The Secret to Life

“The ONE THING shows up time and again in the lives of the successful because it’s a fundamental truth.” Gary W. Keller Answer these questions with complete honesty: What is left undone in your life right now? What is nagging at your very heart to get done? What is pleading with you not to forego another year? If you are not lacking in any of these vital aspects of life, I congratulate you because you would be considered as a universally rare individual. Almost all of us have something that … [Read more...]

Leaning Pine

“Grandmas are moms with lots of practice.” Author unknown  “In the next three cranks, one, two . . . and there he is,” I exclaim with glee and pride! The nice bend in my light action rod and reel is evidence that my prediction is exactly right. Archie and I are crappie fishing on Mitchell Lake, which is part of the Coosa River tributary in the State of Alabama.  The ‘Leaning Pine’ is a special fishing spot named by my dad’s family. A large pine tree on the shore edge, that had fallen into the … [Read more...]

If I Just Had Five More Minutes

“I am definitely going to take a course on time management . . . just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” Louis E. Boone Are you busy? Who isn’t in today’s world? Do you really have time to even read this article? It will take you less than five minutes. Still, it represents part of your day. How often within an average week are you confronted with a situation or decision where you wish you just had five more minutes to contemplate? ‘If, I just had five more minutes, I could … [Read more...]

Timeless Truths

“So with old age is wisdom, and with length of days understanding.”Job 12:12 Once a week, I schedule some time to scroll through the Facebook postings from family and friends. A great way to get updated on the news of the special people with whom I like to communicate. Sometimes, it provides inspiration and challenges. A post from Sharon Kling, a special friend for over four decades, caught my immediate attention -- she shared a Tibetan Proverb: “The secret to living well and longer is: … [Read more...]

More Production In Doing Less

“Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” Henry Ford In our busy world, we are often faced with the challenge of not having enough time needed to accomplish all the tasks that require our attention. Like it or not, we end up making choices.  In pondering the challenge of time, I found an article worth investigating, titled 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing to be More Productive, Backed by Science.  I was compelled to read the article because of two elements in the title:  … [Read more...]

Daily Victory is Lifetime Success

The typical process in earning a college degree includes many steps during a four-year journey. Attending class, listening to lectures, and studying are among the requirements needed to pass exams. Requisite exams passed results in completing a course and the award of credit hours. Repetition of all these steps finally ends in qualifying for a degree.  This whole process, requiring many steps and daily effort, is a good example of what is needed for lifetime success. Lifetime success is daily … [Read more...]

I Believe in You

“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”– Sean Maguire, from the movie, Good Will Hunting Call itdestiny. Providence. Throughout my life, people surrounding me have believed in me! Starting with my beloved parents. My mother, Lucille, and my dad, Alfred, made a significant difference by placing their complete confidence in me. Additional advocates include my three sisters, two daughters, eight grandchildren . . . and, the most transformational … [Read more...]

Copycat

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.“  Tony Robbins I remember the adulation of fans when the Beatles arrived for their first concert tour in the United States.  Yes, I know . . . I am dating myself.  Some would describe the behavior of those followers of the most famous English band of the century as being extremely devoted. Observation of the universal music landscape would reveal that … [Read more...]

Intention

“Our intention creates our reality.” Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. The Power of Intention “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author and political pundit, Charles Krauthammer, M.D., wrote these words a few weeks before his passing. What a powerful statement to share as a final … [Read more...]

A Student Mindset

“When we are closed to ideas, what we hear is criticism. When we are open to criticism, what we get is advice.”   Simon Sinek ‘With age comes wisdom.’ We are all familiar with this often-repeated adage. Is this true? And how might this belief affect us in daily living – at any age – senior citizen or the younger generations? One particular challenge those of us who are identified with the senior sector encounter is the assumption by others that by the virtue of being older, we possess a … [Read more...]