Respite: Painting a New Image

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso, author of the above quote, was revered by many but also confused many, and even angered some, through his choices of expression. His message, however, is applicable for [...]

2019-03-21T19:44:40-04:00August 12th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Speed Up The Healing

“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” - Voltaire There are only so many hours in a day – and in a life – so how we choose to spend those hours can critically affect our happiness. Even when misfortune crosses our path – like [...]

2019-03-21T19:45:40-04:00July 29th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Happy Changes

“There is in the worst of fortune, the best chance for a happy change.” - Euripides Is it time to reconfigure our expectations and abilities, our demands and capabilities? One of the hardest lessons in life is to realize we cannot do everything, nor should we even want to. Allowing ourselves time for [...]

2019-03-21T19:45:58-04:00July 15th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Never Lost

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” - Helen Keller This quote was included in an obituary that crossed my desk at work. The person “lost” had been so loved that it was imperative to reiterate how their presence would never [...]

2019-03-21T19:46:52-04:00July 1st, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: How Big is Your Heart?

“A person’s world is only as big as their heart.” - Tanya A. Moore When confronted with confusing and conflicting occurrences, sometimes our reaction is to pull in or “hunker down,” cutting ourselves off from others, even friends and family. When we stop sharing our lives with others, we may be lessening our [...]

2019-03-21T19:47:04-04:00June 17th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Conquering the Self

“Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.” - Plato It has often been said that each of us is our own worst enemy. Especially during stressful times, this statement can become more true than in times of prosperity and ease. Stressful difficulties challenge us all. We wish they would go away because we do [...]

2019-03-21T19:47:17-04:00June 3rd, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Let it Remain Undone

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” - Lin Yutang Most of the time, not much of what we are engaged in seems as if it is non-essential. Most times, we do not [...]

2019-03-21T19:47:29-04:00May 20th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Where’s My Compass

“In wisdom gathered over time, I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” - Ansel Adams When one intentionally begins a hike, especially on a new trail, surprises inevitably occur – fallen rocks here, a washed out trail over there. And when the trail meanders through a densely wooded area, [...]

2019-03-21T19:48:37-04:00May 6th, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Celebrating Our Gift

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” - Thomas J. Peters Unexpected circumstances happen to us all when results we expected to go one way actually go another. Disappointing results often cause shock, pain, anger and confusion. What are we to do now? How are we expected to proceed? We are to proceed [...]

2019-03-21T19:48:54-04:00April 22nd, 2017|All, Respite|

Respite: Developing a Good Heart

“The proper use of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.” - Dalai Lama In places where intelligence and knowledge are considered highly valuable assets – and hopefully this is in ALL places – it might be a good idea to reflect from time to [...]

2019-03-21T19:49:05-04:00April 8th, 2017|All, Respite|