Sunday, November 25, 2012

We've got Nothing but Time...

“Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” ~William Penn

Leisure time. Such a commodity these days isn’t it? One of my good friends is a single mother with two children, works as a waitress, and is also taking college classes. I remarked to her how impressed I am that she’s able to manage those three endeavors simultaneously. She spoke of how it’s all about time management.

As someone myself who works and goes to grad school, I am no stranger to the difficulties of time management. However, my responsibilities pale in comparison to hers! This has inspired me to work on my time management skills.

What about you. Do you have difficulty with time management skills and/or carving out leisure time?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Up goes the Tree :)

Creating a winter wonderland in my living room.

I am a “Christmas nut”, as many of my co-workers and friends call me. In late September I begin counting down the days until my favorite time of year. In October I began playing Christmas music in my office on Pandora. I love everything the Christmas season – the songs, the weather, the spirit, the scents, the atmosphere…everything.

After arriving home from work Monday night, I decided that I was going to decorate earlier than ever. So I put on some Christmas music, went across the street to get me a peppermint mocha, and pulled all of my Christmas d├ęcor out of the garage. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night decorating my house from top to bottom.  Tis the season!!

When do you usually decorate for Christmas?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Paying it Forward

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” ~Aesop

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I were having lunch at IHOP on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Beside us, a mother was eating with her four children. They looked so happy and full of life. In my conversation with my friend, I made the remark that if I am ever “well-to-do”, that I would pick one family and pay for their meal anonymously every time I went out to eat. I have just always loved the idea of doing something like that.
So, on this beautiful Sunday, my friend and I thought why wait until we are well-to-do? Why not start today? So we both looked over at the mother and her four children and thought the same thing. We flagged their waitress down and informed her that we would like to pay for their meal anonymously. The anonymous part was important to us, because we did not want thanks, for that would almost defeat the purpose. We simply viewed it as a good deed and felt that they would “pay it forward’ someday.  

We left the restaurant feeling inspired and on top of the world. So my friend and I made this vow: Each and every day, we are doing a small, random act of kindness for a complete stranger. Whether it’s paying for the car behind us in a drive-thru, helping someone put groceries in their car, or even just opening doors or holding the elevator for people.

Ponder this for a second: if each person on earth did one random act of kindness each day for a stranger, what would the world be like?