Making It Easy

I'm here in the grand Pacific Northwest -- Portland, Oregon to be exact, for three weeks. It amazes me how big everything seems here. The trees are taller and the mountains higher than New England. So far (for the past seven days), it's rained every day. Grey, wet days are not my favorite. I'm also living in an unfamiliar city in a neighborhood where I don't know anyone. On top of that, I'm helping out some friends with their two businesses, both of which are not in my area of expertise. To say that I am out of my element is an understatement. Fortunately, I can take heart from this week's Pleasure Peek via "Pretending is easy ... Gratitude, easy ... Finding stuff to be happy about,

Only the Best

Some of you may not even notice that this week's blog is coming out on Friday instead of the usual Thursday. I could probably have "slipped it in" and maybe even gotten away with it. On the other hand, I like being accountable and I want you all to know that I take my commitment to you seriously. On Mondays I share my Pleasure Peek [PP] and on Thursdays I go a little deeper with it. This week I was "on time" with the PP, however I was finishing up a travel RN contract in Boston and leaving immediately after for Oregon. My time was totally accounted for with no room for writing a thoughtful piece. All of this dovetails completely with the PP! "Always bring your best, most loving game -- no ma

Ancient Wisdom for Today

Nearly 20 years ago The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was published. It's a beautiful design for simplifying life and living a better one. Don Miguel, Jr. has followed in his father's footsteps to become a Toltec master of transformation. This week's Pleasure Peek was a sample of his wisdom: "A moment of clarity without any action is just a thought that passes in the wind. But a moment of clarity followed by an action is a pivotal moment in our life." Toltec tradition dates back to at least 700 AD when the Toltec conquered the city of Teotihuacan. They recognized the value of preserving the teachings of the indigenous people. These ancient ones embraced the ideals of peaceful behavior t

Constant Kindness

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." Albert Schweitzer I've always been a student of happiness. One of my main goals in life is to be happy and I've done a lot of research. Sometimes, it seems as if people go out of their way to do the opposite. I've heard individuals actually say something to the effect of, "How can I be happy if someone else is suffering?!". Oh my goodness -- is your misery going to fix theirs? Not likely. Oh, my goodness -- is your misery going to fix theirs? Not likely and it would be far better to send some positive energy out into the world. I not only monitor myself a

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN
is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support. 

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