“Peace is the simplicity of heart, the serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love.” ― Pio of Pietrelcina
About 20 or so years ago, I hosted a workshop titled “Successfully Single” and the objective was to guide others in living a single life – successfully.
What exactly does that mean?
It means finding peace, joy and contentment in your singleness. It means transforming loneliness into solitude and creating a space for interior exploration and adventures. It means changing your perspective and not feeling alone, but finding fulfillment within yourself. When you accept your single status and become comfortable on your own, the possibilities are truly endless.Continue reading “Successfully single – or not. The choice is yours.”
“Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.”- Cyril Connolly
The public outrage against law enforcement astounds me. It feels as if overnight cops went from being viewed as highly respected heroes who were revered, to despicable humans who are hated and feared.
Yes, there are some unscrupulous cops – and priests, doctors, firefighters, nurses, politicians, retail workers, corporate sharks and more. Human beings come in all shapes and sizes, pious and evil. Yet the few bad apples do not spoil the bunch. The number of upstanding individuals in all walks of life far outweigh the number of crooked ones. But a lot of people seem to have forgotten that – and actually hail criminals.
Appreciate the blue because they protect you. When everyone else is fleeing a violent scene, they’re rushing in to help. They don’t know who you are, if you’re armed or not, if you have a record or not. They don’t know what they’re walking into when they take that call and they deal with some harrowing situations – situations that take a heck of a lot more than a social worker. They put their lives on the line for citizens every day – and now they have to worry about being shot at when walking a beat just because they’re cops or turned away from local coffee shops because ‘they make others feel uncomfortable’. What are we becoming as a society?
Yes, there are some unscrupulous ones – few and far between the exceptional, brave and selfless law enforcement officers who put their rear ends on the line for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
I back the blue.
When I meet a young man or woman signing on to protect and serve today, I say a prayer and do a double God bless. When I hear children say they want to be police officers when they grow up, my heart both breaks and fills with gratitude – as well as hope.
I back the blue.
How about you?
Thank you isn’t enough for the men and women in blue. To each of you, may God or your higher power of choice always be with you and keep you safe so that you will safely return to your loved ones, day after day, then come home at the end of your final shift.
To all Fir Na Dli (men of law) – may we be reminded that ‘men’ today encompasses both men and women, the brotherhood and the sisterhood – the canines, too: THANK YOU. Please know that there are a countless number of us who appreciate, back and support you.
How wonderful it is to spend time with nature, listening to the variety of birds singing their way into the day while the slight breeze dances through the trees.
Let it be known that my idea of nature is sitting on my deck – or going for a walk. My outdoorsy gene died off sometime over the course of my youth and when I see one bug, I’m ready to go inside. Sometimes the National Geographic channel is enough to satisfy me and opening my windows is my means to fresh air – and I love nothing more than fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve hiked and all kinds of good stuff, had fun in the moment, then the moment passes. I simply celebrate nature in my own unique ways.
But morning time is a lovely time, even though I’m a moon girl at heart, coming alive when the sun has gone down and the stars come out. Basking in the glow of the moon listening to the crickets is a slice of heaven – as is morning.
Morning is divine.
Sunrise is a fresh start to each and every day. There is a purity that is filled with hope, motivation and dreams that may still come true. We are renewed and determined.
I was reminded today that we need to make time for that, to prioritize it. Set the alarm clock earlier – heck, it seems we’re all tired whether we get or don’t get sleep – and carve out moments that are meant just for you.
Reflect. Plan. Just simply be. But most importantly, dare to dream.
Today will benefit from my moments spent in peace this early morning. I invite you to do the same tomorrow. I guarantee it will improve the overall quality of your day.
Happy Friday to all.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
“The first step in crafting the life you want, is to get rid of everything you don’t.” – Joshua Becker
“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer