Learn From Yesterday

Have you ever had the question in your head, “What has this taught me?”  That’s how I tend to look at my younger self.  As Walt Disney once said – “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Continue reading

Time Heals?

time heals“Time heals all wounds”…I’ve given some thought to this famous quote and decided that it is a harmful “old wives” tale.

My perspective is based on personal experience. Having lived more than a half-century. I have a wealth of experiences under my belt that have harmed, hurt, or negatively influenced me in one way or another. 

What I can say for time, with regard to healing emotional pain is that it serves two purposes. but falls short in one major way… Continue reading

It All Counts

time mattersWith the passing of time, I realize that time is not infinite. I have often thought that if I wasted a day, it was no big deal. I now realize that it all counts. I need to value my time and make sure that I accomplish items of progress each day. Continue reading

I Feel Good

I can choose to be happy. 

It all started when I was a child. Every Saturday, Michelle and I would do our housekeeping chores. But we would have additional cleaning responsibilities if we were having guests or before holidays. During those times, mom would be present and I remember these times well. 

She would explain the importance and urgency of the chores. I think my sister and I were low on the continuum of “buy-in”. Then to encourage us, before turning us loose, Mom would always, always say, “Alright girls, let’s get this house cleaned up…and let’s have fun!”

I don’t think this actually worked in my child’s mind, but it has affected me deeply in adulthood.

You see, I know I get to choose my happiness–or not. It all depends on the thoughts I purposefully think.

Let me explain. Continue reading

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

happy lifeI feel that in my life there appear to be so many unhappy people.  There are so many bad things going on in the world around us and I am sure that contributes to a lot of concern and unhappiness for a lot of people.  Now, on the other hand, I feel you can choose how you are going to handle your life.  You can choose to be happy or sad. Having a positive or happy attitude can get you through just about anything. Continue reading

Happy State of Mind

happy mindsetFor most of my life, I’ve heard people talk about their goals, and many of them say “I just want to be happy”. My opinion of this goal is that many people are not happy because they don’t choose to be happy. When you live your life with an attitude of happiness, you can weather difficult times and still remain in balance. Continue reading

Making Happy Mornings

happy morningsI hate mornings and when I get up, my first thought is “I can’t wait to go back to bed.”  When I wake up, I’m not a smiling, happy person.  There are some in my family that are and I’ve asked them how they do that.  Their response was “I just decide before I get out of bed that it’s going to be an amazing day.”  Wow – can it really be that simple? Continue reading

Tenacious Taurus

taurusIf you look to see what personality traits are associated with a Taurus, you can find a variety of different answers.  The websites I found state that a Taurus is possessed/obsessed, fussy, stubborn, chilled/zoned out, and sensuous/greedy.  Some things that a Taurus is into would be money, food, chilling, flirting, and shopping.  For the most part, I’m in complete agreement with what I’ve read. Continue reading

Authentic Aries

AriesThe Aries woman is honest, driven, competitive, and energetic. At least many of the Aries women have these traits. 

I find myself exhibiting the shadow side of many of the Aries qualities. For example, I carry a secret insecurity that creates intense stress and pressure for me. On the surface, I appear confident, competitive, and driven. In truth, appearances can be deceiving. Inside, I am often feeling anxious and inadequate. This surprises the people I know well because they say they don’t understand why.  Continue reading