Cold Days

Many (maybe most) of us in the U.S. are dealing with a seasonal cold snap this week. There are so many people without heat due to Hurricane Sandy, issues connected with being unemployed, financial circumstances, and everything in between. For those who can afford to do so, our local utility companies have donation options to help those who need it. In Maryland the BGE web site is http://www.bge.com/ourcommitments/community/energyassistance/pages/fuel-fund.aspx. I’m sure there are many organizations that do the same all across the country.

Please, if you own a pet, bring it inside when it’s so cold. It’s the humane thing to do (that’s my two cents).

Stay as warm as possible. Stay inside if you can. Curl up with a good book or watch a movie or catch up on your TV shows. Enjoy your families, your hobby, or your time alone.

And think about those who could use some assistance during this time.

Being Yourself

You don’t have to have the best voice to sing your song.

You don’t have to be a published author to tell your story.

You don’t have to achieve the highest grades to prove you’re smart.

You don’t have to have the highest paying job to feel satisfied with your work.

You don’t need to attend church regularly to prove your faith.

All you need is passion in all you do, a solid belief in yourself, and a thankful spirit for all you have no matter how little or how much it may be.

Be the one who is thankful for the gifts you have received, for the life you’ve been given, and for all you have accomplished.

Take time to see the beauty of the world around you. Accept that others think and learn differently than you do. Accept the faults of the world and contribute whatever you can to making the world better (not just monetarily but by your unselfish deeds as well).

Constantly learn.

Learning

Life is an endless cycle of learning. Whether we realize it or not, we are always learning something. It could be something as simple as a new recipe or a new way to apply make-up or wear a scarf. It could be something as grand as writing a new song, coming up with an idea for a book or invention – or even realizing that something we’ve been hoping for has just been dropped on our front door.

Don’t ignore the signs. Don’t miss your opportunity to soar.

Mission

I want 2013 to be the year I figure out what my mission in life is. I’m just like the vast majority of people who have a plan for their lives but encounter various forms of setbacks time after time. I want to pull my feet out of the quicksand called status quo and blaze a more creative path for myself.

Suggestions are always welcome!

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The Way to Spend New Year’s Day

It’s New Year’s Day, and it has been a good one so far. I’m grateful that I didn’t have to work today and thankful that I got several things accomplished. I like being productive regardless of which day of the week it is and whether I accomplished something big or small.

I drove to Frederick to visit Davidus Cigars to pick up a particular cigar the Westminster store didn’t have and also to look at humidors. I paid a couple of bills and started serious editing on the novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month. I put together a crock pot of pot roast to cook for dinner tomorrow. I did a load of my dog’s bedding. And I ironed. See? Productive!

The drive to Frederick was great. There was hardly anyone on the roads outside of Westminster and Frederick, so I had some quality driving time to bask in the solitude of the drive. I love to think, to ponder things. It was my “me” time today.

It’s going to be a very busy year at work. Tomorrow kicks off the new year and a multitude of studies and analyses that we already know we will be doing. Excellent; it’s great to have a plan.

So now as I write this I know the remaining hours of this day will be spent relaxing with a nice cup of tea from Teavana with my feet sprawled on the ottoman as we watch something (to be determined) on the TV. A nice ending to a peaceful New Year’s Day.

I hope we all have a great 2013!

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