What Makes Good Work Good?


“If you discover and are able to articulate your philosophy of work (what it’s good for and why you do it), you’ll be less likely to let others design your life for you.” Designing Your Life, Burnett and Evans
Most of us have to compromise in life’s work reality, but we can work with integrity and direction that is all our own.

A Gift Is A Connection

When one gives a gift, it is to foster a connection with another person. Gift giving requires thought, effort, and physical action. And then the gift giver waits for a response. This is why a thank you note, text, email or phone call is so important; the giver is attempting a connection. Connections in today’s world are precious commodities.
(as said by a wise daughter-in-law)IMG_1738

Do The Kind Thing


DO THE KIND THING
“Distance doesn’t separate people, silence does.” unknown
We’re all busy, but our lives would be better if we didn’t allow that to be an excuse. In our gut, we know what we should do to let a person know that we’re thinking about them. The gesture, message, phone call, visit doesn’t take as long as we project, so we should act.

Let Your Life Speak


“Our goal in life is rather simple: coherency. A coherent life is one lived in such a way that you can clearly connect the dots between these three things:
Who you are
What you believe
What you are doing”
Designing Your Life, Burnett and Evans
Actually, to be this authentic is a tall order, but one that is worthy of our efforts.

A Wise Man Celebrates What He Can


“As the actress poured some more vodka, the Count looked about the drab room.
How are the dogs? he asked.
Better off than I am.
To the dogs then, he said, lifting his glass.
Yes. She agreed with a smile. To the dogs.”
A Gentleman in Moscow

Expectations


“If you can’t live up to your expectations, lower them.” unknown older
This quote may sound odd, but our expectations often stop us from enjoying our lives. Career opportunities are cast aside that could lead to new fascinating experiences. Excursions aren’t taken because they are less than desired and people are over-looked who could be treasures to know.
Expectations can hold us back. Instead, take it as it comes – with eyes wide open.

We Have The Opportunity to…

Maybe we look at our lives the wrong way sometimes. Instead of, “I have to go to dance lessons”, it can be said, ” I have the opportunity to attend dance instruction.”
Sounds better to me and everything we do can be reframed into, “I have the opportunity to…”
There are many tasks we’d just rather not do because they are simply hard.
This technique flips the stress switch in the right direction.
Oprah- “Everyday is a day to start over.” This applies to our attitudes, as well.

To Slouch or Not To Slouch

IMG_0668“A slouching posture tends to suggest a certain laziness of character, as well as a lack of interest in others. Whereas an upright posture can confirm a sense of self possession, a quality of engagement-both of which are befitting of confidence.”Amor Towles
Could this be true – or not?

Having Grace


Grace is all around us for the taking, but we often let it drift away-unused.
Grace can alleviate problematic scenarios and literally freshen the air.
Caroline Myss said, “When you get mad and want to say _ and something inside you says, ‘Do you really want to go there?’ that’s grace.”

I Don’t Know What To Do

It’s something we learn – what to do when someone dies. The answer is, do something tangible. Bring tasty food, a special photo, write a heartfelt note of memories or show up to actually help in whatever way is needed. These kindnesses are always remembered and they honor the one who is gone.
“Yes, the world is changed, dear heart, but do not be afraid. You are loved, you are loved. You will not disappear. I will remember.”Kate Bowler

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