Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Dear Friends

Have you noticed -- and I admit this is a generalization, but I know it's not just my imagination -- that as people get older they tend to get crankier? As a 7-year-old, I never understood why our "senior" neighbor parked herself in her picture window, waiting to pounce on kids cutting through her yard, but I now realize it was that "cranky" thing at work. Somewhere along the way, she'd forgotten how and where to find real joy, and then, I guess, filled that emptiness with something she could feel righteous about: being the boss of her yard against us young, whippersnapper hooligans taking the shortest route to our friends' house on a carefree Saturday morning.

As I grow older, I realize that it takes being carefully observant of my thoughts and comments to avoid taking the path to negativity instead of the path to the much friendlier place of acceptance and tolerance. It drains me on all levels to hear the constant complaints about the younger generation, how much things cost compared to 20 years ago, and the judgmental attitudes about everything from tattoos to Hillary Clinton's thighs. I don't think people realize how toxic and contagious this crankiness can be. As we age, we need to grow into the place that mature people in so many cultures of the world hold. An honored and respected place we have attained through our experience and our willingness to share our wisdom and be more tolerant of that which isn't going to change simply because we're judging it. Instead of grumbling, we need to model kindness and caring, be able to laugh at our mistakes, and refrain from taking ourselves too seriously. If we can steer our hearts, minds, and comments toward a more beautifully expansive place, we will help create fertile ground for the kind of world we all want to live in. What better time of year to put the brakes on grumbling about that which we can't change, and, instead, open our hearts to the good that is all around us.

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From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

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Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

Winter 2010 - Lessons From Feral Kitty

Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Taking That First Step

Early Spring 2010 - I Think it's Time

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Holiday 2009 - Paying it Forward

Fall 2009 - You're Not Alone

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