Tuesday, October 28, 2014

...we looked at the numbers...

We looked at the numbers on the blackboard
& after awhile I finally asked if they made sense to him
& he said no, I think they’re just there to keep the riffraff out.

week twenty-five.
i have missed ah-lot of 
twenty-five seems like a good place.
to jump back in.
this week.
it's about numbers.
i found them in one of my favorite places.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Habit #1: Happy people don’t need acceptance.
In our culture, it’s often about your “inner circle.” It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.
Wrong. For many happy people, they are simply themselves, and through their infectious, radiant energy they attract other happy people.
Happy people don’t need to fit in with the crowd or change so that others will like them. They live and are guided by who they truly are and don’t need others to accept them.
Habit #2: Happy people embrace the temporary.
Happy people enjoy the ride and accept the bumps in the road that come along with it. They do so because they know that life is short and that things always work out. Besides, they are too busy excitedly awaiting the next good thing to come along anyways.
Jobs, relationships, and circumstances all come and go. In the meantime, happy people seek out their next adventure, learn and make the most of it.
Habit #3: Happy people refuse to be denied their dreams.
Happy people are not only gregarious, loving people, but they are also passionate about their dreams and tough-minded. They take hits in stride. They don’t settle for excuses or problems, they create solutions. Their dreams are far too important!
They deeply care about their hopes, dreams, and goals. Ask a happy person what they want out of life. Most times, they will have an immediate answer. Happy people are driven, passionate and creative individuals with a positive end goal in mind that is usually for the betterment of not only themselves but for humanity and a better future.
One tip though. . . Don’t get in the way of that dream. They may take their happy face off for a minute or two.
Well, maybe not. But, they surely won’t let you stand in their way.
Habit #4: Happy people embrace equality.
There are people among us who have a pedestal and tend to look down on and criticize others. They look for other’s faults like theirs a reward for it, as Zig Ziglar once said.
But, truly happy people are completely different. They treat other people as equals, regardless of differences.
Look at some of the revolutionaries that have lived amongst us. The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa… the list goes on. Do you notice a characteristic that is common among them all? They were ALL for equality. They were also optimistic and loving people who went to any level to help others.
We are all one, and happy people know it.
Habit #5: Happy people put themselves first.
Putting yourself first is important. Our society needs to re-evaluate the misconstrued belief about this. We aren’t referring to being selfish, greedy and “Numero Uno”.
We are talking about healthy self-care. Happy people love and take care of themselves because that is the only way that they can show up for other people.
It’s true!
By constantly sacrificing your own needs, you cannot true and fully take care of others. Happy people know this and have to put themselves first once in a while to show their best selves and be of service to others.
Habit #6: Happy people don’t worry about money.
Many of the happiest people in the world are just average people with modest means. They take pleasures in the small, free things like the weather, their family and friends, good food, a good book, the ability to walk, clean water, and the list goes on…
Happy people understand that money is just a form of energy and there is always enough provided at all times. Money creates more freedom, but happy know that they truly don’t need money to be happy – it’s just an added bonus.
No matter how much they have, there is never lack – there is always enough. Happy people don’t talk about money problems, even if they have less than everyone else.
Most happy people don’t lust money. Lusting is greed. They may welcome more, but they don’t allow the worry for more to consume their life so much that they can’t enjoy where they are right now.
Habit #7: Happy people make small differences every day.
One of the greatest things about happy people is that they often do little things every day that make themselves and other people better and happier. They see humanity as something that needs to be improved, and they perform whatever deeds necessary to do so.
Happy people have daily habits that are positive and they strive to live every day this way, because they understand that overall small differences make a BIG difference. Happy people truly enjoy making a difference. 
Ever notice when you are particularly giddy, you are more likely to leave a bigger tip, smile, or make someones day?
This is perhaps the best thing about happy people: they make these small differences every day, all day.
They smile at the stranger looking down, they leave the tip for the waitress struggling to make ends meet, and they embrace and support the friend that is hurting.
The insightfulness of happy people is truly something to behold, and it can be summarized easily: Happy people are consistently positive in all ways! 

powerofpositivity (dot) com

while my boys.
were hard at work.
i was dancing.
with the woodland fairies.
this life is short.
be happy.
while you are here.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

...being energy...

Eckhart Tolle has described,
in The Power of Now,
how women tend to be closer to enlightenment than men.
that's why the Tao is described by Lao Tzu in female terms,
as "infinite, eternally present, the mother of the universe."
masculine "mind energy" is hard and focused; 
feminine "being energy" is soft and inclusive.
men who find their hidden reserves of being energy will find that
 new pathways open up inside themselves.
women who let their "being energy" pour forth unhindered,
without trying to emulate male focus, will blossom
into their true, loving, questing selves.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

a leaf.
on a table.
casting a shadow.
it's just that simple.
"being energy"
just BE.

Friday, October 24, 2014


she reached over time to pick the flower since she wasn’t going to be near there again for a long while

enjoy each moment.
tomorrow isn't promised.
just BE.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


look into the work of the japanese poet Basho,
a haiku master, who was able to capture beauty,
express emotion, in very few words:

"dying cricket-
how full of
life, his song"

how peaceful.
to walk outside.
and listen to the leaves.
fall like rain.
frost touched landscape.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

...one of those miracles...

I knew a man in college who grew up in the inner city of Chicago & what he was doing in Iowa
I never did figure out. But whenever he would see a jet trailing across the sky, 
he would stop everything he was doing & he would watch. Once, after a jet was gone & there was 
nothing left but the white line disappearing like a scar into the blue, he turned to me & said, 
An airplane is a miracle & I didn’t give it much thought, but now & then, when I am ready to give
up hope for human beings in general, & for one or two of them who are bugging me specifically, 
I will look to the sky & there will be one of those miracles & I will remember it’s all about 
concentrating on the right thing.

my mom.
popped her head in last weekend and said.
"your smoke is doing that thing again"
an ordinary moment.
with an extraordinary result.
if you have a chance today.
listen to this.
just BE.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


positive thinking.
see the world in terms of possibilities
it offers rather than the limitations it imposes.
limits are often illusory:
they are there because of over-modest expectations.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

today marks my 1000th post.
thanks for stopping by to see me over the postings.
and share with me.
in beauty and inspiration.
in ordinary moments.
that are somehow made extraordinary.
simply because breathe.
was breathed into it.
enjoy the moments.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

...all the street signs...

These are all the street signs for this area but he keeps moving them around at night so the only people who aren’t lost all the time are the children who never pay attention to signs anyway.

it is a beautiful.
chilly thirty-one degrees.
the frost is making the leaves drop quickly.
fall is such a short season.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


"grab a chance
and you won't be sorry for a might-have-been."

Arthur Ransome

you are never too old.
grab your chance.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.