Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Attitude

I have been thinking a lot about attitude lately and people's attitudes toward life. I believe that your attitude toward life really does reflect in your success as a person. Not always in a monetary way, but always in the value of the friendships and relationships in your life.

I read this quote by Thomas Jefferson and it seemed fitting to my thinking as of late...

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

In conjunction with that I have observed that the most un-happy people that complain about others are usually the one that have a negative outlook on life in general. Learning to be happy with the life in front of you is one of the only ways to move forward. Keeping your eye on only the negative will keep you sinking further down.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The inches got away from me...

Things get totally hectic sometimes and life gets away from you.

That is how things have been here. Lives change in such a small period of time that it all seems like the blink of an eye. One day we are a family of six, and the next someone moves out and another goes into the hospital for an extended period of time and everything seems like it will never be the same again, when not really a whole lot has changed. It's still the same house and we are still the same family, but it seems empty some how.

One person can change the personality of a whole household. My son (who moved in with his father) seemed to be that personality. He comes home on the weekends, but the week seems so long without him here. He was our glue, that kept the family lively and laughing. There isn't as much laughter during the week now.

One little change and nothing is the same again.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Inches in time

Dale (my husband) was on a business trip yesterday and stayed the night in the area where he was traveling to for training. On his way to his hotel yesterday evening he was driving down a road that was fairly dark. As he drove he passed a couple that seemed to be out for an evening walk together.

Today when he woke and read the local paper he saw that a husband (25) and wife (26) were killed on the same road about 15 min. after he passed through by a 19 year old drunk driver.

If Dale had left his aunt's house 15-20 min. later he may have been in an accident caused by that same drunk driver. In the span of life 15 min is barely the blink of an eye, less than an inch on the time line of life. His life was spared by inches.

How do you find your dream?

I hear a lot of people say things like...

Find something you love and you'll never "work" another day in your life

If your doing what you love the money will follow

I understand the concept I really do. My question is how do you find that dream? When you are over 30 are not financially well off enough to "find yourself" and have no idea what that dream is, how do you find your passion in life. Let's face it kids, work, home, and community obligations keep most of us busy enough that we don't have time to search for our passion. There are plenty of things I like to do, but I don't know that there is anything that I love. I certainly don't have the time in my schedule, nor the money in the bank to search for a new passion.

Where do you find your life's passion? And what if I missed it? What if I went for a drive one day and the career that I was meant for called and I wasn't home?

Does anyone have a passion that I can borrow until I find mine?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

What is she talking about inches?

What I am saying is how many people go through life that can be changed by a little push one direction or the other?

How many of us in middle class America could be ruined or saved by a few thousand dollars?

I watch tv just like every average Joe or Jill in this country, but I have recently started thinking odd little thoughts while I watch. Do the celebrities on these movies and shows have any real clue what the rest of us are like? Of course you hear about all how they grew up in middle class neighborhoods white picket fence and all, but do they remember that? or do they choose to forget?

I watched E! the other day and saw the price that some of these celebs shelled out for their weddings. What were these people smoking? I sat and watched as the price tags got higher and higher for the weddings... Millions of dollars spent on one day... all I could think of was how these people were dropping Millions on one single day of their lives (of which a lot end up divorced later) and a drop of that would make such a huge difference in my life.

They say money can't buy happiness... It sure can make a difference in memories though. Do you think any of those celebs worry about how to put shoes on their kids feet? I bet they don't. But it sure keeps me up some nights.