Saturday, February 17, 2018

A New Wave of Therapy

After a good-sized snow storm, there’s something special about  shutting down normal life for a day or two. We can cozy up to a warm fire while watching television, listening to music, or reading. Our only interruptions should be for snacks and naps. I kept gazing out at the snow-covered trees; their collective limbs crisscrossed the sky while the midafternoon sun hid behind a cloudy, blue-gray canvas. Picture perfect! Doesn’t a natural scene slow your breathing and lower your blood pressure? Maybe that’s one of the reasons we visit places like this:

Tucked in Arizona’s wilderness, this site is difficult to locate, but once inside, the incredible swirly, hypnotic walls draw you in. We could wander around in the Wave for hours. If we’re fortunate enough not to get lost, it might be a therapeutic visit. Short of heading out to Arizona, how do you relax amidst the bustle of daily life?      

Reposted from Dec 2013     

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cheap Taping It Together?

Cheap tape is useless. If you’ve tried saving a few pennies or bought cheap tape for convenience’s sake, then you know how frustrating it is to rip off a series of non-sticking pieces. Other products, like Post-It Notes, stay useful when the back loses its stickiness. You can still write a short message on the paper, but useless tape is simply a waste of precious time and money. So is this: 

Sorry, you won’t get those minutes back. The video proves my point. Don’t try to make tape into something that it’s not. Don’t twist it into cute little gadgets or find elaborate methods for obvious or unnecessary labeling. Tape is tape. Use it for what is, understand its limitations and move on. You can’t make everything that’s useless into something useful. What’s the useless, time-waster preventing you from improving the important pieces of life?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Not Impossible

You never know what you’ll see until you look around. I spotted an interesting sight in a parking lot after a car slid into the space beside me. The driver walked away and left a pet in the car. Most dogs wait for their owners by pacing around the car or standing on guard for intruders.

But, not this dog. It sat frozen in the passenger seat, staring straight ahead. It didn’t even stare at back like most dogs who silently beg for attention. I looked away, thinking how this large dog acted like a person. When I glanced back, the dog had vanished. Of course, it probably found something entertaining in the back of the vehicle because it certainly didn’t disappear. Hearing that something is impossible always challenges us think otherwise, like this:   

Sometimes we hear situations that seem unbelievable, stretch our imaginations, and break old assumptions. What did you think was impossible, but now see how the impossible might be possible?                   

Saturday, January 27, 2018

When Enlightening Follows Thunder

Few things are as annoying as faulty streetlights. I know of one street that’s fairly dark, even though it has a light. This particular streetlight doesn’t stay on for several seconds or minutes. It winks like lightning, resembling Frankenstein’s lab. You can imagine the scary thoughts that accompany a drive along that road. Instinctively, we fear what we can’t see. Check your locks and imagine this:

That’s not the kind of wackiness you want to see at night when imaginations run wild in the midst of shadows and creepy corners. Sometimes, the things we can’t see cause us more anxiety than what we can see. What situation caused you anxiety until after you walked through it, looked back, and saw how it improved you?    


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Welcome to Insidious

Since half of the country is under a winter advisory alert, we’re all familiar with black ice, and it’s not our friend. The moment you think you’ve navigated splotches of ice and slippery snow—bam—you’re on the ground wondering what happened. The thing you didn’t see got you. Things we can’t detect right away can impact us in big and small ways. Watch this:  

Everyone heeded the warnings in front of them by taking a different route. Once we see someone else in potential danger, then we begin wondering how their situation might impact us. In every circumstance, the key is to see the actual problem. What problem are you overlooking or pretending not to see?    

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Sun, Wind, Snow Moment

We spend more time resolving issues, solving problems, and tamping down crises than enjoying simple moments. If it’s been a while since you’ve marveled at the sun rising, the wind bowing tree limbs, or a snow flake, then put one of those on your To Do list. Likewise, if your happiness comes only from the things money can buy, pause to consider this:
 During our worst situations, we can still find things to appreciate. Even when that requires a complete attitude overhaul, the reward is worth the effort. If you want to see life through better lenses, start by focusing on at least three, free things you appreciate.

Friday, January 5, 2018

What’s Meant to Be?

With Christmas gone, most of us don’t expect any more surprises until Valentine’s Day, but my family may get early surprises if they find what I’ve hidden. Before I say what they are, keep these facts in mind. First, I hate to waste things, and secondly, I appreciate aromatherapy. So, while poking around the cabinets during the holiday vacation, I discovered a box of expired teabags. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to use them as mini sachets. I’m waiting for the complaints, frowns, and eye-rolls when they uncover teabags hidden in nooks and crannies around the house. Not everyone appreciates creativity. See if you appreciate this:

That’s not all. Apparently, tea bags can eliminate household pests and soothe insect bites. The list of surprising uses is long. And you thought I was saving useless trash by saving tea bags. What life experience did you think was a waste, but time proved otherwise?