Life is Full of Surprises

Someone recently told me they hated surprises. It's not the first time I've heard that and I always have to restrain myself from laughing because I know they're very serious. My guess is that it make them feel vulnerable and unsure of how to act or respond. The truth is, life throws us surprises all the time. When we get up in the morning and it's sunny after the forecast said "rain" --- that's a surprise. When we get in our car and it won't start and we have to call AAA --- that's a surprise. No matter how much we think we are planning, life is always presenting us with things we couldn't or didn't expect. Even going to the same job everyday is really an adventure in some ways. We might thi

Living With or Without

I recently noticed that American Express has a new slogan as of April this year after using the phrase, Don't leave home without them, referring to Traveler's Cheques, since 1975 and revising it to Don't leave home without it in reference to their credit card since 2005. The old slogans felt like a friendly reminder along the same lines as Don't forget your umbrella or wallet or keys. It was benign, clever advertising. The new catchphrase, Don't live life without it, feels more like a warning than a cute prompt or nudge. It implies that life might not be worth living unless I have an American Express card -- holy accumulation, the ego is all over that! Let's acquire as much as we can in retu

Body Home-Coming

Do you ever feel like your mind, well, has a mind of its own?? Is it hard to turn it off? Does it get in the way of paying attention or trying to fall asleep? Do you feel like you're "all head", as if your body hardly exists, except to carry around this constantly whirring brain? You're not alone. It doesn't matter where I am or who I'm with, as soon as I mention that I teach mindfulness, meditation, and stress management, I can count on at least one person saying, "Boy, do I need that class!" The next phrase I usually hear is, "I tried meditating and I just couldn't get my mind to shut off or even slow down." The thing is, thinking is what your mind does and it's not necessarily a bad thing

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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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