Friday, November 17, 2017

strive to be happy

Our nation's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln once said “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I really believe that too.  WE control whether or not we are happy.
Yes, everything in life does not turn out the way we might want it and there can certainly be some very trying moments, but anger, frustration, sorrow, are all filled with negativity.  There is always something positive in our lives, even if it might take some time to look for it.  It might not always be easy either.  Being happy though is actually a choice we make.  We should choose to be happy above anything else.
This isn't a new idea. Aristotle is quoted as saying "Happiness depends upon ourselves." Max Ehrmann's Desiderata closes with these words:  “Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” 

Like I said, it might not always be easy, but the joy of happiness is its own reward!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

who/what inspires you?

Is there a book or a movie or a famous person that has given you inspiration?  There must be someone or something that has inspired you at some time in your life.. 

Let's talk a little bit about it.  What made it inspiring?  Has anyone ever told you that you inspire them?  Did they say why?  Think about it.  What does it take to inspire?  (For me, there are many things).

Our country's sixth President, John Quincy Adams said "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

So my friends, be a leader.  Inspire someone!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Roses are red - sometimes

Roses are red (and violets are blue), says the poem. Indeed they are.  Sometimes though they might be pink or white or yellow or a number of other colors, including a mixed color. I think the most stunning rose color is lavender, and it smells so very nice as well!

I'm thinking of roses this morning because I happened to pass some gorgeous ones on my early walk. I just wanted to stop and soak in the beauty. It's no wonder people love to send and to receive these wonderful flowers. Oh my!  It's even pleasant to pick up a nice bouquet for yourself.

Oh and this is in keeping with the theme of this blog. If you plant beautiful flowers, you are certainly helping to make this a more beautiful world. Such a simple thing, huh? Of course there are many flower possibilities. Do you have a favorite? If I were to send you a bouquet, what flowers would you want included?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanks Whoopi

She's a comedian, actress, author, activist, tv host, and from everything I have every heard, a darn nice person.  I've never met Whoopi Goldberg, but I have been entertained by her for as long as I can remember, and I don't think there is another person I respect and admire more than her.

The whole purpose of this blog has always been to suggest ways of getting involved and making a difference in our world, and to spotlight those everyday heroes who are courageously helping to make this a better place.  Ms Goldberg could easily be the poster-person for this blog.  She is always her true self and says (and does) what it needed when it is needed.  She is certainly not one of those celebrities who sits on her throne, expecting the whole world to bow down to her.

Her support for lgbtq rights is unwavering.  It's not just talk either.  You will see Whoopi Goldberg out on the front lines, not just here in the US, but she called a couple of years ago for global solidarity with lgbtq sisters and brothers in Uganda and Nigeria.  She also helped launch the Give A Damn campaign (with Cyndi Lauper).

I could spend the entire morning writing about how this incredible woman is always giving.  I could talk at length about her wonderful movie roles (I actually watched some of the filming of Sister Act ), her comedy, and her daily gig on The View.  Instead, I just want to say happy birthday to this amazing and inspiring woman, and say thanks for making a difference!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Make it stop

Yesterday, as you no doubt already know, there was another church shooting with more than two dozen people killed including the Pastor's daughter and a pregnant women.  Mass shootings have become so common, and sadly so many of them have been happening in churches. 

Remember when churches were considered a safe place to be?  Remember when churches were sanctuaries?  Remember when our country was a safe place?  For some of us it seems like a long time ago.

Killing is happening somewhere every single day.  Hate is at an all time high.  It doesn't have to be this way though.  We can make it stop.  Just recently someone said to me "there will always be hate, but there will always be love too."  I hope they are wrong about the hate.  I really think we have the power to drive hate out and replace it with only love.  We can at least try.

I don't have a specific solution, but I know that when people come together, we can do great things.  Let's do that.  Let's make a difference.  Let's make the killing stop.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Don't forget your clocks

Tomorrow night before bedding down, don't forget your clocks.  Now I know that in some places, Daylight Saving Time is not observed (like in Arizona and parts of Indiana), but for all the rest of you, be sure to set your clock back one hour and get that extra hour of sleep.

Whether you observe Daylight Saving Time in your neck-of-the-woods or not, it's always a good reminder to replace those batteries in your home, especially the ones in your smoke detectors.  Check also to see if all your wall and table clocks are displaying the correct time.

This isn't something I generally write about here, but how can you change the world if your don't even know the correct time?  Let's all do some incredible things this November!  Together we really can be instruments of change!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In reverse

Today is one of those odd days during the year that folks seem to love or hate and for a wide variety of reasons.  Some already did their Halloween over the weekend and some will spend tonight either celebrating, hiding, or a little of both.  I feel bad for all the people who become uncomfortable with this occasion, but if we all showed more kindness and respect toward each other, I think it could be more enjoyable.

Remember those Halloween pranks you did as a kid?  How about reversing it and doing some good deed instead?  Some folks might want to make an entire evening of doing nice things for others - a sort of reverse trick-or-treating.

Oh and then there is the candy and treats.  We could turn that around too.  Rather than collecting candy, we could distribute candy.  Buy several bags of those small candy bars and head to the nearby fire station, to the library, perhaps to some shops you frequent or to a senior center.  Don't expect people to give something to you but instead you give something to them. 

There are lots of possibilities in doing the day in reverse.  Of course some may want to go the traditional way too.  That's fine.  Do what makes you happy, but for me, bring joy to others gives me so much happiness.  However you celebrate, be safe and respectful and enjoy the occasion!