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

Love Made Visible

“As the world fights to figure everything out, I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone is lonely, being patient with sales clerks, smiling at passersby. Why? Because I will not stand idly by…

Your Story

“Write your story. Whenever you need, close the pages and begin a new chapter. Scratch out the things that don’t belong. Add more of the things that bring you joy. Dream of your future and start writing the adventure towards it. Find the characters that are meant to help you on your journey, and that…

Someone’s Good Day

“Be kind. Be ridiculously, radically, endlessly kind.  Be a part of someone’s good day. Send nice thoughts, send positive vibes, send support and love and well wishes. So often we wish for tomorrow to be a good day when we are at our lowest.  Some sort of sign that it gets better.  Be a part…

Ahh, yes…

I had today off, so this morning I decided to take a walk through Laumeier Sculpture Park. It was brisk, beautiful and unexpectedly profound. As I was heading back to my car, I noticed two elderly gentlemen chatting on a bench under a maple tree, bright yellow leaves casually dropping around them in the breeze….

Masterpiece

“The best thing about your life is that it is in a constant state of design. This means you have, at all times, the power to redesign it. Make moves, allow shifts. Smile more, do less. Say no, say yes.  Just remember,  when it comes to your life,  you are not just the artist but…

Love and love and love

Far too often lately, the state of our world makes me unbearably sad. It doesn’t even matter that my own life is puttering along mostly without incident; everywhere you look, our world and so many people in it are hurting. Cruelty, violence, bigotry, poverty, racism, savage  disregard for the dignity of the individual…the grief becomes…

Today

“Today be good to people. listen – without rushing, give the benefit of the doubt, smile – just because, slow down – just a bit, choose kindness first, and tell those you love that you love them.” — Rachel Marie Martin, author And if I might take the liberty to add to this lovely sentiment……

Ahhhhh…

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” And this Labor Day, I’m awfully thankful for time to rest. No working. No running. No serious chores. Just a walk with friends, time looking at neighborhood flowers, lots of tennis on the television, and just…quiet. Gracious, I needed that.

That’s it

“At the end of the day what really matters is that your loved ones are well, you’ve done your best and that you’re thankful for all you have.” – unknown  Lately my gratitude list has made a much-needed return to the basics: –  air in my lungs – roof over my head and food on the…

Choose

“Choose joy. Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now. Otherwise you’ll run out of time. We can’t often choose our circumstances but we can better control our reactions and emotions. Choose joy.” – unknown Photos from this morning’s crack-of-dawn long run. And…

Take a moment

You’re so hard on yourself. But remember, everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life, at the mistakes that gave you wisdom, at the suffering that gave you strength. Despite everything, you still move forward; be proud of this. Continue to endure. Continue to persevere….

Turn the page

This weekend I began the process of purging my house of all the things I don’t need — starting with stuff in my room. I started with my closets, dumping the contents of each old purse and bag. One by one, ticket stubs and other mementos started dropping out, until a pile of memories sat…

Be…

“Be the person who cares. Be the person who makes the effort, the person who loves without hesitation. Be the person who bares it all, the person who never shies away from the depths of their feeling, or the intensity of their hope. “Be the person who believes  — in the softness of the world,…