With a busy life who has time to play? I’m busy working hard so that I can retire early, then I will have lots of time to play. Heard it, said it, thought it or spoke those words before; it’s what we buy into because we think everything else is a priority, and playing right now, not so important, it will have its place later. Straight up let me say if you don’t incorporate play time into your life, then you are missing out, and guess what else? More
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I remember back in the day visiting my grandparents during the summer holidays; one of my favourite pastimes was to take the canoe out, paddle out a ways then just sit there. The water was calm and provided a sense of peacefulness, and I took advantage of the tranquil moment. That is, until a speed boat flew, yes, flew by and rocked my present world, providing a sense of imbalance that un-nerved me. I was more concerned about the unsteadiness of the canoe than my interrupted Zen moment. Why? I was without a life jacket and I didn’t know how to swim. Yeah, bright wasn’t I?
I find it’s a good metaphor to describe the way life is at times, we don’t purposefully do things to get our lives off-balance; it just happens; which leads me to the question “is it possible to find balance in this round busy world?” We’re encouraged to find balance from various sources when our immediate lives are disrupted. More
Here’s the thing about goal/promise making to self or another; it will always cost you something and in some cases there’s usually some form of sacrifice involved. In addition, we can all agree that we’ve all “been there and done that” when it comes to following through on a goal/promise to self. We’re guilty of making excuses which prevents us from going the distance and finishing. Along with this acknowledgement if you’re like me, we usually make every effort to do everything within our power to go the distance in fulfilling promises made to others. Regardless if the promise is delayed or not, it’s kept. When I began noticing this pattern in my own life, I set about to figure out why, and what I needed to do to apply that same attitude in accomplishing the goal/promise made to self. I know, there’s a sense of pride and honour attached to wanting to fulfil our word when it’s promised to others. It’s easier to excuse yourself from going the distance, but it’s certainly not right to rob yourself of that satisfaction and reward. More
Whenever there’s a significant day that’s acknowledged on a national or international scale, I always ponder both sides, and today is no different, as we make plans to celebrate Mother’s Day this week-end. I recognized that for some the relationship with their moms lacked the love and nurture that is a requirement for every child. Unfortunately, either abuse or an uneventful situation removed her from your life too soon. Whatever the circumstances that robbed you from experiencing a mother’s love, I am truly sorry, and hoped you were able to receive the care and love from others.
This article is dedicated to women, who fulfill the role as a mother; meaning you gave the basic requirement of nurture and love, heart and soul to those in your care. You wear so many hats every day, 24-7, you find the strength to keep giving, and giving long after the lights go out at night. You rise before the rooster crows, the sound of birds chirping, and even before the sun rises. It’s not only in your doing that is noted and appreciated, but it’s in your being that is valued and admired. More
I’ve attended the school of patience and worked on the subject a number of times in my life, and when I feel overly confident about mastering this virtue or character trait, I find myself back in class for a refresher. The outcome solely depends on me, one hundred percent, and though the process is the same, I’ve found the discipline it takes to execute being patient, is different every time. I clearly remembered when I was introduced to my first lesson in patience, its meaning, and how it came to benefit me throughout my life-time. I quickly but reluctantly accepted the truth that being patient is learned as we live life, there’s absolutely no other way to cultivate this virtue. My first lesson was connected to an ice-cream maker, yes you read right, it was the old fashion ice-cream maker that required a whole lot of physical labor to churn out that cold, creamy, tasty and delicious treat children and grown-ups love. More
Today, two things happened that reminded me of the purpose for this blog, and why my passion and drive to work at sharing quality topics will continue to evolve, to inform, inspire, challenge, encourage and empower you my readers. It may be only one word, or one sentence that speaks to you, but if that one word or sentence inspires you to act then the purpose of this blog is being met.
In January I got the running itch again, and made the commitment to myself to train for a half-marathon race. I’d just recovered from a back injury, and started out slowly with the goal to run a 5K by the end of February, and I did. My next goal was to run a 10K race in April month end, and yesterday I accomplished that goal in the “Up the creek run”. This run was about running my own race against myself, enjoy nature and finish the run. I set aside the idea of wanting to finish less than 60 minutes, and took the time to appreciate and enjoy the scenic route. It was one of my most rewarding and educated run I ever did.
Self-esteem is about feeling good about you, and seeing yourself in a positive way. Unfortunately, we’re not born with a healthy dose of self-esteem, it’s not in our family genes, and it’s not attainable by a doctor’s prescription. The great news is; it’s obtainable, rightly ours to pursue passionately, nurture daily, enjoy and share with others.
Self-esteem is about being having a healthy dose of confidence, worth, image and respect first for you.Self-esteem isn’t about being boastful overconfident, arrogant and disrespectful. More
With April assigned as Stress Awareness month let’s discuss.
Stress can be described as pressure, strain, anxiety, tension, trauma, hassle, and worry that affect your well-being.
Stress is a normal part of our lives; we deal with it every day with various degrees of intensity. It can be negative or positive, and can affect us internally or externally. The fact is, we all react or respond to stress differently; how you manage it will determine how the rest of your day will turn out. Yes, you do have the final say on the outcome.
Finding yourself in a stressful situation can actually be teaching tool in your life. How you say? Well, for one thing, your best or worst side comes out when you find yourself in a stressful situation; not when things are proceeding as planned. More