I love photos taken with mirror images in water. I particularly like the ones I have to study closely to decipher which way is up. I know that one half is real and the other is only a reflection of reality. One thing I continue to learn is that perception of reality can be as convincing to many as reality itself – and that can be wonderful, beautiful – and also quite dangerous (or maybe humiliating – think Emperor’s New Clothes). Read the rest of this entry »
Category Archives: Interpersonal Skills
I must say that it was much easier to choose 40 photos than to choose 40 posts! One of the fun things about this particular journey is that I allowed myself to write (or post photos) about whatever I felt on any particular day. As a result, I have a wide array of followers who each connect in different ways to what I write – this has been amazing. I imagine that in the future, as I become a bit more focused, I may have a less diverse group of readers, though I hope not!
Here is my top 40 list of posts, hopefully as eclectic as my readers are. Some I chose because of the importance of the content, some because they make me laugh (yes, I realize that I have a weird sense of humor that others do not always appreciate) and some because I like the way the words flow. Read the rest of this entry »
Today I have decided to re-post my Valentine’s Day post from last year (373 Days ’til 40: Defining Love), as I believe this is such a critical concept that so many of us still need to grasp (with a few edits).
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Yesterday I did not get something I wanted. My initial gut-level reaction was to launch into a full-fledged pity party, complete with pouting and sulking. WHY CAN’T I WIN THE LOTTERY??? SOMEONE has to win it, why is that someone ALWAYS someone else and never me??? (And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that I rarely buy tickets, because rarely is not never, it is just not often). Recently I bought a lottery ticket and I was very disappointed that I did not win. In fact, I may have even been a tad depressed that I did not win….. I really, really, REALLY WANTED to win (note, a want is very different from a NEED). Read the rest of this entry »
Okay, so maybe I am not – but I should be. This is a concept that has been more clearly solidified for me during my past year of blogging. External encouragement feels great, but it is the internal motivation and self-encouragement and self-inspiration that are critical to life’s journey.
Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~ Japanese Proverb
Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can. ~ Author Unknown Read the rest of this entry »
I think one of the occupational hazards of educational administration that I did not reference in my recent post is slowing down (or, rather, lack thereof). I love my job. The students, teachers, and parents in our community really are special. They come together and support each other, sometimes in the midst of very trying life circumstances. Another thing I appreciate about our community is its diversity. I work in a place that celebrates and honors differences – in colors, abilities, religion, etc. As a result, we are a community that is rich – we learn from each other. Read the rest of this entry »
I LOVE it when my daughters teach me important lessons or remind me of lessons I have previously learned, but somehow “forgotten” as I go about my daily routine. The photos I have included in this blog are visual representations of the lesson my older daughter reminded me of this week: Chores should be fun! Read the rest of this entry »
Put one foot forward, one step at a time, and despite all the challenges continue to climb! ~ Ashraf Siddiqui
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao-tzu Read the rest of this entry »
I have not worked as a counselor in an official capacity for almost four years (yes, it is true that my current job in educational leadership does lend itself to many counseling moments). That said, I no longer consider myself a counseling professional, I now consider myself a broader “educational professional”. Yet, I have these moments when I find myself slipping back into that counseling role. The interesting thing is that I slip into the counseling role in the strangest of places (can you relate?) It does not necessarily happen at staff or parents meetings exclusively. Sometimes, I find myself in counselor mode on the weekends or while on vacation – far away from my professional realities. Yesterday was one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »
It is that time of year. Many people will pause during the next few days and come up with a list of resolutions for the coming year. Some people have genuine goals they want to see fulfilled in the coming year. Some individuals use this as a bargaining time with God or their higher power…….. ‘I will be “good” this year, if you only give me my health (or wealth, or a new job, or a significant other). Read the rest of this entry »