Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Take the Chance!

Because I Said So is on HBO right now...not that I don't have it! HA! I love Stephen Collins...isn't he hot! HA! There are sooo many great lines in that movie, like when Diane Keaton tells "Johnny" it is pride that is creating a wall & he should not waste one single minute. Man! I mean if you don't take the chance on love or risk on finding out & asking someone then you just will never know what it is all about! And if you can't take the risk on that then how will you ever risk other things in life & be able to have the courage to get through life.

I also love the ending where "Johnny" tells her what he loves about her...how all the quirky things others do not particular care for in her he loves! He gets her & also finds her so vibrant. I mean have fun people! Life is meant to have a blast! I think we forget this as we get older & those who don't forget really get what life is really about. Wild Abandonment is not necessarily bad or illegal or hurtful. It gets a real bad name! It is the spontaniety of life which makes life fun and joyful & full of energy.

And on that note I'll just say I bought red & green jingle bell earings tonight! HA! It will be here before you know it & despite the fact that I have medical bills up the Wahoo I refuse to not have fun! I need this holiday to keep me sane! HA! I just saw someone's house all lit up & decorated for Christmas already tonight on the way home. I said, "Thank You God I needed that" and I am going to start decorating! :-) I have Friday off & man I'm going to start bringing the spirit in. And the Lite FM is already playing Christmas music 24 hrs & AOL radio has some channels for Christmas so...let the spirit glow within! Take the chance & light your spirit with love anyway you can! :-)

Thursday, October 18, 2007


OMG...I can't believe it has been this long since I have posted to this journal! Wow! I don't know...just a busy summer...my deck garden even went to the dogs! Have to blame it on teaching & that new boyfriend of mine! HA! I just have had fun spending time with him.

So lets see all of Sep I was going into Chicago everyday for my Vax-D treatments & getting home late at night doesn't leave too much time. I'm doing better now & only going down 2 days a week for PT now so bit more time. It has been taking its toll a bit but I wanted to try this to avoid surgery. I have this Willow Tree Angel & this is what I want to feel like & what I'm fighting so hard for! Try to post more often now!

I like this one...Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. - Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Whose Watching You?!

I know, I know..where have I been? HA! Well, lets see, 2 more weeks left of class, been spending time with the new beau & my niece & last week my sister announced she is engaged and is going to be married in mid Oct! This has sent the family into a Wedding Craze. [shaking head] So I'm sure I'll be posting more later about that...but I heard this on the radio a few days ago & it is just AWESOME for my class & I wanted to share it with you. I always tell my students you do have to watch because other kids are observing you all over & they may get in trouble for something you taught them! HA! Hope you like it!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Just Send Love!


Been meaning to get this posted for a few days now. It was odd but I had this really peaceful day. I was so grounded and realized that others are just going to be not so nice in life but it really doesn't have to affect me. I don't mean this like I don't feel compassion for them & not care, but rather it doesn't have to make me upset or have them bring the worst out of me in response. It just popped in my head "Where there is hatred let there be love" and I just smiled, felt so warm & loved and thought that is what I will do all day. I just had a day were I said people can be icky & I can just be soooo incredibly wonderful back to them. I know hard to do everyday, but it was a day that I was able to. I have a bumper sticker in my SUV window which says, "The Best Revenge is to Love Your Enemy". That idea!

Then I was thinking why are these people (or us on some days) so bad? My brain was just firing so wild that day...and on the radio was "You Lost That Loving Feeling" and yep that was it...lack of love. "All We Need Is Love" dadadadada....ha! Dr. Dyer always says to send love out and you will get love & that is really true! It just feels so good to say "You can't make me feel bad!" you know. Just wish I could do that everyday all day long! :-) All we can do is try each new time.

Ok, I couldn't decide! HA! They are all good! Enjoy!

The Righteous Brothers:

Top Gun:


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

We ALL have Special Gifts!

Hi Everyone!

OMG...I could not believe these when I listened! Have you seen them? First is a 6 yr old girl that Simon loved in Britain American Idol. My God what will she be like later when she is older and has teeth! HA! Next a guy who sells cell phones and sings better than Pavarotti! I'd buy his CD today!

I had my little niece listen & told her this is why when people walk down the street you never know what special talents God has given them and we should never judge people.

They made me cry..I know everything makes me cry! HA! I wish I could sing, at least a bit better than I do. I just love singing but hopefully I have some other special gift. I just can't imagine all these people in the world with equally special talents in other disciplines & they are not able to potentiate them for one reason or another. I have students with such great potential but they have to work to support their families or take care of an ill family member etc. I have one student now who is combining theories & taking it to a higher level! And get this...she is only going to be a SR in HS in the fall. She would be great for grad school now! HA!

Well, tomorrow as you walk buy people grocery shopping or someone is stopped next to you at the light, try thinking for a moment that they may have an amazing talent rather than judging them because they are being slow or something!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Embrace Your Transformations


Sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday. I was doing pretty good earlier in the day, took Sam & Ella back to the vet, enjoyed the lovely weather on the way there & back, found a few tops on sale I've been needing and then later in the evening I got into some kind of funk. Interesting how quickly we can go from one emotion to the other, and how very little it can take...which though when you think about it does give hope to go back to the happy state! :-)  I'm still working on it but a bit better now. If my shoulder would loosen up I'd be really happy...of course it may be that I need to get happy for it to loosen up...I know, you can see right now where I'm at. HA!

Ok, so where am I going with this & what is with the catepillars & butterflies etc? Well, last night I read my newsletter from Deepak Chopra on Transformations. And what is the first words right out of the box?

Change can be scary.

EEECK!!!! Well, really? I know that very well. Well, to some degree...you know we don't mind change when we are young do we. I have nieces so trust me, even if I couldn't remember, which I do, they remind me all the time! The soon to be 10 yr old came home from school & told her mom that some boy asked her to be his girlfriend. She said yes of course because "he was cute" and he tells her that she has to play basketball with him everyday after school! HA! Not a few weeks before this she got in my car to come for the weekend & said, "Auntie..look at my pierced ears & my nails & my new (training) bra!" AHHHHH! Where did that little girl go? Of course she is all thrilled. I give her tablets to write words. Last time she was picking words out of my psych text to learn...her teacher is going to love that one but I loved it. Well, I went to see what new words she had & instead I found...

"Dear Diary....

I have my first boyfriend. I'm so excited to have our first kiss. He is so handsom(e),"

UGH! I have no idea where she got those genes! ;-) She has been boy crazy for years though she did once tell me they don't like girls & I said well, you know they think girls have cooties for a while but they will come around.

Now on the same day my 16 yr old niece came home & told her mom that her boyfriend of like 8 mo came up to her & her friends & told her he didn't like her anymore, he was at some girls house the last two nights watching tv & wanted to break up with her. My little niece said she was crying all night.   

Now, both are going through Transformations & they are eager to do this. They can't wait to wear make-up, date, drive, go to college etc. I'm like Whoooo baby...lets put the brakes on a bit, but they can't wait. Do you remember this? HA! I do! Like that day I got to walk into my dorm & my folks were leaving! It is a good thing they could not see the big ole smile on my face. Ha! I was just so thrilled to be on my own. Now not that may parents were not wonderful, they were...I think they are worse now! Ha!

Now Deepak says...

With change comes the unknown…the uncertain. And we often fear what we don’t know.

You know it was a bit scary when we were younger, maybe for some more than me but, we didn't really fear the unknown then. We got in that car for driver's ed...it was our folks that feared the unknown of that! HA! We didn't fear dating the "unknown guy". We didn't fear going to that college party and not knowing what would happen. Ha! Somewhere later the unknown seems to get a bit scarier. Isn't that interesting. Is it because there are possibly more consequences?  

The next big point he reminds us of...

You have your version of how things are supposed to work out.

Whooo baby! How true is that for many of us! I know it is for me. I mean well they tell you to plan & then they say don't care if those plans work out? This seems contradictory! HA! But I know what he is getting at. We should still keep in mind that no matter how things work out it may be for the best & a lesson for us & will transform us nontheless. How it transforms us also depends on what perspective we choose to have.

P.S. I always love these fuzzy ones when I see them! :-)

Next, Deepak gets really deep...dare he "thinks too much" ha!

But change comes in each moment. You are not the same person you were when you began to read this. Those few sentences above are now part of your make-up. Every interaction, conversation, meal, thought, and activity you engage in today will shift your physiology and your emotional state. We’re often not aware of these subtle shifts because they happen so incrementally. Yet by tomorrow, you will be changed – even if only a bit.

How true! We don't really notice this. It is when we feel the big shifts. This brings me back to how our started me posting on my emotional state transforming. Just think of music how quickly a song can transform your mood, or someone telling a joke or like today in Wal Mart, I'm in line & these parents in the line next to me have twin boys in a stroller. The stroller is one child behind the other. They are screaming & the father is saying "Did you bite the other one" and wasn't being at all bad with the boys but then the older brother, maybe 5-6 yrs old came up to the one behind who may have had his finger bit & he checks out his finger & he gave the most tender hug to his brother...I was like OMG...this young boy when he grows up if he is the same way he is going to melt the womens hearts! It didn't hurt that he was a very attractive boy too. I was like where is my 10 yr old niece...she should meet him, he'd only be 5 yrs younger...ha! My niece is like that too so they would be a perfect match. Well, I was just so overwhelmed with a loving feeling. I was smiling at him so much. He saw me and I'm glad becasue that would be great positive reinforcement (oops did I let that psych term come out! HA!) I was going to say something to the parents but I didn't get close enough to strike up the conversation. That little boy changed my emotional state soooooo much! We get into our adult worlds & stress & if we observe children more, play with them etc we can get back to a good place. And we have to watch what they are observing & learning from us...ugh!

Sorry I couldn't resist with this one! Ha! Humor is good!

Deepak then goes on to say...

One of the reasons we fear this change is that we think that once we change, we will be stuck there – doomed for eternity to suffer the scenario you feared most. But what if you could embrace the fact that your transformation never stops. That wherever you are in your mind will change and wherever you end up, that too will change. The person you will be tomorrow will transform again into the person of the next day and the next. Now you are able to see not just the static aspects of yourself but the ever growing, ever re-birthing, ever-evolving aspect of you. And there’s a bonus…each time you transform…you open yourself to an abundance of possibilities which means you have the ability to be reborn in each moment.

Can I get a YIPEE! :-) You know we forget that when we are down or well it is just hard to realize when you are in the middle of it. When you lost that job, or loss a loved one or a relationship stops etc. People will try to tell you this, which usually just makes things worse but it is really true. This reminds me of the saying in "The Sound of Music" "When God closes a door, he opens a window". I always tell my mom he manages to open the windows on the 64th floor though! HA! Sorry, guess I'm in a better mood now...must be thinking of that little boy again. You know there are just moments in ones life you will never forget...like little reminders to think of again later. Like now that Braves just got ahead of the Cubs...ugh! I really do believe there are messages everyday if we are observing...even in ourselves. And I think we give them to others also. Sometimes we are the bad example of what not to do though but maybe that does serve a purpose in a way. No, I'm not excusing bad behavior here but I know when I see someone getting upset I say, "See that is what you look like so be careful!"

A beautiful Transformation I found!

Last point I want to share from Deepak's posting...

In every moment we have a choice. Whatever we choose, we are opening ourselves to transformation and the abundance of possibilities it offers us.

Oh man...the key word here is CHOICE!!!!  We forget that every action we do, even what we speak, listen to & think about is a CHOICE! Who we listen to and Believe...friends or family who do not send good messages, who do not see in us the potential & help us get there rather than bring us down etc! We need to be very careful to resist those kind of messages transforming us in a unhealthy way. It is not love that does this! They may think so but it isn't! And I'm not saying they are trying to be hurtful, even the best of us don't always realize it. I think I need to add a reminder here. I have this on a beautiful poster in my Angel bathroom right next to the angel that is blowing you a kiss. I know interesting theme for a bathroom but...

(I just realized from copying & pasting from the web this was not the one I had. Not bad but I'm retyping this to what I have!)

Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
It is not arrogant or rude.

Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong, but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.

We don't always remember this in the heat of the moment when we are upset. Sometimes we are kinder to strangers than the people we love. Hmmm...something to keep working on.

Lastly, I wanted to use this just perfect collage of butterflies below to remind us to celebrate the diversity in our transformations. We are all on different places in our transformations. We don't all go through the same transformations, and thank God that would be boring. We can learn from each other. We should see the beautiful differences in each & every one of us. Isn't it odd that when we see different butterflies we stop & notice them & point them out. We need to do this more with people! We need to remember that even people who are not quite in a good place are still transforming and have so much potential & we can choose to help their transformation or hurt it.

Ok, have I exhausted this? HA! I'm still thinking! :-)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Its A Friendship Festival!

Just a sitting duck in a Torando Watch! Ugh! We are suppose to get 90mph winds! OMG! Ok, I am teaching on Tues & Thurs starting this week and I pop in my office tonight while my students are watching a video & I have a voicemail. It is my new sweetie in my life who has the most amazing big, warm & relaxing hugs ... and that is just the beginning! ;-) !!! He leaves a message that he is going to come when I'm done with work & follow me home because of the weather. Isn't that just the sweetest! He makes me cry all the time...happy tears. He is so sweet to me...so far? :-) Well, turned out the weather was delayed so he just let me call when I was home. Now this tornado watch is until 5am! Ugh!

So now I'm just sitting here hoping this weather goes by without causing chaos! So I have to divert my attention in a good way...and I see I have an newsletter email from
SARK! I have her on my favorite sites.


I'm listening to an interview with her about her newest book Frienship Festival & also some of her other books too. I LOVE her books! I did just get this newest books but haven't been able to read it. I plan to start this weekend. I wanted to share this opportunity to listen to this interview with you. I hope you enjoy it! I think she starts in about 14 min into the time frame and it only goes to about 53 so not too bad? Total fun!


Monday, June 4, 2007

Are you Standing in the Fire?

Ok, I bet you are wondering...sorry!

My back has been bothering me a bit & my niece came in for the weekend & well, I've been going out with this guy & ummm.... ;-) I'm having a great time. He makes me laugh & ya, at the risk of finding out still later he is a dog & my heart getting bruised (again), he makes me feel so special and he treats me so wonderfully. I have been the one that has been quite hesitant. The first night he was up in my face, literally nose to nose, getting serious on how he will treat me and that he will wait for me to be confortable with him and trust him ...I don't know what he picked up on me that he could sense it, but he did. He is like me when I think of songs & movies. He gave me the example of Garth Brooks "The Dance" and "Standing Outside The Fire" & I love those songs & do believe it but it is so hard to still stand or dance inside the fire.

The Dance:

Standing Outside the Fire:

Well last night I think I let go of a lot & God I was thinking he would get scared & run but so far he isn't. It was harder than I thought taking the risk again but I also knew if I didn't open up then I would like him more & more & it would be harder if he left later. I think what was really shocking me was how comfortable I do feel with him so quickly. It is just odd. Like I should be more held back. I don't know I'm just starting to let go & go with it as he says and whatever will happen will happen. I'm thinking somehow the endorphins he is managing to kick in are helping my back too! HA! ;-)

So I offer both these songs today as inspiration so that you chose to Stand Inside the Fire in whatever area ofyour life you are hesitating and that in the end you will understand it was still worth The Dance.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Signs & Imprints on Our Heart

Well first let me apologize for not posting yesterday. I came home Tuesday evening & my cable & internet were out. Comcast came out Wed afternoon. I then had to run errands & didn't get back until after 10pm & then I just was so pooped. I'm just getting my act together now.

Now this posting is an inspired one that makes me always wonder about "signs". Remember the movie "Fools Rush In" & "there are signs everywhere" well there are literally but...

Ok, this is what happened. I picked up an older edition of Oprah's magazine to read her "What I Know For Sure" (read the one I read here!). It was about our hearts having imprints from others on them. She talked about Mattie Stepanek having imprints on our hearts for example. Then I finished reading this & come to my computer & the first journal posting I read is Winivere's "You Left Imprints On My Heart". Is that not freaky! You think it was trying to tell me something?

I had found out a great-aunt of mine died this morning & I remember a number of years ago a very special gentleman telling me that people are pieces of our heart like a puzzle and it is sad when a piece is missing. I think now I think of it as not missing really, but rather it is a piece that is placed in there completely & now you look for other pieces. Sometimes they pass away, sometimes they just are not in our lives anymore for another reason but they still have a role in developing our heart. Oprah said...

That's what love does: It fills you up, mends the tattered and broken spaces in your spirit. It makes you feel whole."

It is also interesting because I have been asking God lately just how goofy he really is. Let me explain...

Ok, about a week ago I met this guy shopping for a gift for my cousin & well I thought he was just being nice to me. I never think they are interested in me. He is really funny. I love guys that make me laugh, and the fact that he is a die hard Cubs fan works majorly in his favor!!! Well, I kept thinking about him. Hmm..that should have told me something! I saw him last night & well its definite...he is interested. He asked me out last night & I was like so shocked because that incredibly wonderful feeling when someone is interested in you just automatically came over me. I don't even know where it came from & I'm a bit surprised. Even surprised I'm surprised? Ha! I don't know what to make of it. I guess I'm at a place where I'm ok to feel that way again? Hmmm....I'm not sure I am though but its like, oh well too bad you do. I mean I know he could be a dog, but I guess I'll find out & that is ok. Wierd. So I think God is like a mad scientist combining steaming different colored liquids & saying lets see what happens to her when I add these two & then you see a mini explosion & lots of smoke & hear this weird laugh from him. Well, more lately like he has a voodoo doll of me & is putting pins in it with my back etc. HA! It is just not a good time, my herniated disks, I'm not at my best spirit etc. I just have the weirdest timing for one reason or another in my life. Of course not...life couldn't be even a bit easy for me even for a moment! Ugh! What would a high need for achiever do with an easy life. HA!

So, then to connect this, in case you have lost this, it makes me wonder...maybe it is "the perfect timing"?! Maybe I need this now. Maybe it will heal my heart? Maybe it will mend my tattered pieces & make me feel whole. Even if it is just for a bit...a jump starting of it, so it can get going again? Not that is has been dead but you know this just makes it a bit more energize & special & I don't know...it is just a nice feeling to have isn't it. Maybe it will energize me to heal my body? Maybe he will lead me to "the one" who wants to hold my heart tenderly and take care of it & let me do the same for him. Life is just soooo bizarre isn't it! So, I guess I want to say, we may feel at times that our hearts can get hurt very badly when love ends for one reason or another but it also has such tremendous power to heal and make us stronger if we let it. Each of us can do this for others & there are so many on this planet that can do this for us. I also think that many times those whose hearts are so cold it is because they do not have someone who is loving them and seeing them as somone special on this planet that can do anything they wanted in a more positive way and that is so sad. Well, I'm going to go see this man tonight who is tingling my heart. I hope you have a lovely evening as well.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Everyday Heroes/Angels

Today, or rather yesterday now, was a day to honor some of our heroes. Not to diminish their significance, but it made me think of really the idea that we should have a day which honors so many other types of heroes or Angels in our lives. It also makes me think of who are our heroes? What does it take to be hero? There are so many everyday ordinary heroes. Do we tell those we consider our heroes? Are we are hero to someone? Remember Sandra Bullock's line in "While You Were Sleeping" when she tells Peter Gallagher he is a hero for giving up his seat to a woman..."It is to the person who you gave the seat to." Also, remember Grumpy Old Men when Jack Lemon asks Ann-Margret if she believes in Angels & she says, "Oh ya, they are all around us. You have to look hard but they are there whenever anything good happens to us." :-)

Who is the wind beneath your wings? I just love Bette and this song.  It is songs like this that I wish I had a better voice so I could sing them to those who I consider my heroes.

     Did you ever know that you're my hero,
     and ev'rything I would like to be?
     I can fly higher than an eagle,
     'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

And I think this is what I look for in people (& probably a mate)...there is a light in them. It is like they smile with their eyes. They "get it"...they KNOW what life is really about.  They make it their mission to make other people's lives better. I think I like being around them so I can push myself to do that more each day myself. They are also ones who see the potential in you, sometimes more than you do. They are someone who gets others to think more positively of themselves & the world. Some may call them unrealistic, butI call them optimisitc...think about that! Hmmm...

Which brings me to this next song of Bette's. They believe in all posibilities. They keep striving to make the world a better place. I tell my students when they see some type of brick wall, barrier in their lives, that they do not have to knock down the whole wall. If they think about it, they can each make a contribution...a small hole in the wall & with everyone's effort it can come down. Also, if they think about it, a few small holes placed strategically could bring the wall down with very little effort. In this way we can all be heroes with every step we take. Opening a door for someone, etc. it collectively adds to make the world a happier and better place.  And really...if you think about it...isn't it just LOVE?! Love for life...love for the planet and all creatures on it. It is someone who is grounded and knows Love is the only thing that matters.  

Check out this website of heroes like Mattie Stepanek and others!

Ok, so now that I've totally gone sappy I'll go! ;-)

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Don't Stop The Rain!


Are you listening to the song? :-)  Now I didn't select this song because it happened to be raining this weekend by me. Nor did I select it because I had to memorize it for my kindergarten show & my memory of the lyrics is still almost perfect! :-) I decided to place it on my journal because of the idea of it. Look at the picture above too! :-) (Boy that is 3 smileys already...guess I'm in a good mood! Ha!)

The idea is first to remember that rain is not always a bad thing! It provides nutrients to the plants and animals outside. Flowers....oh I could not live without their colorful beauty! And when was the last time you had fun stomping in the puddles? Well, make it something you do once this summer. There is one gentleman who may be very happy tonight for the rain....our newest Indy 500 winner! :-) And I'm sure some guys loved seeing Ashley Judd all wet! HA! 

Next, we do have umbrellas to protect us from getting wet. What are the umbrellas in your life shielding & protecting you from the rain in your life? And umbrellas are just so much fun twirling! And you can have fun picking out fun umbrellas! Don't just get the plain black or blue ones! My mom has a Zebra one she uses since my niece loves Zebras! :-)

Now next is the idea of "rainy days". We sometimes think of them as depressing & bad or negative but you don't have to really, first in light of what I've said above, but also you can let the rain in your life just roll off the umbrella of your spirit if you like. Now look at this part of the lyrics...

But there's one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me

Now see...you can think of it as a good thing & how the rain in your life may still be nutrients  & fun to strengthen  your spirit. Perhaps it can allow you to have fun inside for a change. ;-) Yes, I'm trying to keep this in mind with my recent back issues myself.

Finally, I apologize if you receive a lot of alerts today. I was working on the sidebar to include some of my favorite links. I have a whole bunch for you to look at. Now these can be useful on a rainy day! :-)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Taking Care of Yourself

Well, I thought I would share an interesting idea I heard on Oprah last night. I don't watch often but this was the episode on her Spa Trip. Check out the links on Mindfulness & Meditation etc they are actually good. These are things I've done for my years with my Tai Chi Instructor. Dr. Oz was talking about breathing right & I've been teaching this to my students for years.

Later Martha Beck was on & she talked about how women are always giving to everyone else but don't take care of themselves. She explained we should visualize a child or parent sick in bed & we kneel by their bed & stroke their hair & comfort them, kiss them on the forhead etc. But then we should imagine the person turning over & it is us. She said we should have SELF-COMPASSION. Wow! That really was an eye opener....or Oprah's AHA Moment!

I do that all the time, I may talk about my health issues etc, women like to troubles talk (Dr. Tannen) but we also minimize it...I'll say "But there are people much worse off than me so..." to keep perspective which is good to a point. We don't like pity or self-pity but the perspective is it is not pity if you have the right perspective...it is compassion. And it is so interesting, people don't have time to talk anymore, they are so busy with their lives or they label people as "whiners" or "high maintenance"  and so they don't get to talk and have to pay a counselor or therapist to listen to you. Actually, even these journals are a form of outlet for many. I know sometimes we do get to & some have friends who will listen quite a bit but how often or are there enough times. Guys even more so...they do activities together but don't always talk about their frustrations etc. 

It was a great reminder that you have to take care of yourself first to take care of others. So give yourself a great big hug today & do something for yourself first. And maybe this means we should be more cognizant that we make sure the people we love are able to take time for themselves or do for them. Maybe we remind them they deserve the time for a walk or reading time or a LOVELY MASSAGE! ;-)  

Friday, May 25, 2007

Why Can't You?

Ahh I love big strong horses! I think that explains a lot about me in many ways.

It is how they are grounded solid, their strength, and you can see the confidence that they know who they are and no one can tell them differently or would dare mess with them. I think I've lost a bit of that since college but I think that comes from my recent injuries the last couple of years...they tend to make one feel weaker, especially when you can't do for yourself. The great thing is one can still work on it each day & progress.

"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great
surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."
Henry Ford

Isn't this sooo true! I don't know how many students of mine think they can't do something & they haven't even tried. I remember even as a young kid I would think "Well, tell me one logical reason they can do or have this & I can't"  There never was one. I tell my students the same thing now. 

What have you been afraid you can not do or have?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bust Your Fear

Well, I spent my day pretty much on the phone. I was trying to make an apt for a 2nd opinion for my back and investigate the Vax-D method of treatment. I am trying to get more information,and keep my control by taking action, thus this quote seemed to be perfect for today.

"The two greatest fear busters are knowledge and action."
                        - Denis Waitley

I feel less fear today especially investigating the Vax-D and I feel pretty positive I'm going to try it & that it will work. This brought my fear down considerably. I'm still not thrilled on the one possibility with my hip but I'm trying not to worry until I find out.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Stairway of Life

Well this seems to speak to my spirit today. Ugh! It was a big step today with the neurosurgeon & seems like a lot of stairs ahead of me.

Reminds me of "Something's Gotta Give" remember when Jack Nicholson can climb a flight of stairs he can have sex. HA! Somehow that just bummed me a bit but the idea is...

Take it one step at a time!

I hope they are just not too big of steps....well gotta keep trying!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Get Dizzy!

Well I was talking about the twists & turns of life which make you dizzy sometimes on my post yesterday. I mentioned it is like a Roller Coaster & this quote reminds us why we should love roller coasters! :-)

You need the Hills & Valleys to have fun on Life’s Roller Coaster

I love roller coasters! Prior to my foot injury on one, a friend of mine & I would always ride the first car & if we could with our shoes off! :-) Especially, when it is rides like Superman, Vertical Velocity & Deja Vu! The hanging forward for a few seconds from that height before it lets loose is just soooo awesome! It is the ride down that is fun & while roller coasters do not stay down in the valley like life, I think many times we think of ourselves at low points in our life as just sitting in the valley & not progressing, similar to the labrynith when we think we are going backwards. And some hills & valleys may be higher & longer than others so maybe we compare & we shouldn't. What is the expression...just enjoy the ride? :-) I know I have trouble with that at times too...this ride with my back etc not fun but maybe there is a reason. Some cute intern tomorrow! Ha! I just hope this back doctor doesn't tell me no more roller coasters tomorrow...he will learn very quickly that I don't always listen to directions! HA! Shhh...don't tell my students that! HA! Yep, I like to break the rules, push buttons etc sometimes. I'm not too wild but just enough to have some fun, and surprise a few people & hey that kind of dizziness is good!

I remember being with a certain gentleman (yes, he was a perfect gentleman!) and some young kids were yelling across the parking lot. I had fun & answered them. HA! He was like embarrassed & I couldn't believe it. I'm like this is not the person I thought he was. I thought he would even do something like that? Guess I was wrong...well get this, last week my brother did basically the same thing. I was like "YES!" I think it is my mom's influence on us, but then again I can see my dad doing that as well. You have to have fun in life in so many different ways!


Labyrinths & Life

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share one of my loves & inspirations with you today - Labyrinths! I walked my first one at the Grand Hotel (Remember "Somewhere in Time") on Mackinac Island and WOW what an "Aha Moment" it was for me.

While I was walking I saw it as the path of life & what I realized while I walked it was first, you seem to pass the same people from time to time. Very interesting if you think about this in life. Sometimes they are going in the opposite direction though...because they are not at the same point as you in life. Ahhhh...

Then on certain parts it winds & you seem to be going backwards but you are really progressing. Hmm...You seem to be even in the same area but you are still progressing. Interesting huh?!

Next, some people catch up to you or pass you, then they or you start to walk slower & you may end up ahead of them, then it changes again. Everyone has different paces at different parts on this path. Think about that as far as life's journey.

Some even got tired & just stopped & left the path...hmmm.

There are so many twists & turns that you might even think you are a bit dizzy but it is also fun...kinda like a roller coaster...ahh...think I know why I love those too now! :-)

The only thing that bothered me a bit was that it has of course a set path to take....here you can't take your own path really & that I'm not totally thrilled with but it can't be all things so...

NO this is not Thinking Too Much! :-) This is When People Don't Think Enough...hmmm...sounds like a title of another journal...Ha! :-) I'll have to think about that some more! :-)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

How High Are You Aiming?

Sorry Everyone...I was up north with my niece for my cousin's graduation party from college. I just can't do entries from AIM...ick! So only a few hours left so just a short quote. You can add it to tomorrow's thinking as well. In honor of my cousin who aimed high & 4 years later has achieved what she set out to do through all of life's struggles.

"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high."  ~
Henry David Thoreau

Friday, May 18, 2007

Where Did That Kid Go?

Ok, Everyone...

Someone posted this on their site...(scratch head...can't remember) but I just couldn't get enough last night! First, I LOVE ELO!!! I think it combines rock with classical so that appeals to me. It was one of the first Albums I had as a teen. I won their A New World Record from WLS radio station with a t-shirt & concert tickets. My folks would not let me go to the concert though! Ugh! We are talking almost 30 years now & I still have the t-shirt & the one the neighbor's sons got me at the concert when my folks gave them the tickets! My folks still owe me big time on this one!!!

So why do I use this for today's entry? It has two things which are important for our well-being. First is singing!!! Music, no matter what speaks to your spirit, is vital! Even if you are like me & a closet shower singer it is important to let your spirit SING in many different ways! :-) Ok, so I sing in the car too. Except today...had to hear the CUBS beat the White Sox...Woo Hoo! When they did get ahead I was screaming in the car at the light & I had my windows open & the guy next to me was too! Ha! So then we looked at each others & said YAAAA to each other! HA!

Next, the puppet idea reminds us how much fun making puppets or doing other kid things are for our spirit also. We get old by letting that kid in us disappear slowly as we age. Remember the Toys R Us Kid Commercial? (below)

Well find that kid in you again! I think this is why I love being with my nieces or talking to kids in the stores. Just a few weeks ago I was looking at the summer balls in the bin they have for kids. This mother came by & YELLED at her 2 daughters "Don't touch the balls!" I thought she was yelling at me! GEEZ! I said, "Hey, you girls want to catch these for me?" and winked. Of course they were all over that. Ya, you better believe I'm not going to let that mother get away with it. So the girls caught the balls & we tossed them back & forth in the store twice. Their faces lit up like you wouldn't believe! I had fun & guess what...that crotchedy OLD mother actually smiled and "GOT IT!" In fact, everyone around us was smiling & having fun. So why don't adults just break out & play with the toys in the store...geez would we get yelled at? The kids are here on this planet I think to remind us to PLAY and have FUN! ;-) So are puppies & kittens! ;-) My brother just got a puppy & I had fun tonight with it & I always play with the kittens when I see them. I think it is in the genes too...my dad once saw a kid by the Frosty the Snowman display where you push the button & it sings the song. This kid wanted to push the button so bad & his mom wouldn't let him. My dad went & pushed every one of them!!! HA! I witnessed this & just couldn't believe my dad did this...amazing what happens when they become grandparents! HA!

Ok, so SING, find your child & have FUN...& I'd add DANCE too, because I can't help but dance when I hear music...ok so with 2 herniated disks I'm not letting those hips go like they usually do, but I have to dance! ;-) This is your goal for today! Find your rubber ducky & sing & have fun in the bath tub...invite a friend if you can! HA! ;-) I remember one time I was sooo exhausted I didn't have the energy to take my nieces toys out of the tub & filled it up & kept them in. I felt odd! WHY?! I forced myself to play with them & do you know I gained soooo much energy! That should tell us something! So I think for people's big birthdays I will make a basket of fun toys to play with to stay young. Do you think I can make a business out of that?! :-) Hope the video makes you smile!

What Matters Most...

I love this picture!!!

Now I'm not suggesting one should have un-authenthic self-esteem, but many times people don't see the lion in us, our real potential, and even more importantly we don't see it in ourselves. I guess this goes along with yesterday's quote! :-) I guess this is why I find it amazing when someone does see all the wonderful potential in another. That is a person to really cherish and hold on to. This is someone who "gets what life is about" and to me knows what love is. We have to also make sure we look for the lion in others as well. It is rare for people to be "all bad." So lets take today to look deeper in ourselves &  in others.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It is Up To You!!!

No one can make you feel
inferior without your consent

 ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


I thought this was a great story to start with. MAKE YOUR DAY HAPPY! :-)

This is AWESOME....something we should all remember.

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I  have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day
and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank
account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.

I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

Some Inspiration For You!


As I mentioned above, I am creating this journal to log the quotes, stories & pictures which I find inspiring. I had them in my other journal "Me Thinks Too Much" but when I want to retrieve them again I have to find where I posted them in the archives so I thought this might work better. I thought the journal title fit too! HA!

I hope you will find these posts inspiring to you as well. If you do have something you would like to share, email them to me and I will consider posting it. PLEASE do not be offended if I choose not to. Everyone has different tastes & you certainly can post on your journal if I do not choose to. 

P.S. I love Willow Tree Angels & this one especially! Just looking at her makes me feel so confident, strong and a feeling of accomplishment. It is like the big "YES!" This is what I think inspiration can help us feel like & what I think we can all use a bit of from time to time! I hope these postings help you get there each day. I will try to post 1 each day, hopefully in the morning (though it may be late!) to take with you throughout your day!

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