Free Compliments

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Free Compliments

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” ~A.A. Milne. Imagine going to work and seeing this on the wall? This flyer was in the office of a friend of mine. I thought it would be fun to share it with you, and perhaps inspire you to create your own Free Compliments flyer. Just in case you can’t see, here is what the tags say: You inspire me You are like a big hug I like to hear you laugh You are a treasure You have a gorgeous smile You are beautiful You amaze me You light up my life You look really good today You have a beautiful soul You are lovely Imagine the happy smiles you could create this […]

Teach Wisdom

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Teach Wisdom

by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. “We must teach children how to think, not what to think. Our role is not to pass on knowledge, but rather wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied. When we only give children knowledge, we are telling them what to think, what they are supposed to know, and what we want them to believe is true. When we give children wisdom, however, we do not tell them what to know or what is true – rather, we tell them how to get their own truth. I envision an educational system based upon developing children’s abilities and skills rather than their memories. Children are our guides; we should give them the ability to discover and create their own truths.” ~ from their […]

Letter from the Post Office

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Letter from the Post Office

A quick story to warm your heart for the day. Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words: Dear God,  Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I ‘m happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and […]

Therapeutic Smile

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Therapeutic Smile

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~ Marcel Proust. One smile can make the difference to my day. So many times when having a rough day, I’ll see a stranger smile and suddenly my spirit lifts. Let your smile be the light that brightens someone’s day…starting with You! Smile for no reason, for happiness needs no reason, just desire, willingness. Even just forcing a smiley shape on your face will make you feel better. As listed in this great article, here are a few Benefits of Smiling: Smiling Changes Our Mood Smiling Is Contagious Smiling Relieves Stress Smiling Boosts Your Immune System Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural […]

The Playful Path

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The Playful Path

“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein. From the diagram above… Which pathway does life mostly prepare you for?  Which pathway have people been afraid you might take? Which pathway represents life 50 years ago? Which pathway represents life today? Which pathway looks more playful? Which pathway looks more alive? Life is messy, and it’s getting messier. Global awareness, civil rights and a liberated mindset have created greater options and desire. With choice comes messiness in the form of detours, turns and twists, unexpected encounters, destinations, and challenges. We see more possibility, innovate, explore, while challenging linear convention. Evolution is a movement from the left to right pathway: From defaulting to what is expected, to creating the […]

Creating Your To-Be List

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Creating Your To-Be List

“Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.” ~ Victor Hugo. We make To-Do lists, and yet has anyone ever created a To-Be list? We are human beings, not human doings, so why do we forget that being is as important as doing? We add grocery shopping to our To-Do list, as well as creating a list of people to call. We add exercise and administration, cleaning and proposals. But what about You amongst all of that? Where are you, the Being behind the Doing? How are you feeling, how are you being, while you do? Children are great at being! They are emotive, expressive and present. Somewhere along the line, though, we were told that being was not enough. It was wrong […]

3 Stages of Play ~ The Evolution of Life’s Playground

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3 Stages of Play ~ The Evolution of Life’s Playground

“First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”  ~ Anonymous. Play occurs in three stages, each representing a different period of growth and awareness. As we evolve through these stages, we change our perception of life, and redefine the parameters and possibilities of life’s eternal playground. Stage 1: Innocent Play Stage 2: Structured Play Stage 3: Mature Play *             *             * Stage 1: Innocent Play “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ~ Albert Einstein […]

Listening

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Listening

“Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.” ~ Sue Patton Thoele. 29 years old and listening for the first time We take our capacity to hear for granted. We’ve forgotten to savor and appreciate the rich diversity of sound continuously offered to us. Take time today to appreciate life’s endless melodies. Perhaps imagine this is the last time you hear this unique and precious sound. Be curious and notice its subtleties: is the sound wavy, crunchy, intense, whispery? What are its qualities? And when in conversation, notice how present you are. Are you listening, receiving their words and feelings, or lost in thought? I heard a statistic recently that mothers […]

Piano Play & Your Creative Self

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“Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.” ~Joseph Chiltern Pearce. Start your week with a smile! Enjoy this short and sweet creative brilliance and hilarity. What is one way you would love to begin expressing your creative brilliance? We all have it, it is our birthright. We are born creative! It wants to be expressed, and there is no better time than now to begin. Look for what feels like play, and you’ll be on the right track to finding and expressing your creative Self! “It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers […]

Love & Friendship

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Love & Friendship

“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest, it’s about those who came and never left your side.” ~Unknown. I couldn’t resist sending this to you today. Watching this video is a beautiful way to start the week. Have a wonderful Monday, rich with gratitude for the simple freedoms we have in our lives.