Tuesday, June 24, 2014


We generally think of milestones as being major accomplishments.  However, as I embrace moving forward one day at a time, it's encouraging to consider addressing, accomplishing and celebrating as milestones, anything that we complete that might have impeded our progress.

Milestones are as unique as the individuals who achieve and recognize them.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Realistic Expectations

We adopt realistic expectations of others.  And those are the expectations we owe ourselves.
Far easier said than done.

How We Play the Game Matters

Playing the card game, hearts, provides a classic reminder that tides can change frequently (from hand to hand).  A slow start, is often just that.  It is not necessarily an indication of how the game will progress,or ultimately conclude.  And, as is also the case with important projects, the result is often not available until the conclusion.  Though winning scores are the only ones recorded, how we play the game matters. We know if we finished second rather than fourth,  and we also know when we sacrifice an uncompensated point to keep another player from taking all the points.  We remember, too. lessons we learn, win or lose.

Winning is always fun, but playing the game well has rewards beyond the final score.

Monday, June 9, 2014


So many of us are ecstatic that recycling in our neighborhood is improving.  Adding glass is a huge plus.  And  it will be less physically taxing for those of us who have been dragging exceptionally heavy bins of paper to the curb, as rolling bins are utilized.

Many neighbors, however, did not read the instructions about relinquishing our old bins, and starting the automated pick-up on a different day.  Just because the new bins were present, it didn't mean that they were immediately available for use.

We have become so accustomed to seeing and accommodating new things that we don't always stop to read the instructions.  This was a reminder to me that multiple modes of communication are important when a big change is afoot.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Achievement is Timeless

It was so exciting to get another confirmation that recognition of exceptional achievement transcends time and generations.  Gar just texted that he was visiting with the former #1 athlete in a very competitive sport. I know from a previous conversation that this man is nearer my age than Gar's.  With so much media focus on the most current achievers, it's nice to realize that once one has reached the top of his or her game, there is multi-generational interest and appreciation for what it took to rise to the top.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Picking Up Where We Last Parted

With great friends we can seamlessly pick right up where we left off, regardless of the amount of time that has passed since we were last together.  The comfort of so much affection and so many shared experiences creates a strong foundation that time and distance can't disrupt.  Seizing such opportunities nourishes our spirit.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I Still Have Unlimited Potential

I Still Have Unlimited Potential

I Will Not be defined by my losses
  • I will learn from them
  • I will forever be mindful of what is
  • I will appreciate now
  • I will move forward one day at a time
  • I will cherish the memories
  • I will thank those who remember
  • I will celebrate small victories
  • I will be me
 I Will Learn
  • To appreciate what is
  • To anticipate what might be
  • To listen to myself as well as I listen to others
  • To accept that one day at a time is enough
  • To share the lessons from the memories
  • To appreciate all who show compassion
  • To create even more victories for others
  • To be me
 I Will Forever
  • Learn
  • Be Present
  • Be Grateful
  • Grow each day
  • Acknowledge all who have helped me be who I am
  • Celebrate others
  • Create opportunities for other
  • Be me
I Will Appreciate
  • Experiences
  • Empathy
  • Moments to be seized
  • Each day
  • Everyone who has touched my life
  • Small gestures of compassion
  • Those who excel
  • Me

I Will Move Forward One Day at a Time
  • With things to learn
  • Centered on reality
  • Grateful
  • Incorporating what I've learned
  • Embracing each morning
  • Celebrating others
  • Creating opportunities
  • Being Me
 I Will Cherish the Memories
  • Learning
  • Mindful
  • Appreciative
  • Of each day
  • That have enabled me to become who I am
  • Of all who have been a part of my life
  • Of victories
  • Of who I have been at each stage

I Will be Thankful for
  • Lessons
  • Reality
  • The Present
  • Each Day
  • Memories
  • Compassion
  • Successes
  • Me
 I Will Celebrate
  • Perpetual inquisitiveness
  • That I get to walk in my own high heels
  • My abundant blessings
  • Today
  • Yesterdays
  • Everyone who is part of my life
  • Successes
  • My life
 I Will Realize My Unlimited Potential!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tiny Breaks are Big

Because I've spent my life swimming, water skiing, fishing and being flown in small planes, I'm likely more weather wary than many.  I'd planned to run after work on Friday, but a darkening sky and rumbling thunder accompanied by a light rain shower thwarted my plans.  However, within 30 minutes, the sky lightened slightly and the thunder and rain stopped.  I decided to take this tiny break in the weather to at least run around the block, thinking a bit of exercise was better than inactivity.   As I rounded the first block the sky began to clear and my tiny break turned into a lovely 3 mile run.

When we take advantage of tiny breaks, the impact can far exceed our expectations.