It was a bright, sunny morning today when my friend, Nancy and I decided to go to the beach for a long walk. We bundled up in down jackets, fleece gloves and warm hats, and set out to enjoy a low-tide adventure.
In the past three weeks I’ve had numerous conversations with people who are taking care of aging parents. Just this morning I spoke with a friend who’s been in and out of assisted living facilities, doctor’s offices, and hospitals more times than he can count. Having been a fulltime caregiver for more than three years when my husband Michael was sick, I know how complicated and overwhelming it can be. And my heart goes out to you if you’re dealing with this situation now.
“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ I love the above quote and today, as I was searching for a newsletter to rerun this week while I travel back from LA, I came across this one. It’s about what I learned from encountering problems while finishing up the building of our home. So, think about something that’s challenging you right now, sit back and get ready for a new perspective…
This morning, I sat on my deck in the sun, thinking about the day and what I would write in this week’s newsletter. After enjoying a period of silence, I picked up one of the “daily inspiration” books that I often read to start the day on the right foot. I closed my eyes, picked a page at random and instantly knew I was meant to share the passage with you.
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving – the holiday of gratitude that invites us to connect with and appreciate the abundance in our lives. As I took a shower this morning, I thought about some of the things I feel grateful for – hot water, a window in my bathroom with a beautiful view, a cat that makes me smile every single day, and a husband who cares for me with deep and abiding love.
While going through some old computer files last week, I found an email I sent to a friend – a woman who needed love and compassion while struggling with a tough situation. Today I’m sending it to you…
“We must be completely present for what we are doing, without sacrificing or rushing what’s in front of us in order to get to ‘more important’ stuff later. No matter how mundane the activity, treat everything as important and take pleasure in it.
As I sat down to write this week’s newsletter, I realized that today is a special day. A special date, actually. It’s 10/10/10. So, inspired by these numbers, I decided to do something fun. In an effort to help you take good care of yourself, I quickly made a list of ten things to say yes to, ten things to say no to, and ten things that contribute to a great life, overall. I hope you find a few on the list that resonate for you!
I’ve just finished teaching our Movers & Shakers workshop in Toronto and wanted to send a brief newsletter that shared a simple, yet powerful message. Last week I had dinner with good friends, some of who are dealing with difficult life situations. During our conversation, one friend going through a tough divorce said, “I have this handwritten note in my wallet that says ‘You’re the best uncle in the world!’ It came from my six-year-old niece who wrote it while visiting last year. There are times when it literally gets me through the day.”
While cleaning out old files last week I came across an article from Money Magazine about the secrets of achieving your money dreams (even on a modest income). The article focused on the strategies of people who had created a net worth of one million dollars or more. The common denominator in each success story was the commitment to pay careful attention to how they spent and invested their money. As a result, every person had acquired a high level of financial self-esteem – the key to creating and sustaining wealth.