Find Your Berry Patch

The other day, I went to a friend’s parents’  house to meet him and his wife for dinner. His parents were going to watch their baby while we went out to eat.

Even though I’ve known this friend for almost twenty years, I’d never actually been inside his family’s home. I also had never really spoken with his parents.

They were extremely welcoming, and talked with us for nearly thirty minutes about all kinds of things. While we were conversing, my friend’s mother invited us to eat some of the blueberries they’d picked the day before. She directed us to an enormous tray on the kitchen island. The giant dish overflowed with hundreds of fresh blueberries.

I love berries, especially ones that are so packed full of nutrients like blueberries, so I started eating them one by one. As I and my friend helped ourselves to the tasty berries, his mother started talking about the picking process. I must have stirred up that part of the conversation because I remarked how painstaking a process it is to pick blueberries, and how long it must have taken her to harvest that many.

She laughed and agreed. She said that picking blueberries is most definitely a slow, methodic procedure. You have to take the berry, one at a time, and twist them gently to get them off the stem, then repeat with the next piece of fruit. If you’ve ever gone berry picking, you know what I’m talking about.

What was more interesting, however, was her next comment about the picking process. She said that while she was harvesting the fruit, the slow, methodical nature of it caused her to reflect on some different things. One of those things was how amazing hands are. Hands can do incredible feats of skill. They can twist in different directions, and the fingers are so versatile, all at the command of the human mind. Continue reading

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Lost Socks

It happens to all of us. Well, most of us anyway.

It seems to happen to me all the time.

I go to the store to buy a new set of socks. Invariably, six to ten weeks later I am missing several of them.

I know that I had them when I started my laundry. It seems like there is some kind of vortex inside the clothes dryer.

You probably know what I’m talking about.

I’ve heard stories about mythical sock monsters or that inside the dryer is a gateway to another dimension. If there really is a worm hole, I feel bad for that other dimension because it has to be packed to the brim with everyone’s missing socks.

Where our socks disappear to is one of life’s insignificant yet puzzling questions. I’d sure like to know the answer. And don’t suggest that maybe I lost them or they dropped behind the washer and dryer. I’ve already checked everywhere.

The point remains, we find ourselves asking little questions like that all the time. Occasionally, we let those questions or doubts get the better of us and we make too much of them when really, we would be better off taking them with a grain of salt. Continue reading

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Hit the Reset Button

Sometimes you just seem to be on a roll. Everything is going great. You can’t lose no matter how hard you try.

I love it when that happens. Although, it doesn’t seem to happen very often. That’s life, I guess.

Life is full of times when things don’t seem to be going our way. One complication leads to another, and before you know it, you’re completely out of sorts, seemingly losing your mind.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Continue reading

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One Life Hack That Can Help You Feel Better in 7 Days

I go to the grocery store a few times a week. On every visit, I walk through the produce section, fully intending to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables. I know I should eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us are in that boat. But when I get there to the produce area, I see all the different things and start wondering what I’m going to do with them.

There’s broccoli, bok choi, tomatoes, apples, bananas, kale, spinach, berries, and so many great foods, I always get a little overwhelmed. I start wondering which ways I should cook the veggies, what I’ll eat with them, and what day I’m going to eat them because after a while, they’ll go bad.

I begin to create excuses to not buy my fruits and vegetables. I’ve caught myself doing this with exercise too. And I know other people have done it because I recently saw it on a commercial (either Gatorade or Nike). I’ll get all dressed up to go for a run, putting on my running shoes and shorts, then get outside and feel a droplet of rain hit my skin.

“Well, I guess I can’t run today. That’s too bad. But I tried.”

At least that’s what we tell ourselves. And another day of no veggies or no exercise goes by the wayside.

Here’s the deal. Life is hard. We all know it. We’re all living it.

I recently asked my reading community (which you may be a part of) if anyone was struggling with anxiety. I asked because I had to fight through it fairly recently and have had lots of people ask me for help regarding that topic. The response was overwhelming. Continue reading

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Believe

At many sporting events across the world, you will typically see someone, usually at least one person, holding up a sign or banner that contains one word. Believe.

I’ve heard some cynics say that the word believe is something that losers use as their last, desperate rallying cry.

As a fan of teams who are usually desperate, I can see that, but there is something far bigger at play when we talk about believing in something. Belief pushes us, it moves us, and it motivates us. When we believe in something, we are more apt to give that something every ounce of energy and focus we can muster. Continue reading

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Play Time: The ultimate cure for stress

It can be overwhelming beyond anything you’ve ever known.

Strangely, one of the big problems with it is that you don’t necessarily know where it’s coming from.

You feel crippled, exasperated, and desperate. It might even get to the point where you begin to get angry at the fact that no matter what you try, you can’t make it go away.

It can manifest itself in a number of different ways, and frequencies. When it’s hitting you, though, you know it. Continue reading

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