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A Thought for Today: Peace of Mind

Peace of mind

There is no greater wealth in this world than peace of mind. 

I believe this is true. After all our struggles for riches and worldly success, we’ll always finds ourselves poor in spirit until we realize that real wealth — and happiness — comes from within. It comes from knowing who we are and being at peace with our self.

Life is best lived with balance and wholeness, and the curious thing is that we can only find peace of mind when we listen to our heart.

What is your heart telling you today?


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A Thought for Today: The New Way to Happiness





Try something new every day.

One of the best ways to create excitement, energy, and happiness in your life is to follow this simple advice.  Each day, do something new.

There’s a incredible joy that comes from trying something for the first time, whether it’s a new food, a new activity, or a new route to work. We make discoveries, we expand our horizons, we broaden our mind through each new thing we do.

Feeling stuck in a rut? Try something new.

Got a problem to solve? Try a new approach…or a new attitude.

Looking for a dream? Try turning in a new direction. You might like what you find.

Sure, there’s comfort in familiarity and old ways have a place in our life. We need to balance them with a daily dose of “new”. It will keep us alive and keep us always looking ahead.

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A Thought for Today: Dream Big

When you dream...


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about dreams. We’re reminded every day of the need to have a dream.  Go to Google, plug in “quotes about dreams”, and you’ll quickly come up with over 95 million results.

Yes, dreams — and our pursuit of them — are important. They’re part of who we are, part of what brings us the happiness and the sense of accomplishment we all need.

Maybe now in this age of “internet motivation” it’s no longer enough to have a dream. Perhaps what we should focus on are reminders of how powerful dreams can be, and most of all, how important it is that we dream big.

Don’t settle for little dreams. Let them serve as stepping stones to bigger dreams. Celebrate each small accomplishment, but don’t stop there. Keep moving. Keep following your heart. Always keep dreaming.


How big are YOUR dreams?

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A Thought for Today: A Beautiful Day





Just a note to wish you a day filled with joy.

Life gives us so much.  Each day is a new beginning, filled with wonder and the possibility of miracles. Let’s be grateful for all we’ve been given: our families, our friends, the abundant blessing of life, itself.

Look for happiness, believe in magic, and expect wonderful things to happen today.


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A Thought for Today: Smile



I love these words from Mother Teresa. A smile is an act of love, something we can share with others to bring a bit of joy into the world.

I believe every individual deserves happiness, don’t you? It’s amazing how quickly a smile can brighten someone’s day — and brighten our own, as well.

Don’t wait for happiness. Don’t sit back wishing good things would happen. Create a little joy and happiness by putting a smile on your face and sharing it with others.



What Do You Want?

One bit of advice I was given about writing

was to post a sign on the wall above my desk asking:

What does your character want?

The next bit of advice was, whatever your character wants, don’t let him have it.

No, I don’t actually have such a sign hanging up in MLWR (My Little Writing Room), but the idea behind it is solid. Good stories are built from conflict, and the two essential conflicts we all face in life are:

  • We have something we don’t want
  • We want something we don’t have

Learning to make a character miserable is one of the key principles for fiction-writing, but I’m not actually here today to write about my stories.

I’m here to answer another question from my handy-dandy little “Question and Answer” book.  Yes, it’s a question about what I want. When I read it, I felt a bit like a character in one of my novels, someone who’s being denied something I desire.

The question in full reads:

What was something you wanted today, but couldn’t have?

I find that a very awkward question since it’s not yet even 9:00 AM. Maybe the book is meant to be read at night. For me, it works better at the start of the day, so I’ll have to tweak this one a bit to make it work.

I could look back at yesterday. Was there something I wanted but couldn’t have? Maybe, but I can’t think of anything at the moment.

What about this morning? Have I wanted something I haven’t been able to get? Again, I’m sitting here staring off into the distance, unable to think of an answer.

Do I lead a charmed life? Do I have everything I want? No, of course not. I do, however, lead a very contented life. I’m happy with what I have.  I’m reminded of another sign I’ve often seen. I don’t have one of these hanging on the wall either, but maybe I should.


I do believe this is true. Life offers so many beautiful moments for us to enjoy, so many treasures to experience.  Our world gives us blue skies, rainy mornings, gorgeous flowers, briliantly-plumed birds. We can laugh at the antics of playful puppies, curious kittens, new-born foals. We can know the love of tenderness of family and friends, and can be touched by random acts of kindness from others.  What more could we want than what we’re given?

Oh…I can think of a few things. I’m sure you can, too.

I wish I could snap my fingers and my messy house would instantly be in perfect order. I wouldn’t mind having a few more dollars in my bank accounts, and sure, I’d love to make the NY Times best-seller list.

If I had unlimited funds, I’d renew my subscription to Strategy and Tacticsa war-gaming magazine that I thoroughly enjoy but which is a bit pricey. I’d buy a lot more books, too. I’d make generous donations to my favorite charities and organizations, including Reach Out and ReadThe Cat House on the Kings, and the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

If money were no object, I’d probably splurge and buy myself lots of fancy kitchen gadgets, and I’d probably go crazy buying bath towels, bed sheets, candles, and oils. Yeah, there are lots of things I’d enjoy, but I see them as little luxuries, not necessities for a happy life.

Maybe as the day unfolds, I’ll think of something I might want…but can’t have. Right now, I can’t imagine what it might be. Unless…

Aha! I’ve got it. What I wanted this morning but couldn’t get was an answer to this question!


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Happiness…It’s Something We Do

I’m a sucker for quotes. I have a Pinterest board filled with cute quips, inspirational messages, and clever  bon mots. Maybe it’s the writer in me that makes me so inexorably drawn to words. Add those words to a stunning image — in glorious living color, shades of gray, or stark black and white — and I’m hooked. I love finding memorable quotes, and I love sharing them with others.

Here’s my latest find. While I was browsing around earlier, exploring thoughts of love and happiness, I came across this gem:

Do It Happy

It gave me a pause…made me stop for a moment to ponder this wondrous thing we call happiness. So many people are looking for happiness! Why is it so hard to find?

In romance novels — actually, in almost all fiction — characters are striving to achieve goals, to attain things, to accomplish actions that they believe will bring happiness. That’s one of the reasons, I think, that we choose to read novels, and why we get so caught up in the stories.

But what about “real life”? How many of us are actively searching for happiness? I’ve known a lot of people who want happiness, but who sit around and wait for it to show up on their doorstep. That’s not how it works, and maybe we can take a lesson from the fictional heroes and heroines we find in romance.

They do things. They go places. They take chances.

Look again at that pretty little butterfly-filled quote.

  • It tells us that we should do what makes us happy, not sit back and let life — and love — pass us by.
  • It urges us to be with those who make us smile, and as often as not, that means getting up, going places, and finding those friends and loved ones. If we sit and wait, maybe they’ll drop by. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s better if we do get up and take an active part in life.
  • It encourages us to laugh as much as we breathe, which is to say, all the time. OK, so maybe that’s not one to take too literally. Life isn’t meant to be a joke, but it is meant to be enjoyed. Find the good in life. Laugh when things don’t work the way you’d hoped. Keep a positive attitude.
  • Most of all, it reminds us to love. Love as long as we live. Love always. Love everything. Love the morning sunlight, love the late afternoon shadows. Love the quietness of night, love the beauty of the earth.


Maybe that’s the recipe for happiness. Maybe if we add those ingredients into our lives and stir them up a bit, we’ll have happiness enough to satisfy ourselves — and share with others, too.