December 4, 2010
Mark this one off the bucket list!
1:48 pm cst
After making a big hoopla
of training for a half-marathon this fall, then getting sick and not feeling up to the challenge after all, I figured I had
one more attempt to enter a “major” run in 2010. So, this morning, I competed in the Thin Mint Sprint 5K, sponsored
by Girls Scouts. (Race began at 10 a.m., and around 9:30 a.m., I second-guessed my decision to drink a beer last night. Probably
not the best prep possible for my first race.)
I set out with a
few goals: first, to actually show up and finish. Check! I also wanted to run continuously to the half-way point – Check
again! I succeeded with meeting my other goals as well: not throwing up, not causing any major injury, and not being taken
away on a stretcher or ambulance. So far, so good, but the day is still young! HA!
At one point in the
race, I heard the strains of John Cougar/Mellancamp’s “Hurt So Good” play on my Ipod, while I gagged &
choked on my own phlegm. One thing I know for certain, John was not singing about running a 5K!
The last words my son yelled at me when I left home to go run were “Win, Mommy!” I told him I hoped only
to finish when he added “Well, at least don’t come in last!”
I may not have won
but I’m glad to report I wasn’t last!
December 2, 2010
Blinded by the Light
3:15 pm cst
When the time changes in the fall, the morning
commute becomes a dangerous one: the rising sun is at the perfect angle to shine directly into the waiting-to-be-caffeinated
eyes of drivers heading east. However, when driving west, as I do each morning, I can see just fine. As I travel along with
my today’s activities drifting through my mind, I often forget about the possible perils I could encounter while passing
another vehicle whose driver is momentarily blinded by bright light.
Isn’t that a great analogy of life in general though? Rarely do we stop to consider another
person’s viewpoint (whether defined as the physical or internal perspective), even when doing so may be in our own best
December 1, 2010
Move over Santa!
11:46 am cst
While driving to school this morning, a backseat voice chirped up excitedly, "Only 27 days until my birthday!!!"
I smiled in the rear-view mirror as he paused in thought.
"Oh yeah, and Christmas is only 25 days
Garrett turns 7 this year, and he LOVES this month!
Happy December 1 to all my
November 29, 2010
Give Thanks Every Day
By Napoleon Hill (Excerpt from Success Unlimited, November
1961, pp. 27-28.)
8:58 am cst
Many successful men and women claim they are "self-made." But the fact is that no one
reaches the pinnacle without help. Once you have set your definite major goal for success—and taken your first steps
to achieve it—you find yourself receiving help from many unexpected quarters. You must be prepared to give thanks for
both the human and Divine help you receive.
Gratitude is a beautiful word. It is beautiful because it describes a state of mind that is deeply spiritual in nature.
It enhances one's personality with magnetic charm, and it is the master key that opens the door to the magic powers and the
beauty of Infinite Intelligence. Gratitude, like other traits of the pleasing personality, is simply a matter of habit. But
it's also a state of mind. Unless you sincerely feel the gratitude you express, your words will be hollow and empty—and
sound as phony as the sentiment you offer.
Gratitude and graciousness are closely akin. By consciously developing a sense of gratitude, your personality will become
more courtly, dignified and gracious. Never let a day pass without a few minutes spent in giving thanks for your blessings.
Remember that gratitude is a matter of comparison. Compare circumstances and events against what they might have been. You'll
become aware that no matter how bad things are, they could be much worse—and you'll be grateful they aren't.
Three phrases should be among the most common
in your daily usage. They are "Thank you." "I'm grateful. . . ." and "I appreciate. . . ."
Be thoughtful. Try to find new and unique
ways to express your gratitude. Not necessarily in material gifts, however. Time and effort are more precious, and the amount
of these you dispense in showing gratefulness will be well worthwhile.
And don't forget to be thankful to those who are closest to you—your
wife or husband, other relatives, and those you associate with daily, whom you might tend to neglect. You are probably more
indebted to them than you realize.
November 28, 2010
Hopefully my readers enjoyed a wonderful time spent doing their favorite things, whether that was being with family or shopping
until they drop. Me? I did both and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but my sister literally wore me out on Black Friday! Getting
up at the crack-of-7-a.m. to shop is just not my talent, I guess.
6:31 pm cst
My holiday vacation began about as sweetly as
possible, though. Our human alarm clock jumped into bed on Thursday morning, wishing us Happy Thanksgiving! He told us, "We
need a group hug because I am most thankful for my family!"
A great way to start the day and kick off the