when we don’t want to.

when we don’t want to.

Since losing my oldest son 10 1/2 years ago, I have been very aware of a part of me that “holds back”.

It’s this small part deep inside. It doesn’t hurt. It just exists.

This morning, I began getting back into my walking routine. Wildflowers swayed in the meadows along the road. So calming to the soul!

I walked by several clumps of daisies. Hmm. I remember long ago, picking them and putting them in a vase on the table. But today, that small part of me kept holding me back.

Why bother.

But then I made a decision to pick them, even when I didn’t want to.

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I can’t tell you that suddenly the heavens opened up and I felt incredibly wonderful.

Instead, I felt contentment.

Contentment is underrated. We think we’re always supposed to be happy .. on top of our game .. riding a wave of accomplishment.

And if we aren’t, something is wrong.

Not true!

Do something you don’t feel like doing today.



It never ceases to amaze me.

With predictability, without any assistance, the earth knows what to do.



The earth can tell us a lot if we’re looking.

And waiting.

Hope springs eternal.

It’s not over even if it looks like it.

Be happy! And stay hopeful.




Spring is on it’s way!!


And so are brighter days!


Photo courtesy: MarcelGermain / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND



5. Happiness and Satisfaction Are Different

We can want more than we currently have and still be happy with what we’ve got.

Wanting more does not have to get in the way of enjoying what we already have.

If it does, we will never have enough.

–Rabbi Brad Hirschfield         



4. Wealth Begins Within


           An ancient rabbinic teaching reminds us that we are wealthy

when we are happy with what we  possess.

– -Rabbi Brad Hirschfield