friday’s “secret” – eat your own grass

Today’s “secret” is about greener grass.  You know, “the grass is greener on the other side.”

I have been thinking and praying about what to do with my life, what career to pursue, etc. and while talking to my sister, I was admiring her career and based on her comments it seemed she could appreciate what I am doing.

It dawned on me that often in life, we often always wish for what we do not have. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Well, in order to be happy, I have learned that I must eat my own grass! I can’t be happy while I look around me seeing what other people are eating. Gratefulness is one of the major keys! I must eat my own grass! And be thankful for it!

enjoy life…

what i have learned watching the Tour de France

Le Tour de France 100For the past three weeks, I have watched the 100 edition of the Tour de France: an epic bicycle race of over 180 riders participating in 21 stages all over the country of France.  The stages average over 100 miles each and some feature the mountains of the Pyrenees and the Alps.

Most people in the States know of the Tour because of Lance Armstrong and doping. I was intrigues and for the past three years I have come to appreciate the race despite of its faults.

Below are some of the things that I have learned while watching:

1.  This earth is a truly beautiful place!  As the riders race of 2000 miles all around the french countryside, they past some truly beautiful sites: fields of lavender, hundreds of wine vineyards, the beautiful mountains and crystal clear streams, the beaches with the lovely blue green water, all of it so gorgeous and speaking to the goodness of its Creator!

2.  The mind is a powerful thing!  On stage17 this year, the riders raced up Alpe d’Huez, a mountain that goes up for over 8 miles.  And the riders had to do it twice in one day! And most did! It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.

3. In life, one should always strive for something.  While in the restaurant Zoe’s Kitchen, I saw that the restaurant was sponsoring a runner named Zoe Romano who was running, that’s right, RUNNING the entire route of the Tour de France, all 2000+ miles for charity!  You’ve got to be kidding me!  Why would anyone do that!?!?! She’s insane but oh so inspirational! Check her out at http://www.zoegoesrunning.wordpress.com

4. It takes getting to know to fully understand. Not only is there a race for the maillot jaune (yellow jersey for the overall winner) in the Tour, but there is a winner for the best sprinter, the king of the mountains, and the youngest rider of the Tour.  These are often four different men. Also during the 21 stages, there are individual winners. And the overall winner of the yellow jersey does not necessarily have to or need to win any stages.  It is only by watching and learning about the Tour did I come to begin to understand it. And it became very interesting.

5. Keep an open mind. I learned this from watching something that in the past I had absolutely no interest or desire to see.  Frankly, I thought the Tour would be boring and mundane. However, it has turned into a truly enlightening, especially culturally, and motivating experience that I have begun to look forward to every year. Check it out next June and online at: http://www.letour.com

And finally…

5. “Cote” means hill and “Col” means mountain pass in French. I think.

Vive le Tour!

enjoy life…

friday’s “secret” – “a negative mind”

Quote - A negative mind

You know how there are times when you read something and it hits you like a ton of bricks. Even if it is something that you have “known” all along. Well today’s “secret” was like that for me.

“A negative mind will NEVER give you a positive life.”

NEVER!  It will NOT happen! It CAN’T happen!

So if you’re doing “everything” to be happy but you are harboring negativity (about work, people, things, etc); guess what? Not going to be happy!  So, change your mind and change your life! I’m doing it.

enjoy life…

i’m back!!!!!!

Hello All!

I know! I disappeared on you for half a year or so!  I was recharging, renewing the batteries, reading, discovering and coming up with all kinds of wonderful things to rant, uh, share, with you.

To start, my friend, Jamila of jamilaspeaks.com posted a very thought-provoking quote on Facebook today and I would like to share it with you now:  “You are a non-renewable resource.”

So, here’s to STAYING renewed and as always…

enjoy life…

12-12-12 and carpe diem: bimmer’s [BEAM-er] perspective

BimmerMy human Mommy said that it was 12-12-12 today.  She was talking to my human Daddy  and they said something about “seizing the day”  and “that this will never happen again in our lifetime.”  I haven’t the foggiest idea what they mean by that but I do know that I ALWAYS seize the day or whatever part of the day that they will let me.

I wake up refreshed and alert every morning.  Which is more than I can say for them.  Sometimes, they act like they want to stay on top of that gigantic plush pillow that they call a bed.  They let me up on there once; it was awesome! But I’m getting distracted (that happens a lot)! I wake up EVERY morning, excited, eager, and ready for anything (OK, maybe not ANYTHING but almost).

Today, it took them awhile to get going.  Mommy took f-o-r-e-v-e-r tying her shoes; why does it take that long? I couldn’t be still!  I was too excited.  Finally she was bundled up in that huge jacket; it’s way too big for her but I don’t think she knows it. And out the door we went.  I hurtled down the stairs and to my favorite spot, for now.  I like to keep things interesting and switch it up every so often to keep myself from getting bored, much to their chagrin.  I peed and then we started on a walk!

It was a deliciously long walk too!  Maybe there was something to that conversation of “seizing the day!”  I had to “heel/stay with me” (I wish she would make up her mind what command she wants to use; it is really confusing sometimes) until we got to another of my favorite spots where she let me poop.  She took out one of those many plastic bags that she carries around and picked it up; why she does that I will never know but she is very diligent about it. Then off we went again.

The air was so fresh and crisp!  She acted like she couldn’t smell a thing; but me? Oh! There was so much: in the air, on the ground, over here and over there!  I do not know why those humans don’t get excited about these things?  The birds, oh, the birds were everywhere!  I tried to chase them but they would fly just out of my reach and then come back and we would go it again. I think they were taunting me a little. I soon became distracted with the branches that were strewed across the ground.  I tried to pick one up but it was too big so I set it down.

We kept walking; Mommy let me take the lead.  It was great!  I kept pulling us to see more! More! More!  We had to go to the calling post (the “fire hydrant” for those of you who don’t know) of all the dogs in the neighborhood.  I had to let them I know I was there that morning.  Didn’t have much pee to let out but they will know I was there.  The human acted like she was wanting to go home but I put my own leash in my mouth and tugged.  She acquiesced (I know, big word; heard it on the big black square thing that pictures, voices, and sounds come out of that the humans like to stare at; frankly, I do not mind looking at it myself sometime but I digress AGAIN.  It happens!) . We went a little further.  There was delicious dirt; I got a taste before she stopped me. She always does that. We started heading back for home. So much for “seizing the day”.

I wish she would learn that you got to enjoy what you can, when you can!  It is a big, wide, wonderful world out there and there is so much to do, see, explore.  You got to wake up, ready to go and see as much of it as you can.  Do as much as you can do.  These smells will not be around again (OK, maybe they will but not like THIS time).  We came in and I had breakfast. I LIKE breakfast!  What shall I do now? Oh! I have toys my Grandmommy bought me.  Time to tear one up!  I wonder what the humans will tear up, today?