Madness in March

I had no idea how much I would enjoy men’s college basketball, until the college my son attends made it to the dance.  The college spirit and loyalty to the team is infectious and one is easily drawn into the excitement.  Watching the teams work together, the coaches support their “boys” and the fans making the most noise they possibly can makes your heart race and you find yourself cheering loudly.  The excitement builds as the score changes, first your team is ahead, then suddenly behind.  You raise your hands to heaven and just as quickly clench your fists.  When the team you support the most wins, the smile on your face becomes permanent and you start to relive the highlights.  I find myself following teams as they work their way through the brackets until the final.  The outright excitement which surrounds the winning team is palpable.  The sadness and disappointment that surrounds the losing team makes me sad, these are just young men after all, some of them seniors and at the end of their run.  Just to be included is thrilling and exhilarating.

I only wish we could have this kind of madness every month.

Go Cyclones!!

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Quieting life down

Life equals busy and busy equals being on the move, all the time.  There are so many things I want to accomplish, but the feeling of having no time surrounds me.  Work, children, sports, school functions, cleaning, cooking, all combine to create a very full, very busy life, with little time for self care.  In these busy times, I need to consciously slow myself down and take time for me, my writing, and my self care.  The power of self care can recalibrate the mind and bring everything back to center.  When I am centered, the ideas flow and I am able to visualize future plans and goals.  The senses come alive.  I hear birds singing, I see details clearly, I smell the crisp in the air.

My busy life is the organized, helpful, and nurturing part of my world, but my quiet life is the thoughtful, caring, and creative part of my world.  The parts go together very well, but there are times when the balance is shifted to one side more than the other and it becomes hard to control.  The need to return the balance is imperative and learning to maintain the balance is the key.  Quiet life down and listen.  The answers will come.

Music is therapy

“When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing is going right….  you just call out my name and know wherever I am…  I’ll come running to see you again.  You got a friend.”

“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow.  But if we are wise we know that there’s always tomorrow.  Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.  For it won’t be long ’til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”

We are on this path together and need to be here for each other.  Musicfriend is the therapist that can help get you through life’s toughest challenges.  Together, we can push onward and truly enjoy the journey to recovery from codependency, addiction, depression, etc.  Lean on me…  Someday, I may need to lean on you as well.

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A day with mom

I am a very lucky, fortunate daughter as  I was able to spend the day with mom.  My mom is the sweetest, most giving person in my world.  She is also very funny and silly and we spend so much of our time laughing.  I look forward to our days together as we get much accomplished.  Today was filled with many errands, but also love, laughter, and happiness.  I will do anything for my mother as I love her more than I can say.  She is a carefree, fun and beautiful soul.  May God continue to bless her!  I am a very lucky daughter indeed.mother

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Keeping your head up

If God brought you to it, God will get you through it.  The mantra I repeat so often on days when I feel down or pushed around.  It is amazing to know that there are reasons for everything that happens, even though we may not see the reason immediately.  Just by keeping my faith, I have dealt with situations with an even temper and have persevered and accomplished more than I ever believed possible.  I have also discovered that having a happy and upbeat attitude is infectious and more and more people will be drawn to you.  Keep your head up, a smile on your face, and move forward.

Keep your head up; you are so much better than you believe.  I promise.

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To be successful….

What does it mean to be successful?  What does it mean to be valued?  Many people feel successful in their profession as they are making money, they are working hard, they are in management and consider themselves to be powerful.  However, are these same people valued?  To be truly successful means to have respect while being respectful, have value while valuing others, and have happiness while making others happy.  Success solely by earning a large paycheck is only a partial success.

Many misguided, self-proclaimed success stories have reached their heights by using others as stepping stones.  The hurt and distrust left in the wake of this type of success is difficult to overcome. 

I have been a stepping stone many times, and will continue to be one as I refuse to hurt or step on my co-workers to be successful.  The type of success that I have gained is much harder to achieve.  It takes dedication, teamwork, inspiration and admiration.  I give and I receive, therefore, I am successful.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
-Albert Einstein

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
-Booker T. Washington