Monthly Archives: November 2012

Simple Stuff

(SIMPLE STUFF is a short bit of ideas, quotes, phrases, and ‘stuff’ to help you stay focused, stay loose, ask better questions, and laugh a bit.)

“Every great work, every big accomplishment,
has been brought into manifestation through
holding to the vision; and often just before
the big achievement, comes apparent failure
and discouragement.” 
– Florence Scovil Shinn

 Shake the burden that comes from seeing your baby steps, as a necessary discipline. 
See them, instead, as optional dance moves, in life’s conga line, that spark miracles, open floodgates, and lead to the near effortless manifestations of steady flow of cash, abundance, and happiness. – Mike Dooley

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..’Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

-Stephen Covey

Photo of NYPD officer giving boots to barefoot man warms hearts online

Here’s a great article.

On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.

The act of kindness would have gone unnoticed and mostly forgotten, had it not been for a tourist from Arizona.

Her snapshot — taken with her cellphone on Nov. 14 and posted to the New York Police Department’s official Facebook page late Tuesday — has made Officer DePrimo an overnight Internet hero.

Real Simple Stuff

Sometimes we go out and search for info and “stuff” and end up finding all sorts of information, much of it good, which can be overwhelming.

This is about focusing on one thought, working it, and if it resonates, applying it in your life today.

Trying to Keep It Simple, Silly….

 This one is compliments of Mike Dooley of

“Basically, change comes from thinking thoughts you’ve never thought before and showing up to meet them down streets you’ve never walked before. You ready for some firsts? Are you?
Yodeling,     The Universe ”

What new thoughts can you think – right now?

What new things can you do – right now?
What one action can you take?

How can we extend ourselves, even just a little?

Grow for it!



A simple thought on gratitude as we head back into reality and everyday life after a nice holiday weekend.

Thank you!

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Hello. Please note the attached very quick video I made. Only 2 minutes.

This is a legit link, so when you have a moment.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Words To Live By: Enjoy

(This is one of a part of a series of WORDS TO LIVE BY. This series grew out of a workbook I first made for my young daughters and discussed at the dinner table. These Words include values, good ideas, and Words to aspire to….and learn from….enjoy!)

Feel free to check out this audio podcast here.


As the holiday season approaches, I think we all need to be reminded of a few things…..

Enjoy the holiday. So many of us get caught up in the shopping, preparation, decorating, work and clean up, that we forget what the holiday is about, what friends and family get together for…..

 [ in jóy ]
  1. find something pleasing: to take pleasure in something
  2. have use of something: to have the full and satisfying use or benefit of something
  3. benefit from circumstances: to benefit from a desirable condition or situation

How many of you – or maybe it’s your spouse, your mother, grandmother, etc. spend so much time in the kitchen, or doing something else that takes so much work – and sometimes you don’t enjoy it. Is that what this is all about?

Take time to Enjoy the holiday, your friends, your family, the season!

Live in the moment. The best gift is the present. Think about all the great memories that you have. Those were created when you were “in the moment.” If you were worried about the future or concerned about the past, you would have missed that great memory. So as this holiday comes, live in the moment, listen to others, ask, take action, enjoy the moments that come your way. You may be creating the best memories yet!

Forgive – so many families and friends have some kind of ill feeling or hold grudges. Some actually forget why but still they hold the grudge. Forgive! We all need to remember that Forgiveness is more for ourselves than the other person. You will benefit if you forgive another. Forgive yourself!

Reach out/Step out/Give/Share/Donate – I challenge you and myself to doing just a little more this year that last year. Give time to a church or organization-volunteer. Give money or donations. Can you contribute some food? Clothing? Or maybe reach out to a family member or friend. Do you know someone that could use encouragement? A listening ear? Some help? Maybe a simple letter, email , or phone call? What would you like to receive from someone – then go and give. Give without expecting you’ll receive it back. Take time to do something a little more that you usually do.

People do the greatest things…

Here is a great video, not long at all – worth the look!
Enjoy and have fun!


Live in the moment this Thanksgiving.

Life Letters 3

The third in a series called Life Letters.

Do you remember getting your first note in school from a friend or maybe from someone special? I mean a ‘good’ note. Or maybe did you receive a nice letter or note from a teacher, mentor, or special relative? Your parents?

Ok, do you like to pretend?

I bet you did when you were a kid.

Let’s have a little fun. Can you imagine this…….You’re 5 years older (than your current age).

It is the future “you”


You’ve have some great ‘luck’, success, action, momentum, etc. etc.

You are able to write a letter to yourself… yourself five years earlier….in other words, the future you can write to the you you are today.

Let’s be clear, the future you is more successful, very healthy, very happy, has abundance – not just in money but with friends and laughter.

Write yourself and tell yourself how proud you are with the today you for embarking on the journey, for accomplishing everything, for taking action each and everyday, for eating better, exercising, for being more disciplined, and for taking a chance. Write to say thanks for living, loving, laughing and enjoying life.

What else do you want to write? Advice? Wisdom? Share the good news, encourage your today you, ….what would you write?

Watch the video on this blog here……

Quick Tips 1 – the video

Here are some quick tips to start out any day


Questions of Power, the video

Here’s my first ShowMe video….It’s a little rough and I had a little fun…but what do you think?

The subject matter is good – Questions of Power – you can watch it on your phone/ipad/laptop.

Click Here

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