Originally posted on juantetcts: Harmony Harmony through music sets my soul on fire! It encourages a more positive outlook on a challenging day and comes to the rescue when I am stranded in minutea, unable to move forward. Harmony transports…
“Just look at it”, he said
“The greatest moment
of the life of a tree.
All those years, capturing
sunlight, making it stronger
growing straight and true, sacrificing
itself in the end, for yet a more noble
existence.””Just feel the perfection” he said, running his
fingers along the surface of the flooring.
“Smooth, lacking knots, such beauty,
I’ve never before owned”.A voice wafted up towards him, a bit less
appreciative, than his noble thoughts.
“Are you going to do me again, or would
you rather make love to your precious flooring,
being Oak, no less, because this whole experience
is beginning to bore me a bit…….”
If you are a wilderness geek like me, you might know that today, April 21st is the 179th birthday of John Muir. If you didn’t know, let me tell you why he may have been considered (in my eyes) one of the most important men on Planet Earth.
John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. He was the founder of the Sierra Club.
According to sources, Muir petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite as our second National Park. Do you know which was the first? (hint: also starts with a “Y”).
The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas.
So I am not winning “mother of the year” again……. Yes, I allowed Kate to eat chocolate for breakfast – a chocolate bunny to be specific. Okay, not the whole thing. Usually I make an attempt at breakfast every Easter and make sure the kids eat something other than candy. Nope. Not this year. We had to hurry out to church for me to teach the youth and we totally skipped breakfast. I did not do my best parenting today and Kate ate A LOT of candy.
My rationale is that I don’t usually let her eat a great deal of candy. Also, I was pretty strict with the big girls and they didn’t get to eat much candy – well not at much as Kate anyway. I have discovered that the big girls have turned out okay and like to eat healthy. I figure that if I only allow…
“Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.” Longfellow
This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.
Let us then be up and doing.
Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him. Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.
But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good. So, when…
This is a light refreshing dish. Perfect for our hot summers. Even though it has few ingredients it is packed with flavor.
1 16oz. Box Fettuccine Pasta
2 Cups Vegetable Stock
1 Leek Bunch Chopped
1 Zucchini Chopped
1 Cup Snow Peas
1 Bunch of Fresh Basil
1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley Chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic
1/4 Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
In a large pan bring the water for the pasta to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil make an ice bath in a small bowl. In a blender add 1 cup of the vegetable stock. When the water has come to a boil (using tongs) immerse the Basil into the boiling water. Just until it wilts. As soon as the basil wilts place it into the ice bath. Add the pasta to the boiling water. Remove the stems from the basil…
Going off the bipolar meds and anxiety meds most likely caused my hospital stay. My sugars were extremely high, my chest was tight and had painful fluttering, my blood pressure was high and so was my heart rate. I was dizzy and out of breath.
They did all the cardiac tests including a cardiac catheterization. My heart is fine which is good news. I caught a nasty cough from my roommate in the hospital. Still have it and it is almost 3 weeks later.
Went to Endochrinologist for my blood sugars. He left me on most of my oral meds and added Victoza which is a daily injection in my belly. Now I have no appetite at all. Sugars too low and the thought of food makes me sick to my stomach. Friends and family want me to eat and I don’t want to.
I am a hard worker. By this I mean that I develop a plan, analyze my progress, challenge myself daily and put the time in; basically I show up every day to succeed. I know not everyone does this because I watch people’s actions.
Living in the world of sales and marketing affords me the opportunity to watch a lot of business people and compare and contrast. Living in the world of sales also allows me to watch other sales people and compare and contrast what I do against what they do. I have learned that if you aren’t doing it, then one of your competitors is doing it; so get busy!
I see a lot of mediocre habits. I watch people go through the motions every day. I hear people talk as if they want to be the best, but then watch their actions say otherwise.
I’m not so sure people these days want to work hard. I’m not sure people in our age understand what working diligently means. I am convinced that people have tricked themselves into believing they are doing their best when in fact they are operating at 60%.
The vast majority are coasting; flying under the radar. They live in a world below the top 10%, but above the bottom dwelling 10%. Flying under the radar isn’t a compliment. It means you put effort into not being noticed; going undetected. Those living in the world of the 80% do so because they are comfortable there. The expectations are lower when you live in the middle.
The funny thing is those who live in the top 10% never think about it because they are too busy working. And most times those who think they are a top producer are not and make excuses. Those who say “I’m an asset to the company” or “they couldn’t run this place without me” are the ones who have tricked themselves into believing they are a top producer when in fact they are not.
They are living in the realm of “good enough”. I’m not sure what “good enough” is, but it isn’t okay with me.
The real question is where do you stand? Have you tricked yourself into believing you are functioning optimally when in fact you are coasting at about 60% efficiency?