… And that’s okay: Making peace with what is

And that's okay

Today I want to talk about three words that can really make a difference in your life. I’ve been practicing them whenever I remember to (so probably half of the time or so). These three words are “And That’s Okay.” They are the key to acceptance, which is a key to inner peace. When we can accept things as they are, we stop fighting against them. We stop trying to change them. We stop being miserable. Continue reading “… And that’s okay: Making peace with what is”

My year in review

Year in review

I know it isn’t New Year’s, but this is the time of year when I think a new year begins.  Apparently this was quite common in the past, with March 25 being celebrated as the start of the new year in England and America right up until 1752.  And so, that makes today (the second day of the former new year) the perfect day to consider reviewing the past year.  It also happens to be my birthday, which simply validates my review even more.  Let’s look at several areas of my life and see what kind of progress I have made.  Continue reading “My year in review”

Where have I been?

Where have I been

Wow, it has been silent here for a while hasn’t it?  We have had a very crazy February here at our house.  I have been struggling with feeling helpless and hopeless for the last few weeks, which is not a great motivator for me to write.  We have had snowstorm after snowstorm, with another one due to hit today.  We battled a stomach virus, with five of the six of us succumbing.  And my second oldest has moved back home.  That is a lot of upheaval for two weeks. Continue reading “Where have I been?”

A normal day in an abnormal life

normal day in abnormal life

I decided to do something a little different the other day.  In great hubris, I thought maybe people would like to see what a normal day in my life is like.  I hope that a normal day in my abnormal life will be as interesting as an abnormal day in someone else’s normal life.  If nothing else, I hope you at least find something to laugh at.  This day was a snow day, so it is mostly typical of weekends or school vacations.  If you enjoy it, let me know, and I can do another one about school days, which look significantly different because there is more time to do solitary things.

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Sending positive thoughts

sending positive thoughts

There are many tragedies in life.  Death, disease, violence, natural disasters, accidents all cause us stress and worry.  In times like these, we often talk about praying for the victims, or sending positive thoughts and energy.  We do it to help those who are hurting, and we do it to feel like we are contributing in some way, even if we are too far away to be of service in person.  Some people say that such efforts are useless.  They do not believe that positive thoughts can help anyone.  Whether this is true or not, we still do it.  We do it for ourselves if for no one else.  It helps ease the pain of feeling helpless.  But I do believe that such things can be helpful to those in need, too. Continue reading “Sending positive thoughts”

Cheshire County, NH {Thankful Thursday}

Cheshire County

I live in a wonderful place.  I feel blessed to live in New England, and although there are many places I would like to visit, there is no place I would rather live than here.  Especially the Connecticut River Valley where it cuts through the Appalachian Mountains.  Technically, I live in the foothills of the mountains, and it is a very wonderful place to live.  Cheshire County will always be the home of my heart. Continue reading “Cheshire County, NH {Thankful Thursday}”

Mastering strength

mastering strength

Some of us have had hard lives.  Probably even most of us have had hard times in life.  I am willing to bet that everyone has had to face a challenge at some point in their lives.  Some people face more challenges than others, and we call them strong.  The people who have survived challenges that we don’t think we could handle often hold our admiration. Continue reading “Mastering strength”

Astrology as a spiritual toolbox

astrology as a spiritual toolbox

We have all read our horoscope in the newspaper, telling us that as an Aries, we are going to run into conflict with coworkers this month.  Or maybe it says you are a Libra and so you will have to negotiate some important contract this week.  You know what?  That is all baloney.  I do believe in astrology, but not the newspaper kind.  Those are about as accurate as telling your fortune based on your height, or your hair color, or your weight.   Continue reading “Astrology as a spiritual toolbox”

This I believe

This I believe

Today I am out of my usual routine, so I thought I would share something that I wrote for a church service this past winter.  I was asked to share my personal credo, my system of beliefs.  Since my religion does not have one specific dogma, we sometimes have services in which a handful of us share our own beliefs.  It is so fun to hear the ideas that govern each of our lives.  So here today is n explanation of my own personal religious beliefs.  I hope something here resonates with you. Continue reading “This I believe”