A few whims and rambles

Here are some random blog posts, articles, and quotes that have inspired and stuck with me lately.  Perhaps they’ll be something good for you to read too.

Edie at Life in Grace, is one of my favorite bloggers.  As part of her 31 Days to Hospitality series, she posted about Listening and Margin.  This may be my favorite post from her.

If there is one gift you can give another human being,  it is a listening heart.   Nothing validates us, makes us whole, helps us become who we are meant to be, as much as to be heard.

But we don’t listen well, do we?  We are busy, distracted, stressed, overworked, overburdened, anxious,  and selfish.

We don’t listen because we don’t have space for others.  

Our lives are chaotic and cluttered and full.

We lack margin.  We don’t know how to quieten the buzz.    We don’t really even want to.

But when we lose margin, we lose our humanity.

Margin is the space between us and our limits.   It’s  what gives us the time and compassion to listen.

Margin gives us time to play…..

Read on here

This article may give you a better idea of what a Child Life Specialist does at the hospital.

Being an Aggie is part of who I am.  This post from September shows the Aggie spirit in action.

Line of students

“I keep going back to that picture of the line. What do you see there? Boredom, texting, a smile or two, conversation. What do I see?

I see the reason I invest my life at Texas A&M.”

Last, a few quotes that help me get out of bed at 5 am and embrace each day.

“We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available all the time. Life is not only to be appreciated in retrospect. Rejoice now and be glad in it. No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there’s something in each day to embrace and cherish, there’s something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy, if only we will see and appreciate it. Perhaps we should be looking less with our eyes, and more with our hearts.”~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Exercise is the celebration of the body’s ability to move. And so embrace it as you’re going through this.” – Chris Powell

“If you want great results, you have to do great things.”

“We don’t rebel because we’re bad kids, we rebel because we have a cause!”

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