Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Plain and Simple: Be Kind

Each day, we encounter those who are hurting. When you do, offer a balm to them. Offer kindness. 

When you choose to be kind, you bring sunshine through your words, thoughts and actions.

Kindness changes things. It heals. It promotes hope. It brightens the day for others and for you. And it shines an example to others to be kind, too.

Today, this week: Plain and simple, be kind.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Be Authentic

It's hard to try to be like someone else. At certain times in our lives, especially when we’re young, we may try to mirror the actions of others, often just so we can fit in. Elements of our true selves come out, however. We can’t be exactly like someone else because we’ve been gifted with our own uniqueness.

Even as we mature, it’s easy to get caught up in the expectations and trappings of life and, consequently, lose sight of who we really are and what we really value and want in life.

Always be true to yourself, even when forces may try to sway you otherwise. When you're your real self, you don’t have to worry about adopting others’ ways of being. You will always honor the sacredness of you when you allow yourself to genuinely be you.

Be authentic. You’ll be content and the world will be blessed with your uniqueness.

Today, this week: Be the real you.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Bring Beauty to Your Day

I used to work with someone who frequently brought flowers from her summer garden to place in a pretty vase on her desk or display a beautiful orchid in an attractive container to decorate her office window during the long winter days.

What I learned from my friend was that we each have the opportunity to bring beauty to our day.

Perhaps it’s placing a vase of flowers on your desk. Perhaps it’s writing a note on pretty notepaper. Perhaps it’s knitting a sweater. Perhaps it’s piecing together an intricate quilt. Perhaps it’s creating an attractively garnished, healthy meal.

What it all comes down to is doing what makes your heart sing, what brings a smile to your face, what lifts your spirits, what brings you joy and beauty and meaning.

Today, this week: Bring beauty to your day.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Forgive

When I say something that I wish I hadn’t or do something that I would rather not repeat, I tend to play it over and over again in my head. I’d like to think it’s that I hold myself to a certain standard, but it may be more that I just have difficulty forgiving myself.

Reconsider carrying around those unnecessary burdens. Forgive yourself. Forgive others.

The weight of those things that you carry in your “can’t forgive” bag is unnecessarily heavy. Forgiveness lightens the load. When you forgive, you make room for peace. And when you carry peace around, it’s as light as a feather.

Today, this week: Forgive yourself and forgive others. Replace your burdens with peace.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Soar!

If you were to say in a sentence what you want for your life, what would it be? Put a name to those desires, those aspirations, those values, those dreams. When you name them, they become more real to you.

Perhaps this is the year you want to explore a new hobby or visit a new place (even if it's only virtually). Perhaps this is the year to learn how to play the piano or bake a fancy cake or write poetry. Perhaps this is the year to adopt a pet or adopt a new healthy habit.

What first steps might you take in order to make your dreams come true?

Take flight! Let your heart be swept away on the wings of your dreams!

Today, this week: Set your sights on your dreams. Soar!