POPPYCOCK!

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. – Richard Bach Is this true? Am I given what I need to accomplish whatever dream rattles my bones and compels me to push forward? Some days I believe that and…

THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Continuously throughout my life journey, I have bumped up against “owning” myself as I am, in all my entirety. I have vacillated between puffing myself up or suffocating myself, all to the…

SILVER LININGS

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller Feelings are a package deal, not an a la carte to pick and choose from. Each feeling allows another its expression. Just as the sun rises so must it set and allow the moon to…

LOVE

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe A breeze oscillates in the trees, moving leaf and branch, changing the formation of shade upon the ground. The air is cool against my skin where the sun is absent, and I ponder what’s lost. Love certainly isn’t. People sometimes are. Situations. Dreams. Jobs….

HOPE, NOT FEAR

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. – Nelson Mandela I woke this morning to a bramble of thoughts. Some of those thoughts were encouraging, others weren’t, and I feared the less encouraging thoughts would overpower the positive ones, which could make for an unpleasant day. To move from fear to hope is…

STEPPING STONES

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. – Johnny Cash There are times…

AFRAID TO LOSE?

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. – Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain   There are so many races to participate in: careers, relationships, hobbies, politics, physical health, and so on. Fear fetters many people in many…

ENTHUSIASM SPARKS HOPE

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.  – Winston Churchill Not an easy order, I can tell you that. I can’t say I haven’t lost my enthusiasm from time to time, actually, more than I want to admit. But I can say that today I am…

GET IN THE GAME

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.  – Abraham Lincoln I’m not big on effort per se, though I definitely enjoy the benefits of what effort can bring. I used to live in the fantasy of what my intended effort could reap without ever applying…

DON’T TARGET FIXATE

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller Target fixation is what us motorcyclists call it. Several years ago, while taking a motorcycle class to hone my riding skills,…

GET BACK UP AND KEEP GOING

What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.  – Mary Pickford Failure, one of life’s playfellows. There are little everyday failures that we swipe from our minds because they seem inconsequential, like failing to use our turn signal when changing lanes. Even if a fellow driver honks at our blatant…

BREATHE, PAUSE, AND CONSIDER

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. – George Jean Nathan There is evidence to this fact. Studies have shown that we lose the ability to think straight when we are engulfed in anger.  Our ability to function at our highest level of cognitive thought diminishes immensely. We are left with reactionary…