We all can shine.

We all can shine.

Rob likes to eat diced apples on his morning oatmeal, so we always have a group of apples on the counter. I looked at them as put them in the bowl, thinking about how they all shine beautifully. Sure, they’re not perfect; one has a brown spot on one side, the other is slightly misshapen, and a few had other issues… However. Each one has value. Rob will enjoy each one on his oatmeal because they all have goodness to share.

It’s the same with people – we all can shine.

There’s no need to let flaws or comparisons blind us to the good in others. We’re all less than perfect. It’s all about what we notice in each other.

  • What’s true, admirable, and lovely about her or him?
  • There must be something we can praise about that person beside us!
  • Look for what’s honorable, and worthy of respect…

Today, take some time to notice everyone around you and find one thing you admire – one thing you’re thankful for… You can do it – just make the effort to look for the good rather than criticize. (Maybe you need to get to know someone a little bit better to see their good sides? Here are a few questions to ask!)

We all can shine – every one of us!

Notice what “shines” about others!

Want to look for what’s good in others (and yourself)? There’s a link below to print out your own reminders.

Cut those reminders out. Tuck them into an envelope, your purse, a book or pocket, or tape one to a mirror. You can also watch a VIDEO of me making a tag and an envelope to hold all the reminders. I invite you to play with paper too! (links to the free download are below the image)

We can all shine - look for what's good in each other - free download to prompt you.

I find the direction given in Philippians 4:8 sums up being optimistic in life.

Just consider if we focus on what is true, honorable and worthy of respect, right and confirmed by God’s word, pure and wholesome, lovely and bringing peace, admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, and then think continually on these things, centering our minds on them, and implanting them in our hearts, we will find so much for which to be thankful! Positive Thanks Living in action!

To download the free images, click HERE.

If you need a template to make a 4×3 envelope – click HERE

Life is Better with an Optimistic View

Life is Better with an Optimistic View

Life is better with an optimistic view – especially when where you’re standing isn’t fun.

These times are hard for so many reasons.

Some of us are trudging through tragedy. Really bad stuff.

Others are grappling with the fallout of trials. Or maybe it’s hard remaining steady under pressure.

And then there are most of us – dealing with everyday occurrences which just aren’t fun.

But I’m going to say it again…

Life is better with an optimistic view!

It is. Really. Look for the good and see how it becomes easier to bear the bad.


Be kind to people – and that includes yourself!

Count your blessings. Be thankful, even for the little stuff.

Document it all!

To help, I’ve been busy…

Busy? Why? Because I really believe that if we take the action to be grateful and kind it will make life better.

Busy? With what?

I’ve been busy making it easier to document all your thankfulness and kindness!

Many have reminded me that when I offer a document to download, they don’t have a printer at home or the printer doesn’t have ink or paper or…

And sometimes it’s just that bit too much to search for a notebook, or follow through to complete a list or make some notes about thankfulness or being kind… Yes. I get it. Life is complicated, and no matter what good intentions you have, sometimes you get overwhelmed.


Life is better with an optimistic view…

So I did some research and worked to create some journals with the focus on documenting gratitude and kindness!

Yes. Real, printed books. They’re meant to journal and document, with prompts to help you get started. There aren’t a lot of words from me, rather, there is lots of space for you to write, print, draw, paste, scribble, doodle and make your positive mark! (literally).

Where can you find them?

Click HERE

We are coming to the end of this year – let’s start next year off with a focus on being optimistic & thankful – and you can use these journals I’ve created for you as a way to make it “real”…

Come on… click to see them! (I’m proudest of the kindness one. BTW)

Life is better with an optimistic view!

One of these journals has space for an optimistic quote every day – In the journal, I promise to help provide quotes if you can’t think of your own… so here are a few:

Be patient with yourself – nothing in nature blooms all year long.” – anonymous

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” ~ Helen Keller

Be the reason others believe in the goodness of people.”

A good laugh is like sunshine in the house.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Growth happens silently – consider – a seed grows with no sound or evidence until it’s above ground.

Life is better with an optimistic view - especially when where you're standing isn't fun. To help I've made you something...

Somebody Really Special

Somebody Really Special

Are you somebody really special?

I’m going to imagine you’re shaking your head – probably saying “nope” – when I ask you the above question.

Even if I list all your accomplishments and talents, you’ll have a reason, and might tell me that other people have done and can do those kinds of things you’ve done.

And yet…

You are somebody really special.

Really special.


(I want you to think about owning that qualifier.

You might agree to the fact that you’re special, but want to downplay the “really” aspect. Yes. I get it. It’s hard for me also.)

How do I know that you’re somebody really special?

How could I know?

(Especially if I haven’t ever met you?)

Here’s the thing – I know that you are somebody really special because I have never met anyone, anyone at all*, who is not really special. Unique. Thoroughly valuable in every way, regardless of their flaws. I’m convinced that everyone on this planet or in eternity, anyone who was ever conceived… is special.

Each soul has unique, valuable worth.

It’s the way we all are made. Special. Really.

Let’s use an example – I’m watching friends document their journey as parents of three daughters, identical triplets, as these girls have grown in their first year of life. Outwardly these three individuals appear the same. They share a birth date, physical features, siblings, parents and grandparents, a household, the same life experiences, faith, people surrounding them, and more. And yet. Everything their parents document shows me that each one of these girls is uniquely special. They succeeded in walking on different dates, they have different habits, likes, dislikes, behaviors, fears, and favorites. So, even in the space of a little more than a year, these three identical triplets, are uniquely special individuals. Really.

Now, here’s the question…

Are you ready to be challenged… gently… privately… with only your well-being at heart…?

I’m smiling at you.

It’s a warm smile.

Come on, be ready…

Take heart – have courage…

How can you be more of yourself?

More you.

More uniquely you.

Don’t be shy.

Let those parts of you, that really special you, shine.

An interesting experience.

I’ve been pondering and processing an interesting experience…

A little while ago, someone I love, asked me to write down the answers to two questions:

  • What do you value about me?
  • What do you think my gift is?

After thinking and mulling – giving these questions the significance they deserved, I answered in an email. I know this person very well for all of their life. Answering wasn’t hard – you know what was hard? Distilling it into a short list! In fact, I think this person wanted me to answer with just one thing. I couldn’t. Not really. (I cheated by merging three into one and made sure to note that there was much more!)

Yes, I love this person. I’m biased.

But this experience has made me fully realize that if asked, I could answer these questions about every person I’ve met – I bet you could do the same if asked! (Do you pay attention to people? Even people that you don’t initially like?*) Because, if that person has shown us how really special they are, it’s going to be evident!

They are valued.

And as a somebody, really, deeply, needed.

Just like you

Today – how can you be more you?

(If you need to, maybe ask those you trust the two above questions I was asked… however, I’m guessing, if you let yourself, you already know the answers.)

            If you want to be somebody,
                                                               somebody really special,

                                       be yourself.

* So… what was that asterisk all about? Read this article about someone special who caught me being “that lady”… a stranger who I didn’t like. At first. But I could tell you how much I value him. He was a stranger I have met only once.

Here’s a video as I make the above tag, with the “voice over” being what is written above… hmmmm… here’s me trying to be more me. Taking my own challenge… LOL https://youtu.be/LgLPAn3bnbc

Remember to think before you speak.

Remember to think before you speak.

Today, remember to think before you speak… be kind.

Be gentle.

Let your words build up and encourage.

Someone might really need that today…

~ knowledge is knowing what to say

wisdom is knowing whether to say it or not…

Remember to think before you speak - be kind. Be gentle. Let your words build up and encourage. Someone might really need that today...

What words do you use to be kind? To encourage? To build up?

If you need some ideas of positive, and encouraging words… keep reading!

Over the next 100 days, I’m going to be practicing hand-lettering. (That’s the modern equivalent of calligraphy.) And each word I’m practicing will be a positive and encouraging word…

It’s to join in on The 100-day Project – The idea is simple: choose a creative project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process online. Every year, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of creating.

I’ll be using a list of 100 words.

Leave a comment with a word you like – a word that builds you up, one that encourages you and makes you smile… I’d like to add it to my list!

You can see the list I’ll be starting with by clicking here.

And more food for thought…

~ before you speak… listen.

before you write… think.

before you criticize… wait.

before you pray… forgive.

~ William Arthur Ward
Remember to think before you speak - I'll be practicing handlettering with 100 words that build up and encourage.

Remember to think before you speak …

Leave a comment with a positive word…. one (or more) deliberate word that would encourage someone, or show kindness…

Positive Words – Share them!

Positive Words – Share them!

I’m writing Christmas cards these days and also doing a series of collaging exercises. How do these two things intersect? Well, they’re all about positive words. Words that are encouraging and lovely, and true and honorable and…

Positive words – is your language, the words that come out of your mouth (or pen) optimistic?

Sure, we all need to talk about the serious stuff in our life. We need to explore solutions to problems and deal with where we’ve failed and what isn’t working in our lives. Yes. Those words will hold some deeply troubling statements of concern, and even self-reflective non-positive words and ideas. Please hear me: I’m not suggesting you overlook or avoid using words that cause angst for a good end purpose. Don’t ignore the bad. Fix it. Or find a way to (at least) make it into the best it could be, all things considered…

And yet, let’s not forget to also use positive words in our conversation about ourselves, our life, and even our really negative situations. As bad as it gets, there is the option to find words to frame at least some part of ourselves and our life and those around us in a good light…

What are some positive words?

When Rob and I talk to couples about cheap date night ideas, one of the favorite ideas is to go to a card shop and choose cards to read to each other. Financially you might not be able to purchase cards, but you can take a field trip to look through the cards and share the positive statements in them. And laugh at the funny ones.

Those greeting cards will (mostly) hold positive words… just like the Christmas cards I’m writing. Hope. Peace. Blessings. Joy… and more.

What are your favorite positive words?

Which ones do you use most often? Here are 100 of mine:

  1. thankful
  2. hopeful
  3. blissful
  4. persistent
  5. merry
  6. cheerful
  7. encouraged
  8. assured
  9. optimistic
  10. comforted
  11. enchanting
  12. contented
  13. pleased
  14. grateful
  15. expectant
  16. happy
  17. cherished
  18. courageous
  19. promising
  20. useful
  21. glad
  22. joyful
  23. zippy
  24. contented
  25. enthusiastic
  26. gratified
  27. grateful
  28. gentle
  29. serene
  30. glad
  31. sympathetic
  32. mellow
  33. amenable
  34. galvanized
  35. endorsed
  36. loved
  37. refreshed
  38. favorable
  39. enthusiastic
  40. willing
  41. responsive
  42. thanksliving
  43. useful
  44. boosted
  45. respected
  46. bright
  47. affirmed
  48. enlivened
  49. spurred
  50. promoted
  51. positive
  52. aided
  53. fostered
  54. fortified
  55. commended
  56. helped
  57. advocated
  58. playful
  59. upheld
  60. befriended
  61. jolly
  62. sparkling
  63. chuffed (this is one I’ve learned from my junk-journaling cohort from the UK)
  64. reassured
  65. blessed
  66. light-hearted
  67. worthwhile
  68. applauded
  69. reassured
  70. delightful
  71. beloved
  72. caring
  73. beneficial
  74. supported
  75. pleasant
  76. sweet
  77. heartened
  78. profitable
  79. lighthearted
  80. excited
  81. revered
  82. enthusiastic
  83. tickled
  84. exhilarated
  85. treasured
  86. responsive
  87. vibrant
  88. well-disposed
  89. endearing
  90. valued
  91. admired
  92. well-pleased
  93. restored
  94. strengthened
  95. passionate
  96. loved
  97. included
  98. helped
  99. resilient
  100. precious
  101. What word have I missed that you’d include?

Want to feel good?

Or at least begin to put some happy thoughts into your head… and share with others?

Here are two options:

A. Choose five of the words above, and think of a person in your life who reminds you of that particular word, or an instance where you felt that way… Then write a note to thank that person. (By-the-way, even if that person has passed, or you don’t have their address, still write the note, because expressing it on paper has power.)

B. Choose five of the words above and write five notes to special people who you’d wish that for… “Dear _____, my wish for you is that you feel… “)

To you – the person reading this post:

I’m thankful for you –

you are valued,

and my wish for you is to have all those positive words show up in your life

in special ways that demonstrate how very much you’re loved.



Throughout December I’ve been practicing collaging using a list of prompts. For today I used the prompt “add handwriting”, so here’s a video on what I did:

(click if you can’t see the player and this will take you to YouTube)

And if you’d like to download that image of all the positive words on a page you can click HERE.

Do what counts.

Do what counts.

Don’t count what you do – DO what counts!

Being busy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… Sure. There might be many checkmarks on your “to-do” lists. And you may be tired when you climb into your bed.

But will being busy make a dent in what really counts?

What counts in your life?

When our children were small I’d call my laundry bin “Mount Never Rest“. Much later in life, I definitely missed having a washer and dryer handy when we were in our RV. But all these years of doing laundry only gave me (and those I love) clean clothes to wear for a day. At the end of every day for the last 45-ish years, there were – and are – dirty clothes in that laundry hamper…

Now, I’m probably odd. I don’t mind doing laundry. In fact, it’s the one task around the house I enjoy. (Weird. I know.) So I do the laundry and Rob puts those clean clothes back in the closet. Bada-boom. Bada-bing.

Until next week.

As I ponder, I’m thinking there’s every chance that “laundry-queen” will not be on my obituary. At least I hope not. Even though I enjoy laundry, and my family has appreciated being the recipient of clean clothes, it’s not something I want to be remembered for…

Why? Because it’s just a checkmark on a list of things to do…

Laundry may be necessary, but it’s not what really counts.

DO what counts.

Have you determined what really counts in your life? (Everyone will be different, you know.)

Regardless. Now is the time to focus on what really counts. For the long-term. For your obituary. For what will you be remembered?

Have a little courage… and do that.

Sure, if it’s an important checklist item, get it done. (LOL – My husband just asked me if I could wash his jeans. Like, literally, as I’m writing this! I guess I’m doing laundry again. And that’s OK. I will. Happily.)

But that’s not the only thing I’ll do today…

How about you?

What’s on your list today that’ll contribute in ways no-one else can? Make that your priority. Have courage – because what you do matters.

Don't count what you do - DO what counts! Get done what you need to, but be sure you make time to do what really counts for your future.

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

~ Albert Eistein
Whatever is Lovely

Whatever is Lovely

Consider your five senses and think about what’s lovely in your life right now:





and taste.

Sometimes we overlook the obvious when we’re looking for the good in our lives.

We’re so caught up in social media, dealing with our children or parents, handling the next crisis, or worrying about what might happen, even though it hasn’t happened yet.

Is your mind all a-flutter? Going in circles, metaphorically or physically? Or have you ground to a halt – inertia gotcha?

This is just a quick reminder… check-in… right now – to this moment.

Get out of your head and tune into your senses…

sight, sound, smell, taste and touch…

Make a quick list of all that’s lovely.

It won’t take long. It’s simple. You can do this.

And take a lovely, deep breath…

I return you to your regularily scheduled thoughts.

Or not?

Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true.

Think about what is noble, right and pure.

Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect.

If anything is excellent or worthy of praise,

think about those kinds of things.

Philippians 4:8 NIRV

If your thoughts aren’t lovely, then do something about them… you’re in control. Regardless.

Quick! think of 5 lovely things… Leave a comment on what you’ve tasted or smelled or felt or seen or heard that’s lovely today!

(My grandboy’s hug was amazing – and my husband’s voice always makes me smile. My chicken wings tasted delicious and the sight of blue sky after rain clouds made my heart sing. And my lavender hand lotion always raises my spirit.)


Make a list!

Avocado toast with feta and fresh dill tastes amazing
Avocado toast with feta and fresh dill tastes amazing… the juxtaposition of hot toast and cold avocado and feta…. the zing of fresh dill in your nose… Rob isn’t much for “green” in the morning, but I like it!

If you’re feeling lost and don’t know where to turn, then here’s a reminder to just do the next thing. Read these few words on that thought…

Details matter to the beauty of life.

Details matter to the beauty of life.

Details. Do you pay attention to the details? I’m not a naturally detail-oriented person, however, surprisingly, paper crafting is developing in me a new love for the distinct tiny differences found when making items by hand.

I see how others who make things from paper are developing their ideas – the same prompts, the same items – yet how they put it all together is beautifully unique.

The real beauty often shows up in the those individual features…

Beauty in the details.

Isn’t it that way in life? We all have noses, eyes, and ears, and yet… we’re each beautiful in our own way.

For sure, every parent and grandparent can appreciate their children’s uniquely beautiful identities because of those details! We pay attention to the little hands, the precious first step, word, and accomplishment.

I was with our little grand-daughter today and watched as she held a toy – she was paying attention to the details…

Where, in your life, do you pay attention to the details?

  • if you cook or bake I’m sure the different ingredients matter. (Baking isn’t my forte because I don’t always pay attention to the details of the recipe. I’m sure I’d have better results if those pesky amounts were accurate (wink). )
  • some people love numbers. I imagine those who have a career in finance find the details of money a joy.
  • and words. Oh yes. Words. —Your, you’re and yore. It’s and its. There, their and they’re. Affect/effect. To, two, too. — And the list goes on. There’s a beauty in using the correct words and spelling them correctly when telling a story. I won’t even begin to discuss grammar… However, when a talented writer uses the details of the English language with skill, it IS a beautiful thing! (One of my favorite, skillful authors is C.S. Lewis – who is yours?)
  • artists must love details! Colors and textures and techniques and form and shape and more… Why can we have such disparate artists like Albrecht Durer and Jackson Pollok and yet find their work so beautiful? Their details! (well, that might be taking my argument a little too far, but you get the idea.)

The detail of values.

And then there are the values we embrace. There is great detail in values.

My husband spent years studying, writing about, and speaking on values. We discussed, at length, the meaning and nuances of each value. He has a list of 423 values he uses in an assessment to choose three top values. (Ours, as husband and wife, are Loyalty, Optimism and Discovery – if you’re interested you can read about them here.)

According to the detail of the values you choose to put into practice in your life you may, or may not find your life pleasing.

Pleasing features… parts of the whole.

What details – parts of the whole – make an impact on your life?

Where do you exercise your love of bits and pieces – the details – to make your life more beautiful?

What else could you pay closer attention to that would add to the beauty of your life?

Beauty in the details. How much attention to do you give to those details of life that could bring out how beautiful your life really is?

Check out this post on Gratitude – that’s another way to pay attention to the details in life to find beauty!

From crafting-with-paper I’m learning about the beauty and uniqueness found in using tea or coffee to dye paper, in tearing the paper to tattered edges, in the nuances of adding lace, color, words, shapes, etc to what I’m making. The detail of cutting out shapes and then shading them with ink on the edges. It’s all about the details…

Details when crafting with paper - the beauty comes from paying attention
Dream – Everything in its time…

Dream – Everything in its time…

Dream – what do you dream about? I’m not refering to the sleeping dreams that we have, but rather those day-dreams of what might be…

Dream of what might be…

Are you:

  • day-dreaming of the ocean – the waves lapping against the shore?
  • imagining hiking deep in a forest, your feet on a path leading you on…
  • looking with longing out your window, dreaming of gathering with friends and family?

There’s a time for everything. Sometimes we need to be content to dream a bit until it’s time.

The right time.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3

This was the Scripture verse given to us on our 25th Wedding Anniversary – if you read further on into the verse, about what this wise man has to say about a time for everything, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement.

Yes. There is a time for everything.

Now may not be the time.

Or it might be?

What are you dreaming about doing or becoming?

Dream - everything in its time. Is now the right time? Perhaps. Or maybe you need to dream a little more...
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Hello! What’s your passion?

Hello! What’s your passion?

Hello there – what makes your heart race, your eyes sparkle, and puts a spring in your (metaphorical) step? I’m guessing we all have a few passions that make our personal and professional lives unique. So what are yours?

What are you passionate about?

Yup. Ended a sentence in a preposition. Perhaps I should have phrased it: “About what are you passionate?” — LOL — Regardless.

My husband and I have a wubbie* show. The Big Bang Theory. In one episode a character is dissatisfied with not being passionate about topics, unlike her friends who are science/tech nerds. She eventually identifies something for which she has a passion. Can you relate?

Do you find it difficult to pinpoint your passions? Or not?

Maybe you have a career that’s your passion. Or your family has all your attention and you realize that nurturing is your focus. Some have hobbies they can talk about ad nauseam and wherein they lose track of time.

Saying Hello – What’s your passion…

In business circles, there’s a term called an Elevator Speech. It’s basically a very, very quick introduction to your passion. People hone their elevator pitch/speech constantly and memorize or internalize it.

The idea is that in the space of less than a minute they’ll be able to introduce their strengths or passion to a person of importance.

In the blogging world, we put this information on our “About” page. (Or in our side-bar.) When I’m reading online I always look for clues to who the person writing is, and what words they use to identify themselves. Do you do that too?

If you had to introduce yourself – quickly – what would you say?

  • career: writer, doctor, chef, carpenter, financial planner…
  • relationships: mother, father, daughter, son…
  • hobbies: fishing, reading, crafting, gardening, humor, traveling…

Sometimes saying “hello” is hard. It may change according to whom you’re meeting. (Is that who or whom? Language experts, please weigh in… ! )

HELLO! Who is Lori?

As it says in my sidebar:

I’m a writer, a wife to Rob for 36 years, a mom to grown children, and a Gram to two. My focus is to be optimistic, thankful, and to encourage you!

~ Lori Ferguson. See Colossians 2:2

My passions are obvious: writing, family, optimism, thankfulness, and encouragement. I’m also passionate about my faith – hence the Scripture verse I’ve adopted as my focus.

Of course, I have other passions. I’m guessing we all have those that we don’t mention in an elevator speech or on a quick About Page…

What else do I love to do? I’m a voracious reader in many, many areas, I “play with paper“, I love to travel (we spent years living in an RV traveling the USA – that was a bucket list item) and more.

There’s always more, isn’t there?

We’re all unique and complex people.

What’s your “hello” speech? How do you introduce yourself?

Leave a comment below and introduce yourself! Say hello!

Hello! What's your passion? How do you introduce yourself? Sometimes it takes a little practice...
This is a journaling card – my “playing with paper” Junk Journaling. You can see more of what I’m making on Instagram

(*FYI – “wubbie” in this instance means something that brings comfort, like a child’s fuzzy blanket. We use this show (The Big Bang Theory) as a way to just unwind and we’ve seen each episode in 12 seasons so often we can quote the lines before the character says them. I’m guessing you’ll see this trait as quirky, odd, or oddly endearing. I’ll let you choose. LOL )

You might also be interested in this post – it’s one of the most popular on this site: “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

What makes you smile?

What makes you smile?

A smile. A pleased, kind, or amused facial expression. Just stop for a moment and think about it…

What makes you smile?

Consider all the times you smile – what prompts a pleasant, kind or amused expression on your face?

  • images, photos, or video
  • food or drink
  • reading something insightful
  • loved ones
  • doing something you enjoy
  • others laughing
  • a joke or funny meme
  • a pleasant memory

What’s on your list of items that make you feel loved, encouraged, appreciated, humorous, thoughtful, and…

Make that list! (Really – I’m not kidding!)

And then…

Make the effort to prompt smiles.

Now you’re smiling after making your own list, what could you do to prompt a smile on someone else’s face?

Sometimes it’s simply begun by smiling first. Are you at home – is someone in the room with you right now? Smile at them!

Could you pay the bill for the person in the car behind you in the drive-through lane? I bet that’d bring a smile to their face…

Post a happy memory on social media and tag your friend. That’ll make you both smile.

Be kind. Here are 25 ways to be kind for no reason.

Make something yummy and healthy for someone else… it’s summer in the northern hemisphere of the globe. Our fields are full of the bounty of nature. Fragrant herbs, luscious fruit, and tender vegetables – they’re all available to bring a smile to someone’s face. Deliver a smile with food!

(Rob made me oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries for breakfast – I was smiling!)

Introducing more smiles into our world could be a good thing, right?

And though you may be wearing a mask to show how much you respect and value the people you meet, your eyes are the clue you’re smiling…

So – what will you do to bring smiles to someone’s face today?

All these things brought smiles to my face this morning. My little granddaughter makes my face hurt from smiling – reading God’s Word makes me feel good – reminders around my house (that card with the happy sun has been on my shelves for years)…

Ask your family if there are things in your home that make them smile. You might be surprised at their answers…

Respite – a short rest.

Respite – a short rest.

Respite – what is it? It’s a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

What’s your way to find respite?

In what way do you take a moment to recover after something unpleasant? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take a breath. Just breathe deeply, with intention…
  • Enjoy a cup of tea. Mint, chamomile, or peach. (Or coffee…)
  • Think – reflect – on how very much God loves you…
  • Dig in the dirt – pick some flowers…
  • Send a note of encouragement to someone…
  • Listen to beautiful music or play that music using the talents you’ve been given…

What else can you think of doing for a moment of respite?

Want a copy of the ways to find respite? You can download a free PDF HERE of the list below.

None of us could ever have imagined all that 2020 has held. I must confess that this time has caused me some angst. Not because my immediate life has changed, but rather because all around me is changing. And I’m contemplating the idea that my environment won’t “go back” to what it once was…

This never-again idea of what may become normal first crept into my imagination after visiting a restaurant… the place which was once teeming with energy, this formerly full and bustling space, was now quiet and muted. Only a few people sat at the designated “socially distanced” tables. And I felt so sad. I thought of the restaurant owners – will they ever again have the experience of the hustle necessary for a full restaurant with the underlying hum of humanity? Or is this experience going to remain? And then I thought of the other parts of life which may be impacted…

I needed a rest from my thoughts…

I’m imagining you all have had your own experience dealing with the possibility of a new normal… It may not be very pleasant pondering.

Has it been difficult facing your thoughts of what comes next?

Maybe it’s time for a bit of a respite.

A pause to recover.

And then keep going.

Steady on…, dear friends.

Take a moment and rest from your fears and anxieties. As someone who believes that God is always listening, I tell Him about what’s bothering me. And then I rest.

I wish you all moments of respite – regardless of what 2020 will hold.

My respite activity…

Respite - a little rest. This handmade tag shows some of what my respite often consists of... crafting, a cup of tea, and a little reading.

Above is my crafting reflection on the word “respite”; a cup of tea, a little reading, and some playing with paper.

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