Posts tagged "gratitude"

Quit hurrying and notice: Lessons from The Fault in Our Stars

I finished the book and went to bed thinking about Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars, and I woke up thinking about them.  Not just their love story, but their worldview, the way they faced each day knowing that time was real. What is life like when you are sure your days... Read more »

What is the difference between happiness and joy?

Happiness is a gift from a friend or a kiss from a child. Joy is feeling love for someone and noticing when someone loves us. Happiness is a day when things are going really well. Joy is finding a way to laugh when things get too scary, or smiling at someone on the street, even... Read more »

What are you sharing today?

Does it feel easier to be negative sometimes?  Or maybe more normal? It seems more socially acceptable to share all of our problems rather than our joys. Or maybe it feels more comfortable to talk about difficulty rather than awesomeness. Maybe it helps us fit in? Maybe it’s a habit? Not to say that it... Read more »
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Words are things, and these are the five I love most

I recently heard Maya Angelou speak about the power of words: Words are things You must be careful Careful about calling people out of their names Using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives And all that ignorance Don’t do that Someday we’ll be able to measure the power of words I think they are things I... Read more »

Ten "rise above" resolutions for 2013

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs Lately I’ve been saying “relax” out loud to myself – then I relax my shoulders and my jaw.  Plan to keep doing this. Be patient, slow down.  Where do I think I’m “going” anyway?... Read more »

The grass is green on both sides

I get to be alone today.  Not just for a little while, but for a full day and night. This is quite uncommon, but also a very welcome experience.  I love my extroverted high intensity time with my family and friends, but the other half of me is quite introverted – I love being alone.... Read more »
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Be here now, no matter where you are

My dad is in the hospital today. This is a difficult time for him, but in many ways he is calm and present. Yesterday he said to me, “You know, growing old is a hassle.” Such a great word – growing old isn’t awful, bad, scary, just a hassle. Then he said with a smile, “But... Read more »