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,…

Now more than ever

“Wherever you go, be brave. To whomever you meet, be kind. With whatever you have, do good.” — Leigh Standley, artist, writer

Summer gratitude

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock  Yesterday I took a much-needed day off from work. While I didn’t lie on the grass, I…

Mistakes happen, fortunately

“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect — they are much more interesting.” — Marc Jacobs Today I picked up some film I’d had developed and the photos are a total mess. I don’t know what I did or how I did it, but something went amuck. While most of the…

Remember

Remember when you go into the world… To keep your eyes and ears wide open and be kind. Love one another. Take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun. Know that you are loved like crazy….

I hope

“I hope you live louder. I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair.  I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel…

Beautiful slime

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Tiny neighbor: Do you just love my beautiful slime? Me: I just love your beautiful slime!! Yes, I really did. And I hope she never, ever, ever loses her imagination or stops loving her creations.

I can and I will

“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe.’ I’m never gonna say, “I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.” – Nadiya Hussain, The Great British Bake Off  After countless weekly trips to the local bakery to admire their…

Gratitude check

Closing out the weekend and preparing for the new week with a gratitude check. Thanks to this weekend, I’m grateful for: Two strong runs — even in this unreasonable heat (above photo was taken during today’s run) Almost a full day spent with my younger son — and the fact that he still enjoys hanging…

Consider this

Consider this permission to: 1.) Say no to a request that you know in your gut isn’t right for you. 2.) Set something aside for a season. 3.) Unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel “less than” in any way. 4.) Be the person you are, not the person you think you should…