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I am a perennial optimist
I Am Becoming the Me I Was Born To BeAs I journey through this part of my life I have discovered my next mountain. The key is to be the me I want to be in the world, as my gift back to God.
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If you have seen “Fiddler on the Roof” you may recognize the title of this blog post as a line from the movie. It was said by Tevye’s oldest daughter Tseitel’s true love Motel (pronounced “mottle”)Kamzoil the tailor. Now why am … Continue reading
Whether you feel drained or energized, you can give. What can you give? You can give your love, faith, belief in others, hope, steadfastness. Ella Baker said, “Give light and people will find the way.”. Jesus tells us not to … Continue reading
So many times Jesus said “follow me”…”come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”…(Matthew 4:19). “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also my servant will be. The Father will honor whoever serves … Continue reading
i saw this quote in the comments section of my friend Renee’s blog http://positiveboomer.net/2013/04/19/a-new-day-is-dawning/. “Yesterday’s troubles are written in sand, wiped out of existence by God’s own hand.” Having lived an hour and a half from the ocean for about 11 … Continue reading
“You either live your life like every day is a miracle or you live your life like nothing is a miracle. And I believe that. And I’m a happy guy.” ~ Robert Herjavec I love that statement. Think bout that. If … Continue reading
I have to admit, I always loved autumn when I loved in parts of the country that had spectacular autumns. I love the gloriously bright oranges, yellows, and red that make the trees look ablaze with color. I love scuffling … Continue reading
I think we all have our “happy places” don’t we? For me they are numerous: hands in the garden dirt and planting—or picking fruit and veggies; walking through a forest when the leaves are turning and some have fallen; watching … Continue reading
“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine”.~Thomas Jefferson I write regularly about the times friends see us … Continue reading
I recently wrote about being a cheerful giver. If you missed it, here is the link: http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/god-loves-a-cheerful-giver/ In that post I did not mention how I came to use that term in my life. When I was in 8th grade, our … Continue reading
God wants us to be cheerful and joyous. Let’s face it, the world NEEDS us to be cheerful. Now I am not talking about those struggling with depression and illness right now. Rather I am talking about the rest of … Continue reading
I love to watch hummingbirds and butterflies. In Arizona, hummingbirds are ever-present. If you plant your garden right, you will get hummingbirds throughout the year; and butterflies abound (but not year round). Hans Christian Andersen wrote “Just living is … Continue reading
“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened” — Charles Spurgeon. Isn’t that a lovely quote? When you actually think about stairs (the photo above is not my … Continue reading
This morning I had time for prayer and reflection before I got ready to leave. I arrived at my computer clear-headed and in a positive mood. When I checked Facebook I found the usual argumentative and negative posts from people … Continue reading
fgassette commented on my blog recently, and said: ” I remember reading this somewhere and thought you may like it; ‘“In London, Buckingham Palace flies the royal standard to show that the sovereign is in residence. Day or night the flag can … Continue reading
There are things that tend to sweep me away. [I add here that there are too many verses in Scripture to enumerate here that sweep me away]. Sometimes it is an extraordinary piece of music. Examples of that include ‘Music … Continue reading
I have told many heart-warming and faith filled stories. I have written many stories and posts about my deep and abiding love for my family and friends. I haven’t told too many stories about my time spent as a corporate … Continue reading
FYI: This first paragraph is an update–on 1/25/2012. I am going to handle all the Joy-Forwarding posts over at this link now http://joyforwardingproject.com/. So put all your comments for Joy-Forwarding over there. There’s an email subscription button over there, too. All … Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that if someone yawns in a group of people that others begin to yawn too? Sometimes even reading about yawning makes me yawn. So perhaps we can agree, then, that yawning is contagious. Good moods and … Continue reading
This week has been quite hectic to say the least. Normally by Saturday I would be completely drained emotionally. However, at the beginning of the week a fellow blogger awarded me (or rather my blog) with the Liebster Award. Needless … Continue reading
Earlier today I wrote about how much I miss the Camelot years (or how they felt to me anyway) http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/i-was-a-dreamer-and-idealist-am-i-still/. Why did I write about that? I have been tired and discouraged…..but quite honestly more tired and exhausted than discouraged. I … Continue reading
This is the Lord’s day. I truly rejoice. We started our Sunday on Saturday afternoon, as we often do. What a lovely, lovely Mass. The Gospel reading was Matthew 25: 14-30. The gist? It was the Gospel about the man … Continue reading
What is joy? Well, Marianne Williamson says that “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”. I find this to be really true on both good days and bad days. I … Continue reading
Write about a recurring dream you have. There is a dream I have had multiple times. I am on the beach by the ocean. I have walked down there from a little cottage I am apparently renting. There are window … Continue reading
Does anyone remember the song starry starry night by don mclean? i was thinking about that song when i looked out my balcony window last night. the sky was so … well.. starry! Anyway, i began to think this morning … Continue reading
Holy Week makes me reflective and contemplative. This year it also is cause for great rejoicing. For we know that Jesus will rise. That I always know. But this year my son is living proof of God’s miraculous power. God … Continue reading
Okay, my mood is buoyant and optimistic. Although there have been a LOT of medical challenges facing my family this year, today I feel positive. This is despite the fact that many of my family members are now facing some … Continue reading
Oh I’m not a Pollyanna…I have had my share of heartache and suffering…but I find that I am irresistibly drawn to hope. I find that even if I am going through a very horrible experience, I eventually stumble upon my … Continue reading