Got Hope?

If you have been hit hard by a broken relationship, or laid low by a medical challenge, or unsure of your employment status, or bid farewell to a loved one passing away, or the integrity of your character has been questioned, or you’re just drained of the vibrancy of daily living and feel like you’re just going through the motions …

Don’t You Forget

My brother and I were joking the other day about our forgetfulness as we advance in life (another way of saying we are getting older). I have walked into a room to pick something up, only to forget the needed item when I got there. It can be frustrating or funny at that moment; I get to choose. The choice …

Trash Returns

I have developed a friendship with the gentleman who’s the trash collector in my neighborhood. Once he loads my trash (sometimes I help) onto the trash collection truck, there is a compactor that crushes the bags of trash, downsizing them, making room for the next home’s rubbish. Bye-bye, trash😊All these years, I have never asked the trash collector if I …

Speaking of Politics

It has been a few hours since the 2022 mid-term elections in the US ended. Many mature friends have been relieved that they can, hopefully, for the near future, take calm and deep breaths of relief from the vitriolic demonizing political ads that swamped the information age in its varied forms.For some reason, topics like politics, strained relationships, morality, church …

Your Day’s Boost

If you are like me, almost the first (or second) thing that goes through your mind when you wake up in the morning has to do with all the chores and challenges of the day. This is what you have trained your brain to do, which leads to stress from the time you are up and moving.I heard about and …

Fun

“What did you do for FUN today?”, I asked the person who had just shared their woes with me. “FUN? What FUN? I don’t have enough time to do the things I need to do. Forget FUN.”☹ Sounds familiar? I have coined a FUN life principle: DysFUNctional people are those who have skipped the FUN during the daily FUNctions of life. What did you do for FUN today? Or yesterday? Or, …

Fingerprints

Have you had your fingerprints taken? Besides law enforcement, several critical jobs and out-of-the-ordinary travels require fingerprinting. What’s special about fingerprints? I learned that: *Fingerprints are used to identify a person who was at a particular location. *Fingerprints are used to identify victims of disasters. *Fingerprints were used as signatures on clay seals during ancient times. *Fingerprints can be used …

That Attitude

Once upon a time, a wise person shared this story with me: A man walked into town. In the city square (usually in the center of town) he asked an old man what kind of town that was. When the old man asked why he wanted to know, the traveler told him that he was moving out of his former town …

Premortem

What is premortem? (You might have heard of postmortem.) Premortem is the deliberate process of envisioning something you want to do towards a goal you want to achieve; it candidly considers the possible challenges along the way. For example, let’s call them Jack and Jill. Jack says that he is in love with Jill and thinks that they’ll make a …

Have a Nice Day

Which are you? Do you begin your day with a prayer like, “Good morning, God😊” or “Good God, it’s morning☹ In his 1989 bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote that effective people “Begin with the end of mind.” In essence, this principle states that everything one does is done twice – first in the mind, and then, …