A Better Life ~ Wandering Around May Be the Best Option

“Not all those who wander are lost” (J.R.R. Tolkien). There is so much pressure in contemporary society to set goals and achieve success. It seems as if you don’t follow these two precepts something is wrong. What is right for some is not necessarily right for everyone. Wandering around and trying to figure out what you want to do when you grow up may be the best option. I know I’m still trying to figure it out and enjoying the journey as I go along. Welcome aboard to the wanderlust train. 

What made you happiest in the past?

What made you happiest in the past? The following similar question can help bring your answer out in rich detail. Can you remember a time when you were the happiest? What was the event? Who was there? Can you recall it in detail? If you take the time to answer these questions, dig a bit deeper to discover “the recipe that made this your happiest time. ” Why not put the recipe to work today?

Today’s Power Thought ~ Find Your True North

I have a simple compass I keep handy. Although I no longer need it, my iPhone’s maps and digital compass have replaced it. I like to look at my simple compass every once in a while. I pick it up, hold it in my hand, and let it find true north. It causes me to reflect on the direction of my life. Do I know where I’m going? Do I know where I’ve come from? Do I know where I am? I’m not stuck in one place if I don’t like it. I can change my direction and find my true north.

Today’s Poem ~ Common Things

Common Things
Paul Laurence Dunbar
I like to hear of wealth and gold,
And El Doradoes in their glory;
I like for silks and satins bold
To sweep and rustle through a story.

The nightingale is sweet of song;
The rare exotic smells divinely;
And knightly men who stride along,
The role heroic carry finely.

But then, upon the other hand,
Our minds have got a way of running
To things that aren’t quite so grand,
Which, maybe, we are best in shunning.

For some of us still like to see
The poor man in his dwelling narrow,
The hollyhock, the bumblebee,
The meadow lark, and chirping sparrow.

We like the man who soars and sings
With high and lofty inspiration;
But he who sings of common things
Shall always share our admiration

Today’s Health Tip ~ Want to Lose Weight?

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to losing weight. But, according to a new study from researchers at George Washington University, some foods are more closely associated with weight gain than others. And a trio of plant-based foods appears to be tied to weight loss. That means zeroing in on a short list of commonly eaten foods—some to minimize, and others to increase—could play an important role in helping you achieve and maintain better weight management results.

Foods Associated with Weight Gain

      1. Chips
      2. Sweetened drinks
      3. Sugar ladened desserts
      4. Refined grains
      5. Red meats
      6. Processed meats

Plant Based Foods Associated with Weight Loss

      1. Whole grains
      2. Vegetables
      3. Fruits



Think About It

“One day you finally knew / what you had to do, and began . . .” (Mary Oliver). Imagine knowing what life was calling you to do and the call was a roaring noise you couldn’t dismiss. Would you cast aside all the distractions, naysayers, doubters, and angry voices that try to dissuade you from beginning? You’ll know when you know and when you know you are caught in a zero – sum game where there are only two choices. Either answer the call with a resounding yes, or make an excuse and turn away from it. I think we hear this call numerous times during our lives. It may be asking something different of us. It may be challenging us. it may be asking us to push boundaries we never believed we could push. Are you ready to begin?

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