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Hide and Watch - Do You See the Magic?

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Mar 242017

Sometimes we look but just don't see magic that's happening all around us. Believe me?

Take a look here….This is the pocket-handkerchief garden I planted a week ago, It was quite cold last night and I didn't expect to see much today.  Nevertheless, I had to check it out. I looked and almost missed it…Can you see it? Look closely…..

Look very, very closely…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, let's get real close and personal…..

Yessss….there it is. The very first signs of life. A bean plant is poking out and soaking up the sun this afternoon.

How delightful…Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here. A take-away to apply to our businesses and our personal lives.

Well, maybe three:

  1. I can't take all the credit for what's going on. Of course, I planted the seed, mulched it and watered it. But nature had a whole lot more to do with this than I did. It took the water and sunshine and warmth to make it happen. Thank you nature!!
  2. We need to wait patiently and pay close attention to what's going on around us. We need to put in some effort to achieve our goals in our businesses and our lives. We rely on on that effort to produce fruit… but too often we forget that all growth and success takes time.
  3. Too often we expect to be wowed by the magic that occurs right under our noses. Real magic is not a "shock and awe" event. Real magic requires that we be really observant. Too often we're in such a hurry for results and success that we miss it entirely.

Take time to observe and enjoy every minute of every day….every small step in the process. What you witness today is just the beginning of wonderful things to come.

Lessons Learned March 2017

Albuquerque NM, Spring Comments Off on Lessons Learned March 2017
Mar 132017

Albuquerque seems to have turned the corner. Spring is bustin' out all over and those of us who love to dig in the dirt are itching to start planting. In the city, it looks like sheltered areas will support planting now. Of course, it's a bit early and there's always a chance of a frost. I have a little plot of land at my apartment that is sheltered from winds and gets a good bit of sun so I think I'm ok to get started. On the other hand, if you live on the mountain like my daughter does, you may want to wait a bit longer because there's still frost in the mornings up there.

I've put in top soil and mulch for this pocket handkerchief sized personal garden here where I'm living. I'mGarden Plot getting ready to plant bush green beans and perhaps a tomato plant this weekend.  If you want to do this, I suggest you get something called Inoculate to prep the bean seeds. I'd never heard about it, but apparently, it gives the bean seeds an extra shot of energy to get started.

Meanwhile, whether you're itching to start gardening like me or just want to enjoy the quickening of nature that has begun, take some time to enjoy.

 

American Freedom

Business - Not As Usual, That's Life Comments Off on American Freedom
Jan 282017

Statue of Liberty Inscription

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Author: Emma Lazarus

I wonder….do we need to tear down the Statue of Liberty? Or  blot out the inscription? Or, at very least, amend it to eliminate all those undesirables that are currently being discriminated against? 

Are we still the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

 

Feb 20 Music Streaming

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Jan 202017

This is a great day to introduce yourself to music streaming. You can enjoy the best of the best classical, easy listening, relaxation music 24/7. Just do a search for "YouTube 24/7 streaming classical playlist" or a variant or similar. You'll come up with some amazing resources!  One I'm listening to right now is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgpJVI3tDbY  This one is three hours of uninterrupted Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin masterpieces. But there's ever so many more options out there. Take a look and enjoy your favorites.

 

 

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