I found a poem about balance that I wrote many years ago. It is a great lead into the topic of finding balance and appreciation in all aspects of life.
sometimes the sun shines on my life, it makes my whole world glow. i love to feel the warmth on my skin, on my soul.other days the rain pours on my heart and overflows into areas that are saturated.every part of life needs this balance.without sunshine, my flowers will not grow.without rain, my garden would dry out and die.i am grateful for both the good and the bad. those opposite forces bring balance, contentment, appreciation.
It may be hard sometimes to find anything positive when unfortunate events occur, but this way of thinking Continue reading →
Whats the old adage about moderation? “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” That applies to stress as well. Stress can be a good thing, it can motivate you to get things done, to push harder, to go past limits you thought possible – which leads to growth. It also helps you avoid danger and keeps you alert. Then there are the times when stress isn’t such a good thing. There may be times it feels like you have no control over the stressors in your life. This may be true to a point. You may have no control over what comes your way, but you do have control over the most powerful determinant of how stress manifests in your life – how you respond. Continue reading →
Most days we float around in our own little world having no idea the impact we can have on others. From the passing smile to a stranger, the phone call to a customer, the angry eyes we give a loved one when they annoy us, even having a chance to vote, calling a friend or family member to catch up or giving our best effort towards activities we are a part of. These small things can make a big difference. In this big world that constantly tells us through media, politics, and consumerism that we are not enough, that we need something or someone to be of value, we may start to question how our involvement could matter. The American culture is one of individualistic mindsets. We don’t know our neighbors, we are too busy to build deep relationships with our coworkers – who may be competition, even our kids spend less time cultivating face to face relationships and instead spend time online or texting. The value of face to face connections, of a hug, smile or handshake cannot be underestimated. Continue reading →