You Didn't Die Today

Overlook in N. California

If you are reading this then you didn't die today. I hope that fact fills your heart with a song of thanks.

I was in Bend, OR two weekends ago for conference with the Ford Family Foundation - They put everyone up at the lovely Mount Bachelor Village Resort  and provided stimulating lectures, networking activities and, of course, delicious food.

On the trip to the conference Shane sent me a text - another man at his work had died... The second in less than a year. Not work related... health related - the second heart attack I believe. I'd never met either of the men but the news of this latest death colored my days of relaxation and learning with the flush of sadness for their families.

Life is challenging in a variety of ways but the trick is to not wallow in despair. Instead, try to fill everyday with gratitude - for the joys and for the challenges. To realize that each day is a new opportunity - to be a little better, a little kinder, a little more humble, a little more grateful - that is the way to live.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed... best get to living each moment of today with a prayer of thanks on our lips, a vision of fullness, and helpful, willing hands.

Be Grateful Today.

Be Brilliant

It is easy to stay curled up within yourself - safe and secure.

But only through opening yourself up - sharing your true self with the world - will your brilliance shine. 


Be Brilliant Today

Finding Truth In Life

Summer calls and my feet journey... to the outdoors where my computer may not follow.  And when someone as wonderful as this little man begs for play I can do nothing but agree.

So we shall start from today and work backwards in a manner of catching up.

We just returned from three glorious days at the lake... Sunshine, water, good friends and family.

One morning I took the girls (dogs) down to the water's edge and found a little secluded section of beach where we sat and listened to the water lap onto the shore. 

I learned this truth - all of creation was made beautiful.  It is important to seek the beauty that surrounds and more importantly, perhaps, is inside of us. 
Last week Daniel received his 2 week post op check up from surgery. Little ones should not have to go through such things and yet it is amazing how quickly they adapt and recover. I'm pretty sure I would still be complaining and fussing over the process yet he has moved on as though it was a minor inconvenience for a few hours. Such a trooper. The doctor gave him a score of "results could not be any more perfect!" - This is one happy mama.

I learned this truth - acceptance is important. Acceptance of self and of others. We each must find our own worth before we can ever hope to help others.  And yet, through helping others we are often able to fully realize our own worth. 

The garden has been planted a few weeks late and so we have a limited yet yummy selection of promising veggies - an experiment and I am excited to see how it will turn out... I should have photos for you soon.

I learned this truth - sometimes the process may not be fun but the promise of the result makes the effort worth it.

I spent some time in Bend, OR at a lovely resort.  A conference on leadership and rural community development. Beautiful grounds, inspiring speeches, no demands on my time and yet I could not wait to get home. 

I learned this truth - it is good to be needed. It is good to be a wife and mother and all of the other titles I hold to family and friend relations. It is good to have responsibilities and to make other's lives a little easier with my efforts.

I finished my cold shower challenge.  I am so happy I participated and may be a permanent "cool water" shower taker - a big change from my "so hot I get dizzy" showers. 

I learned this truth - It is ok to make your own rules, to go at your own pace.  The important thing is that you try - you grow - you learn - you challenge yourself.

And because I just can't get enough of his face - Here is a smiling happy camping boy to send you off to a great morning:

Find your truth today.