Leave It Better- 7/1/17

I have never agreed with Matthew McConaughey so much. (Alright, alright, alright!) The true measure of a human life is: Did you leave your spot on earth better than you found it? Don’t be one of those people that others are glad to see the door hit them on the rear as they depart. Don’t leave destruction or sadness in your wake. 

Be the person that lends a hand, compliments, brings out the light in another. Think of others before yourself. You know, that person, the one you don’t want to exit the party, or the one you love to give gifts to? They leave you feeling like you got the gift.

I always thought of Matthew McConaughey as the bad boy, romantic comedy guy, but he does a lot of inspirational speaking. He puts it out there plain and simple. The things he says make a lot of sense.

You want to be the person who leaves a place happy, enthused, and recharged. They aren’t saying, “It’s awful here, how can you stand it?” but “How can I can help you make things better!” That’s the kind of individual I aspire to become. 

I hope to improve spirits and surroundings. I want my name on a building not because I had tons of money (I wish!) but because they admire my qualities and accomplishments. Be that person!

Trying for the Better – Sayings Saturday 5/27/17

Rehab, from a stroke, is a slow, tiresome process. (To put it lightly!) We don’t talk about great strides, but improvements are made in miniscule bits at a time. Some people in the same situation as mine just lay in bed all day. They have no will. No drive. No change. I don’t know if I’ll ever walk or stand alone again, but (man) I’m gonna work towards it. 

Why am I such a dreamer? Attitude, hope, determination. (My wish for pain.) I know it won’t happen unless I knock, or give it my best shot. 

Nishan Panwar is a internet sensation who thinks on the bright, and shares it. He just wants to improve his readers day. His words are so true. 

I am working for a better life, not just wishing on a star. I know I am a crazy optimist. (But aren’t I in great company?)

Things Can Only Get Better – Tunes Tuesday 5/16/17

When someone asks who’s your favorite singer, I say, “Howard Jones.” The younger generation replies, “Who?” (Darn kids ya!) People my age say, “Cool!” I sang along to his catchy melodies all through high school and beyond. My kids are familiar with his music, thanks to me. I attended two of his concerts, and you can count the concerts I’ve ever been to on two hands! My all-time favorite song is “Things Can Only Get Better.” I just thought it was a fun tune, I liked to sing along with. (Ahh, the memories!) 

Now post-stroke it is my theme song. “A thousand skeptic hands won’t keep us from the things we’ve planned…” I really appreciate the upbeat positive attitude this song offers. I find reassurance in it’s words and melody. “It may take a little time, a lonely path an uphill climb. Success or failure will not alter it… And do you feel scared? (I do!)… Things WILL only get better!”

Lucky Blessing #30 -Kindness 

Lucky Blessing Challenge #30- A Lucky Blessing is Kindness. 

Elder Oakes ( a church leader) gave a landmark talk nine and half years ago (has it been that long?) about choosing good, better or best. That really made a difference in my busy, hectic life. I’ve been thinking of it in respect to kindness. Good, is a smile; Better is a “thank you” or “I’m doing fine” (what we say when we don’t really want to elaborate;) then there’s Best, when we really get where the other person is coming from and sincerely care and show patience. Here in the “rehabilitation home” we deal with people (staff or residents) who come from different places and are dealing with complex situations we don’t know about. My response to them is I can be good- a smile, better- a thank you, or best- understand where they are coming from and react with sincere kindness. (That’s why I’m the favorite!) It all boils down to what kind of person you want to be. (We can be eh or great!) We are naturally attracted and want to be around people who genuinely care. What’s the use in being mean or ornery? When we are driving, are we the person who reacts with road rage to someone’s stupid move, (it can happen easily,) or are we best and think that maybe they are having a bad day. We just don’t know what trial they are facing. How do we feel when someone shows us random kindness when we need it most? Someone I didn’t know once gave me their umbrella as I was waiting outside in the pouring rain. Then they just drove off less one umbrella! I always intended to buy a bunch of umbrellas to give away. Let’s be better. (I mean best!) Think as you rush through the day: What could that person be dealing with? Choose the best when it comes to kindness. “Kindness begins with me!” Aren’t we all grateful for kindness at it’s best?