Comfort for Your Monday Moaning Blues

Traditionally Monday is the worst day of the week. I get it. I used to moan about Monday. Every. Single. Week. And it never got better. Monday became a thing to dread. Until I remembered some childhood lessons. There is comfort for your Monday moaning blues in these quotes. Revisiting the wisdom in some children’s books might even be a cure. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em. A Light In The Attic, Shel Silverstein  Attitude is a Choice I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can. The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper The story of The Little Engine That Could is about a happy little train carrying toys and food for girls and boys. But the engine breaks down on the wrong side of the mountain. Large, powerful engines pass by and none of them will help. Finally, a little blue engine comes. She’s never gone over the mountain before, but she thinks she can do it. And she does.  Next Monday, listen to your co-workers. How many of them are vocalizing Monday […]

Women Whose Stripes are Red and White and Blue

America celebrated the Fourth of July yesterday. Patriotism reigns. Often that patriotism is expressed by quoting great Americans—usually white males. There are voices that have been suppressed for many years. These quotes are from women whose stripes are red and white and blue. On Freedom Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation. Coretta Scott King, My Life with Martin Luther King Jr. I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free. Rosa Parks On Patriot(ism) A patriot is not someone who condones the conduct of our country whatever it does. It is someone who fights every day for the ideals of the country, whatever it takes. Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded. Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Book of Common Sense Etiquette. On America The essence of America, that which really unites us, is […]

Welcome Joy Into Your LIfe

If you’ve been following the past few posts on the gift of joy, steps to your more joyful life, and creating your joy toolbox you have been practicing at least a few of the steps mentioned in those posts. Congratulations. Your life is more joyful already, isn’t it? Continue to welcome joy into your life with some of these thoughts. Make Joy a Priority Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. Joseph Campbell Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. Chuck Palahniuk Perhaps most important, being in a state of joy is a learned skill, not an innate ability.  Donald Altman, The Joy Compass Choose Joy Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Henri Nouwen Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. Karl Barth Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal. Tim Cook Joy must be developed from the inside. If […]