Blessings of Home and Family

Cousins' Gathering in Racine

The George Clan – Cousins’ (and Aunt Jean) Gathering in Racine

What greater blessing to give thanks for
at a family gathering than the family
and the gathering.

~Robert Brault~

The blessing of 'home'

The blessing of ‘home’

Invent your world.  Surround yourself
with people, color, sounds and
work that nourishes you.

~SARK~

Rugby enjoying the beautiful summer day

Rugby enjoying a beautiful summer day

Perhaps the greatest gift an animal
has to offer is a permanent reminder
of who we really are.

~Nick Trout~

Catching up on life - 50 years worth

Catching up on life – 50 years worth

I’m in Wisconsin for a reunion.  My cousin Tim is visiting from Costa Rica where he lives.  I have not seen him for almost 50 years, and here we are, Tim (on the right), my brother Tom, sister-in-law Monica, sister Betsy, and me, sharing memories – an extraordinary occasion.  The George tribe is a big one (8 children in my Mother’s family) and I am blessed to be part of this large, fun-loving, warm and wonderful extended family. Surrounded by people who nourish me . . . Life is good!

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Artist of Your Day

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I like to think of myself as an artist,
and my life is my greatest work of art. . .
every moment is a moment of creation,
and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities. . .

I can do things the way I’ve always done them, or I can
look at all the alternatives, and try something new
and different and potentially more rewarding. . .
what a wonderful game we are playing.

~Shakti Gawain~

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It’s easy to do things the same way over and over again, especially when life is rolling along just fine.  Breaking out of our comfortable routines takes more effort and energy, and change can be scary; but since life as we know it is short, shouldn’t we all be looking for new possibilities every single day to live our best lives.  Create a masterpiece today!

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The Winds of Enthusiasm

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Today is life – the only life you are sure of.
Make the most of today.
Get interested in something.
Develop a hobby.
Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.
Live today with gusto.

~Dale Carnegie~

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If you have zest and enthusiasm
you attract zest and enthusiasm.
Life does give back in kind.

~Norman Vincent Peale~

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Waiting for You

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There is enchantment right in front of you,
waiting for you to notice.

~Janet Luhrs~

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Changing Views

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For things to reveal themselves to us,
we need to be ready to abandon
our views about them.

~Thich Nhat Hahn~

What point of view are you willing to let go of?

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Circle of Friends

Carol and handsome husband, Paul

Carol and handsome husband, Paul

The greatest healing therapy
is friendship and love.

~Unknown~

Sylvie and handsome boy, Calvin Hobbs

Sylvie and handsome boy, Calvin Hobbs

The greatest sweetener of human life is
  friendship.   To raise this to the highest
pitch of enjoyment, is a secret

which but a few discover.

~Joseph Addison~

One can never say enough about the importance of friends, and I’m blessed to have these two beautiful women in my circle of friends.   Carol, who I’ve known and loved for almost 40 years, who lives miles away in British Columbia, but who is always with me in spirit.  Sylvie, who I’ve only know for a few months, lives in my community, and is fast becoming a close friend.  It just so happens that Sylvie was born in Wisconsin, and lived in Vancouver, like me.  Nothing like a little synchronicity to get a friendship started.  Carol and Sylvie haven’t met yet, but they will and then the the circle will be woven a little tighter.

Happy Canada Day

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Good Attitude = Good Day

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Your world IS as you believe it.
If you believe your world is a scary place, you are right.
If you believe your world is loving and supportive, you are also right.
You make your world with your attitude toward it.

~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~

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If you look the right way,
you can see the whole world as a garden.

~Frances Hodgson Burnett~

Fun with Friends - taking a Starbucks break from marathon shopping at UNIQLO, NYC

Fun with Friends – shopping at UNIQLO, NYC

When you are joyful, when you say yes to life,
and have fun and project positivity all around you,
you become a sun in the center of every constellation,
and people want to be near you.

~Shannon L. Alder~

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Today I choose life.  Each morning when I wake up
I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain . . .
To feel the freedom that comes from being able to

make mistakes, and choices – today I choose to
feel life, not deny my humanity, but to embrace it.

~Kevyn Aucoin~

Choose well and have a marvelous Monday.

 

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