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—Steven Pressfield // Best-selling Author, The War of Art

Care

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I care for you.

But how do I show you? I care for you by washing your sheets and sweeping the floor in your room, carrying your dirty dishes, dried chicken bones, bread crusts, to the kitchen.

Smile at someone today and chase away their tears

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This morning I stood in line to buy an extra-large latte in the basement of a hospital. Nurses, doctors, friends, family members of patients waiting to buy coffee. The barista was wearing a plaid shirt over a white t-shirt. Hanging down the front of his t-shirt was an ornate cross, brown on a long chain. His brown hair was short. He was wearing a smile.

After he handed me my coffee and I handed him four dollars, he looked past me and started to take the next order. I asked him, ” Excuse me, may I please have cold milk added to it.”

How old is old?

Will you please tell me how many candles are on your cake? Or is it a secret?

At what age do you stop telling how old you are? When do you decide you are old enough?

“I am old enough, thank you very much.”

And if you really don’t want to get older what age would you choose to stop at? When your children were in diapers? When you were thirty and lived in the small apartment? Or do you stop before you add a zero?

Just because you haven’t done it yet doesn’t mean you won’t

You haven’t done it yet. Nope. You have not. Yesterday you didn’t do it. You didn’t walk. You didn’t floss your teeth. You didn’t learn how to play the flute. You didn’t write your mother a letter. You didn’t run a marathon. You didn’t learn how to use Adobe InDesign. You didn’t learn how to spell beautaful. [...]

Smile. You are Beautiful.

It was one of those days.

Have you ever had one?

Have you ever had a day when you don’t want to smile? A day when you feel ugly.

Reba McEntire helped me clean under my fridge

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Reba McEntire helped me clean under my fridge. Yes, she did. She really did. And she helped me wash the floors under my washing machine too. Reba sang to me, “Who I am is who I want to be. I am a survivor.” Well, she didn’t sing  just  to me. She sang to everyone who watches the reruns [...]

When I die please don’t sell my portable toilet on the front lawn for $3.00

There are two portable toilets  for sale on Moyer Road in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. They sit in someones front yard, with a hand painted sign. $3 EACH Why they are selling them? Did the person die? Did they just get indoor plumbing? I know that when I am dead I won’t know if you sold my portable [...]

Be careful when your tape measure weighs the same as your wallet

I just had a few minutes to drive to the store to buy kitty litter  and toilet paper. My purse was hanging on the hook right by the front door. My keys were hanging on the same hook, so I didn’t have to waste time looking for my keys. I didn’t even brush my hair [...]

My puppy is smarter than I am and I don’t want to admit it.

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Penny, my daughters dog, was born on December 14th, 2013. She is six months and eleven days old. I am fifty-five years, eight months, and seven days old.

Penny, the puppy, is smarter than I am.

I hate to admit it. But it’s true. The puppy is really smarter than I am. Me, the adult person. Me the human with opposable thumbs is not as smart as a dog.

Looking for memories at my old high school and finding one of them in the bathroom

My mom and I drove down Avenue W in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Mount Royal Collegiate. We parked on Avenue W and walked to the front of the school. My brother and I use to walk the 1.65 miles to school, from our home on Avenue K.  When the days were the shortest, we left our [...]