Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Using Grammar Correctly?

A little more than a week ago, I met several interesting people at a meeting of the Society of Southwestern Authors in Tucson. Today, I want to share about one, Ron Mead. I found out that he combines his skills as teacher, speaker, and author to support his mission. "To raise the literacy level by encouraging All people to read more and to overcome common writing and grammar errors." Please check out his website to learn more about this worthwhile goal: www.ronmead.net

Quote for the day: 
Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens. 

- President Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994   
            Quote from www.readfaster.com/LiteracyQuotes.asp

Monday, January 2, 2012

Availability, Giving of Myself

The quote for today is: “The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”

Today I am determined to rededicate myself to expanding my horizons by looking inward for personal growth, insights, and learning. The start of a New Year creates space for me to set an intention to be more fully available (emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, energetically) to myself and others than I was able to be last year.

Upon reflection, I surmise that in order to move forward toward this goal, I may need to practice non-judgement, kindness, gratitude, and living in the moment. Let me tell you why...

My default setting for new adventures is, at first, fear. With non-judgement, I can acknowledge my feelings, check to see whether my fear is justified, and/or consult with a trusted friend to hash things out. With kindness, I can be gentle with myself and others in any situation, as I encourage us along. With gratitude I can appreciate progress and recognize the power inherent in learning by trial and error. By living in the moment, I can truly honor myself and those I interact with, by planting my mind, heart, attention, and energy into the soil of whatever I am involved in. Here are some ways I've thought to work on this.

  1. Do only one thing at a time.
  2. Plan for one day at a time to reduce the "doing too much" syndrome.
  3. Listen to my secret longings, dreams, and preferences when determining time-choices.
  4. Deal with minor irritations before they turn into explosions.
  5. Consider others' needs, but don't forget to focus on my priorities.
  6. Laugh at myself and lighten up.
  7. State boundaries directly and simply, without attachment to another person's reaction. 
  8. Refrain from offering advice to anyone who doesn't ask for it.
  9. Reserve time and energy for exercise, relaxation, spiritual pursuits, and fun activities.
  10. Practice flexibility by being willing to regroup, re-frame, recycle, or shelve.
  11. Act only when fully cognizant about my motives.
  12. Appreciate all my blessings and acknowledge the wondrous gift of being vitally alive.

Thanks for Visiting

Hope you enjoyed your visit and will return again. Be well. Live well. Lead a colorful life! Warm regards, Nan