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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…

Mighty

Today’s word of inspiration is MIGHTY defined as having or showing great strength or force or intensity.  The cartoon character Mighty Mouse seemed to have super powers to fight off and outsmart any sized opponent.  He could beat opponents that he should not have stood a chance against, with or without his super powers.  It was as if his might was inside of him.  I believe the same goes for people.  We should judge ourselves and others more mighty than we appear to be; true strength more often comes from the inside. “‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” – William Shakespeare &nbsp…

Empower

Today’s word of inspiration is EMPOWER meaning to promote the self-actualization or influence of; to enable; and to give official authority or legal power to.   A recent example is the “Me Too” movement has empowered women (and men) to speak out against sexual harassment.  The ability to empower ourselves to speak out against wrong or unjust behaviors (regardless of who is doing the injustice) breads confidence in ourselves and in others. This confidence is comforting!  Thank you to the brave women and men who had the courage to speak out. “Go empower yourself. You need confidence because the one thing that bullying does is it belittles you, and it takes away your confidence, and nobody deserves that.”  – Bill Goldberg…

Alliance

Today’s word of inspiration is ALLIANCE meaning a bond or connection between families states, parties, or individuals; a union by relationship in qualities. The word alliance is often associated with marriage, business, and governments (nations).  People often create alliances to promote common goals.  There are many non-profit groups that have the word alliance in their name or motto.  Alliances are strengthened by unwavering commitment from its members.  It creates a feeling of being connected, belonging to something important and/or great accomplishment. “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson…