With each action (or REaction), try to ask yourself “Am I doing this out of Fear or Love?” If Fear is at the root, then STOP. Give yourself a rest.

•April 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

With each action (or REaction), try to ask yourself “Am I doing this out of Fear or Love?” If Fear is at the root, make sure to give yourself time to rest on the issue – some time to think (or maybe not think so much). 

Rarely do we need to act right this second, even if someone is pressuring us. We do still have a choice to stop, even if the other person does not like it. Maybe they are angry. Does that mean we need to absorb their anger, and make it our own? Of course not. If we consciously recognize that we have a choice, we allow ourselves the room to stop.

We owe it to ourselves to stop. We contribute to the greater good if we stop. Even for 1 minute. Or 2. Let’s give ourselves a much-needed break from being fearful, and possibly angry or sad or ashamed, as a result.  Let’s give ourselves the space to let Fear subside.

Because actions cannot be undone, unlike our gracious and forgiving “Undo” function on the computer, and actions based on Fear destroy lives and relationships.  There is no question that saving something so precious is definitely worth 2 minutes of our time.

And a very sincere thank you for stopping today to read this!

Don’t be a paper towel junkie. Rethink. Retrain. Reduce.

•March 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

From an article called “I Once Was a Junkie” by Lynn Hasselberger of Greenopolis

A paper towel junkie, that is. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I blame it on genetics. My mom’s side of the family. A kitchen without paper towels? Impossible! And the paper towel holder? A must-have appliance… for who could live without the ability to unwind just the right number of squares with one hand while stirring the pot with the other? And the instant gratification of a spill–here one second, soaked up and tossed with ease into the garbage the next, as if it never even happened?

As I grew older and wiser, I became more and more conscious of my impact on the environment. It didn’t take an intervention to get me off of paper towels, just the knowledge that ancient and endangered forests are being destroyed to make paper towels (not to mention tissue paper, napkins and other disposable paper products). Plus this statistic from the National Resources Defense Council:

If every household in the US replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 544,000 trees.

But how does one live without paper towels, you may wonder. It’s a challenge. Especially if you grew up, like I did, with an endless supply of paper towels and just as many uses for them. But, with a little support, it can be done. Continue reading…

Before Speaking, Consult Your Inner-Truth Barometer

•March 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Before speaking, consult your inner-truth barometer, and resist the temptation to tell people only what they want to hear. People really do respect those who are willing to speak their truth…and even more, to live the truth they feel.

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it!

•March 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

~ Howard Thurman

The Underlying Field of Infinite Possibilities

•February 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.

~ Deepak Chopra

An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. ~ Proverbs 18:1-3

•February 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is to love…

•February 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

~ Rumi