We recently arrived back from a fantastic conference where the hosts treated each person as a special guest. What a lovely experience. There were many, many gifts (cup, tee-shirt, ice cream, and on and on.) But that wasn’t what made us feel really special. It was their sincerity in being so glad to meet us,[…]
Faced with overwhelm, how might you breathe easier? Sometimes all you need to do is flip your perspective.
We know that truth springs out of the mouths of babes. We can watch this video to see how these dear innocent ones are our teachers.
Good relationships require that we show up as our best self. For a while Nasrudin worried about each little mistake he had made in his life. Sometimes he would fret out loud over some minor characteristic flaw he had noticed in himself. His wife tried to console him. “Don’t worry so much. After all, nobody’s[…]
\ To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ― Mary Oliver It is easy NOT to pay attention. We know we’ve been inattentive when we arrive home and can’t remember the route we took, or we find our lost phone in the refrigerator. Something pops up on our phone, and we turn[…]
Birth and Death — A Christmas Story (This Fresh Views was first published 8 years ago. The baby described is now 8-year-old Fianna, a magical child.) “We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.” —Madame de Stael “Every child begins the world again.” —Henry David Thoreau[…]
“Since change is a wall and transition the gate in that wall, it’s there for you to go through. Transition represents a path to the next phase of your life .” –William Bridges Seems like everyone I know is going through some sort of transition. It’s back to school time. My granddaughter Ruthie moved from[…]
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” –Jonathan Safran Foer I am sad. My friend Neil died a couple of weeks ago. He was young and had so much to give. But I’m happy I had a great visit with him just a few days before he lost his battle[…]
“He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation delightful.” –Sydney Smith I have had an amazing parade of wonderful people visiting and staying with me for the past four months. I have loved it. The last visitor left today and it is very quiet. The silence is so delicious, I find myself[…]
Friendship “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” — Elbert Hubbard Friends are Good for Us Who would I be without my friends? Certainly a far less happy creature. Here’s a partial list of all the things friends are good for. Health – research is clear – people who have[…]