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 […]

A Recipe for Change

Perhaps during the recent quarantine, you decided to try a new recipe.  You scrolled through Pinterest or even an old-fashioned cookbook until a picture caught your eye and made your mouth water.  That was the one!  You imagined how delicious it would be and how much your family would enjoy something new. Off  you went […]

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 […]

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 […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 35

As I began to read Day 35 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry, I thought I knew where he was going with his analogy.  He was describing his big family Christmas gatherings.    I know about these as my three sisters and I, all our spouses and kids, my grandmother and parents made quite […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 32

Today you get permission to do all the things you love to do.  No more worrying about your weaknesses either.    According to Tom Newberry on Day 32 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, that is God’s intention for you.  You were created to play a special place in His plan for history.  You were gifted with […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 31

Self-discipline means choosing your actions based on your decisions and goals rather than letting your emotions run the show.  That’s the word for today from Tommy Newberry in 40-days to a Joy Filled Life.  He states, “Self-discipline occurs in the moments when intention defeats indulgence, when mission trumps mood, and when spirit conquers sentiment.”  Without self-discipline, I […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 25

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In this same spirit, on Day 25 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry suggests we take time to look around and see what’s working in our lives, what’s bombing, and how we can improve before it’s too late.  This is a perfect activity for […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 24

More than 3 million people applied for unemployment in the last week due to the shutdown of businesses in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Being newly out of work, at least temporarily, may have given some a new appreciation of their jobs.  If you’ve been lucky enough to stay employed, all the […]