Chapter

Today’s word of inspiration is CHAPTER meaning something resembling a chapter in being a significant specified unit; a main division of a book.  As we move through our life cycle there are significant events that help make up chapters in our lives.  Some of the major chapters involve education, marital status, parenting, and career changes.  Some chapters begin and end abruptly, others are planned. Today marks another chapter turn in my book, it is my last day at BTS.  Next week my time and talents will turn to making my dreams a reality with my companies Sharper Media & Consulting and 1sharplady.   I love the quote below, the word center also means balanced.  What are the chapters in your story?   What chapters are next for you? “Time to open up a new chapter in life, and to explore a larger centre.” – Lillian Russell            &nbsp…

Encouragement

Today’s word of inspiration is ENCOURAGEMENT meaning the act of encouraging (giving hope or promise.)  Encouragement can be a gesture (waiving arms, shooing) but more often they are spoken or written words.   I remember when I was enrolled in correspondence school for my Bachelor’s degree.  I would send off the course exam and wait for my grade.  Soon I would have a grade report with a few words written on the bottom “Great Work”, “Another Great Effort”, “Keep Up the Good Work”, “Right on Track”.   These simple but very effective “pat on the back” words of encouragement motivated me to get started  on the course.   Is there someone in your life who will benefit from a few simple words?   “When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.” – Zig Ziglar…

Marvelous

Today’s word of inspiration is MARVELOUS defined as causing wonder (astonishing); of the highest kind of quality, superior.  Rather than “mundane my weekend was way too short Monday’s” let’s strive for “Marvelous Monday’s”.   Yes, our weekend was too short, they always are!   A simple change of attitude, can turn mundane to marvelous.  Find your marvelous maker – doing something special for yourself or someone else, tackle a project you have been putting off, get organized for your week, secretly pay something forward……. whatever it is that makes you feel marvelous! “The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering.” – David Whyte…

I Wish Heaven Had a Phone

Many of us would love to climb a stairway to Heaven or to make a phone call to our loved ones.  Seeking one more conversation of encouragement, one more memory, one more moment feeling connected to that special person, and to hear their voice one more time. My wish is that we will make these calls now while we can. One of my favorite sayings is “Yesterday has passed. Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not a given.”  Yes, we all have very busy lives.  Please don’t put off sharing your joy, saying you are important to me, giving words of encouragement or mending a broken relationship.  My wish is that we will always cherish these memories made, and the comfort in knowing that they miss us too!   For more than a dozen years, I called my Grandmother’s every Sunday.  At first it was to keep promises to my Grandfathers that I would help look after my Grandmothers.  Then it became a promise to myself.  There were days that I just didn’t…

Perspective

Today’s word of inspiration is PERSPECTIVE meaning the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer.  In photography, we can move the camera lens in relation to the subject to get a different perspective.  Life is the same way.  I love to take walks with young children.  I see a sidewalk, grass that needs to be cut, and trash.  They see a penny on the ground, a clover in the grass, a beautiful butterfly, and a ball. I have to remind myself that while I may not be able to change the situation, a change in perspective is likely to change my viewpoint. “The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.”- Chris Pine Photo courtesy of Rich McCor…

Renewal

Today’s word of inspiration is RENEWAL defined as an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption. Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of lent. This period is often referred to as 40 days of renewal.  A renewal of the spirit and commitment to the teachings of Christ. Often people give up something they enjoy as a sacrifice and to start a new healthier habit. Today is also Valentine’s Day, when many couples renew their love for each other.  Another form of renewal is the act of moving past a situation which caused pain or difficulty.  Renewal is the beginning of improvement. “Problems can be experienced as… a chance for renewal rather than stress.”  – Marilyn Ferguson…