Happiness is an elusive, dynamic, ever changing gift. Sometimes we know we used to be happy when we notice we aren’t right now. Do you recall moments in childhood, or that first blush of love when you were giddy with joy? Were you aware of Continue reading Stop Trying So Hard to Be Happy
I’m going to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I don’t understand all the kerfluffle about this anyway. It’s getting a little annoying, this walking on rice paper to avoid “offending someone.” Who is this humorless “someone” anyway? And why are people offended if you Continue reading Merry Christmas – there, I said it
Have you ever watched a painting take shape? All art starts out as a rough approximation of what it will become — much like humans. Twenty-somethings think they need to already be what they are going to be, but it doesn’t happen like that. Time Continue reading If You Can Read This You Aren’t Done Yet
Valentines and elections, Marriages and lives … All are lost from little things, not big. Each decision we make impacts our lives for the long haul. We are the only person in the world who is 100% impacted by every single choice we make. My Continue reading It’s no big thing…
Little Alisha wanted to know how old I was, so instead of asking directly, she crawled up on my lap on the swing and asked me, “Aunty Beth, how many Christmases have you had?” When I told her, she thought about that for awhile, then Continue reading How Many Christmases Do You Get?
Olaf Isaachsen once said, “I like you to the extent that I’m comfortable with myself in your presence.” If we look at our close friends – not business contacts or acquaintances, we know their real gift to us is the comfort they bring us. True Continue reading The Comfort of Real Friendship
Most of us wander through life without clear and focused goals. We get up in the morning and go on automatic pilot. One recent study (I don’t know who funds these things!) said when you bathe you start washing yourself in exactly the same place Continue reading The Gift of Trouble
Too many of us are afraid to want what we want. Someone asks us what we want out of life and we stumble and say, “Gee, I don’t know… ” As if wanting to better your life or change your circumstances is wrong. It isn’t Continue reading Give Yourself Permission: Want what you want!
I sat in the 10th row center. By the second set, the Beachboys had everyone on their feet, stomping, hooting, hollering, singing, and passing the beachball around. Down a few rows to my left I could clearly see a fuzzy white head of permed hair Continue reading Memories & Music Connecting the Generations
We all did it. We all pulled ourselves up on the nearest piece of furniture and tried to walk. Some of us didn’t bother to crawl first. We got around by rolling. Wheeee! But, barring early childhood issues, the one common denominator for humans is Continue reading Just One More…