Today’s Poem ~ Invictus

I’ve previously shared this powerful poem. Given our current common experience, I share it again.


William Ernest Henley 

 Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
  I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

  In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
  Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

  Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
  And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

  It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
  I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

Today’s Smile 😃

A man is staying in a hotel. He walks up to the front desk and says, “Sorry, I forgot what room I’m in, can you help me?”

The receptionist replies, “No problem, sir. This is the lobby.”


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Don’t Fear Mistakes

“Don’t be afraid of writing rubbish. It’s very easy to become hypnotized by an empty page or screen. It’s tempting to abandon a half-finished work because you can’t make it perfect. I hereby give you permission to write things that aren’t perfect, make mistakes, try things that don’t work, experiment with styles you’re not used to and generally throw words around. You’ll learn much faster that way.” ~ Frances Hardings

🤗 Feel Good Hack ~ Rx for Good Health: Gratitude

“Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.”


Suggestion: At the dinner table go round and share grateful stories from the day. Here’s a suggested starter sentence, “I’m grateful for . . . because . . . “

🍎 Today’s Health Tip ~ 4th of 5 Better Sleep Tips

Avoid Long Naps

There’s plenty of evidence proving the value of short, 10-minute naps. Longer naps, however, can be problematic–especially if you’re already getting six to eight hours of sleep per night. . . . The sleep that you get in the middle of the day isn’t the sleep you get at night, because it’s not part of a 90- to 120-minute sleep cycle. Limit naps to 10 minutes or power through your midday slump until bedtime.


COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

Here are a few of the good things I witnessed or experienced today:

A reader, Nick, shared good things he witnessed happening. Awesome, Nick.

  • I had a very similar experience at my local Starbucks. The barista at the drive thru had a hard time putting on her gloves, we both just smiled and had a good chuckling bonding moment together of “we all get it and are in this together”
  • I was grateful they were even open in the first place to be able to get coffee!
  • The gentleman behind the counter, and now “new glass sheild,” at the CVS was very helpful and cheerful as he helped those of us in line figure out how we could ring up our items.
  • Just grateful for people like you Ray who are finding the positive in the little things and making us all feel alittle better.
  • Grateful for Easter Sunday and all its meaning!
  • Peace and blessings. 
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Grateful for all the above.

If you’d like to share the good things you’ve witnessed on my blog, Email me ( a short list (1 to 5 things.  I’ll post and attribute them to you in the way you choose to be acknowledged (e.g., anonymous, name, Word Press blog (etc.).

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