New Thought


I am…being rewarded.

Isn’t it fun to be rewarded for good work/deeds you have done? And don’t you just love the 10% back in rewards for purchases at your favorite store.  Rewards come in lots of different forms.  Maybe you were rewarded with chocolates, tickets to a movie or a pat on the back for job well done. It is nice to be recognized and know that you are “important”.

Quotes on rewarded:

•I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me. – Simone deBeauvoir

•The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded. – Scott Hamilton

•”Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect.” – Luther Campbell

•“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” – John Ruskin

•”The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

•”We will receive now what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” – Earl Nightingale

On the Lighter side:

In reality, everyone is good in bed. Close eyes. Shutdown brain. Pause as necessary. Restart brain. Open eyes. What’s there to not be good at? Bed is the one place where laziness is rewarded. – John Dobbin






I let go of feelings of abandonment.

Feelings of abandonment are learned. Bad relationship experiences can make one more guarded and fearful in future. Abandonment fears go to the core. It’s all about survival. Unless abandonment issues are resolved these feelings will arise in all our close relationships. Counseling is an option to learn how to work out abandonment issues.

Quotes on abandonment:

•I always think of the word `abandonment` when I think of the character. – Tilda Swinton

•Jealousy is nothing more than a fear of abandonment. – Author unknown

•The concentration camp is the final expression of human separateness and its ultimate consequence. It is organized abandonment. – Arthur Miller

•Basic human contact – the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words – is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can. – Martha Beck







I let go of all burdens.

You can begin to let go of burdens by examining them one-by-one and separating the genuine responsibilities from those that only appear to belong to you.

Here is a way to start by writing down your burdens as it may help you to identify if they are really yours or that they belong to someone else. Here is an example: Taking care of someone else’s children because it is expected. Not your burden.

Here is one of my favorite which using the word burden: I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes on burden:

•No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. – Charles Dickens

•The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself. – Rabindranath Tagore

•You live in the present and you eliminate things that don`t matter. You don`t carry the burden of the past.- Paulette Goddard

•Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off. – Denis Diderot



I let go of shoulds.

Shoulds are:
I should do X
I shouldn’t have done Y
I know I should ___________
I should be more ___________
Shoulds are hidden forms of guilt. Take back your power and decide to let go of shoulds. You can do it.

Quotes on should:

•“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” – Albert Einstein

•“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” –Mahatma Gandhi

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today I am…a pirate. ARRRR

Yarr! Let’s celebrate. Where is my eye patch? Mention of this day and I thought of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and then Tom Sawyer in Mark Twain’s book Life on the Mississippi. Anyway, with Talk Like A Pirate Day you are encouraged to inject pirate-themed words and noises into everything you say. Talk like a pirate at home, at work, with friends, on the phone and to everybody you meet; top it off by dressing like a pirate, too!

ARRRR you ready?

Quotes on Pirate:

•“The average man will bristle is you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his grand-father was a pirate.” – Bern Williams
•“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

•“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain from Life on the Mississippi

•“Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.” – Bela Kiraly

•“Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all.” – Johnny Depp



I am…courteous

Isn’t this a nice thought? I appreciate it when someone holds a door open for me so I do the same for others. It is an easy gesture to make and I feel good doing it. And being tall I get the opportunity every once in awhile to reach groceries from a high shelf for another shopper. What was your last courteous gesture?

Quotes on courteous:

•“Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement.” – James Cash Penney

•“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.” – Francis Bacon

•“He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love” – Proverb Quote

•“Courtesy is a small act but it packs a mighty wallop.” – Lewis Carroll

•“Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

•“Among the qualities of mind and heart which conduce to worldly success, there is one, the importance of which is more real, and which is generally underrated in our day…It is courtesy.” – Herbert Schiffer

Peace Filled

I am…peace filled

How about this message for starting the week? Focus on being filled with peace.

Quotes on peace:

•”Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

•”Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.” – Abraham Lincoln

•”I feel like I’ve kind of gotten to a peaceful place in my heart.” – Shelby Lynne

•“A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa

•“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

How can you help keep California beautiful?

I am…volunteering.

One way is by volunteering to participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day. Yesterday I volunteered with other members of my church to help clean the shoreline in Burlingame. (That’s me on the far right in picture.) We we’re provided with gloves and bags for garbage and recyclable items. The item I saw the most was cigarette butts. Weather was pleasant with just a light breeze. Plus it was fun to work alongside friends. Oh, and the beach looked beautiful when everyone finished.

Quotes on volunteering:

•”Because I know I can contribute, I therefore believe I can volunteer my contribution.” – Preston Tulay, former Peace Corps and UN Volunteer.

•”Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.” – Erma Bombeck

•”Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Author unknown

•”Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Author unknown
•”Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.” – Harriet Naylor


I am…present

I was at a class Thursday night and the message was to be present in your life. After just a few minutes or even moments we tend to zone out. So we miss out on what if happening right in front of us. What are benefits of staying in the present? Here are a couple, better relationships, reduced stress, and getting things done.

Challenge now is to stay present. Are you ready? This will take practice, practice and being patient with ourselves.

Quotes on being present:

•“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” – Jan Glidewell

•“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”  – Abraham Maslow

•“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

•”The living moment is everything.”  ~D.H. Lawrence

•”Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  And today?  Today is a gift.  That’s why we call it the present.”  – Babatunde Olatunji, a similar version is also attributed to Alice Morse Earle

•”I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” – Alan Watts

•”You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”  – Jan Glidewell



I am…teachable. I am at my best when I am…teachable. I am grateful I am…teachable.

How about planning a teachable moment? By reading books, visiting places that inspire you, attending events that prompt you to pursue change, and spending time with people who stretch you and expose you to new experiences.

What are qualities of being teachable? Here is a couple: Asking questions. Listen more than talking. Being willing to ask for directions.

Quotes on teachable:

•”Experience teaches on the teachable.” – Aldous Huxley

•“What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable.” – Roger Ebert

“The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success, happiness, and so forth, which we consider desirable, are all dependent on kindness and a good heart, a warm heart, a compassionate heart, is still teachable.” – Dalai Lama XIV