“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Mohandas Gandhi
I have a confession to make. I am a Workaholic. I rarely rest; I want to be working all the time.
It started as a child. My mother told me that once I was old enough to talk, my typical answer when she asked if I wanted to do something was, “I too busy.”
“Molly, do you want to come to the store with me?”
“I too busy.”
“Molly, do you want your lunch?”
“I too busy.”
“Molly, do you want to play outside?”
“I too busy.”
And so it has gone for most of my life.
The incredible irony of this is that I teach people how to de-stress, relax and live a balanced life. And am quite good at teaching these things! Proof of the saying that we teach what we need to learn.
“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” John Muir
We had a lot of thunderstorms in Michigan this year. A lot. It’s particularly memorable to me because each storm, as it gets close, necessitates unplugging all my computer equipment. [Losing a printer in a storm last year was all it took for me to learn that lesson!]
So the drill at my home during a storm is:
Unplug all computer equipment;
Curl up with a good book;
My two cats go to their respective hiding places. [While I find electrical storms magical and awesome, they clearly do not].
During the last storm, after I had been reading for a while, thunder still thundering, my cats suddenly showed up next to me. Surprised, I listened closely and, after a few moments, it was clear that the storm was moving away. But they knew that well before I did. How?
“Too often we define success as financial achievement. I view success as doing your very best at all costs.” — Bear Heart in The Wind Is My Mother
Here in the U.S., “success” is often attributed to the richest, thinnest, youngest and most famous. Is that backward? I think it is.
I recently came upon another meaningful definition of success. I invite you to ponder it. As a reader of this blog, I feel it’s certain to apply to you.
This beautiful poem is traditionally attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but there is some question as to whether he wrote it. For further information, go to: http://www.transcendentalists.com/success.htm
Regardless of who wrote it, I find it inspiring and thought provoking.
To laugh often and much;
My last post was the “thirty day no-gossip challenge.” Since so many conversations seem to be about other people, particularly in a negative context, I promised to write a post with suggestions for positive conversation topics.
The idea for this post came from the memory of a sweet conversation I witnessed between my then four-year old niece, Kate, and her 4-year old neighbor Erika.
Kate: “Do you like cookies?”
Kate: “Do you LOVE them?”
End of conversation, but a life-long friendship was forged when they discovered they had the love of cookies in common.
“Gossip is black magic at its very worst because it is pure poison.” Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
Years ago I read an interview with actress Susan Sarandon in which she told a story about her daughter’s 11th birthday slumber party. The girls were full of gossip so Ms. Sarandon suggested the ground rule that they not talk about anyone who wasn’t there.
The astonished reply from one of the little girls was, “Then what are we supposed to talk about?”
What is gossip?
According to Miriam-Webster.com, gossip is defined as “a rumor or report of an intimate nature.” A person who gossips is one who “habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others.”