Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wish I had a list of books that I have read


I love the written word for many reasons, and cannot imagine a life without the feel of a book in my hands or deprived of the character's words replaying in my head. as difficult as it was to do, I chose three of my favorite books in order to understand why I like to read and how I can get lost in a book...


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Words can be powerful


Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 

Words can be powerful, but so can our thoughts. Most of the spiritual books that I have read discuss how powerful one's thoughts and intentions are. We create our experience of the world based on how we think about it. What are you thinking? How are you responding? What are you creating? Is your intention positive or negative?

We all know that hitting someone and calling names can hurt, but intentions and thoughts can hurt others as well as we damage ourselves. When you hate others, you bring that onto yourself. When you are negative, you draw more negativity in your life.

There are countless songs like the one by Sister Hazel that sing, "If you want to be somebody else, change your mind." Not change your circumstance, not change your words and not change someone else. Even movies and books, people constantly focus on trying to change others. When you try to change others, you bring that onto yourself.

I even spent years praying that people I cared about would change, and was constantly disappointed. Relationships can indeed be the catalyst for change, but the decision, the intention and the thought must come from within that own person. The only person that I have the power to change is myself. If I want love and peace in my life, I must give that to others in my thoughts, my words and my actions.

All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Looking For the Good Blog

Although I love this blog, I am currently writing a blog called #lookingforthegood for ChicagoNow. Please follow me there since I post twice a week!



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Life changes again


As I sit here changing my address again for the third time in four years, I am reflecting on how much resistance I give to change in my life. I like to be challenged, but on my own terms, not because of situations in life that I seem to have no control over. It seems though that more I resist and fight these alterations, the more that I hurt. Today, I choose to focus on the positive and just lean into the changes coming my way, if I can.... 



Thursday, June 23, 2016

True success


 As I was reflecting on a conversation today, I had this insight about my philosophy of leadership. I believe that Leaders are only there to help others succeed. Yes, there are tasks to be done, and no we don't want to do their job for them, but we need to help them be successful in their roles. To me that is how I know that I am succeeding...whether my teachers are. It may take some discussions and brainstorming, but isn't that what it takes to "lead" others. If they can't see how to have success on her own, together we need to set goals, figure out a plan and determine how to achieve them. 



Friday, February 5, 2016

Suppression...coming soon


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...I am happy to be alive when I see the waves wash upon the shore, when I see the colors in the sky, when the rain falls slowly on a warm afternoon. It does not cost me anything to experience these gifts, and I do not need to travel to far lands or perform great feats to see this beauty. I only need to stop and notice the beauty that is all around me. I have come to understand that the joy that I experience does not come from the beauty that I see, but from the beauty that I feel, the beauty of a simple joy.

    “You,” she whispers again.
    “Oh Grandma. This was from your Grandma Sarah. Isn’t it?”
   She nods yes as I say, “It was written before the war, and you still have it and now you want me to have it?”
   She smiles and then closes her eyes.
   “Thank you Grandma. I will keep it safe. It is the best graduation gift that you could have given me.”

I read it one more time and put it in my purse. I am not sure where I can put it to keep it safe, but I will find a spot. After I am sure that she has fallen asleep, I turn off the light and head for the train home.