Monday, November 25, 2013

Someone else is thankful for less than what you have...

I think the quote above, to me, really illustrates what is at the heart of thankfulness. We are not thankful because we are happy – we are happy because we are thankful. In essence, thankfulness leads to happiness. When we can appreciate the good things in our lives, it leads to a sense of well-being.

Does this mean that everything in our life is peachy-keen? Of course not. As great as it would be, life doesn't work that way. But what we CAN do is spend a little more time being thankful for the good things in our lives.

No matter our struggles, there is always someone out there in the world who is struggling harder. Sometimes we should simply be thankful for the everyday things that we may take for granted: sanitation, running water, and a roof over our head.

It’s all about perspective. So as the day of thanks approaches, let us all find something, or someone, to be thankful for.

What does “being thankful” mean to you?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dear Coffee, How I Love Thee

“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for "Before Coffee.” ~Cherise Sinclair

A little while back, I was in my local Starbuck’s when something funny occurred. The Starbuck's cashier wrote my first name on the cup without having to ask what my name was. It’s a very busy Starbuck’s so either A) I’m just that memorable or B) I am in there WAY too often. As much as I’d like to think it’s the former, I am quite certain it’s the latter haha. 

I think I am turning into something that a few years ago I vowed to never be…a coffee junkie. I even speak fluent “Starbucksian” now!! 

The Kuerig that I have in my office helps matters since I don't have to go to Starbuck's every time I need a coffee fix. Or it may actually hurt matters now that I can have coffee on whim any time I want. After about three cups of the stuff, I'm fairly confident I develop the ability to fly.

Perhaps there’s a 12-step program I can attend?
Are you a coffee aficionado?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Up Goes the Tree!!!

I held out as long as I possibly could, but my Christmas tree and decorations (above) finally went up last Sunday.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  ― Norman Vincent Peale

This quote perfectly represents my feelings toward the holiday season. I am a lover of all things Christmas. I usually start listening to Christmas music sometime in early August (much to the chagrin of my co-workers and friends). As odd as it sounds, I get more excited about Christmas the older I get. I have a child-like love for the season and I hope I never lose that.

When do you start getting in the Christmas spirit? When does your tree usually go up??

Monday, November 4, 2013

Music is like Magic

“Without music, life would be a mistake” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I often sit back and think about how a song takes each listener to a unique place. No two people “hear” a song the same. There’s just something so beautiful about that thought. The same song can cause a flood of happy memories for one person and a flood of sad ones for another. I don't know of any other art form that can do that.

Music touches us each in such different, yet significant, ways. It has a way of helping us find ourselves when we get lost. It has a way of reaching deep into a part of our soul and affecting the very core of our being. Music transports us. Is there anything that can take us back in time the way that music can?

For me, whenever I hear a song, I immediately associate it with the time period in which it came out. It reminds me of where I was in life, what I was doing in life, and who was in my life during that time period. It instantly brings back a flood of memories.

What does music do for you?