Hanging Out (Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge)

beetle on flowerOn one of my many walks, I found this beetle “hanging out.”  Taken with my iPhone 5S.  Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge, Week 2:  Macro.

 

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Personal Growth Podcasts

Today’s post is a series of links to some new personal growth podcasts you may find valuable.  The first is an overview of the isa (Institute for Self Actualization) Experience, a weekend-long personal growth seminar that helped me change my life some 15 years ago.

What is the isa Experience?

The second is a little different way of thinking about forgiveness that makes a lot of sense.

The Practical Benefits of Forgiveness

The third helps explain why it is sometimes hard to follow through with what we say we are going to do, and how  we can take charge.

Who is Really in Charge?

The final podcast in this list distinguishes between our lower and higher selves, and how we can become the kind of person we want to be.

Human Animal vs. Human Being

Enjoy!

 

Tutoring for a Teenager

My son needed to make up a half credit of Algebra II to complete his graduation requirements.  He attempted Credit Recovery (essentially, online summer school) for the same, with negative results.  This program leaves out one of the most important components of education, which is the aid of a human being who can diagnose problems and coach the student accordingly in real time.  

So I hired a tutor.  Incidentally, I used to tutor through an online tutoring company, so I did my search there.  As I searched for the right tutor, I found a woman I knew.  We had done some personal growth work together, so I knew her character and work ethic.  After I hired her, my son pointed out that she had been a teacher at his previous high school.  He had not been happy about getting a tutor, but knowing that this woman was going to be the one seemed to ease the discomfort for him.

Today was his first session.  It seemed so natural, as the tutor had been to our home in the past and she knew both my son and me.  She has a natural rapport with teenagers, maintaining a good balance between connecting with them as a fellow human being and maintaining authority in the situation.  

As she worked with my son, the tutor quickly spotted holes in his learning and set forth a plan of action to fill those holes and move forward.  I am so grateful for the twists and turns that brought us to this place.  My son (did I mention he was not happy about getting a tutor?) seemed very happy when she left.  He actually told me he liked her.  I am hoping this is going to facilitate his learning process. 

Relax

Twice today, I was reminded how relaxation can benefit me in so many ways.  The first time was when a support partner suggested a form of relaxation as a way to regain focus on a rather large goal.  The second time was when the facilitator of another group led the group in a relaxation exercise.  The purpose in this case was to “let go” of things that might be hindering us in keeping a daily agreement.

In both of these instances, I realized I have not been relaxing nearly enough.  I am committing now to focusing on relaxing at least once per day, and more often if I have things “come up” that need some calm and clarity.

On that note, it is nearly midnight and I need to go to bed.  Before I go to sleep, however, I will meditate to get myself in a relaxed state.  And I will monitor myself this week to be sure I am sticking to this commitment of relaxing daily.

Three Things

Three things I am grateful for today are…

1.  It started to rain right AFTER I completed my bike ride and was in the truck heading home.

2.  The little Mexican restaurant down the street.

3.  Being able to sleep in, which I rarely do.

You are what you are…

You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.
You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.
~Zig Ziglar

On this Wisdom Wednesday (and my 200th post), if you are not content with what and where you are today, I encourage you to examine what you are putting into your mind.  Even if you only need some “tweaking,” changing what you feed your mind can drastically improve your life.

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Coming of Age

Today is my son’s 18th birthday.  (It is also my sister’s birthday, and my nephew’s… and mine was yesterday. Whew!  Busy couple of days!)  It is one of the those bittersweet occasions.  I am happy for my adult son, but my little boy is no more.  I only have one more in the nest, so I am a little melancholy… but quite frankly, I’m also a little relieved.

Today I was thinking about where my son Bailey is right now in life.  He just finished school (although he does have a credit recovery course to take this summer).  He doesn’t really know what he wants to do with his life.  The internal pressure must be great, and the possibilities are endless.  Coming of age is exciting and a little scary.

It has been interesting watching my children grow and change.  Interestingly enough, I notice that I am really no different from them.  I am constantly evolving.  I am still learning new things.  And I am still exploring new possibilities.

So as my son moves into adulthood, I hope he finds something he loves to do and that he gets paid well to do it.  I hope he surrounds himself with people who love him and will encourage him (so far, so good).  I hope he honors himself by taking care of his health.  And I hope he is appreciative of everything, especially life itself.

Happy Birthday, Bailey!

 

 

Best Gift Ever

On May 22, 1965, I got the best gift ever.  It fit perfectly (and still does).  It still works.  In fact, the more I use it, the stronger it gets.  I almost lost it last year, so now it is even more precious.  Forty-nine years ago, my mom and dad gave me life in the human form.  (Granted, they purchased the gift nine months earlier… but I don’t want to get technical.)

Several years ago, a wise man taught me that the people who should be getting the card on my birthday were my parents.  Since then I have acknowledged my parents every year at this time… sometimes with a card or letter, sometimes with a phone call or a shout out on Facebook.  My dad isn’t on this plane anymore, so I have to believe that he “knows” I am grateful when I put it out there.  My mom is still vibrant and healthy, so this year my birthday card to her is this blog post.

Mom, I am so grateful that you gave birth to me and raised me to become the person I am today.  I am quite happy with my life, so you must have done a good job.  I know that I was placed in this family because you had things to teach me.  As I have in the past, I will continue to strive to become all I am meant to be.  In the meantime, know that I love you and I a grateful for everything you have given me.

Happy Birthday to Me!

 

 

Because I Said I Would

Some days it is very easy to get my blog post done.  Everything goes as planned.  I’m not too busy.  The stars are aligned just right.  I am feeling creative and the words just flow into the text box.

Other days it seems nothing plays out the way I imagined it would.  I have way too many things on my plate.  My horoscope hints of impending doom.  My cursor blinks, like the patting of a foot, awaiting the formulation of a thought.

Although today isn’t quite the latter scenario, it certainly isn’t the former either.  But the bottom line is that I have made a commitment to myself.  And one of the things I am working on is honoring my word.  So tonight, at the end of a busy day, without a lot to say, I am writing this post… not because I have some wisdom to impart or because something bad will happen if I don’t, but because I said I would.