Whatever you can do…

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!
~Attributed to Goethe by W.H. Murray in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

The boldness of taking action, especially when I don’t know how everything will play out, sets things in motion I couldn’t even imagine. On this Wisdom Wednesday, I am reminded once again to keep doing the next right thing and then expect great results.

Ten Things on Tuesday from Twelve-Year-Old Taylor

Today, my son and I were driving down the road, listening to “Hippie Radio” when a song came on that I had never heard. Part of the tune was whistled. Taylor, who is twelve, said, “I like songs that have whistling in them.” I’m not sure why, but that made my whole body smile. (Do you know that feeling?) So today, I am going to share some things for which my twelve-year-old is grateful.

1. Songs with whistling in them

2. The Beatles

3. the British Invasion

4. chicken

5. Dr. Who

6. contact lenses

7. making friends

8. Mrs. Haberman (his 5th grade teacher)

9. having learned to read

10. when people accept him the way he is

Tomatoes (Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge)


This photo was taken with my iPhone 5S. The tomatoes are from my garden. There is an art to growing things, and then there is something else about making them into a work of art. Both are gratifying.  Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge, Week 4: Challenger’s Choice – Still Life.

Pain in the Posterior vs. Partner in Progress

A few days ago, I posted a link to a podcast entitled The Secret to Dealing with Difficult People. It seems as though a message usually comes to me in multiple ways within a discrete window of time. This week is a prime example. The title of the message at my church today was “Is Someone Driving You Crazy?”

Don Miguel Ruiz’s second of The Four Agreements is “Don’t Take Anything Personally.” This applies well when dealing with people that drive you crazy. Remember that even if someone attacks you personally, don’t take it personally. It is something in yourself that brings up your reaction to others. This can be a hard pill to swallow. Whether it is true or not, if you come from this place you have some control over the situation.

When someone else is getting “under my skin,” I remind myself that my reaction is about something within me. It might be something I don’t like about myself. Maybe it is a reminder of something that I tolerated in my past, and am not willing to tolerate now. Regardless, it is my non-acceptance of what is that is causing my discomfort. I also remind myself that when I feel someone is being a “Pain in the Posterior,” I can choose to look at them as a “Partner in Progress.” That is, they are helping me to learn patience, acceptance, and reminding me of how I do not want to be.



Japanese Beetles on Knock Out Roses

Although I wasn’t too happy with what these Japanese Beetles were doing to my Knock Out Roses, I couldn’t resist the urge to snap the photos of these critters on one of their host plants.  I love flowers, I’m fascinated by critters, and I have a phoneography fetish… not a bad combination.

Out of Hiding

My counselor gave me a journaling assignment today.  She asked me if I had ever journaled and I told her that I write every day.  Although it isn’t technically a journal, this blog often serves the same purpose.  It lets me get my thoughts out of my head where I can then look at them from another perspective.  

As I was driving home, I thought about all the writing I have been doing since I made my writing agreement for this year.  I committed to beginning a larger writing project as a result of a class I am taking at my church.  I am also doing some copywriting and have been asked to do some guest blogging.  

I have always loved writing and have done lots of it over the years.  The primary difference in the writing I did back then and the writing I am doing now, is that much of the writing I am doing now is out there for the world to see.  I would not let others read my writing even up until this year.  

On one hand, writing publicly is intimidating.  On the other hand, it is very freeing.  In a way, I feel like I have come out of hiding.  

Now I must go begin an outline that I committed to draft, work on my journal entry, and begin drafting a blog post for another site… and I’m happy about this!     

Start where you are…

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

~Arthur Ashe

On this Wisdom Wednesday, I am reminded that I used to want conditions to be perfect before embarking on a new endeavor.  I have learned that if I wait until I am an expert, until I have everything I need, and until I am able to do everything necessary to achieve a goal, I will never begin.       

The Secret to Dealing with Difficult People

The link below is to a podcast that was generated from a question I posed in relation to a previous podcast produced by the Institute for Self Actualization (isa).  It contains some useful tips for dealing with people that “get under your skin.”  It is the sixth in a series entitled isa Experience Podcast: Wake Up and Take Charge of Your Life with Devin and Luis.  Other episodes are available at this location as well.

Podcast Episode 06 The Secret to Dealing with Difficult People – isa Experience

Workspace (Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge)


 This was taken with my iPhone 5S, using the Noir filter.  It is actually the work space in my bedroom.  Black & White is my favorite week of the challenge, and I particularly like the stark contrast between the ultrabook and the headphones.  I like the light reflected from the water bottle  and the edges of the keys as well.  Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge, Week 3: Black & White.