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Book Lovers Day

I am…a book lover.

Book Lovers Day encourages you to give yourself some quality time reading a book. Like curling up on the couch with a cup of tea to enjoy the adventure in your favorite book.

Book reading is a great hobby. It’s an important one, too. I read that employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter and happier people.

Here is a couple of ways to celebrate. Show the your books some love by cleaning and maybe rearranging the shelf you display them on. Gift a book lover friend with a homemade bookmark, first edition or signed book. Throw a book themed party. Guests can wear clothes of a character in the book and serve food from the story. Like having a tea party for characters in “Little Women”. More current party theme around play “Hamilton” based on Autobiography of Alexander Hamilton.

Do you have a library card? If not maybe a good day to get one. Some libraries offer downloadable eBooks.

I belong to Gold Country Writers organization in Auburn California. Earlier this year we started a Read and Review program. So far this year each month we have been reading books written by fellow author members. I have enjoyed reading two memoirs. I got to know my friends on a deeper level from reading their memoir. I also read a couple of novels one based on a true story and one spiritual book around generosity of giving. We will review a book of poetry next month and in November my book I am…Transforming: Creating Meaningful Change through Empowering and Inspiring Thoughts. On my own I am currently reading The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr Edith Eva Egar. Another powerful memoir. I think I have discovered that I enjoy memoirs. As I also enjoy movies based on true stories.

 

Quote on book lovers:
“All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.” – Eugene Field

I am…working with focused attention

By using different techniques I have improved my concentration.  One of these techniques is using the insight timer app on my cell phone to meditate. I can use it for two minutes to over 30 minutes. I can just listen to music, sounds of nature or a guided meditation. Other techniques include spending a few minutes petting my cat, rocking in my rocking chair, sitting outside on my back deck, listening to soft classical music, taking a short walk or having a snack. These and other methods like logging off e-mail  help me reduce my mental chatter, so that I can keep my attention on what’s in front of me.

With focused attention I am able to complete projects in a timely fashion. Maybe because I have taken steps to reduce stress and anxiety this makes staying focused easier for me.

Quote on attention:

“The best way to forget oneself is to look at the world with attention and love.” – Red Auerbach

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” – Jim Rohn

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” – Michael Leboeuf

How can you help keep California beautiful?

I am…volunteering

One way is by volunteering to participate in California Coastal Clean-up Day. I volunteered with other members of my church to help clean the shoreline in Burlingame. We we’re provided with gloves and bags for garbage and recyclable items. The item I saw the most was cigarette butts.

California Poppy

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.

Then I moved to Sierra foothills from San Francisco Bay Area. Here I volunteered at a clean-up program in Auburn State Recreational Area. Again we were provided with equipment and given an area  in the park to cover.  I worked an area near a bridge and found lots of broken glass. I did need to wear long pants because I was walking through tall grass. I actually picked up a tick at my ankle though it hadn’t bite me yet. I was lucky.

During the summer months I get up early to take walks. The temperature is comfortable then vs. the 95+ degree later in the day. There is a nice paved path outside entrance to my community. It goes up and down making it a good work out for me. It is also next to a road and after seeing aluminum cans along the path I started bringing a plastic bag to pick up the debris. Good for me to get in a walk plus an opportunity to keep my area clean and beautiful by picking up trash.

What opportunities do you have to help keep California beautiful?

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

Your Words are Powerful

I am…careful with the words I use.

Our words have the power to shape our world. Use them to create the good we desire. Positive words uplift ourselves and others.

If we direct positive words toward a person or situation they have a positive effect. This would mean that negative words directed at a person would have a negative effect. So my thought here is to be careful with our words before expressing them either aloud or on paper. Words put on paper are just as powerful as those you express out loud.

As you go about your day, keep in mind the power of your words. You can make the world a better place by the words you use. You have the power to support and encourage others by the words you use.

We are in this world together let’s work toward peace, love and understanding by being careful with the words we use.

Quotes on words:

“Da Da”: Powerful enough to make a grown man cry when spoken for the first time by his son. – Source unknown.

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.” Siddhartha Gotoma or Buddha (563-483 B.C.)

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.” – Mother Theresa

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.” – Dale Carnegie

Words have longer life than deeds.” – Pindar

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

I am…in sync

I had a busy work day at a client and tired as I was just wanting to go home and stop moving.  I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery store. I stopped at the local Safeway store in order to get a few things for Thanksgiving lunch I was going to have with my mother. I drove into the parking lot and luck was on my side. I found an end parking space near the door. I went to get a shopping cart and found one even though there were only a few left. This would be a good indication that the store is very busy. I proceed inside and I quickly found everything I needed. I am walking down the freezer aisle heading to the checkout stands and to my amazement it looks like there is a station straight ahead with no one in line. And before I get there the cashier asks me if I am ready. To which I say Yes. Unbelievable that  I didn’t have to stand in a long line and wait. Easy in, Easy out. It is nice when my thoughts are in sync with my action and outcome.  Life can be sweet.

Quote on in sync:

“If people aren’t in sync, things won’t work out well.” – Stephen Hopkins

“Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.” – Stephen Richards

“When you stop existing and you start truly living, each moment of the day comes alive with the wonder and synchronicity.” – Steve Maraboli

I am…thankful

Today is Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It is a day when I usually sleep in, take a walk, watch the Macy’s Holiday Day parade, visit family and friends, cook and eat lots of food, watch a little football and some years go to the movies. This year I won’t be doing any cooking.

During the dinner meal is a wonderful  time for everyone including children to share what they are thankful for. I am grateful for the wonderful meal that is being prepared for me. I have lots more to be thankful for including the birth of my granddaughter 3 months ago. Since my dinner is being taken care of by someone else I went to Safeway and participated in their Hunger Bag program by making a purchase to support local food banks. I also sent a floral arrangement to decorate the home I will be celebrating in.

Research shows that thankful people are happier. The Institute of HeartMath has recognized that being thankful improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. Doesn’t that sound good? Remember it is physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time.

Being in a state of thankfulness is doable. Let’s build a strong muscle of thankfulness. The more we work this muscle the stronger it gets. Here are a couple of ways to develop and grow this muscle. Today Thanksgiving would be a great day to start a gratitude journal. Write down what happened each day that you are thankful for.

On a daily basis, tell someone how thankful you are for something. Could be their friendship. Tell fellow employees, friends, family, and even perfect strangers! Let’s help make this a world of grateful, thankful giving and receiving people.

If you are taking a walk you could add saying out loud what you are thankful for. Doing this first thing in the morning will lead to your having a positive day.

How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Whether you practice a traditional Thanksgiving celebration or are making new traditions and memories, I wish you a very happy and healthy holiday!

Quotes on Thanksgiving:

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” – E.P. Powell

“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” – Robert Caspar Lintner

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser

I am…peaceful

Prayer flags

Prayer flags

How about that message for starting the week? Focus on being filled with peace and radiating peace to everyone you meet.

This week starts with today being International Day of Peace as established by the United Nations. One can go back to Sept 1982 to observe the first such day. This year’s theme is ” Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”. The U.N. General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.

On Saturday the 19th I went to a Playing for Peace Festival. It was held at the Spiritual Center for Positive Living in Cameron Park, CA. There were four bands that performed two of them being The Random Strangers and Ascension.  Plus, speakers on peace like Buddhist Monk, Geshe La Tsultrim and Reverend Dr. Patti Weber. It was a very warm afternoon but I enjoyed volunteering at the entrance table and being part of this lively event.

How can we help to raise the focus on peace in the world? We could demonstrate peace in our own life. Are you with me on this?

Namaste.

Quotations 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
“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.

 

 

 

I am…patient

My bookkeeping clients are always telling me I am a patient instructor when teaching them to use accounting software. I don’t really notice that I am demonstrating patience but I am able put them at ease by not rushing the training process. Thus they learn with ease. I calmly sit beside them as I instruct and watch them follow the steps to make and record entries within the program. I give them time to write notes is they want to. I do remember one client once that kept talking and talking through the process and part of we wanted to just say please press the enter button so we can move on. I mentally released that thought, took a deep breath and they finished the step when they were ready.

Another way I seem to demonstrate patience is in dealing with the client folder of questions and un-reconciled issues. They put the things that make them anxious in the “Joy Folder” and wait for me to come and quietly resolve them. Putting problems in there makes them comfortable patiently waiting for me to arrive. This folder sometimes include things like a letter from the IRS. That seems to scare them when in most cases I find reading the letter over there is an easy answer to what it all means.

Patience promotes better health. That means it reduces anxiety and helps keep blood pressure under control. Making patience a heart healthy habit that sustains us. I like the sound of that.

Final thought: Where have you demonstrated patience today?

Quotes on patience:
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow-that is patience.” – Author unknown

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” – Ralph Marston

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” – Barbara Johnson

It feels like I live at the top of the world

I know I don’t but I feel closer to the sky. In April of this year I moved from the SF Bay Area to Cool, CA. From sea level to 1700 feet elevation. The last part of trip is up Highway 49 to Cool. The road levels out and space seems to open up with fields. There are no more big hills to climb. The sun shines brightly and I feel closer to the clouds. My heart sings. A smile comes over my face as I take in a deep breath and look skyward. I live off Highway 193 where I do some more climbing to the street where I live. Now though I am among trees, lots of deer and some wild turkey. It is very peaceful place to be. There are several horses and Hazel the donkey down the street. Though I don’t hear her bay. I haven’t seen a bear yet but they are around. Someone in our area left their kitchen window open to find a bear eating the dessert left on the counter. Rule is to keep all doors and windows shut at all times and our pets inside as well. During the hot summer days deer spend the day under the deck at the back of my house.
I feel it is the communing with nature that frees my spirit and makes me feel alive. More in tune and a feeling of feeding my soul. Here is a picture of deer that says peaceful to me. So is there something that makes you feel like you are living at the top of the world?
I am serene

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I am…in the flow

The title to this blog was not true a couple of days ago. I have guests at my house. Two college students from Japan. I am hosting them while they attend ESL classes for two weeks.  I have been hosting students for several years though I usually haveIn the flow one student at a time.  All this is background on my current experience.

Here is my story about being in the flow or not.

It turns out these two students use one “double” roll of toilet paper a day. So after 3 days the toilet in my guest bathroom backed up. This is like stopping my flow. I had to have the line snaked in order to correct the problem. Then I learned that the sewer line from guest bathroom goes up and down before connecting with the main sewer line so overuse of toilet paper is hard on the system. In addition to snaking the line I had the sewer pipe from toilet to main sewer line replaced to be only at a down angle. After all of this work I am now back in the flow.

 Quotes on :

“I don’t really make decisions, I go with the flow.” – Nicole Kidman

 “I’m trying to just go with the flow and learn from the people around me.” – Christina Ricci

 “This is how memories are made…by going with the flow.” – Amanda Bynes

 “I normally go with the flow.” – Andrea Arnold

 “I go with the flow. Whatever music you play for me, I’ll dance.” – Gael Garcia Bernal