I distinctly remember when what we know today as Black Friday became “a thing.” It has long been a tradition for the official start of Christmas shopping to begin on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I think mostly because almost everyone was off work and wanted to get a head start on Christmas celebrations. Through the years, and by the 60’s it had become something quite chaotic.
Then retailers found a way to harness all the gayety and Christmas-focused mindset to entice the crowds to spend more money, with the intention of course to end the year with a bang, since the bulk of their bottom line happens in December. And by the 80’s, Black Friday had caught on and become a whole new “thing.” When you think about it, it’s not exactly a term that connotates the warm fuzzies, right.
But did you know…read more
Do you believe that? No really? Is that your heart and experience?
I’m just gonna put it out there – I’m often found wondering where it is. What about you? We live in a world that seemingly is bereft of any goodness or loving kindness. It’s so easy to settle into a dark place of pessimism concerning whether it really exists anymore.
A looming reason has mostly to do with the disconnection with each other as we hurriedly walk through our day, most people focused on problems and obstacles in their life – and they’re real. And of course, the broadcasting of the horrendous hate in our world. And then there’s the intensified fear that is a real trap.
The truth is, goodness is always abundant, but we’re being hooked like a fish to focus on everything but. This became so abundantly clear to me when I recently had the opportunity to be a part of the brand new book…
GOODNESS ABOUNDSread more
I woke up this morning to another day, just like every morning.
But nothing is the same. The sun came up, I’m breathing, and the view to my backyard is the same.
But nothing is the same. Since this same day six years ago.
My beautiful Tina Faith left this earth for her heavenly life.read more
Ok, I stole that title from a book I recently read and immensely enjoyed. The fun, clever, insightful and moving book are the words and experiences of Natalie Wise. The subtitle is Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough. Yep! I want some of that! As young as she is, some hard knocks and her natural inclination to nurture her passion for creativity have for sure given the sacred golden touch to her last name, as well as the title of the book.read more
I’m breaking up with my issues! You know, the ones that bully me in to being a “responsible adult.” When did being a responsible adult become letting go of everything fun, even childish? Come to think about it, those I love being around most are those that let go and love life the way they did as a child.
I’m pressing the reset button, recalibrating the things I love, my desires and dreams. They matter! They mattered when I was five, they matter now.read more
Oh the stories we make up and believe!
It’s a very sad truth that while you may have 20/20 vision, you could also be blind; at least to some things.
It’s actually not true that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. It may not be affecting you directly, but lack of knowledge or clarity can be a part of hurtful or unpleasant circumstances. But even more hurtful is how what we think we know hurts us.
It is important that we know what we know for sure, the reason I wrote this recent two-part blog I Know For Sure…, however it’s life changing to allow everything else we think we know be left open to new wisdom and ways of seeing our lives and the world.read more
You never learned anything without curiosity. It actually takes curiosity to open your mind to listen to words being spoken, look at the things around you, click a link in an email, pick up a book, google information, pretty much anything you do except rote activity that’s required. It makes me laugh to think that curiosity is really why we scroll through facebook.
But the curiosity I’m talking about is what we see when toddlers and young childrenread more
And they lived happily ever after.
How much of our lives have been spent thinking about happy endings, which are more about things going the way we want and think they should than anything else. Like many other things, perspective has more to do with happy endings that we realize.
We all desire to have things end well, but does anything really end?
The truth is; there are not really any happy endings because there are no endings, only continuous, endless beginnings.read more
What do you know for sure?
Last week I wrote about the first five of the ten things I know for sure. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can read it here. As promised, Part 2 continues with the last five things I know for sure.
6. There is always a choice.
One of the most common phrases is, “I don’t have a choice.” You’ve said it, I’ve said it. It’s basically an automatic response to situations that we would rather have more options. It feels like we’re forced to accept a situation we wish were different. The limitation of options can feel like no options at all.read more
What do you know for sure?
Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? There are things we’ve learned, those aha moments when we realize something we never knew before, those lessons that reveal mistakes but impart wisdom.
But what do you know for sure? If asked to come up with a list of ten, could you? What would be your first thought?read more