“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surrounding.” — Kakuzo Okakura (The Book of Tea)
How often do we rely on our memories of the past to make a decision?
Almost every day. And in most cases, things work out okay and our expectations are met. For example, the chicken salad we order for lunch every Tuesday, the shortcut we take to work, and the selection of organic veggies at the local market offer no surprises. Because they’re a given — and something we take for granted from past experience.
But how do we deal with…
Our evolving culture demands transformation, and at a much quicker pace than in the past.
Most of the time, when faced with adjustments in our lives, the results turn out okay — even good or great. And occasionally, the hurdles placed in our path seem more like a test with open-ended, rhetorical questions, often leaving us with a sense of confusion or lack of direction.
The answer may lie in your perspective of the situations and people around you. Because we all have a choice in determining how to interpret the circumstances in our lives.
And with this personal control…
“While different schools of thought believe that dreams exist for varied reasons, I personally believe that dreams are portals and entryways to our psyches and that some of the richest, most valuable information we need about situations in our waking lives can be found by exploring the content of your dreams.”
Complete with color and sound, the setting and surrounding details seemed normal, even realistic. There were no wispy edges or cloudy, shadowy figures. …
We’ve been separated for too long — from each other, from the activities we used to enjoy, from opportunities to connect with the world in a physical, emotional, and spiritual way.
And while it may take time to reacquaint ourselves with society and transition to a state of comfortable existence and human interaction, there are still lots of things we can do to reach out to each other — and engage in a little self-care.
This is a simple, easy, yet often unspoken gesture you can offer without much effort. Because most of the time, those generous thoughts are already…
It’s usually on the list of most people’s dream occupation — being a writer. There seems to be something mystical, even esoteric about the profession.
Maybe it’s the fantasized notion of creating unique masterpieces, or being able to write on an independent schedule — without a boss or supervisor — and having the freedom to take a day off whenever the mood strikes.
And while writing is a noble and rewarding endeavor, the truth is many may not have a true calling. Or patience.
It takes more than a naive interest to sit down and express your thoughts to…
“Keep all your promises, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and always look after those less fortunate than yourself, and you’ll do well in the world.” — Rebecca Rupp
When it comes to expiration dates, interpretation is the key.
Most everything has a date of expiration — packaged foods, medications, 2-for-1 special offers, car warranties, even our bodies — but that’s a subject for another story.
“Some people break promises time and again. They chip away at your trust, little by little, and leave you nothing but empty words…
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” — Anais Nin
You don’t even know they exist. Because they’ve found a way to sneak into your subconscious without you noticing — taking up residence and eager to slip into your daily thought patterns.
And without recognizing their influence, these destructive intruders have found a way to adjust your attitude and behavior. And it’s time for them to pack their bags and hit the road.
“Negativity that wells up inside of…
A penny for your thoughts.
A simple, benign phrase you may have heard several times in your life, typically from someone attempting to engage you in conversation when you’re distracted from the present moment.
Perhaps you’ve noticed another person’s attention has drifted, and they have that glazed, dreamy look in their eyes. Your curiosity is aroused, enough to offer them a small payment to share with you exactly what’s so interesting that keeps their focus engaged — and diverted from those around them.
While a polite gesture, interrupting someone’s daydreaming session with these five words may not always garner the…
We all need them — fun days.
No longer just an excuse to avoid the chores and tasks of daily life, the concept elicits a sense of entertainment, pleasure, and a break from the mundane.
In our home, the majority of our meals come straight from our own kitchen. Rare is a take-out bag found in such a hallowed place. Because I’m a stickler for knowing exactly what’s in my food. And if I didn’t grow it, pick it, or thoroughly scour and vet the label, the item is headed for an early demise.
Personally, I love to cook. Creating…
Honestly, on most days it feels like I’m juggling a dozen plates while dancing backward on roller skates.
Schedules, deadlines, writing projects, zoom calls, household tasks, unfinished errands, an endless traffic jam of email and unanswered phone calls — all yapping puppies nipping at my heels. Not to mention paying the bills, planning healthy meals, tending the garden, kissing my husband, and feeding my soul.