Monday’s Minute

Positive thoughts and ideas to start your week.

Getting rid of life's clutter frees you to live the life you want.

Getting Rid of Life’s Clutter


I have a daughter whose motto is, “If it doesn’t fit in the back of my pickup, I have too much stuff.” I’ve always thought of her as my “air child,” living free and easy without anything to hold her down, and although we are pretty much personality-opposites, I admire her way of thinking. When I look at all the…

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Play something for the love of the game.

The Love of the Game


  I love games – pretty much any game – especially if there is a winner and a loser. Whether it’s a card game, board game, or guessing game, the competition is everything. And, I’m sad-to-say (alright, I’m not really that sad about it…) it often makes me annoying to other players. Because in the end, it isn’t about the…

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Changing your glass half-empty perspective.

Overcoming a Glass Half-Empty Perspective


Are you a glass half-full or half-empty person? I like to think I’m a half-full thinker, but the reality is I too often look at life as half-empty. When I’m tired, hungry, stressed or overwhelmed, all bets are off and I am only able to see life through a half-empty perspective. A half-empty perspective tends to skew your judgment until…

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

What Do We See When We Look in the Mirror?


Years ago, I was waiting for my grandma to get ready to go somewhere. As she put on her makeup, she said something like, “Old woman, I don’t know if makeup will make any difference on your wrinkly face.” I couldn’t believe she didn’t think she was beautiful because to me, she was. I saw her as a person –…

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The winds of change are always blowing...

Learning to Adjust to The Winds of Change


  I have a confession to make: I’m the definition of “a creature of habit.” I’m happiest living my life in “outline form.” That is, I like the order of plans and lists. This week’s inspiration is for me more than anyone because  I have a hard time adjusting my sails to the winds of change. Unfortunately, the nature of…

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Wisdom is acting with compassion and compassion changes everything.

Compassion Changes Everything


  “Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like.” ~ Ethan Walker III A few years ago I had a student who constantly disrupted class and seldom did his work. I felt anger and frustration towards him as a result – until I read something he wrote in…

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Convince yourself you have no limits

Convince Yourself You Have No Limits


“Learn something new. Try something different. Convince yourself that you have no limits.” ~ Brian Tracy When I was younger, I was convinced there were no limits to what I could do – including jumping from a haystack with an umbrella as my parachute. Although an “epic fail,” it didn’t stop me from trying similar stunts: jumping over a broken…

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Be happy in the moment.

Be Happy in the Moment


“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more,” ~Mother Teresa I’ve been hoping for a little break from the heat we’ve been having the last two weeks, so when my weather app said, “rain continuing for 45 minutes,” I went outside to enjoy it. One big problem: it wasn’t raining. I stood on…

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A good laugh brings joy to whoever hears it

A Good Laugh Brings Joy to Anyone Who Hears It


“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing.” ~Jarod Kintz Our grandkids are a constant joy. Don’t worry, this isn’t a grandma-brag-and bore-you-with-stories-of-the-grandkids moment. Well, maybe just one – I promise it has a real purpose… Our 2 ½-year-old granddaughter loves a good laugh. When she’s feeling happy, everything and anything becomes a source of joy. Her laughter seems to…

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Little kindnesses make a big difference

Little Kindnesses Make a Big Difference


“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” ~Buddha Not long ago I was reminded that little kindnesses make a big difference. I was waiting in line at the grocery store with a lovely older woman in line before me. Her hair, makeup, and clothing complemented her perfectly, but it was the sparkle and happiness in…

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