Water…a necessity for life. For living. We can’t do without it.
Surprisingly, I came across a site that captures only raindrops. It caught my attention as I love the different forms water comes in. It may be the river, the sea, the tap, waterfall, canal, stream; it may even appear through bursts of lightening and thunder!
Water though essential to living can also be extremely dangerous. It gives life and it can take it. Should we be afraid? No, not at all. As with many things in life it’s our approach that counts. Either we care for it, plan for it, or neglect it as in hurricane warnings and suffer the consequences.
Today, may we bask in the comfort and delights of magical streams. Let’s dream. Let’s quiet our hearts with distant love.
Deprived. Deprived of sleep. Deprived of food, love, or the ability to satisfy life’s basic needs of shelter and more can create longings so deep, words can hardly describe. Suffering a lack of benefit that is considered important… that’s the meaning of deprived. I spent a week traveling by plane, train, bus, taxicabs, and on foot across our nation’s capital – Washington DC. Severe weather conditions created havoc causing flight cancellations, delays, hunger, and deprivation of simple necessities.
Enter positive mental attitude. Delays provided the opportunity to read, people watch, and smile at life’s little things. Things that commonly get lost when things are going right.
I walked away being thankful for life’s setbacks…for though I don’t like it and at times get quite annoyed, deprivation can provide opportunities for resilience, creativity, and much more. Oh to bask in life’s simple things.
Hate your job? Hold up, it could be worse. Here’s SHRM’s list of the worst job this year.
1. Newspaper reporter
2. Logger (forestry)
4. Disc jockey
5. Enlisted military member
6. Pest control worker
7. Retail salesperson
8. Advertising salesperson
9. Taxi driver
Common thread is the losing battle with professional growth opportunities, salary, demands on time and the stress associated with jobs such as firefighter. So Keep your eyes open and know when it’s time for a change.
Lazy days. Basking in the sun, the sea, and the sand. Trailed by long quiet starry nights. When you think of summer, what do you think of? Strange question but sometimes some things come so naturally that we don’t give it much thought. But curiosity sparked I searched google for definitions. Here’s what I found which may be useful for Floridians and Caribbean Globe trotters who celebrate summer all year round.
Summer is the warmest season of the year and runs from June to August in the northern Hemisphere …(duh).
Summer is a time to embrace personal delights. Essentially do special things that inspire relaxation and enjoyment. This may include things like getting better at something. Taking on a passion (learn a new language, sport, pastime). Or simply just being. Kids look forward to tons of fun! Not to mention changing schools …to them a sign of growing up (smile). High school Grads activate college acceptance, and make preps for their new campus living (much to the despair of new empty nesters).
But let’s face it, Summer is a time to chill. Here are some fun stuff that you can do this summer (extracted from real simple).
See a movie at the drive in
Walk on the boardwalk
Play tag or a childhood game
Win a prize at the fair
Build a sandcastle at the beach
EAT and DRINK
Eat a whole lobster with your hands
Roast marshmallows over fire and make s’mores
Make lemonade from scratch
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Swim in a lake
Rent a bike
Go for a hike
Go kayaking or canoeing
Collect seashells at the beach
Take a last-minute road trip
See a summer blockbuster
Walk barefoot in the grass
Get caught in a summer rainstorm
Sleep with the windows open
So go ahead! Explore! Have a popsicle and Make some new Memories this summer!
I Met Gee for the first time through my uncle and aunt in the big city. We immediately clicked. Did many things together until I decided to return to my hometown.
At a new job in my hometown I met a young lady. Very warm, friendly, and approachable. Immediately we clicked. We chatted on and off at intervals over time.
Years later I had my second child and decided to take her to pre-school at the age of two. As she grew she stayed in the same school. Time passed; kids play; and a friendship developed among three little girls. Immediately they clicked.
At a school event parents were invited. It was only then that my little girl and I realized that the kids belonged to the mother I had met at the job in my hometown. Time passed. Later I found out that the girls’ mom was married to the son of my friend Gee…who I met through my aunt and uncle years earlier.
Eventually I discovered that Gee’s daughters were friends with my older daughter. They had met while on campus studying. Not surprising, they became great friends.
Can one truly fathom these series of coincidences woven interconnectedly across the seas in various places? Oh the ties that bind our hearts together in distant love. No longer are we just friends, but consider ourselves family. Oh the ties that bind.
Where I’m From
Furthest I’ve Traveled
Where I Want to Go
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Astronomer Carl Sagan
Dreams do come through but only if we try. Only if we act. Only if we stay positive, have faith and walk in confidence knowing that something incredible is about to happen! That’s what this quote softly encourages.
Strange. It seems I could hardly breathe. Strapped in my ski boots almost 12,000 ft. on the Mountain range in Breckenridge, Colorado, something seemed awry. A novice, I spent most of the morning learning the nuances of skiing while my daughter snowboarded. Feeling accomplished, I decided to have a sumptuous lunch.
35 Minutes later I rushed back to pick up where I left off climbing higher with my guide. Strange though…I could hardly breathe. Starting to feel weak and out of breath, my guide reacted quickly and explained that I was experiencing mountain/altitude sickness. Confused, discouraged, and rather disappointed, I reluctantly responded to medics who eventually escorted me down via the gondola.
Downhearted yet trusting, I spent the rest of the afternoon watching the experienced and other novice skiers rise higher to steer their way down the slope. Being an openly adventurous person with little or no fear to take risks, that was my first encounter with altitude sickness. Will that stop me? Never!
Snow! White! Powder! Can’t wait to get to the Breck again! It’s totally epic!