Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. -Walter Anderson

As seemingly unprofessional as this sounds, I am not very excited about writing a post here at the moment. It has been to long and excited or not, the truth is, I need to. I would like to first say happy 2019 to everyone. A month late or not, I do hope this is your best year yet.

We Have A Choice

Over the years I feel I have been very fortunate. The challenges and struggles that I have faced are not unique. What most of us experience is in direct correlation to how we chose to experience. Our attitudes, our daily mindfulness, the acceptance of those things we can not control. That being said, it still does not make it easy when the challenges of life hits us straight on. 

The last month has been one of those challenging times. Personal events have put the normality of daily life to task. To the point where most other things seemed unimportant. As such life events happen it is important to remember the bounties of joy and happiness we have experienced. This is much easier said than done. Nonetheless it is necessary to continue to remind ourselves of such things. 

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. -Anne Roiphe

I am hoping the simple act of finally getting a short, though necessary post here will provide the needed mindfulness of not taking life for granted. 

A few outing have been made into the wintry landscape. It always amazes me how troubles seem to be so far away when I choose to make nature part of my days. I look forward to more. To learn, grow, and experience all that is good. 

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. — Anatole France

Chase County State Lake - Kansas Flint Hills

Chase County State Lake – Kansas Flint Hills