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Optimism

Thursday, February 25, 2010      13 comments

Every Wednesday around noon I gather with a like minded group of people who sincerely believe in being positive. We are the International Optimist and our mission is to "bring out the best in kids." For the past few weeks I have wanted to take t... Read more

Simplicity

Wednesday, February 24, 2010      9 comments

I think it’s often over looked in our precise calculations on life, love and a journey towards happiness. For some strange reason we discount it as being too easy. If life isn’t a struggle at every corner and at every turn, then I guess we aren’... Read more

Taking Care of Us

Tuesday, February 23, 2010      18 comments

I wasn’t feeling too well yesterday. I had planned on staying in my flannels and my Chicago Cubs tee shirt all day and giving myself permission to be lazy because I was sick. This means you can watch television all day and not feel guilty, or re... Read more

Letting Go

Monday, February 22, 2010      6 comments

The more positive you think, feel and believe, the more positive your life becomes. I am sick. Not just a few sniffles and a runny nose but the fever, achy, “I wanna die” sort of sick. In a word I feel miserable. There is another part... Read more

Gone Fishing LOL

Sunday, February 21, 2010      9 comments

Well I hasd a two pound plus losss this week so I am happy. I am in Louisville today visitng my grandaughter. We havent seen her since the day after New Years. So there is no great words on inspiration form me today, except maybe this: ... Read more

Overcoming Guilt Part 2

Saturday, February 20, 2010      8 comments

A few years back I had the opportunity to go to a baseball game in San Diego. I am a huge baseball fan and it was my first time at that ball park. Suffice to say I was like a very young child at Christmas. Half way through the game a young man s... Read more

Overcoming Guilt

Friday, February 19, 2010      11 comments

I missed my workout yesterday. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Huh? There was more to do yesterday then there was day to do it in and by the time I finished with my work commitments I looked at the clock and it was after eight pm... Read more

You Are Who You Hang Around With

Thursday, February 18, 2010      16 comments

Every time I say it my children roll their eyes and get a resigned look on their faces. They have heard it all their lives. Some of them (lol) even made the conscious choice to believe it. “You are who you hang around with” If you want... Read more

A Day of Silence, A Day of Discovery

Wednesday, February 17, 2010      9 comments

I have gone through so many changes in recent months. I eat wiser, I am more active and I am more judicious in my life choices. Today is my day to be silent, to look at myself and to discover who I am in "all of this." It is my day to step ... Read more

The Chapters of Our Lives

Tuesday, February 16, 2010      7 comments

I was driving down the road yesterday, dodging the slush and the ice when my mind wandered to someone I knew almost fifteen years ago. I wasn’t sure if I was amazed that it had been almost fifteen years since I last saw or spoke to them or that... Read more

I Guess It Depends How You Look At It

Monday, February 15, 2010      13 comments

I spend a lot of time hearing things and saying things and then just assuming that's the way they are. For example: "Everyone just dreads Monday morning!!!" or "TGIF!!!!" or "Tomorrow is hump day."Some of us let our moods be affected by a co wo... Read more

Renewal

Sunday, February 14, 2010      3 comments

For two months I feel like I have been taking, taking, taking. I gobble up a lot of blogs and digests and fitness postings and the like. Yet I have always had the feeling I am not really contributing anything to peoples continued improvement. B... Read more

Two Months Of Spark Today: My Thoughts

Saturday, February 13, 2010      10 comments

I found Sparkpeople.com two months ago today. I wasn't looking for them. I had started tracking my food consumption and I was searching online for the elusive nutritional value of some item or another. I saw a small add on a web site off to the ... Read more

Reaching Out: A Challenge of Sorts

Friday, February 12, 2010      9 comments

I ran into my friend Angus at the grocery last night. We hadn't talked in close to six months. Angus is the youth minister at one of our local churches and the most unassuming down to earth ministers I have ever met. (That's a lot for a Catholic... Read more

Support

Thursday, February 11, 2010      8 comments

An angel of another sort knocked on my door around 8:30 yesterday morning. She worked at the hotel. She told me I had about a four hour window of opportunity to get home before the next arctic blast headed in. So I did. Sometimes God does not ha... Read more


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