More Than Needed “Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.” Okay, let us be honest. We all would be pretty stoked if we got extra money or extra clothes or more jewelry, right? Of course. It is very natural for us to get excited when we have more than we need. We all want to be comfortable and have wiggle room to buy that new couch or move into that gorgeous loft downtown. But are we greedy based on that? No. Phew!
They Do Not Repeat It was about this time last year that I wrote a piece about changing direction in life. I laid out my life plan, one I had had since early childhood, and then carefully explained how it was ripped away and I hit a wall. After licking my wounds, I changed direction. Since then, I have changed direction countless times and it is startling to see how different my life has turned out than I expected. Seasons change, they do not repeat. Though I am happy with my
Appreciate What Is “I will feel better when… If only we had… our place would look so much nicer if…” The greener grass syndrome. I am a little ashamed to say that a good percentage of my thoughts begin with each of those. Always thinking am I that once one thing changes, big or small, then everything else will fall into place. Then I will be satisfied. No, instead, my life becomes a sort of jigsaw puzzle. I make one change and then have to consider another. The worst part
The Question “Is there a reason I’m not healing Or am I learning from this pain? I have a little trouble kneeling I don’t know what to believe I’m ready to question That life is a blessing Give me a sign, am I following blind? Is there anyone listening? Is there anyone listening? I don’t know” Gabrielle Alpin, Ready to Question Prayer – A First Instinct There have been times in my life when my first instinct has been to bow my head and bring my hands up, clasped in
Summer Word Challenge It seems like summer has just begun and already July is upon us. In the United States, the first weekend of July this year is marked by our independence day. Most people are going to observe it in one of two ways. Getting completely hammered on a beach until fireworks crackle through the sky. Others will be endeavoring to focus on their patriotism by means of honoring veterans and donning red, white and blue. While I am not here to tell you which is better or worse, I do
The Most Popular Promise I know the most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get fit. It is also the one that most people give up the quickest. But this past winter I hit my heaviest weight of my life. And I was farthest from my fitness goal. Though I was still working out and eating “healthy-ish” I got to the point where I was uncomfortable in my skin. And the brutal winter temperatures made going outside torturous most days. For me to say that is alarming
Challenging As It Is New Year’s resolutions are different for everyone. And to be honest, I never really gave mine much thought throughout the year. But this year has been challenging in really good but hard ways. I have made a lot of promises to myself and have done my best to keep them. It has been a challenge to encourage myself. I have been pushing myself to grow more and take more chances. As I mentioned previously, I have been entering writing contests as one of my new years’
Mid-Year Reflection To say that the first half of this year was eventful would be a huge understatement. After realizing that I would not be returning to grad school in the Fall of 2015, I started feel like my purpose in life was more elusive than ever. I have spent the past four months trying to weed out my other interests (there are many) and figure out which could be the basis of a satisfying career. Taking chances was what came to mind. It has been hard, scary, trying and