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#160: Learning From a Child's Exuberance
Sunday, December 06, 2009      5 comments

When was the last time you watched a child play? Not to monitor them as a parent or as a babysitter, but simply to watch them and wonder where in the world they get their energy? I was at my sister's late this morning as she babysat her fiv... Read more
#159: Back on Track and Feeling Good About It
Saturday, December 05, 2009      7 comments

Yesterday I wrote about my lack of willpower regarding eating while at home. Previously, I had suggested trying to divert the mind from thoughts of food by cleaning some house, doing something outside, or even exercising for a few minutes. I hav... Read more
#158: I Need Willpower
Friday, December 04, 2009      9 comments

Do you have a willpower problem like I have? At a restaurant I'm okay with my choices, but at home? Well, that's when temptation looms strongest. Maybe because dining out means I only order one meal whereas at home I see or know of food su... Read more
#157: How Do You Make Others Feel?
Thursday, December 03, 2009      5 comments

An email brought me these words of wisdom: "People MAY forget what you said to them." "People MAY forget what you did to them." "But, people will NEVER forget how you made them feel." When we talk to people, do we leave ... Read more
#156: Doing the Impossible
Wednesday, December 02, 2009      6 comments

People who know are aware that the bumblebee can not fly. Aerodynamically it's wings are too short and its body not streamlined enough. No, the bumblebee can't fly, at least according to the laws of flight, but it does. Henry Ford's enginee... Read more
#155: Persistence and Desire Make Us Winners
Tuesday, December 01, 2009      6 comments

James J. (The Boilermaker) Jeffries was a champion heavyweight boxer at the beginning of the 1900s known for his strength and stamina. He repeatedly showed that persistence and desire make a winner. In one bout against James (Gentleman Jim)... Read more
#154: As Simple as Deciding and Doing?
Monday, November 30, 2009      5 comments

Every day we make decisions and take action on those decisions. You don't want to get out of bed but you decide it would be in your best interest to do so, especially if you have to go to work, and then you get up. You may wish not to ... Read more
#153: When Feeling Overwhelmed
Sunday, November 29, 2009      7 comments

Many years ago I read that when Benjamin Franklin needed to make an important decision that he would draw a line down the middle of a page of paper. On one side of the paper he would list all of the reasons in favor of the decision, without givi... Read more
#152: I Was Blessed Last Night
Saturday, November 28, 2009      8 comments

Yesterday I received depressing news. It was the lowest I can ever recall being. I felt I could get no lower and didn't know where to turn. Then the call came. From my best friend of 45 years to simply say hi. We had last talked in June for... Read more
#151: What About the Unfortunate?
Friday, November 27, 2009      6 comments

There has been a lot in the news today about premier professional golfer Tiger Woods. He allegedly crashed a car into a fire hydrant and then a tree and had to be taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. One reporter asked viewers to ... Read more
#150: The Story of Our Lives
Thursday, November 26, 2009      4 comments

Today's SP Healthy Reflections asked, "If you were to write the book of your life, would you want to read it?" My first reaction was to think that too many people lead lives of quiet desperation, as someone once so aptly suggested, and that... Read more
#149: Holiday Workers
Wednesday, November 25, 2009      6 comments

While many of us do not have to work on Thanksgiving, a large number of people do. To them I want to express my gratitude for their duty. * Members of our military -- often serving in faraway places, protecting our country. * Members o... Read more
#148: Enjoying the Peace
Tuesday, November 24, 2009      4 comments

Early this morning I sat on the front porch while I enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate. It was too early for most people to be awake. Two squirrels foraged for acorns and chased each other around the oak tree's trunk, making their trademark chitter... Read more
#147: What Do Words Mean?
Monday, November 23, 2009      8 comments

If you've been a regular reader of these messages, you know how, as a writer, I often find words hilarious. I read in a mystery story this week of a woman who loaded a shotgun with "trembling fingers." Personally, I would have used ammuniti... Read more
#146: You Never Can Tell
Sunday, November 22, 2009      7 comments

YOU NEVER CAN TELL by Ella Wheeler Wilcox You never can tell when you send a word Like an arrow shot from a bow By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind, Just where it may chance to go. It may pierce the breast of your dear... Read more

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