Monthly Archives: September 2012

guided meditation

Today’s funny spark:





Today’s musical spark:

Artist: Alicia Keys and Nikki Minaj


And here’s the bluelight version:



monday motivation

If you use Google to search for images using the term ” Monday,” you will find a lot of negative (though occasionally funny) stuff.

For example:



…BUT today I’m going to be positive and say:


And remember:



new normal

“Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.” Whoopi Goldberg

It’s interesting to me how a person can adapt (whether she wants to or not) to a “new normal.”  Over the past few weeks, my normal routine consists of home –> work –> hospital, which is repeated each day.  Sure there is some variation like every other day when the elderly cat adds to my morning chores because he throws up or traffic might be worse on certain days compared to others or I receive an unexpected compliment on something I wore that day, but overall the pattern is the same of home –> work –> hospital. 

That said, there is a particular kind of comfort and stability to the routine.  It sure beats chaotic uncertainty if you ask me.  And in this new normal, I am learning to find (or steal!) moments of joy.  I cheer my mother up with silly gossip and we giggle together.  I appreciate each run or walk with my dog just a little bit more.  I squeeze in time for dear friends and their life ups and downs.  I complain less and less because I am seeing my values and priorities more clearly, and because really, at the end of the day when all is said and done, my life is pretty darn good in spite of or even maybe because of the drama. 



tigers, giraffes, and fractions

Today’s inspirational spark:


a great little toy story

I remember trying to win a toy at a theme park for my sister when we were younger. It took me a long time and plenty of coins, but eventually I won a big stuffed dalmatian dog. We were beaming for the rest of the afternoon. I don’t know whatever happened to that prize, but I am glad to have the good memory.

So how cool are this gentleman’s carnival skills and how wonderful that he donates all of his winnings:

Who knew that such an “odd” skill could make such a difference for others?



point taken, sir


Artist: Chuck Close

new niche to me

Funny doormats:




The Oak Tree

My younger cousin sent me a Hallmark card in the mail.

Who knew that a $2.99 gesture could be worth so much more?

A mighty wind blew night and day.

It stole the oak tree’s leaves away,

Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark

Until the oak was tired and stark.

But still the oak tree held its ground

While other trees fell all around.

The weary wind gave up and spoke,

“How can you still be standing, Oak?”

The oak tree said, “I know that you

Can break each branch of mine in two,

Carry every leaf away,

Shake my limbs, and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,

Growing stronger since my birth.

You’ll never touch them, for you see,

They are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn’t sure

Of just how much I could endure.

But now I’ve found, with thanks to you,

I’m stronger than I ever knew.”



the comparisons we [shouldn’t] make

Today’s inspirational spark:




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