Warm Hearted Wednesday Link-Up – Encouragement

Warm Hearted Wednesday Link-Up – Encouragement

Welcome back to our Warm Hearted Wednesday link-up! During our last link up we wrote posts which we called Pep Talk 2016 going along with this months theme.  You can go to our Warm Hearted Wednesday Link-Up page to read any of our previous WHW posts. Last week we asked you to write a post expressing something you feel passionately about and asked you to share it with us in either the link-up or the comments.  Today let’s be each other’s cheerleaders.  (more…)

Do You Need More Joy?

Do You Need More Joy?

One of the many things we chase after as human beings is joy. I admit I seek joy just as much as the next person. Yet, as I’ve gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to learn that I have sought out joy in the wrong places. No, I’m not saying I’ve sought out “friends (or joy) in low places!” But I have through the years looked to things or people for my joy.

You can’t find your joy in others. Other things, other places, or other people. If I only had this house, that car, or wore the right clothing. Or if I could go to this vacation spot, live in this area or have that job. If I could only marry this person, have that kind of family, hang out with those people.

Then. (more…)

How to Think the Best of Others

How to Think the Best of Others

When was the last time you went on an Internet rabbit trail? I hate to think how often I have. Generally I realize I’m far off my intended topic and have spent far more time than I would like to admit on this little trail. About a month ago, though, the trail led somewhere productive.

I can’t tell you how, but I ended up on the Center for Adaptive Schools posting of Norms for Collaboration. This one-page paper provides tips for improving team environments. The last point applies far more broadly than working in team environments and has had a great impact on my interactions with those around me.

Presume Positive Intentions

Norms of Collaboration suggests that when we assume other people’s intentions are good, we will engage in more meaningful discussion and avoid unintentional put-downs. By nature, I think I’m a fairly positive person. Yet I have all-too-frequent moments when I allow an attitude that “the world is out to get me” to motivate my interactions with others. I assume the worst instead of the best about others.

When we assume the worst about another person, we very often don’t stop with just our thoughts. Our words and actions will follow (more…)

Your Timely Message For The New Year

Your Timely Message For The New Year

A new year has dawned!  Happy New Year!!

We celebrate the beginning of a year as time given to start afresh and anew. A clean slate to work with is definitely a welcome thought to me. I tend to think of it as a chance to start over on the many different things I didn’t get done last year. On and on my thoughts go, wildly racing about thinking of the numerous things I can get done: losing weight, eating healthier, organizing my kitchen, etc. Nothing, or close to nothing, gets finished. I have, once again, run out of time. (more…)

I Love You, Sweet Child

I Love You, Sweet Child

Dear sweet child of mine, I love you. Those are the first and the last words I want to tell my children.

You are my heart.

From the day I conceived you and found out I was going to have a baby, until this very day, I have loved you with more love then I even thought was possible. I didn’t know I could love anyone as much as I love you.

When I was pregnant the second time, I thought, “Can you really love another child (more…)

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