Accepting that you are not alone is a difficult and yet immensely rewarding accomplishment during difficult times. Making decisions and dealing with suffering leave many feeling lost and alone and in need of comfort and support. This weekend in our community was Relay For Life, a time for coming together after months of fundraising to support … Continue reading Accepting That You Are Not Alone
How many times a day do you think you make a choice? Depending on your outlook you may think it is a lot, or none at all, being assured that others make the decisions for you. We all make choices from an extra 10 minutes of sleep, to grabbing an umbrella, or washing the coffee … Continue reading Take the Easy Route
I do not remember thinking meals in our house were anything spectacular during childhood. We ate chicken a lot, always vegetables and usually a salad. Weekends were pot roast and vegetables and very occasionally a steak. Mother was good at casseroles as well. Dessert was rare. After all, on shopping day a pack of Oreos … Continue reading If We were Having Dessert, Now is the Time We Would Have it
A cancer experience has taken hold of consciousness for a bit and so I am going to roll with it and stay in the moment with my thoughts. I do believe that this is not so much a divergence from previous topics, but a different route to the care and loving of the children in our … Continue reading Divergence in Blogging
Echosmith's "Cool Kids" was playing on the car radio as my grandson and I were traveling. Afterwards I asked him who the cool kids are. He only hesitated a second or two before responding that kids like him are the cool kids because they don't try to make anyone like them. They like who they … Continue reading Who are the Cool Kids?
Life is busy. Even when time is afforded for myself, there are still many things floating through my head, and at the end of the day, I think to myself, "Did you give gratitude today?" I have realized that gratitude does not have to be spoken or even thought, but it does have to … Continue reading Give Gratitude Effortlessly
Life is primarily choices, not that you can choose things that happen to you, but how you react to them. Life bring, disease, accidents, and other hardships, but whether you suffer through it or not, is a choice. There was a time I would have disagreed with it, telling myself that I just didn't understand. … Continue reading Beginning the Year in Gratitude
Today I am borrowing from a much wiser and well known writer to help convey an important parenting concept. If like me, you grew up hearing "Do as I say not as I do," and tried that as a way of parenting, you probably have already discovered that it doesn't work. Integrity is a much … Continue reading Model What You Want Them To Be
A conversation with a middle-schooler a few weeks back following a discussion about communicating after death was even more eye opening than the original one. She asked me how I would come back to her after I died. I responded, "as a hummingbird and what about you?" Her response was, "as a black and orange cat." … Continue reading Does your child feel like a stray?
Can your kids be quiet and be IN quiet without getting antsy? One kid very dear to my heart has a hard time in the car with nothing to do. "I'm bored! There is nothing to do!" is a constant complaint. My response, "We are doing something, we are having a conversation," for some reason has no … Continue reading Kids Can Follow the Mindful Path to Peace and Joy