The Ripple Effect

by Jan on January 13, 2012

“You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” ~ Lily Hardy Hammond (1916) Have you ever done a good deed, thinking it was no big thing, only to find yourself surprised by the huge impact it had on another? (…)

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Cracking open

by Jan on January 10, 2012

“Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe…….nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof. Take that Poppy seed, for instance: it lies in your palm, the (…)

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Risky imagination.

by Jan on January 6, 2012

“What you risk reveals what you value.” ~ Jeanette Winterson Imagine the shiny glassed side of a sky scraper becoming a dance floor… Or the majestic cliffs of Yosemite as the back drop for exquisite choreography…. Imagine a dancer who (…)

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An invitation to hope

by Jan on January 2, 2012

“Change is an invitation to open up … it provides us with opportunities including the opportunity to heal, to grow, and to evolve.” ~ Mitchell May When I looked up the definition of “invitation” I saw that it has two (…)

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It is in your hands now, and always.

by Jan on December 30, 2011

“Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.“ ~ Marsha Petrie Sue (author) A Portal to the New Year One way to look at the (…)

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A proper welcome.

by Jan on December 9, 2011

I think it’s about time that I put aside my keyboard for a minute and start a conversation with you face-to-face.  Here goes. . .

A Smile. It’s contagious!

by Jan on December 2, 2011

Its funny how life works. It is often something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. We get back what we put out. If you put out positive thoughts and a hopeful attitude, then all of a sudden the world looks a whole (…)

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Small kindnesses

by Jan on December 1, 2011

“Never go to sleep without knowing that you have done something to create a better world.“ Long before he was famous, Harry Belafonte’s mother said these words to him. These wise words came from her desire for him to contribute (…)

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How would you vote?

by Jan on November 29, 2011

CBS’s Sunday Morning Show this week featured a conversation about the power of positive thinking in which Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the book Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America, and a handful of other experts, explore the effects of  (…)

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A sweet surprise

by Jan on November 18, 2011

“There is a way of breathing that’s a shame and suffocation. And there’s another way of expiring, a love- breath that lets you open infinitely.” ~Rumi, 13th century poet The smile This morning, while on a short vacation, I encountered (…)

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