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By Maria Gracia
September 9, 2017
My 7 Inspirational Discoveries in the Past Week
Life gets really busy sometimes, especially this time of year for many
folks. I find the back-to-school season is one of my most productive, busiest
times of the year...so much so that I have to remind myself to slow down so work
doesn't take over every moment. That's why, I give myself time to read, check my
Facebook feed, talk to people, do something I enjoy (like getting out in the
garden), and otherwise seek inspiration in every day...even if I have tons of
work that needs to be accomplished. After all, we should be 'working to live'
and not 'living to work.' Here are my seven inspirational discoveries...one each
day, for the past seven days.
1) Wear it proud. My friend, Sandy, posted this message on Facebook the
other day, 'Why am I wearing a dress today and not jeans? This is why: 1. I love
dresses, 2. I own a number of dresses, 3. I feel good in dresses, 4. They are
comfortable and cool, and 5. Dresses are part of who I am!' I loved this post
because it a) reminds us that it doesn't always have to be a fancy occasion to
dress up...any day could be worthy of that, and b) it's a good reminder that if
we have something hanging in the closet, it's only useful to us if we're wearing
it. (Here's a photo of Sandy.)
2. Helping hearts among the rubble. A business colleague of mine, David
Frey, his wife, and a whole crew of people from his church, have volunteered to
help 'muck' out homes in Houston that were flooded from Hurricane Harvey.
They've been there since August 30th, and are working hard to help others who
have lost so much. I've seen tons of photos and videos of the process, and I
can't begin to tell you what an amazing difference they're making in the lives
of the folks they're helping. (Here's a photo of David and his wife.)
3. Words of wisdom. Nearly every time I'm reading a book, I find some
solid advice, either giving me a new idea or confirming something I believe
already. This excerpt is from the book, The Admissions. 'Betsy fell off a
sled and sprained her ankle. And she was out of school for weeks. Weeks! Just
healing her ankle, limping around her house, writing her little stories on the
old trunk. Nobody said, Betsy, you're going to miss so much. Nobody said, Betsy,
you'll never get into college now. Nobody said, Betsy! Your after school
activities! Your reading tutor! Your dance class! They left her alone and she
rested her ankle, and she got better, and life went on. And they all ate cake.'
This is truly profound. It reminds us of easier, gentler, less demanding
times...and encourages us to slow down now and then, even in today's go-go-go
4. It begins with a small seed... The garden at my daughter's
school...started small in 2014 and is now 7,000 square feet with more expansions
planned. So far, more than 1,200 sixth and seventh graders have been
volunteering...planting, growing, and harvesting food, offering outreach to area
schools and communities, teaching sustainable agriculture and land use, and
highlighting alternative gardening techniques. Doing so promotes a greener,
emotionally, physically, and economically healthy community...and it's there
for everyone to enjoy every day of the year.
5. One piece at a time. I was at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, WI last
weekend, where large replicas of American landmarks, made entirely of Lego
bricks and pieces, are on display...courtesy of the Lego Americana Roadshow.
Each structure was more impressive than the next. And they all began with one
tiny Lego piece, reminding us that great things can be built when taken one step
at a time. It also confirms what a team of folks working together can
6. Overcoming extremely difficult challenges. I'm catching up on DVRd
episodes of America's Got Talent this week. The talent, by the way, is
inspiration in itself...so many incredible acts. During the episode I watched
last night, I was so touched, however, by the back stories. One young lady,
Kechi, only one of two people who survived a plane crash that claimed 107 lives,
has burns all over her body and has been through 100 surgeries. Yet, she has
found the strength to sing her heart out on stage. Nine-year-old Angelica Hale,
who had to undergo a devastating illness and kidney transplant at the age of 4,
after being put on life support, also had a voice like an angel. At one point
she said, 'My mommy is my hero.' Her mother donated one of her kidneys to
Angela. Beautiful. And these are only two examples...story after story...of
folks giving their all, against all odds.
7. The small stuff can make a big difference. I left my house the other
day to run an errand. It was quite chilly out and raining. I reluctantly grabbed
my sweatshirt and said to myself, 'Oh no...summer is over. Ugh.' The thought of
winter crossed my mind, and it kind of put a damper on the start of my day,
because, well, let's just say I'm not a fan of cold, icy weather. While I was
out, a friend of mine texted and asked if I was home. I told her I'd be home in
15 minutes. When I pulled into the driveway, she was waiting with a hot cup of
Pumpkin Latte for me. What a sweet thought...and suddenly, the whole day was
warm and sweet!
What inspiration will you find this week? I would love to hear your stories!
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Week Beginning September 9
1. Start a one-thought-a-day journal. Many folks want to journal, but
find the thought intimidating. They might say, 'Who has time for that?!' Well,
everyone...if you only commit to writing one thought a day. This thought can be
something your child or grandchild said to you that made you smile, something
you're thankful for, an inspiring passage you read, or a song you enjoyed on the
radio. It gets easier each time you write something...and you'll have tons of
memories to enjoy on a day you set aside for quiet reflection.
2. Find a few purses you never use. Then donate them.
3. Organize your sock/hosiery/underwear drawers. These clothing items
are just as important as any other. Get rid of any that are torn, ripped, or
don't fit. Sort by type and color, and place neatly back in your drawer. Add
a sachet if you wish for a lovely scent...I like lavender.
4. Week out 15 file folders. Choose 15 file folders. Go through each of
them, recycling anything you no longer need. If you no longer need 'anything' in
the file folder, place a new label over the old, so you can reuse it for another
category in the future.
5. Pens, pencils, markers, hi-lighters oh my! While watching TV or
chatting on the phone with a friend, test your pen/marker/hi-lighter collection
to determine which are still good...and those that can be pitched. Get rid of
any that no longer work. If you have a ridiculous amount, donate or trash your
surplus. Sharpen all dull pencils. Place your keepers in a desk organizer,
pencil case, or somewhere where they'll be contained and available when you need
In the midst of a busy life, don't forget to live.
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