The only limits are those that we place on ourself

We have enjoyed amazing success in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program. I always say that this was a little dream that turned into a very big reality. Yet, despite that success, I set a goal this year that had me shaking in my boots. I often talk about the importance of setting goals to stretch your perceived limits. However, even I initially questioned if I may have pushed our program a little too far beyond our capabilities. At the beginning of each year of the program, I set a goal for… Read More

Just caring makes a difference

There are many people that are at a certain place in their own life that they feel so exhausted in dealing with their situation that they just have nothing to give emotionally. Things are so dire for them that they feel that there is nothing within them that gives them the strength to make a difference in someone else’s life as they deal with their own. What we often fail to realize is that is is the very act of caring that injects new meaning into our lives as well. People often… Read More

Say it now

How many times in our lives have we really wanted to say something to someone and we just never get the chance or never take the opportunity? Our intentions are good, but we forget, things get in the way or circumstances happen that prevent us from being able to deliver that message that we so desired. That makes it all the more important to say what we feel, when we feel it and before it is too late. When we love someone, they need to be reminded and we need to tell… Read More

Here’s to you Rita Louise

Sometimes there are those people who come into your life that, from the instant you meet them, you know that there was always a place for them. Without you even knowing it, you had been waiting on them to fill that place and suddenly they are there and it feels right. Such is the case for me with my friend Rita Louise (no that is not her real name). Growing up there were only two children in my family, my brother and myself. As much as I love my brother, I always… Read More

True friendship makes life meaningful

We were having dinner with friends last night and we were talking about how our lives have changed since we have moved from our 20’s into our 50’s. The things around us, people still in our lives and even the way we live. We were especially talking about people who used to be in our lives regularly who have for one reason or another faded away, often not through anything that happened, but simply as a natural course of the friendship. Tim said something that resonated with me that I found to… Read More

There is time to refresh your body and soul

Why is it so hard to look out for and take care of ourselves before we do anything else? We go out of our way to take care of the problems of the world, make everyone else happy and see that other’s needs are taken care of. In doing those things we seem to find unlimited time and internal resources. Yet, when it comes to taking care of our own body and souls there just does not seem to be the time. There is within all of us this innate desire to… Read More

Celebrate the me yet to come

“I sing the body electric. I celebrate the me yet to come. I toast to my own reunion. Till I become one with the sun”. If you know those words, they come from the Movie Fame and one of the closing numbers of the movie. If you haven’t seen the movie, try and find the song on YouTube. There is something electric about it that seems to fill your soul with hope and joy. One of the things that I love most about mornings is I get to start my life over… Read More

Remembering them prepares others to remember us

By now, most of you know of my involvement in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program. In a country so great with riches and opportunity, we still have to be reminded of the importance of taking care of our seniors, those that paved the way for us so that we could have a better future. From the people of the Mayflower and the founders of our great country to civil rights icons like Rosa Parks, all became seniors that worked to make our lives just a little bit better. Yet, somewhere along… Read More

A more tranquil world

The other day I was on a flight high above the clouds looking out over the horizon. At 34,000 feet it is a very different world. There is a calmness to the blue of the sky, the white of the clouds and the dark patches of the earth down below. It seems a surreal world between the craziness of what is going on down on earth and the tranquilness that is far above us. That got me to thinking. In a world with so much beauty, why is it that we as… Read More

Give a smile or steal a smile

You have probably noticed by now that at the end of every post I say, “Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.” There is a reason for that. Every day we have an option to either be the person that gets to make others smile during the day or we are the person that lets the world around us steal that smile from us. Morning to night brings many opportunities to go either way and what we choose often sets the stage for the next day, or… Read More

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