February 26, 2020
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Homes Jr.
Iv’e been travelling a lot in the past few months. Back in October, I went to Munich Germany for my moms 90th Birthday party. It was so much fun. She was born there but lives in New York now. I’ve been to Germany countless times, however, each and every time I go is a new experience.
Then in November I was visiting my daughter in Palm Springs, California.
Wow, we hiked Joshua Tree National Park and Andreas Canyon. It was incredible. I love to travel and have been since I was practically born. Lately I had an opportunity to take a few trips back to back and boy did I take advantage of it. In January I went to Johannesburg South Africa to visit a friend and then off to Cape Town. It was a long flight, but well worth it. Such beautiful vistas, beaches and nature. Getting to emerge into the culture is absolutely fabulous. Having conversations with people and finding out about who they are and their family stories and history is transforming.
Then a few weeks later, Cuba! I just couldn’t get enough! The culture, history, people, architecture, music, beaches, people, cigars and so much more. This was one of the most unique trips I ever took. Truly a place that is etched in my heart and soul forever.
Traveling allows you to broaden your view and perspective of life. It opens up opportunities, creates ideas and new friendships. This world is so beautiful. I am blessed and grateful to be able to expand my mind, commune with others so that I can share the experience with you. If you get the opportunity to travel, take it. We are all time travelers on this blue Earth, so venture out and see what might be awaiting you.
February 19, 2020
What’s the news of the day, good neighbor I pray. They say the balloon has gone up to the moon.
Fake news, it’s every where these days. You can tweet false information and it will spread like wild fire! Fad diets, the newest health craze, and so much propaganda to sell you something. Power, money and greed have become the mega-god. Someone is trying to sell or convince you of something every day. We have the ability to create images, manipulate pictures, distort documents, statements and so much more.
So how will you know if something is real or fake? You don’t unless you look deeper into the source from where it is coming from. You can no longer believe everything you see, read or hear at face value. You have to double click and research on your own, otherwise you will be a part of the problem in spreading this fake news. Think before you click and share. Let’s face it, we are all over loaded with too much information. The truth has to be highly guarded and valued since scams and corruption is all too prevalent. It seems like everything in the media has a spin on it. If you listen to one news station they tell you their view point. Then you listen to another and they have a completely different take on the same subject. Social media is a whole new way of spreading fake news. Your head can spin around and do a few 360’s before you realize it’s all fake. Truth and trust is more important than ever these days. Do your do diligence and resource the source of where the information you are receiving is coming from. Double click and go deeper into the subject matter before this fake news becomes dangerously real. It not only hurts people, but relationships, cultures, society and humanity. Stay curious!
February 12, 2020
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the tension that people are feeling around the world. Just turn on the TV, radio, internet or any devise and you will be hooked into a world that seems to have gone mad! I get phone calls from distressed people almost daily. We all want relief from our depression, anxiety, stress, and other maladies that are causing us to feel bad. Too many people think that a pill will cure their ill, but in many cases this is causing more of a problem. You just want these yucky feeling to go away. I know, I’ve been there. I know what depression, anxiety and stress feel like. It’s a state of mind that is trapping you into patterns of familiarity. To change requires a willingness to surrender to the familiar and venture into the unknown territory of what could be. It is the willingness to create new patterns of hope, possibilities and expansion.
If you can wonder, imagine and aspire to something greater than the darkness that seems to loom over you, you can then begin to get an inkling of what enlightenment can feel like. After all, enlightenment is a only state of being. The state of depression is dark and dense. Enlightenment is allowing the light to shine into and through you. But, it only comes when you are willing to do the work. You’ve got to put in the time and effort! Change, is possibilities. Before enlightenment, you chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment you chop wood and carry water.
February 5, 2020
“Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.”
This really hit home when I heard the news about Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and 7 other people who were tragically killed in a helicopter accident. Then, the very next day was the Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is near and dear to my heart because both my parents were survivors of this horrific time in history, where many members of my family were killed, along with countless others.
It really made me think of how life isn’t guaranteed to anyone and how we must embrace this precious gift. (That’s why they call it the present)
Then last week, I had an MRI scan on my brain which showed a 5-centimeter cyst in my frontal lobe. It is benign; however, it is something that needs to be closely watched to make sure it doesn’t grow or interfere with my cognitive and motor functions.
The message was loud and clear! Live my best life now! Don’t wait until tomorrow to begin doing what brings you joy. Love your life, give it your all and don’t be afraid to express your dreams. Work hard, play more, be kind, laugh lots and most of all create. Start right now to create your best life. We’re here for such a brief time, so let’s make the most of it.