“Thirty years ago, there were nearly 4 million bee colonies in the U.S. Today, fewer than 2.5 million remain, thanks to a reddish-brown parasite so tiny it could stand on the head of a pin, and to a malady so new no one is sure of its origin.” — Hannah Nordhaus, High Country News
The situation had taken a desperate turn, and nothing seemed to be making any sense.
The air was still — calm, quiet, motionless. Not a single vibration tickling their leaves. Not a sound to be heard.
The flowers hadn’t seen them in weeks, and confusion and…
You’ve seen the pictures — a rear view perspective of a person with arms wrapped around their back in a comforting hug, the hands gently holding them with assurance and affection.
At first, you might think the person is enjoying the connection of a warm embrace. And when they turn around, you discover they’re hugging themselves.
According to an article by Crystal Raypole in Healthline, “The importance of human connection can’t be understated, and social support offers plenty of benefits. When someone you care for wraps their arms around you in a hug, for example, you probably feel comforted and…
To achieve your dreams, you must embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you’re not failing, you’re probably not really moving forward. — John C. Maxwell
Most of us believe having something to look forward to — and be excited about — is a necessary component in providing the mental and emotional assurance that we’re working toward a better “someday.”
Not really. There’s something intrinsically stimulating about imagining how wonderful our future realities will be based on our own needs, wants, and desires. …
Tired of tripping over the growing pile of dirty clothing taking up residence in my closet hamper, I had sorted the darks from the whites and gathered all the towels from the bathrooms and kitchen. Creating three separate piles, I scooped up the smallest one and trudged to the laundry room.
Every time I passed the undone task, my brain reviewed my already overloaded to-do list. And somehow, taking the time to start that first batch of laundry kept slipping down in priority.
Because the task would require more than stuffing the clothes into the washer, adding detergent, and setting…
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…
“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” — Mark Twain
I’m done holding my breath, worried I might say or do something I consider humorous in front of other people. What if no one else gets the joke? Am I the only person who thinks a cat with an ingenious way to blow out a birthday candle is funny?
I don’t think so. Seriously, how could anyone not laugh out loud at that video?
Not saying it’s you, but we’ve never met so I really can’t be sure. For the moment, I’ll assume you’re someone I’d like and be able to get along with — at least on most days.
So what’s gotten under my skin, irritating me like parade of red ants stinging my toes? A simple phrase that rolls off too many tongues, too easily.
“At this point in my life.”
Those who utter these few words typically back up the legitimacy of this expression with an exaggerated eye roll and deep, exasperated breath — as if the specific point in time…
In general, if we’re doing things right, our systematic methods can become instinctual, producing consistently positive results and an overall optimistic attitude. All good stuff — with the added benefit of reliable outcomes if we maintain the strategies we worked so hard to establish.
Is it possible to develop specific patterns and practices that will produce dependable results? Maybe, at least in a sense. While we don’t want to turn into automated assembly lines when it comes to being creative in our work, there may be an alternative. …
We’re on a constant quest for the answer to all our problems, doubts, and fears. And our endless journey usually boils down to the need to find one simple solution that will change our lives and make everything better and wonderful.
Finding and cracking the code for happiness.
There isn’t one — a happiness code, that is.
Before you dismiss this article, thinking you won’t find what you need to arrest your dismal spiral, consider this: Certainly, happiness exists. …
Since she and I would be spending so much time together, I wanted her to feel important, useful, needed. So I gave her a name, and my phone’s note app was officially christened.
Before willingly opening her folders without hesitation, I wanted her to trust me. You know, just trying to be courteous and respectful.
I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Myrna’s fault. She was simply doing her job like she’d done thousands of times in the past. …