Exceeding Goals is Amazing

Sometimes we underestimate the “power of we” when setting goals. For the past four years of the Bring Smiles to Seniors program, we have set goals that we hoped were attainable. When running a nonprofit, there are a lot of unknowns and setting a goal is not necessarily a science, but rather sometimes a gut feeling that leads you to a number. While that part may seem easy, it is bringing all the pieces together to make that goal become a reality where the real work lies. For Bring Smiles, it involves… Read More

The Hugs You Remember

It is the times when you can’t be with your family that you remember things that happened in your life that remind you how special your relationship is. Things that may not have entered your thoughts for years, suddenly seem like they were yesterday. My first assignment in the Air Force was in Turkey. I was allowed leave to come home and I had not seen my parents for some time. I was originally supposed to fly into one airport and I wound up being changed to another airport on my trip… Read More

The Power of Touch

One of the things I miss most in this pandemic is the power of touch. Seeing someone you love or have missed and not being able to run into their arms or shake their hand is hard. Last week, I finally drove to see my mom and dad about three hours away. My dad has been battling Lymphoma for the last couple of years, so I wasn’t taking any chances and maintained severe social distancing. The desire to hug them and hold them was so overpowering that it reminded me just how… Read More

Are We Just Too Busy?

We got up this morning, started our daily chores, had our morning coffee and took a look at our calendar. There wasn’t an empty space to be found. From morning to night, every one of our waking minutes was filled with something to do. Suddenly, we realize that nowhere in that day is there time for us. At that moment we have a choice. Take out an eraser and block out some time that we can claim as our own. Or, live in a perpetual state of racing to the finish line… Read More

Books on a shelf

A big thank you to Bella Home Market in Lutz, Florida for carrying my book in their store. Post COVID they are planning a wine and book signing evening. I am most appreciative of your support. If you’re ever in that area, stop in and check them out. It is a beautiful store with lots of beautiful things. #morningswithron

My Day is Made

Writing a book is tough. Getting people to buy it is even tougher. However, when you get an email from one of our senior communities in our Bring Smiles to Seniors program telling you that they are going to be reading your book to sight impaired residents, well that kind of makes your day. #morningswithron #bringsmilestoseniors

Complaining Without Solutions

It’s easy to complain. It is our mind’s way of letting off steam when something is bothering us. However, how often do we complain without ever offering solutions? Complaining while offering up alternatives increases the possibility that others will see our complaint as valid. Always complaining without ever having alternative solutions often causes us to just be seen as an annoying person. #morningswithron

Ron’s Tuesday Thought

The United States spends billions of dollars annually on mental health services. How much of that spend would be unnecessary if we were all just a little kinder to each other? #morningswithron

A little time

Good morning. It is often hard to be unselfish with our time. Yet, taking a few minutes to responsibly social distance with a family member or friend, Zoom, FaceTime or even simply pick up the phone is necessary. It is not only good for our heart and soul it is good for those on the receiving end as well. In a world where there are thousands with loved ones in seniors communities that don’t have the luxury of holding a hand or feeling a hug, it is now even more important than… Read More

Comparing

Good Morning In my Calm meditation this morning on comparing ourselves to others, I heard “the behavior of others should not be the yardstick by which we measure ourselves”. So many times we judge ourselves by what other people have and it’s so unnecessary. Discovering our own value and what we bring the world is really all that matters. Have a great day. 🤗😁 Ron #morningswithron Ron

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