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My Thought for the Day…May 6, 2019

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May 6, 2019

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.

I woke and I saw that life is all service.

I served and I saw that service is joy.”

Khalil Gibran

*this is a repost of Monday, May 6, 2019, somehow it disappeared and I had to repost.  Sorry for the confusion.

Service Is Joy

Service is joy.  How many years did it take me to realize this?  Contemplating this quote made it finally concrete in my mind.  Serving others has always made me feel immensely better than just serving myself.  The simple act of helping someone out.  The joy and thanks received from it. Which ultimately propels me and the recipient higher.  It is a win-win situation if I ever saw one.

I recently watched The Blues Brothers, an old movie from the 80’s again.  It is one of my all-time favorite movies.  It never ceases to lift me up with the amazing music and the quirky story.   So, one particular part, in the beginning, is when John Belushi is at a gospel church and the Reverend (who is played by James Brown no less) is yelling ‘do you see the light?’  ‘Do you see the light!!’ As John Belushi’s character is finally seeing the light by getting the band back together to raise the money to help the orphanage they grew up it.   He sees the way is ultimately service towards others rather than service towards self, or at least that is the message I received from it!


So, maybe “service is joy” isn’t true for everyone, but it definitely is for me!  I bet if you think long enough you will see it is probably true for you too.



What Is a Life Well Lived?…My Thought for the Day…April 29, 2019

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April 29, 2019

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.

I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
-Diane Ackerman

What Is a Life Well Lived? 

I love this quote, although I am not entirely sure what it means.  I get a vague feeling of understanding that I can only think is what the author meant by this.  To me, it is definitely a thought-provoking quote.  Anybody can live the length of their life.  Just getting up and doing our daily activities will get us there.

But to live the width of it as well…  I am guessing this means going beyond our daily activities. Choosing to participate in life beyond the daily grind.  Cultivating friendships, hobbies, and interests that have nothing to do with our livelihoods and ambitions.

It is so easy to get the tunnel vision and only see a goal, or where we want to end up.  Or even worse, what is just on our plate today.  Sometimes, that is all we are capable of seeing in order to press on without getting too overwhelmed.  But the truth is, the richness is also in the journey.  The people and experiences along the way.

So, what makes a full life?  There are so many answers to that question.  And only the individual can answer that for themselves. None of us really knows if we will make it to tomorrow.  Are you living just the length of your life?




My Thought for the Day…March 30, 2019…Shine On!

“Well we all shine one, like the moon and the stars and the sun.”
John Lennon

Shine On!

A song for Saturday.

Have a great weekend!

My Thought for the Day…March 4, 2019

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”

-George Bernard Shaw

I chose this quote today as I contemplated the creation of this blog and possibly diverging from my original career plans of Web Development, considering, just what it is that brings me joy?  Art and design bring me joy.  They always have, but I never thought I could make a living doing it.


That is why I chose to change careers and to pursue Web Development back in late 2015.  I figured Web Development had some design capacity to it, and should provide me with marketable skills as I have always loved tech, computers, and languages.  I enjoyed it immensely at first, when it was really more about design that coding.  I don’t necesarily mind the coding, there is a great satisfaction in making something work or finding the bug or error that broke your page, but I don’t love it.


After I graduated this past summer I fell into a bit of gray period, all the jobs I saw were seeking experienced developers, I became overwhelmed with what I didn’t know.  I graduated my program with a 4.0 grade point average, and was on the dean’s list each semester, surely I must know something!


I even lost the urge to try to fill my deficits, something I never had a problem with before.  I used to love to seek out tutorials on things I didn’t know or to further my skills, I’d wake and be excited to find something new to learn or to work on each day.  I was seriously a tutorial junkie for a while!  I even thought of creating a site called “Tutorial Junkie” just to showcase that work!


A couple of months ago I decided to revisit the social media accounts I had set up for a my dog for the first website I ever created.  They were more of a joke then, but I had just read an article about your dog becoming an influencer on Instagram, and I thought why not?  I have a really cute and photogenic dog.  So I started to to develop her still empty Instagram account, @fionapuppypie.  I loved it and quickly grew her followers from 3 to well over 300 in about 2 months, in less than 4 months she is now at 808 followers!


I know, I am a dork.  But I learned a lot, and I also learned how to create interesting content, how to enage followers, and create loyalty through developing meanigful relationships, which I seriously value.


So where to now?  The future is wide open!