Ecologue

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax This morning I added a new word to my personal description – ecologue. Eco – meaning ecology, which is derived from the Greek oikos – extended family. Logue – one who is immersed in or driven by. Some …

Positive Visualization

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain Google the phrase “the human mind has the power to shape reality” and you will find my writing. This is not just my personal philosophy. I believe this because I have experienced it. I know it is …

Being Present

Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you… Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because …

A Sense of Well-Being

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. – Mark Twain Each of us is the accumulation of our experiences. Like layers in sedimentary rock or tree-rings, life leaves its marks on our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. There are numerous signs of our bodies aging: wrinkles, aches, scars, etc. The battering our …

Keep Hope Alive

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. – C.K.Chesterton This morning a dove appeared outside our window. Doves have been seen as a symbol of peace and hope for thousands of years. Our attention was called to the …

The Power of a Smile

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. – F. Scott Fitzgerald A smile can seem inconsequential in normal times. But when the times get tough it feels like sunny days will never return, look in …

Unplug from Media

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – e.e. cummings Our modern world suffers from increased complexity. A multitude of distractions vie to refocus our thoughts towards their product. The commodification of our attention has infiltrated deep into the substrata of our …

Life Affirming Connections

This is the true joy of life – the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown to the scrap-heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances. George Bernard Shaw As far as …