🌾 Today’s Poem ~ Next Time

Next Time

Mary Oliver

Next time what I’d do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I’d stop
just before going into a house
and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
or to the air being still.

When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,
I’d watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.

And for all, I’d know more — the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
like a light.


🌞 Today’s Inspiration ~ Kindness Really Does Matter

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” ~ Henry James


👊 Today’s Power Thought ~ Fan Your Fire

Don’t let your fire go out. Fan its flames. Let it burn bright. Keep it alive.

🤗 A Better Life ~ Do You Really Have to “Got To” Do It?

If you feel like you “got to” do something, the “got to” has you. You’ll not find peace. Be sure it’s a “got to” before you dive in and find yourself over your head. You’ll feel a lot better. 

Today’s Smile 😃

Joe: “My girlfriend told me it’s weird to sleep with the bedside lamp on.”

Pete: “What did you say?”

Joe: “I told her the lampshade made a great hat.”


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ The Character Drives the Story

Remember that you don’t write a story because you have an idea but because you have a believable character. ~ Flannery O’Connor



🍎 Today’s Health Question ~ What Foods Cause Inflammation in Your Body?

Foods that Cause Inflammation in Your Body (Avoid These Culprits):

Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

        • refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
        • French fries and other fried foods
        • soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
        • red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
        • margarine, shortening, and lard


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