You are valuable

Day 320 of #LiveWell2017 I was hiking along the Haw River today and came across this message hot-glued to a large rock in the river. Anyone walking along the river there and paying attention would notice it. Putting aside the notion that it's essentially pollution or vandalism, the unexpected message made me smile. You are valuable. … Continue reading You are valuable

Share your story #WorldKindnessDay

Day 317 of #LiveWell2017          Today is #WorldKindnessDay Kindness matters. It spreads love and compassion, joy and surprise, help and hope. Everyone has at least one kindness story - some kind act they have done for someone or some thing or a kindness someone did for them. Let's share some kindness stories … Continue reading Share your story #WorldKindnessDay

The power of THIS

Day 306 of #LiveWell2017 Me: What do you want to do today? Him: THIS. What do you think about when you are snuggled in bed during those pre-dawn moments before you are fully awake and not quite ready to get up and get on with the day? If you are like me, you are plotting, … Continue reading The power of THIS

Letting go of fear

Day 286 of #LiveWell2017 Someone once told me "fear is a great source of power." I suppose it can motivate one to action, but my experience is that it has more of a paralyzing effect. When I am fearful, I tend to withdraw, to want to hide, to cover up my fear with sometimes inappropriate … Continue reading Letting go of fear

Listen to the birds sing

Day 283 of #LiveWell2017 I was sitting on my porch this morning, contemplating drawing, when I heard several birds calling. A Carolina wren singing like there was no tomorrow down in the understory, crows cawing back and forth above, a downy woodpecker trill at mid-canopy. Then a small, but close-by chirp caught my ear, and … Continue reading Listen to the birds sing

Be the water…not the rock

Day 279 of #LiveWell2017 Long ago, I learned the phrase "be the water, not the rock." The lesson, of course, is for us humans to be like the water flowing down a stream, over and around the rocks, going with the flow, being fluid and flexible and adapting to what's happening, rather than being like … Continue reading Be the water…not the rock

What will you leave behind?

Day 277 of #LiveWell2017 Tom Petty died Monday night. By Tuesday afternoon, my social media feeds were filled with tributes, memories, and snippets of his songs, videos, and stories. Every time a celebrity artist dies (and there have been too many these past few years), people always turn to their "body of work" to share … Continue reading What will you leave behind?