May, 2012 Archives


Feedback Inspires Me

By B. Lynn Goodwin. Your feedback inspires me. I love it when readers write to one of my prompts. Some of you have done exactly that, and sent it to me privately. I invite you to do that today, if you like. My e-mail address is in the last paragraph. You can always write about whatever you like, but if nothing comes to you, try one of these sentence-starts and see where it takes you: Next time… I have to protect… When I first started… If only… I love… Why do I love your writing? You give me a private… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Robin Samora

If you’re brave enough to be alone for some length of time, away from the noise and hub bub of activities, friends, family and kids, with a sleeping dog at the foot of your bed, and your palms intentionally or not open, asking what is really going on right now in your life, and how it’s all serving you – that’s the time to listen. It is without doubt, one of the hardest things to do – to just stop the mind chatter and let thoughts come in, kind of like an air purifier does with air, only with the… Read more.

The Difference Between Exhausted and Tired

I’ve been tired many more times than I can count in my life but I’ve only rarely been exhausted. When I’m exhausted I’m on the wrong path and beaten up, down and sideways. Depleted, drained, mentally beaten up, emotionally sucked dry are all feelings that occur when you’re doing something that is in contradiction to what you know is in your highest and best interest. The other day while teaching a class there was a woman in the audience who told us she had a broken ankle that hadn’t healed for 6 months. Now this is a very long time… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Jeff Einstein

Why I Wore My Yellow Dress

I wore my yellow dress in celebration of Mother’s Day. It was not my regular Mother’s Day. It was unlike the times I had cherished for the past forty-six years.  The day would be different.  My life was different. I felt different. Missing was my usual anticipation of the day’s events. My former sense of entitlement that accompanied my wondering what gift I would receive was no longer present.  Before it was my day for a well-earned respite. Now the thought of it caused me to sigh. It was a few days away.  I knew I would receive many greetings… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Raye Adkins

Maya Angelou writes, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Life is a winding road and it takes us places we do not plan or want to go. While on it, we will find ourselves faced with challenges that test our endurance and belief systems. We will have our ups and our downs. The good news is that troubles can encourage or prompt us to discover some of the greatest successes of our lives. Before exploring ways of getting through the struggle, I will start with… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jonathan Huie

Find an old country graveyard and walk among the decaying headstones. Browse the inscriptions as you become familiar with the sense of the place. Now sit down on a grassy spot with your back to a tree, and visualize your own headstone in front of you. Consider what that headstone will say a few years from now. Each of us has only a few years on this planet – whether we are the political leader of a great nation, or are a homeless person living from handout to handout. One day, each of us will be gone, and only the… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Where To Buy Joy

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. We’ve all heard it before: “Money can’t buy you love or happiness or satisfaction.” Yet for some reason, these words of wisdom are particularly easy to forget. We focus on money and possessions. As we desperately seek joy from these external sources, we feel more tired, more depleted, and oftentimes more depressed than ever. The truth is, joy is not something that can be bought or sold. It isn’t available in stores or even on Amazon.com (which seems to have almost everything these days). Instead, true joy stems from the one place no advertiser can paste… Read more.

Releasing Caregiver Stress

By B. Lynn Goodwin. It seems as if everybody is a caregiver for someone – a spouse, a parent, a special needs child, an in-law, a sibling, or possibly an old friend. Caregiving covers a vast range of responsibilities. You could be raising a special needs child or you could be checking in on a neighbor who recently lost a spouse. You could be the best buddy of a soldier who’s just back from the war or you could be the spouse of a police officer. You could be a social worker or a teacher, caring from a distance. For… Read more.

Words From My Father

I just returned home to Montana after spending two weeks back east, helping to care for my father who was dealing with some health issues. On the flight home from New York, back to Montana on Sunday, I called my dad from the layover in Minneapolis, around noon. When he answered the phone in his hospital room, it sounded like I had awakened  him from a deep sleep. I asked him if he wanted to go back to sleep and he said “Yes”, telling me that he was so very tired. Looking back, I should have known something was wrong,… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Eric Broser

I would share ‎10 thoughts to live by. 1. Life is not about who you were, but who you ARE! 2. MIRACLES are nothing more than extreme POSSIBILITIES manifested through positive thoughts, love, and unwavering faith and belief. 3. Failing while DOING is far more commendable than failing to even TRY. Remember, if you don’t even try, there is ZERO chance of success. ‎ 4. Running from your fears may be comfortable, but tends to create mediocrity. Facing your fears may be UNcomfortable, but tends to create greatness. 5. When an obstacle stands in your way the only decision you… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Val McLeod

Today’s Brilliance from Kristine Carlson

Love, Love, Love and Love Some More You will never regret spending more time with your family and friends and less time on other things. Practice both random and intentional acts of support and kindness. Be generous with your community in your time and your pocketbook. Keep extending yourself with gentle understanding and compassion to the world. Accept and become gentler with yourself and stop judging others for being different. See the innocence in all people, imagining them as small children and old adults. Our challenge is not to give our love only to the good and happy; our challenge… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Finding The Light Through The Cracks

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Let’s face it: we live in a broken world, and the sooner you acknowledge this reality the better off you will be. Not exactly the kind of advice you’d expect from a happiness expert, right? Well, believe me: By choosing to accept this reality, you choose to move forward, and you must move forward in order to build the momentum you’ll need to make a positive difference in the world. Every time something bad happens, there is an opportunity to experience new light in your life. You just have to keep your mind and eyes open… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Elaine Campbell

Since my use of car metaphors has been successful in helping others prepare their own “chasses” for life’s journeys, it is not at all surprising that I turned once again to my own car interior to find needed inspiration. During your journey through life, please take comfort in knowing that, despite the impending storm outside, you have full control of your steering wheel and control panel. Why would this be reassuring? Well despite the hazardous driving conditions that life throws your way, a fate certainly out of your hands, peace of mind would come with the knowledge that your are… Read more.

Heart Health For A Woman’s Heart – And A Man’s Too!

By Kathi Casey. Today I’d like to talk about keeping our hearts healthy and vital for many years to come. Heart disease is the deadliest health issue for both women and men in the United States, yet it’s one of the most preventable diseases there is! That’s just crazy. So here are a couple of easy ways to keep your heart healthy… First, don’t forget to laugh! Laughter is the best medicine and as adults we simply don’t laugh enough. I read somewhere that children laugh about 70% of the time, and adults only 7%. Wow! As a child, I… Read more.

The Power of Listening

By B. Lynn Goodwin. “There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton Do you write or blog? Do you get tired of receiving little feedback, no feedback, or negative feedback? Do you need something to pull you back up? You’re in need of inspiration. Aren’t we all sometimes? Whenever I offer a journaling or writing workshop, I always explain that everyone in the room is a writer and everyone has a unique voice and stories worth telling. Recently, I gave a journaling workshop at the Sherwood Forest… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Lesley Rodgers

Learn to accept and love all things; sure, see what’s different but remember what’s similar! Appreciate the beauty and wisdom of diversity but remain aware that we rely upon collaboration to exist; competition divides and conquers. True personal empowerment comes from balance. Each one of us has value and a purpose on this earth – make it your life-mission to discover your middle path of tolerance, moderation and compassion; learning and loving en route. Create the space for positive change; re-build confidence and self-worth, no matter where you’ve come from. Irrespective of our past, showing self-love and self-care enables us… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Lesley Rodgers

Want to Be Richer than Bill Gates?

What’s true wealth? Is it gold that glitters under the sun? Or is it wealth that no one and nothing, not even death, can take away from you? Let’s consider material wealth for a moment. We can have everything we want in life: huge mansions, fancy cars, ever-expanding wardrobes, and a sailboat or two to boot–but should our lives be measured by monetary values? Is the worth of our lives so calculable that we can consider ourselves wealthy simply by adding up our material possessions? Even if we feel wealthy by owning great possessions, what good would such wealth do… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: The Nature of Illusion

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Every day we are surrounded by illusion. The illusion of television, or images we interpret and even those magic tricks that entertain and enthrall at our children’s parties. We love illusion, but illusion is one of those elements that make it difficult for us to feel happy if we don’t recognize that happiness is an inside job. Have you ever noticed that when you are single, the couples around you laughing and enjoying each other magnify your singleness?  What happens when you see a couple bitterly fighting or dragging their grocery bags as they glare at… Read more.

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