Different

The other day while sitting at an intersection, I saw a man holding a sign, sitting on a bucket.  The sad part is that I didn’t think about the man obviously struggling through a difficult time in his life.  I thought about the bucket. 

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Mic Check

A couple of weeks ago I got to be on the radio again on one of my dear friend’s afternoon programs.  It was different than what I was used to.  I didn’t have to push any buttons, turn the microphone on or off, or worry about starting and stopping commercial breaks.  There was someone behind the scenes taking care of all of that.

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Leg up

Today, I went to the horse races for the first time in probably 30 years.  Growing up I lived in Maryland and we were raised to live for the Preakness, the second stop in the triple crown of racing.  We went to races throughout the year, in the summer, at any track, as a child I don’t remember much, but I remember riding horses and that was about it. 

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The process

I think in pictures.  That is why photography, whether I am good at it or not, is important to me.  It reminds me of what I saw and how I felt at any given moment.  Many times I take a picture so that I won’t forget what inspired me earlier, yesterday, or 5 years ago.  Today, while walking around what is normally the lush green courtyard at our church, I thought about the important lesson it represented to me.  Today, the courtyard smelled. 

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Where's the beef

This is really difficult to write. I hate how hard honesty is and its instant effects or defects for that matter.  While at the grocery store the other night I bought a steak from the deli.  There was a new guy working the counter and he was actually walking around and talking to customers and showing them different things on sale in the meat case, freezer sections, and deli.  Very helpful, and a very good salesman, I fell for it and bought the chicken too. 

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Left Behind

I was ready to blog last night but didn’t because I logged onto Facebook to find out a friend died a couple of weeks ago. A friend who I really had considered (don’t ignore it when “something” tells you to go) last month driving the 4 hours to go visit after not seeing him for 18 years   Then this morning while walking my dog, I realized that last night the story wasn’t complete until after what happened today. 

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Cocoon

I was just getting ready to go to bed but I didn’t want to forget what I had been thinking about all day.  You say, if you’ve been thinking about it all day how could you forget it by tomorrow….?  Welcome to my world.  A little 7 hour nap and….poof, all gone.  Sleep does that.  It erases unnecessary information to make room for important things. 

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Life Lesson

I have a folder on my computer labeled “website” that has photos in it I feel like I could write a million stories about.  Most are pretty sunsets, desert landscapes, beaches, bridges (because I love them), nature stuff, and cute little kids.  Just a few days ago when browsing the folder I chose a photo rather than a daily event to blog about.  However, I noticed a photo of myself in black and white, and wondered, why would I save that sad picture to this folder for my website for encouraging, daily life lessons and “happy stuff”.  When would I ever use that picture?  Well, here it is.

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Joy from Joy

Some days I blog about the painful, funny, important lessons I learn each day, but today I just wanted to look through my pictures.  Pictures that when I look at them make me feel something.  Pictures that remind me of exactly how I felt at the moment I took the picture. I love taking pictures.  I love weddings.  I love taking pictures at weddings.

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A different light

One afternoon 2 weeks ago, I lost an earring at work at my new job. It wasn’t the fanciest earring I own, but it was the part of the first necklace, ring earring set my husband ever bought me.  I was on the phone, found the back on my desk and spent (wasted) most of my day, crawling around my office looking for the earring.   

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Good vs Good

How do you make a decision between 2 good things?  How do you know when something is really good?  Is it really good for you?  Is it really good for others?  Are you doing the thing to make yourself feel better, or is it really benefitting someone else?  

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Temptation

Seriously?  I have been trying for weeks to get back on track after gaining 20 pounds from foot surgery.  It was 3 months of holiday eating and feeling sorry for myself in a cast.  Please explain why would I go to the gym and then walk out the door and the first thought that comes to my mind is “I deserve ice cream”. 

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Let it go

I recently had surgery on my foot which has produced multiple "deep thoughts" and "revelations" which I can write probably a lesson learned for each day.  But most recently I was reminded of the day, after 6 weeks of crutches not having to use them anymore.  Besides the callouses on my hands, sore shoulders and back I had actually gotten rid of more than the crutches.

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everyday is a gift

Today I forgot that I had switched a shift with a co-worker.  The problem was we work different shifts.  I showed up 3 hours early to work.  I live very close and I made the decision to go ahead and go back home and return later.  While walking to the garage I literally said out loud.  “Okay, I will never in my life get these 3 hours back.

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Little Things

My blog is really just about sharing life’s lessons. Life’s lessons which usually come from embarrassing moments, annoying pets, too many chores, and not enough time.  Today; I locked my keys in the car.  This lesson is not about how frustrated I was at how long it took the lock out service to come, or the appointments I missed,

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Puppy Love

I was reading this morning not to let your own personal disappointment or personal goals stop you from praying for others. Don’t be so busy or so distracted that you can’t help another.  You could look at it like don’t let your bad day ruin someone else’s.  It reminded me of yesterday morning.  I was meeting someone very early for something having nothing to do with work, not a doctor’s appointment, and not the gym.

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Oh My Golf

I went to a pro golf tournament last weekend.  I must confess only because a friend offered a free ticket.  I was amazed at the discipline of the players.  Their knowledge of the science of the angles and trajectory and the skill of identifying the winds effects on that little 1 1/2 inch ball. I was even impressed with how fast most of them walk from one of the 18 holes to another. 

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Starting a Blog

Trying to start a blog, or a website, or completing a research paper, or buying a good quality product; it all takes time. Doing research into the best site, easiest to use vacuum, reading and scouring hundreds of pages of data, experimenting with layouts, fonts and designs. It all takes time. You can spend hours and days "researching" something and still have nothing to show for all your hard work

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