Let’s Play the Glad Game!

A person who was overly optimistic used to be called “Pollyanna”. Pollyanna was a character in a children’s novel written by Eleanor H. Porter in 1913. In the book and subsequent movies, Pollyanna transformed misery into joy by playing “The Glad Game”. Though now an orphan, Pollyanna’s father taught her the game. The object was to […]

Morning Always Comes

The entire world is focused on the coronavirus.  The death count, the economic toll, mental and emotional damage, the forever changes in the fabric of society, and more.  Nothing seems constant and everything we thought we could count on is turned on its ear. But think about this, have you noticed that the sun still […]

Small Steps to Calming the Storm

So many changes have been forced upon us by the COVID-19 crisis. How can we reclaim a sense of self and of control in the middle of this new normal? We must chart a new course and make the changes that are important to us, live the lives we determine to live. One way to […]

Contemplating Change

Last time I talked about making some progress toward goals that have been stalled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Stuck at home.  Too much news-watching and Netflix binging, too much comfort food, and too little concentration on what is important beyond this moment has left me with pounds to lose, run-away emotions, and a loss […]

SELF-CONTROL

Part of the challenge of the past six weeks or so has been the sense of a complete lack of control over almost all aspects of life.  The coronavirus has killed more than 62,000 people in the US as of this writing, but it’s toll on the human spirit has been much higher.  I have […]

HOW TO CHART A COURSE TO YOUR PURPOSE

NOTE:  I wrote this post awhile back.  At that time, problems and distractions were more personal and less global than they are right now during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.  If you have recently suffered some major setbacks in your goals and dreams as a result of the coronavirus and the resulting shutdowns, it might […]

DON’T LET YOUR LIFE BE STOLEN BY FEAR!

Fear is a sneak thief! He has an especially wicked trick. This bandit manages to steal things from you that you haven’t even gotten yet! Most thieves come and take away your possessions. Fear steals your potential. He interrupts dreams with twin terrors: fear of failure and fear of success. He doesn’t care. He’s just as happy to […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 39

Marie Kondo has told us to part with any of our possessions that do not “spark joy.” Anyone who hasn’t been under a rock knows that a cluttered space robs you of your peace of mind.    Clean fresh space, clean, fresh mind.  At least that’s the assumption.  On Day 39 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 38

Gratitude is a mainstay of joy.  How can you be truly satisfied and content if you don’t recognize the gifts in the small, everyday blessings of life?  Lack of thankfulness leaves you disgruntled and resentful as you look past the good things in your own life at the abundance you recognize in your neighbor’s life. […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 33

What is your goal for the COVID 19 Pandemic?  It sounds like a silly question.  The survivalist in me just wants to live through it with my finances and relationships intact.   On Day 33 of 40-Days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry offers another option.    Newberry states that people are presented with a situation.  This worldwide crisis would […]