If the simplest things
If a blade of grass springing up from a field has the power to move you, if the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. – Eleanora Duse Clouds Smiley Pleasure is not synonymous with […]Read full story
Practicing Self Compassion
A problem seems small, If you cut it some slack. You can choose to forgive, And how you react.Read full story
”Ode to Things” a poem by Pablo Neruda
A poem about loving stuff could hardly be cool, right? Aren’t we all supposed to be groovier than that? Well, I think this poem is the grooviest. I am right there with Pablo: I love my bed, my tub, sourdough toast, waxed dental floss and thick socks. Daffodils are the best. New sheets, rechargeable batteries, […]Read full story
Why not skip being embarrassed and laugh about it right now?!
Sidewalk Smiley at the Cable Car turnaround on Market St. I’ve written frequently about sticking your neck out and taking a chance. You know, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Really what’s the worst that can happen? Even when it all goes south, it’s rarely as bad as the way you imagined it might be. Last night […]Read full story
I was just listening to a panel discussion about effective behaviors of people who coach sports. The panelists said a whole bunch of interesting things about discipline and motivation. I was most struck by one man’s advice to teach kids (people) to have a mistake strategy or mistake ritual.Read full story
I recently heard a man interviewed about writing Thank You cards. The idea made me smile from ear to ear. His idea had nothing to do with the obligatory Thank Yous one is supposed to write, after receiving a gift. Nope, not the kind you mean to write but then don’t, and then beat yourself […]Read full story
Be Porous, not Teflon
If you go through life with a Teflon coating, you miss out. So often it’s a matter of incorrectly thinking we have too much to do to take the extra time to enjoy our surroundings. Too much to do? That supposition deserves a second look.Read full story
Be the Adjectives You Admire! A TO DO list worth doing!
Can you think of 6 words to describe yourself? Probably not too hard to do, so take a minute. I hope you come up with lots of positive adjectives! If not, practice a little self compassion and try again. Nobody gets to see the list so why not brag a little, about yourself to yourself. […]Read full story
The How Much Mud Can You Carry in Your Underwear Challenge, be quick to smile and slow to scold.
One gorgeous spring day, my three kids were in the backyard making mud with the hose, lots and lots of mud. They’d come up with the marvelous, incredible, never before experienced, “How Much Mud Can You Carry in Your Underwear Challenge.” Unbeknownst to me one of them had run into the house to get the […]Read full story
In the coming year, I vow to be a uni-tasker.
The whole concept that multitasking is wonderful, is quite frankly absurd. I don’t buy the theory, that if only we could master multitasking we would have a better life. I say, “Bptptptp” to that (imagine the Smiley Lady blowing a raspberry). Multitask and you lose the entire experience of each of the things you’ve jumbled […]Read full story