It’s Fat Tuesday!

As Catholics prepare for the most holy time of the year, I hope if that’s you that you’ll consider this on the eve of your Lenten journey.

Most give up something, a sacrifice for 40 days. But it is often more difficult to commit to something, adding a positive or constructive habit for that specific length of time, than it is to give up.

So rather than cutting out sweets or taking a hiatus from social media, may you do some good this season. Donate one dollar each day, if you’re able, to a worthy cause. Add a new and positive habit to your routine. Practice a random act of kindness daily.

Sacrifice doesn’t always equal giving up – it just may mean making a commitment and sticking to it. Food for thought this evening.

The Dangers of Ignorance.

Ignorance.

The word alone evokes an equivalent response to nails on a chalkboard or vehicles traveling at a high speed when they collide, crashing into one another, pieces of metal and glass flying everywhere.

Ignorance.

Cold and brutal. Callous and ugly. There’s a certain guttural sound as the word rolls off my lips and out of my mouth. Continue reading “The Dangers of Ignorance.”

My Valentine Wish.

It is so easy for us to get caught up in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day.

Flowers, candy and cards filled with words that give our feelings a voice.  Restaurant reservations a must and all kinds of expensive add-ons appear on the menu – from rose placement on the table, musicians to serenade you with songs of love or a high priced bottle of champagne to toast your love. Continue reading “My Valentine Wish.”

Daily thoughts. Points to ponder. Soulful reflections.

As we dance through our Saturday, complaining about the cold, the impending snow and our COVID restrictions, let us take a moment to remember how good we have it.

Continue reading “Daily thoughts. Points to ponder. Soulful reflections.”

Daily thoughts. Points to ponder. Soulful reflections.

“Be kind to others, but be compassionate with yourself.”

My tea bags are great reminders each day for how to live. The inspirational quotes are refreshing and uplifting.

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The Soul of Eros.

That day of love is fast approaching and soon our calendars will land on February 14, most popularly known as Valentine’s Day.

It creeps up on us every year.  Twenty-four hours of sadness and longing for broken hearts and those who are desperately yearning for their other halves.  Twenty-four hours of bliss for those who have found a romantic partner and celebrate the commercialization of Eros, the passionate love defined in Greek mythology as a desire for another person’s physical body. Continue reading “The Soul of Eros.”

Service and endorphins – a drug and alcohol free way to feel (and do some) good.

I read a great book once – well, more than once – written by James C. Hunter, “The Servant: A Simple Story about the True Essence of Leadership” that made a big impact on me. It is a book that teaches rather than lectures, filled with ways to improve your leadership skills through the timeless virtues that result in lasting and meaningful success. Continue reading “Service and endorphins – a drug and alcohol free way to feel (and do some) good.”

Daily thoughts. Points to ponder. Soulful reflections.

Manners. Where have they gone? When did we become an all-about-me society that frowns upon kind, thoughtful and polite people? Why are those few viewed as weak and old-fashioned?

As I write this, I must confess that I haven’t yet sent my Christmas thank you notes. And shame on me. It’s careless and I won’t make any excuse. I’m remiss and tardy.

My father shared this great quote today and I have to do the same. Manners are from the heart. Etiquette encompasses the rules of behavior. Both are timeless and should be a way of life, not a thing of the past.

Don’t just say please and thank you. Live in a manner that shows you mean it. Service. Gratitude. Compassion. Civility. Lead by example.

Maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference in this world if we all make an effort.

Don’t wait. Tomorrow is today.

We say it all the time – life is short.  But until the moment strikes, I’m not sure that we truly acknowledge that.  We think that we have time. We think that we will do tomorrow what we think of today.  Don’t be foolish. Continue reading “Don’t wait. Tomorrow is today.”