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?