Friday, May 27, 2016

Hot! Just Like Fire

It appears our wet spring might morph into a scorching summer. We longed for summer weather and here it is, but some folks are already complaining about it. “Too hot, too hot,” they groan, and the humidity hasn’t even kicked in. Some people believe the temperature’s perfect because, for them, it can never be too warm. Personally, I prefer the milder spring and fall temperatures when there’s no sweating or freezing. At least we don’t have to deal with this kind of forecast: 
Just another day at work. He acted as though the situation was all part of the plan and kept going. We should, too instead of allowing unexpected snafus to detour us from the hot pursuit of our goals. Let’s borrow the letter carrier’s motto, “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” and change it to neither sun, nor humidity, nor heat of day keeps a persistent person from their appointed purpose. Now for the big question: What is your passionate purpose? 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

More Than a Survivor

Survivor’s season finale aired this week. After watching several episodes, I understand why the show draws large audiences. Beside the exotic locations, the competition, the health challenges, and the gamesmanship, each episode showcases regular people striving to complete extraordinary tasks. Fans relate to the show because the cast, on one level or another, reflects our struggles. Whether it’s at school, work, home, or with family and friends, we’re navigating obstacles and managing responsibilities that shape our views of who we are and what we can do. Watch how these workers let attitude drive outcome:

We don’t have to be confined to a secluded island to find out how far we can push ourselves or unleash our best selves. Life offers that opportunity every day. What’s the one thing that will help you to not just survive, but thrive?  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

One Step Away

The last place you’d expect to fine adorable wildlife is at the mall—the mall parking, to be exact. Earlier this week while exiting the lot, I spotted a trail of birds, a family of about five geese, tottering along the side of the road. An adult goose let the pack, three little ones followed and—here’s what surprised me—another adult brought up the rear. That’s a big job. Those babies weren’t disappearing without the parent goose realizing it, yet every spring the news covers stories of baby geese falling into holes, setting off elaborate rescue missions. Here’s what happens when someone’s watching over you:  

 It feels good having someone watch your back. Who’s watching yours?          

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Lil’ Bit of You

If you’re like many people, you love emojis. If you’re a serious fan, you created one resembling you that’s sitting in your phone, waiting to enrich your texts. I had planned to make one until the app asked to access to my phone’s contents, and since I’m not sure why it needs that information, I passed up my bitmoji opportunity. Fortunately, friends text me their cute creations. Apparently, they feel weird about “people” borrowing them, even with their permission. I admit their bitmojis’ skin color, features, hair and clothes don’t reflect me, but they still have two eyes, one nose, and a mouth— that’s enough of a resemblance for me. After all, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery—or is it?

It’s frustrating when someone assumes your identity. I decided bitmojis should only represent the person who created them. You’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, not always. We’ll need much more than a cartoon figure to reflect our traits, values, and preferences. What three words capture the full essence of you?