Stay Dry

Monday's Pleasure Peek was the perfect metaphor for what I observe and experience on a daily basis: "Ships don't sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don't let what's happening around you get inside and weigh you down." My comment on that bit of advice from an unknown source was: "Just 'cause it's there, you don't have to take on water." It's simple. A boat floats on the ocean or lake or river. Each of those bodies of water have their own set of challenges and things to look out for just like you do as you live you everyday life. There might be objects to avoid, storms to weather, and other vessels. You might wave as you pass by and you m

Listen to the Pain

Pain is one of the most insistent teachers we have. When I taught 8-week, stress management programs we would devote one, whole class just to pain -- its messages, significance, and gifts. Yes, pain can be a gift. I bet you're thinking I've been out in the sun too long, right? What do we usually do at the first sign of pain? Whatever it takes to make it go away. The problem with this is that what we resist, persists, especially pain. I'm talking about pain that we sometimes learn to live with, although we don't, really. Stubbing a toe, jamming a finger or any other short-lived, relatively minor injury is not the issue here. We can put ice on that or treat it and be on our way. But, what do w

All In For Happiness

The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The second paragraph in the first article states that people have the inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In other words, the way I see it, we all have the privilege to be happy and, in fact that should be one of our main goals in life. More often than I'd like, I hear people wish they were happier. They hope it's a destination and change location or plan a trip. Some leave a job they find unfulfilling and try another. Others go shopping and hope to come home with contentment. This week's Monday Pleasure Peek was from Denis Waitley, American motivational

Standing Tall

Last week's blog was all about the passing of my former husband and how sad my adult children and I felt, especially as I reflected on our 21 year + relationship. It was ten days from the time that he died suddenly until the funeral, which really was a celebration of his life. During that time, as we gathered from our different corners of the US, we all had the opportunity to go through various stages of grief and mourning. It was good to have that time and even though the process isn't entirely over, I felt a certain completeness by the time I put my daughter back on a plane Monday morning. But sadness was only one of the many feelings I experienced. As the week and more went on, I found my

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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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