Midsummer 2008

Dear Friends

Have you ever noticed that when you are open to anything, good things seem to follow? For instance, if you wake up one day and decide not to put any plan in motion, not to have any preconceived notions of how the day will go, not to set anything in stone and just see what unfolds, you might be pleasantly surprised at what follows. I keep finding that this is true and I'm not just talking about planning my day.

I believe that the universe gives us gifts when we are ready to receive them. If we go through life so booked up, so busy, so focused on our "need-to-dos" that we can't just relax and accept what life brings, then we are never really open to receive anything.

Several of us attend trade shows to look for new products for the catalog. When we start walking the aisles of the show, we are open, willing and ready to talk to anyone who wants to talk to us. In the past, there were many times that we walked right by certain booths, with a dismissive 'that isn't our market' attitude based on a momentary look. Now we don't do that. If someone cares enough about their product to actually come out and speak to us about it, we are ready to listen. We have discovered so many wonderful things that we never would have found with just a walk by and casual glance. Yes, we don't cover as many aisles as we used to, but I believe that the treasures we do find are things that we are supposed to discover.

On the flip side, I have a friend who has such a preconceived notion of what life should be bringing her that she can't even begin to relax enough to look around and see other possibilities. She is set on having her life unfold in a certain way, and it is heartbreaking to see all the opportunities she is passing up because they don't fit her "vision." I so badly want to tell her that her life is going to be nothing but a series of one disappointment after another if she can't open up, be flexible, and just let life flow.

As you go through these coming months, I hope that you can occasionally let a summer's day simply unfold and see where it takes you -- experience what the universe sends your way for a day or a week or a lifetime. Don't be so rigid; don't be so preset in your dreams. Sometimes just let life wash over you like the ebb and flow of the tide and take the gifts being offered to you.

Other Issues:
From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

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

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

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

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

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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!

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