Monday, December 16, 2019

Change One Thing And Everything Will Change

Daily Sunrise: Change One Thing

"If you can change one thing--
everything will change."
George A. Romero 

American filmmaker George A. Romero (1940-2017) specialized in the zombie apocalypse with his iconic film, Night of the Living Dead (1968). 

Who better to be inspired by Today's Quote and Today's Sunrise about change? If you saw the flick, you know the zombies just wanted to live and the humans did not want to die. 

Whether zombie or human, one change, even a small change, would have affected everything, in the film and in life.

What Would You Change?
As this video shows, there are some things you can't change--like your height or your eye color. But we know that true power is within and there are bad habits we can change.

4 Ways to Change A Small Habit
  1. Choose your small habit to change.
  2. Come up with a plan: How, when, where to make this change?
  3. Stay focused on your goal.
  4. Celebrate after you've made the change!
My Change? Eat Less Sugar
I have a sweet tooth and have been trying to eat less sugar. I finally committed to the change.
First, I thought about it and realized I'm sugar vulnerable at 3 or 4 in the afternoon. 
Second, knowing this, whether at work or at home, I removed all sugar temptations. 
Third, the plan was not easy at first, but I tried to focus on the goal. Don't give up. Research shows it takes anywhere from 18-254 days to change a habit, but the average is 66 days.
Finally, after about a month, I zapped the daily sugar habit. Hallelujah! Now I choose when to enjoy a brownie. And somehow, when I do eat a brownie, it tastes even better than before!

Today's Lesson -- Change One Thing And You Change EverythingI can make a change with awareness, time, and commitment. When one thing changes,  everything changes. And the next change will be easier.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Death Will Tremble

Asheville, North Carolina

"We are here to laugh at the odds
and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us." 
Charles Bukowski

Inspiration and freezing joy: I had an idea to take a selfie with the bright light, cresting with me... 

Me and My Sunrise

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Within A Dream

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
Edgar Allan Poe

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Accept Things

"Our vision becomes very narrow when we need things to be a certain way and cannot accept things the way they actually are."
Sharon Salzberg

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Hoped For

Birmingham, Alabama Sunset
"Do not spoil what you have 
by desiring what you have not; 
remember that what you now 
have was once among the things 
you only hoped for."

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Friday, September 13, 2019

An Abstract Noun

“Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous.
 And yet love turns out to be
the only part of us that is solid,
as the world turns upside down
and the screen goes black.” 
~ Martin Amis

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Capable Of Living

"There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
Nelson Mandela

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Hugest Gift

"It’s such a gift for someone to tell you the truth,
and it’s such a gift for someone to create art
with the mess and the chaos and the despair of life,
to have turned it into a song,
a poem,
a novel.
It’s the hugest gift we have
to offer one another."
~ Anne Lamott

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Pillars Of Learning

 "Seeing much, suffering much
and studying 
are the three pillars of learning."

I am reaching out to a wonderful Birmingham sunset... What a deep connection, So close to the horizon, it sets so quickly. Delight! I must pause, settle down, watch. Or I'll miss it.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Important Things

"A shaft of sunlight at the end of a dark afternoon, a note in music, and the way the back of a baby’s neck smells if its mother keeps it tidy… Those are the important things."
~ E. B. White 

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Wake Up

"Wake up… Your ultimate purpose in life is to awaken."
~ Eckhart Tolle

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Friday, June 14, 2019

A Living Prayer

Outside, Birmingham
"When you live with constant gratitude, 
your life will become a living prayer."
~ Barbara De Angelis


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Participating in Divinity

"When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain you pause and exclaim, 'Ah,' you are participating in divinity."
~ Joseph Campbell

Sitting at my desk, screen open, my flowers and I are soaking in this afternoon's red-orange sun.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Is the World

"Is the world a problem?
Is the world an opportunity?
Is this challenge a crisis?
Or is this challenge an opportunity?"
~ Deepak Chopra

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rejoicing In Ordinary Things

"Rejoicing in ordinary things
is not sentimental or trite.
It actually takes guts."
~ Pema Chödrön

Beyond the sounds of the city, I am listening deeply to the sky. So many birds, singing as if just for me. Sweet, light, deep, steady. A concerto. An invitation. 

A celebration.

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Creative Power

"Odd how the creative power at once 
brings the whole universe to order."
~ Virginia Woolf

Finally home from work. A wonderful, full 15,000-step day. Letting the setting sun massage my feet and happy to just soak in the beauty of the dwindling day. Oh, how grateful I am to be alive.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Rose Again

"Courage is not defined by those
who fought and did not fall, 
but by those who fought, fell, and rose again."
~ Adrienne Rich

Delighted by the setting sun, hitting the horizon, and the sky, ablaze with color and courage. Birmingham, Alabama, I am enthralled, grateful, and falling in love with your beauty.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Wonders of Life

 "When we practice mindfulness 
in our daily lives we open to 
the wonders of life and allow the world 
to heal and nourish us."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Good morning!

I am feeling the breeze through my mind's screen: Chanting with the birds. Dreaming as new light transforms the night sky. In my view, Aloha is everywhere: Let the healing continue.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Make No Judgments

"Make no judgments where you have no compassion."
Anne McCaffrey

Oh yes, the sun is off my lanai in Birmingham, Alabama and I can happily share it with you. Love shines.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Part of Something Larger

"A life of spirit, regardless of what path you choose, 
begins with a person's acceptance 
that they are part of something 
larger than themselves."
~ Mark Nepo

Friday, April 12, 2019

Better By Morning

"Most things get better by themselves. 
Most things, in fact, are better by morning."
~ Lewis Thomas

And yes, I wear the sunrise, too...

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Monday, March 18, 2019

See the Moon

"Glance at the sun.
See the moon and stars.
Gaze at the beauty of the green earth.
Now think."
Hildegard of Bingen

An unexpected distraction, 
A skylight surprise.
Two days from being full: 
this moon, setting golden to orange, 
cutting the indigo over the city of Birmingham, Alabama.

Something about the moon that welcomes dreams...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Face Everything And Rise

"F-E-A-R has two meanings: 
'Forget Everything And Run'
or 'Face Everything And Rise.' 
The choice is yours."
~ Zig Ziglar

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Beginning of a Beginning

"The past is but the beginning of a beginning."
~ H. G. Wells

Another beginning. How wonderful, to celebrate this moment with you.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Be True To Who You Are

"To live a good life is to be true to who you are. 
Always remember it. 
And be optimistic about where you're headed. 
Everything will somehow come together."
~ Aleksandra Scepanovic

Monday, January 28, 2019

More Strength

"Always remember,
there is more strength in you than
you ever realized or imagined.
Nothing can keep you down
if you are determined
to get on top of things
and stay there."
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Kayla and Tony are married and happy and I am back in Birmingham, Alabama. Always the spirit of a sunrise to inspire: Ready, set, go.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Grief Isn't

"Grief isn’t all tears."
~ Patti Smith

Good morning, Sweet Grief
I feel you, like the Tradewinds
And the smell of the ocean.

I cannot change what happened.
But I can celebrate what was good.
And be grateful
for everything.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Fire For Fire

"Honest criticism means nothing; 
what one wants in unrestrained passion, 
fire for fire."
~ Henry Miller

Holy morning 
My New Year
Bold colors
Freedom Fire
Endless sky
New adventures
Unrestrained passion.

Through the worst times,
I've earned this clean slate

Now ask for it, make it:
the best year,