June, 2012 Archives


Today’s Brilliance from Brycen R. R. Couture

The first and most obvious thing is that love is the single element that can heal the world. Most people aren’t sure where to put the love, how to cultivate it or how to feel it. Allow me to tell you: You need to start by loving your children. If you give unconditional and total love, nurture and meet the needs of your kids, then they are going to grow up and pass that on to their kids. The children of today are the entire population of the future world. If everyone treated their kids with total unconditional love and… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: How Your Natural Skills Will Get The Right Job Done

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. When I participated in my first career day, I was barely old enough to walk to the bus stop by myself. What does a fourth grader know about a career? Very little, but boy, did we try to dream up big goals. Clustered in my elementary school’s tiny library, my classmates and I were each on a mission to find the perfect careers to compliment our strengths. Doctor was a popular pick for the science geeks. There were many future firefighters and presidents in the room, mostly among the classmates who were natural leaders. The more… Read more.

A Gratitude List

I’m in a unique and special free-writing group. Our rules are quite simple. We follow Natalie Goldberg’s practice of doing timed writings. I bring in prompts, which are sentence starts like the ones in my book. One woman reads one, while another woman sets a timer. When it goes off, we go around the circle, reading what we wrote. We don’t comment. Sometimes we respond to each other’s writings during the next round of writing, offering sympathy, understanding, and occasionally offering advice, if it is requested. After eight years, I think of these women as my writing sisters. We’ve seen… Read more.

These Are The Good Ol’ Days

There’s a little exercise I love to do, especially when I’m frustrated and wondering what the heck life is all about…. I close my eyes and imagine that I’m 95 years old now. I really feeeel it. My life has gone by and it’s almost over; a photo album, some stories, memories, accomplishments, loved ones. I’ve gotten used to feeling achy and tired. I spend much of my day just getting up and around. My kids are all grown and aged themselves. Most of my lifetime friends are gone. My parents are dead. And here I am, looking back, thinking… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Daniel Wong

Mindful Communications

By Sheevaun Moran. Most days we walk through the day without much thought about how we will communicate. We speak to our family in the same old way. Our chatter with the store clerks is fleeting. The emails we send are filled with our wants, needs, desires and demands. Where is the communication that is filled with goodness and intention? We say our intention is to communicate with love and kindness, but is that really true? If that were so true then our own inner voices would be much kinder and loving. The thought towards someone who is homeless would… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Ben Wagner

My mindset. Why not be a big fish in a big ocean? When I was nine my father’s company had it’s most profitable year to date. My father and his co-founders rewarded the entire team with a week’s vacation to the Cayman Islands. My father and I spent every afternoon in the ocean swimming, snorkeling, and body surfing while all the other families on the trip lounged by the hotel pool. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why you would choose to swim in a pool when you had the whole ocean right at your doorstep! This particular… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Find Your Imperfectly Perfect Ideal

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. The word “perfection” sure gets thrown around a lot. “She’s perfect;” “I’ve got the perfect fix;” “That’s picture perfect.” But who defines perfect, anyway, and what set of variables needs to magically align to achieve this so-called state of nirvana? The problem with perfection is that everyone has a different definition of it. My perfect day might be a bike ride through the city, during which I stop at every farmer’s market I come across. You could very well hate bikes and think farmer’s markets are boring. Another person we consult on this matter could respond… Read more.

Blackout

By B. Lynn Goodwin. “Hello. I’m calling from the Starbuck’s on Camino Ramon in Danville,” the young manager in the green apron said into her cell. “We’re currently experiencing a blackout.” I’d never been in a Starbuck’s without inside light. A clerk who sounded like a high school student told me the coffee was cold. She suggested I try another Starbuck’s but I decided to wait. I liked the natural light coming through the windows, and besides, I wanted to be a part of the adventure. It’s not every day a business grinds to a halt because the power is… Read more.

The Pain Is Real

By Penny Kane. It’s hard for me to write this. The emotion that it stirs up even after all of these years is intense.  It’s real.  I want to share my story with other people who are grieving, whether it be from the loss of a baby, or the loss of the opportunity to conceive a baby because they are both devastating.  I have experienced pain on the loss side, and the complicated pregnancy side.  Pregnancy never came easy for me, and I always wondered if I was different, and what was wrong with me. The first loss that I… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Rob Kaye

Thanks For The Wings

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. How do you say goodbye to the man who taught you how to fly? When I was a toddler my dad would fly me through the air in his arms, pretending I was a bird. As a little girl he used to lie down on his back, stretch his legs towards the sky with me balanced on his feet and instantly, I was an airplane. I knew that I could fly anywhere with my dad, even if it was just in my imagination. As I grew older I realized what a gift this metaphor was in… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Your Happiness, Your Shoulders

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. We’re surrounded by tons of personality types every day, and each person’s company inspires a different emotion in us. One minute, we’re working at a desk next to a coworker whose worrying makes the whole office tense; hours later, we’re home with a family that lends security and joy. An erratic driver on our way to yoga class that same afternoon could make us forget all about the kindness of the friend we just grabbed lunch with. Amid these ever-changing circumstances that we call life, we can’t run the risk of relying on others to deliver… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Julie Daniluk

With gratitude for the style of the great Rudyard Kipling If you can see that food is beyond fuel, that it becomes every cell in your body, and by choosing strong building blocks, you discover how to recreate yourself; If you can believe that how you do something is an indication of how you do all things; that how you respond when a waiter brings the wrong order and whether you choose to treat them with respect plays out into every area of life; If you can conceive the cause in a matter; when you have a complaint, if instead… Read more.

Hope For Those Living With Cancer

By Kathi Casey. There is so much talk about people living with cancer these days. There isn’t a person that I know who doesn’t have a loved one either undergoing cancer treatment or who has lost their battle… Today I’d like to share a story with you about a friend who got fed up and frustrated and simply HAD to do something to help.  He’s known as an “out of the box” thinker and he certainly used this gift to find a unique way to help those affected by cancer! About three years ago, Ned lost his best friend from… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Danny Kofke

Find a career that gives you meaning and a sense of fulfillment – do not just chase money. Many people choose a career because it brings the promise of a large paycheck and future riches. While money is important, it is not a guarantee of happiness. As a special education teacher, I do not make a large salary. I know many are struggling right now so it is hard to complain about my salary, but I think most would agree that teachers are paid only a moderate income. Most teachers get into the profession because they have a passion for… Read more.

Summer of 2012

By B. Lynn Goodwin. Memorial Day has come and gone. Families had picnics, went swimming, went boating, played ball, and ate too much potato salad and ice cream. Right? If that picture doesn’t match your day, you’re probably not alone. Some people had a front-row seat as the President lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Have you lost a family member in one of the wars? Do you honor him on Memorial Day or every day? Some people spent the day in a tollbooth or a ticket booth. Others stood behind the counter at 7-Eleven, or… Read more.

An Unexpected Find

By Charlene Potterbaum. About seven years ago, my son Don and his Significant Other were returning to Indiana after doing some Trade Shows in New York. While cruising on the Turnpike, they saw a huge sign telling of an Antiques Store a few miles off the toll road. Kathi suggested they turn off and check it out, as she loved buying specialties for her show rooms, and prowling around in the musty interiors that had so much to offer. So, once they stepped into the huge store, Kathi went one way, and my son Don’s attention turned towards what looked… Read more.

The Meaning of Family

My parents were the glue that kept our extended family together. With children and grandchildren scattered across the country in 8 different states, it’s always been a special occasion when we’re all together. This past weekend I spent time in Pennsylvania to attend a memorial service for my father who passed away a few weeks ago. Joined by my four siblings, our children and grandchildren, we sat together under a canopy at the gravesite where my father’s ashes were to be interred, alongside our mother who passed away less than a year ago. As part of a beautiful service, we… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Ronald Kaufman

Today’s Brilliance from LD Thompson

Several years ago, I went to see a friend in the hospital. He had survived surgery removing a massive brain tumor, but would not survive long after my visit. I walked in and although he was unable to formulate his thoughts into many words, he smiled and held out his hand, clearly wanting to say something. “There is only love!” He pleaded for me to understand. “Only love. It’s all there is. Only love. Only love!” Those were his last words to me. I will never forget the urgency with which he spoke. It was as though delivering this message… Read more.

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