Thursday, January 31, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
“A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation” ~ Andrew Sullivan
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I love learning about other cultures. It's so exciting! A few months ago, I had a wonderful conversation with two students from Lebanon in one of my grad school classes. The three of us were paired up while working on a group project. The conversation about the project segued into a conversation about our countries.
We talked for 30 minutes about the differences and similarities between our cultures. You know what conclusion we came to? That there aren't that many differences at all!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
There’s not a person reading this blog right now who hasn't at one time in their life been faced with having to let go. Whether it’s letting go of a relationship, an unfulfilled dream, or a painful past, letting go is one of the hardest things any of us will ever do. If there’s one commonality that we all share, it’s that each and every one of us wants to be happy. But we make it difficult to achieve happiness by holding onto the past.
We have a habit of attaching our identity to someone else or something else. By doing this, we lose our individuality. Once this attachment is broken or is starting to break, we try harder than ever to maintain that attachment even when we know in our hearts that it’s time to let go.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It was VERY difficult to narrow this list to 10 - I can most definitely see another list in a future blog post.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't...you're right" ~Henry Ford
I have always loved this quote. To me, it illustrates one of life’s fundamental truths…there is power to be found in positive thinking. I am a strong believer in positivity. I think it can do wonders for the soul. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t always believe in it. But once I started actually practicing it, it changed me internally in ways that I never thought possible.
If we don’t believe in ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to believe in us? If we don’t think we can accomplish something, haven’t we already set ourselves up for failure before we even begin? If we take a negative approach to something or someone, won’t that negativity begin to permeate the relationship/connection with that someone or something?
Is positivity a magic wand that can make anything happen? Of course not. There’s no such thing. Positivity does not work in such a manner. But what it DOES do is bring about a sense of internal clarity and happiness that is so often missing within us. It will allow for more positive interactions with others, and that is wonderfully contagious. It will also allow us to pursue difficult or intimidating endeavors with a mindset that does not set us up for failure before we even begin. That alone can make all the difference in the world.
Do you find that positive thinking helps you? Or do you feel that it’s easier than it sounds? Share your thoughts or experiences.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
The other day, I was thinking about what historical event that I would have most wanted to witness. The answer didn't come to me right away so I took some time to ponder it. There are so many events in history that I would love to be able to see. From the monumental (JFK’s inauguration speech) to the groundbreaking (Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier), to the history-altering (The Berlin Wall coming down)...it’s so hard to choose.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
For me, sunsets are one of the most calming things on earth. A sunset is the culmination of the day as it slowly and beautifully evaporates into nightfall. It is like seeing the farthest edges of the earth burning with the very last light of the day. Watching a sunset is a truly serene feeling indeed.
Sunrises bring with them a different kind of beauty. They signify the promise of a new day…a new beginning. Seeing the dark horizon slowly ignite with that magnificent and bright pre-sun orange is such a beautiful scene. Once the sun slowly arises from its slumber, it makes it presence known on the horizon by setting the entire world aglow.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
“Being someone’s first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect” ~Anonymous
They also spoke of how they fell in love…
Mavis spoke with a smile, telling of how it was her that “wooed Walt” rather than the other way around – which she said was almost unheard of at that time. Walt, who was the much more soft-spoken of the two, simply smilled and nodded his head saying "she chased me". Her persistence paid off, as they had their first date at an ice cream shop. The rest is history :)
What can we learn from couples who have been together for this long?