You wear a mask at the damn grocery store and you wash your hands and you keep your distance and you show kindness to cashiers – and you follow the simple rules put in place to keep people healthy and alive because that’s what decent human beings do, and…

God Wink

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalms 37:4 Over the past several weeks, I’ve blogged about the scenes out my backdoor as I’ve worked from home — particularly birdwatching. It’s been one of my biggest sources of joy during this pandemic. In addition to the…

For what it’s worth…

“For what it’s worth…it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make…

Write it

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and…

As I suspected…

Research suggests that having cut flowers and plants in your house has positive health benefits!  (Now really, are we surprised?) The American Society for Horticulture Science evaluated surgical patients and the therapeutic influence plants can have. According to the study, patients exposed to flowers had: lower blood pressure and heart rate lower ratings of pain,…

There it is.

“Jesus wept.” “Not just the shortest verse in the Bible, but a powerful reminder that we don’t have to find the silver lining in everything: to express pain is valid and necessary. Even holy. If you needed permission today to fall apart for a bit and just have a good old fashioned cry, there it…

All the time

I’m learning that, now more than ever, optimism, hope and prayer are muscles.  And if you don’t use them, they will atrophy.  Today during a run in my neighborhood, a woman drove up beside me to ask if I’d seen her dogs.  They’d dug out out of the yard and escaped, so she was searching…

Exposure

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! And you need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This…

Pause

“In all the chaos and hurry, do not forget to notice the beauty and miracle of this world. Slow down. Notice. Observe. Be aware. Allow presence and awe to come back into your life.” – Brendon Burchard I’m a pretty good planner –  especially when it comes to vacations and adventures. In fact, I’m a…

Room

“I hope today is the kind of day you notice beautiful things. Amidst all of your uncertainty, I hope you can trust and believe: “my tired, anxious heart has not seen all there is to see.” Because even though you are waiting, there is still room for dreaming and creating. There is still room to…

Unplug

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott After several highly stressful weeks (months, really) at work, I was recently able to take a day off with no objective other than to decompress. No obligations, no special occasion, no appointments…just an ordinary day. And it was…

Joy

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We run the risk of missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” – Brené Brown