Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Spring has donned its best colors and attitude.  The season is for preparing a party, a prom, a social debut or, definitely, a new life adventure.  Why not be an integral part of it?  Why not dare to make it even bigger and better?  Be enterprising.  Dare to take on a new adventure or a new style - or both.  Be ambitious.  Be risky.

To be enterprising requires just two things: First is creativity to see ordinary things in a new way, then to take courage to reshape them - possibly to a personal and financial advantage.  What would you really like to invest yourself in?  Are you a homemaker, musician, architect, gardener, artist, inventor...?  Whatever you are, be enterprising.

See opportunity in all areas of your life.  You can influence, reshape and improve things and ideas.  An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of wood or old horse shoes and sees it as a sculpture, or the baker who plucks a patch of Tiger lilies to use as garnish alongside a simple wedge of apple pie.  These are the people who dare to be enterprising.  What adventure or dream would you dare to expand?

I have decided to be enterprising in several directions this year.  Most have some relationship to color for, as I grow old, I have a need to see and feel and absorb more color.  It is my plan to join an organization designed to give aid to others as it encourages its own membership.  As an outsider, the group appears to be a blueprint for stability, adventure and creativity; its members are diverse and colorful individuals, so I will dive in rather than test the waters. (I'll let you know how that works out...)  I have also determined to try to create colorful artwork - certainly something I know nothing about but want to learn in order to 'reshape' ordinary things from color on paper to garden plants and home decor.  I think I'd like to organize and host a variety of events at my home and elsewhere - hopefully, in a new and different fashion.

Join me!  Dare to be enterprising - Dare to be the one who creates a better mousetrap.  Then, tell me about it - because I want to know.

Nancy yTe \

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Bhutan, one of the world's poorest nations, declares itself to have the Happiest people - happier than citizens of the US, Canada or the UK.  It is a nation where Happiness is the government's number one goal.  Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index is a concept the UN would like to promote world-wide.

There is no happiness in complaining, moaning and griping.  I knew that while I was complaining and griping - and expecting someone else to make me 'all better.'  Fortunately, I know Happiness is within my self at all times - as accessible as breathing and thinking.  This time, with dumb luck, I also found a treasure of Happiness while reading about Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan country wedged between China and India.

The May 6, 2013 issue of Woman's World offered clues to Happiness as well.  Examples include:
-Hang out with happy people and your own happiness expands; Do something requiring extra effort and the reward is sweeter; Learn to breathe deeply and meditate; Concentrate on positive ideas or proverbs; believe in Karma - as do people of Bhutan.  Every kindness you do finds its way back to you - which is why paying forward with Random Acts of Kindness creates so much Happiness.

To keep a positive attitude can be as simple as reading inspirational messages.  Bhutan's roads are lined with flags with inspirational messages.  Write down your favorites, tack them up at your computer, on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator.  Consider:
-Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of Happiness and just be happy.
-Every minute you are angry, you lose sixth seconds of Happiness.
-The Happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.
-Everybody wants Happiness - nobody wants pain but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain.

I read that Happiness lights up your MRI scan.  I can only imagine the MRI of Bhutan would look like a 4th of July fireworks display.

I think I'll give up moaning and complaining - for now, at least.  Turn on my MRI - I'm ready to sparkle with Happiness. 

Nancy yTe \

Friday, April 5, 2013


The sun is shining today.  I'm filled with more energy and hope than I can muster on dark and dreary days.  Does sunshine effect you that way, too?  I'm going to use this day to Dream on...

I'm going to take this bright boost in determination to get something accomplished.  First, I'll gather up some vitamin D while sitting in one of the white wicker chairs where the morning sun shines the brightest on my porch.  I'll begin by setting a few goals - and writing my toDo list (so I don't forget).  Recently, I've put off making telephone calls, doing mundane chores and setting dates to meet with friends.  I'm going to start with my list of HaveTo things.  I need a dental appointment, a visit to my bank and a few items from the grocery store.  The WantTo will include setting dates to invite friends to my home - for the pleasure of their company.  My friends are interesting, talented and a joy to spend time with.  I feel 'enhanced' each time we get together as we learn new things, see the world more colorfully, laugh at our shortcomings, recognize our successes and become empowered to move beyond our usual comfort zones to dream, go places and try new things.

As the sun is warming the earth and encouraging leaves to burst forth from the trees, I find myself warming up to a healthy new week with the belief I, too, can burst forth feeling healthy and energetic - no more being a languishing lump.  I must take my own advice to 'get up, get dressed and get going.'  Yes, I have places to go, things to do and people to meet.  I hope you do, too!  Tell me.  I'd like to know....

Nancy yTe \