I post a favorite inspirational quote each morning
I don't believe everything happens for a reason. Our own decisions, and those of others, are usually to blame. That's what free will is all about. Still, every event that happens in your life, good or bad, is an opportunity to grow and learn. Our cumulative experiences inform who we are, and maybe, just maybe those experiences will benefit us at a later time.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11-13)
During this COVID-19 crisis, I am doing my best to maintain a positive attitude. I check the the CDC only once a day and watch the evening news. That's it. If I don't limit my exposure to the news in this way, my anxiety will get the best of me. Our thoughts are like seeds...
UGH, this is a phrase I repeat to myself nearly every day. Writing is a true labor of love, whether you write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or songs. With every word I put down, I hope my work will capture the heart of a reader, somewhere... someday. I was in the corporate world for over two decades and began writing to make a difference. #amyhagberg #todaysquote[ 64 more words ]
In a few hours we’ll be heading to an outdoor music festival featuring this guy. Aerosmith is the only band I have left on my bucket list. Even though the heat index is over 100 degrees, I’m ready to rock out to the music of my high school days! What recording artists are on your bucket list?
Sometimes it’s hard to smile, but when we share a smile with someone it makes us feel so much better! Smiling creates endorphins, the brain’s happiness hormones … and the more we have of those the better! According to the latest scientific research, smiling has loads of benefits: (clink link for the rest)
A few weeks ago, this gorgeous scarlet tanager landed in a tree right outside our sunroom. It is a rare bird in this part of the country so it thrilled us to see it, especially close up. When I was looking for a quote to fit the photo, I came across this one by celebrated author and playwright, J. M. Barrie.
The last time I was down visiting my daughter’s family we went strawberry picking. My grandees, who are five, two, and eight months, loved “helping.” Little Myles sat in the dirt and squished berries between his fingers and had berry juice smeared all over his face, hair, and clothing. It was a memory I won’t soon forget! I brought home almost three pounds of berries (this is a photo of the harvest) and my husband and I enjoyed their sunshiny sweetness for over a week.
I know, I know, this is easier said than done. For those of us who struggle with anxiety and worst-case-scenario thinking, being mindful of staying in the present is a challenge. This is a conscious decision I have to make every day because I know that obsessing about yesterday, last week, last month, or last year is not only painful, it also ruins the future and the important work I have yet to accomplish. Lament less, trust more. That's my new motto. Join me?
Anyone who knows me personally understands that I am NOT a morning person. I am still grateful because each a.m. provides an opportunity to do something good with my day. And let’s face it, as I am now much closer to 60 than 50, it’s awesome just to wake up this side of eternity! I challenge you to arise each morning with an attitude of gratitude!