Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dropping In, But Not Out

By now, the cold, wet, freezing weather helped introduce you to at least one of these dreaded things. Those insidious, little destroyers lurk where you least expect them ready to disrupt your vehicle, your day, and your mood. When you’re zooming along, thinking all’s well—bam! A pothole attacks! What’s worse than a pothole? Maybe it’s this, and be glad you’re not him:

And you thought these situations only appeared in adventure stories. As you can see, it’s real and getting stuck is possible. People rarely have good things to say about getting stuck in holes. In fact, when someone complains about being in the hole, it often means they’re in debt. Again, not a good place to be. When you feel like you’re in a hole or a bad spot, what helps you wriggle free?      

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?