Bells & Whistles

We are all, or most of us anyway, familiar with purchasing a car. Some are rather plain and some are loaded with bells & whistles. It is sort of fun to think back through the years how the bells & whistles have changed. A/C, electric windows, power locks, radios, electric seats, air bags, navigation systems, etc., etc., etc. It’s nice to have all or at least a few of these bells & whistles, but lest we forget, what we really appreciate is the engine, transmission, and the tires.

I think life in general poses great similarities. There are many bells & whistles and these, too, have changed through the years. Today 24/7/365 entertainment through our televisions (remember when TV stations signed off at midnight?), along with the internet, we have 24/7/365 contact with others, some who we have never met and may live half way across the world. But, as with the car … the basic car – engine, transmission and tires that will get us from point A to B – life holds similar essentials. Self-reliance, personal relationships, and purpose. These are the keys to happiness that are often overshadowed by all the bells & whistles.

 

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The Seesaw and the Balance of Life

As we go through life, we are constantly reminded about the importance of living a balanced life, ___% spiritual, ___% work, ___% family, ___% friends or whatever breakdown is important to you. We hear phrases such as “you never hear someone on their death bed wish they had spent more time working.” I often wondered how frequently we should seek to achieve this balance – monthly, weekly, daily, or minute by minute. A case could even be made that we spend the first 25 years working and the next 25 years enjoying retirement, so this equates to a balanced life. Unless, of course, you suffer a heart attack as you enter your retirement. I think most would agree that seeking balance on a tighter schedule is more preferable.

As you try to balance your life, think of the seesaw. As kids we would always try to make it balance. When we put two kids of equal weight on either side, the seesaw was perfectly balanced but the game was boring and everyone lost interest. What was fun was to see how unbalanced we could make it with a really heavy kid on one end and really light kid on the other. Then, we would have to see how many kids we would have to add to the light kids’ side. Then, of course, we would go too far and have to add another light kid to the heavy kids’ side. Oh the fun we would have trying to arrive at balance.

As you seek balance in your life, remember it is the constant moving of the seesaw that provides energy! (And fun!)

 

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Enlightening

I read the book cover to cover from start to finish. Now, I find I jump around doing the exercises. It’s also made me more aware of songs that inspire me and I’ve been keeping a log. Even though I think I found my path years ago, this book reminds me of some of the things I still do, or things I managed to overcome. Thanks for putting this together.

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Valentine’s Day and Un-Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, a day considered by a lot of people as a day made up by the greeting card, florist and chocolate industries. I am not sure of the origins of this “holiday,” and why it comes in February. Maybe it is because February tends to be somewhat of a gray and gloomy month and the bright red that is associated with Valentine’s Day brings a little cheer.

Think of how beautiful a red cardinal is on a gloomy winter’s day. Even beyond the brightness of Valentines, think about the acts of Valentine’s Day. Do you remember the days before we may have had only one sweetheart in our lives? When we went around to all the kids in our class handing out fun little note cards and sometimes a small candy was attached? Think about the excitement, joy and happiness you felt not only giving them to others, but receiving them as well. Too bad this tradition ends as we get older and too bad it is limited to just one day a year.

It doesn’t’ have to be that way … it can be every day of the year! One day for Valentine’s Day and 364 for Un-Valentine’s Day. The great thing is that when we go out of our way to say something nice to someone, or perform small acts of kindness to others to make them happier, we also in turn make ourselves happy.

Think of the power you can possess when you can change someone’s mood. Superman will have nothing on you!

What are some small acts of kindness you have done for others or others have done for you? What are some instances you have changed your day and someone else’s day by just saying something nice? Share them with us by commenting. We can all learn from each other!

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Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day – Said to be my favorite holiday, I understand that technically it’s not actually a holiday, of the year. Why? First, it is a day of anticipation, the cold and bitterness of winter has set in and for many there is no relief in sight. People looking for any sign that will say the end of winter is near. Second, it is a fun and somewhat silly concept like Don’t Be A Cow. Think about the modern day life style with tiny cell phones and computers and all the so called intelligence of the modern day society, yet so many still put hope in a ground hog! Third, and final, the movie, one that I think Hollywood should do a remake of. Think of waking everyday and applying the mistakes of the day before in a direct effort to get what it is you want that day. What a concept! Allow the anticipation of your expectations, and the mistakes of yesterday help you make today Extraordinary! What are you anticipating today?

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