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Today I Love Life’s Regular Rhythm

Warm steel coffee mug ...

Today I love life's regular rhythm, the pulse of day to day, the cyclical nature of each day, each week, each year, the reciprocity of what you put into it and what you get out. I love that my life beats like music, thoughts are the lyrics, home is the bass notes, family is the melody, plans and hopes and dreams are the score, and...
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Creative Thinking

How to Channel Your Deep Self-Doubt into Your Creativity

Self-doubt can cripple creativity. As Sylvia Plath wrote in her journal, "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Which is true because our own insecurities can stop us from making and producing and inventing. They can convince us that we're not good enough to pick up a pen or paintbrush. And we stop before we ever start.

Often we assume the answer is to eliminate our self-doubt. But what's more helpful is to learn to...
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Hope

Today I Love Local Theater

More expensive than parking ...

Today I love local theater and all the talent that this town boasts. I love how easy it is for people I know to suddenly become people I don't know. I love that every now and then some little piece of some friend's personality will slip into the character they're playing and I'll think, "That's just like something Brody would do." and then realize again that I'm...
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Today I Love Familiar Days

Good morning, world

Today I love familiar days when everything seems to be okay and normal and the way my days were planned. I love that today is a Wednesday because that means working at my Wednesday office café. I love how I have been training myself not to accept disappointment as the last result of any change. I love that when something that I am hoping will happen cannot happen...
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Today I Love Good News

Grey day, great potential

Today I love good news and while they say "No news is good news," the truth is that good news is better than no news so I guess good news is best. I love that we are still looking forward to an adventure. I love determination, and no matter what happens, I intend to live my life constantly looking forward to adventures. I love that as long...
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Today I Love New Starts

Loving the road

Today I love new starts. I love finding out whether I'm on track for my next big adventure and today is the day I find that out. I love that I'm sorry I'm not sharing what that is yet, but I'm also so excited that, as sorry as I am, I'm not really able to feel sorry so it really is a case of "Sorry, not sorry!" I love...
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Today I Love Bohemian Rhapsody

Salutations

Today I love Bohemian Rhapsody on the cottage piano on an otherwise calm and quiet Sunday morning. I love that that piano just suddenly starts being played when I least expect to hear from it and that the person who plays it is often so quiet that she shows up right beside me sometimes and, without intending to, scares the wits out of me, so it's hardly surprising that she often...
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Creative Thinking

The Power of Nature—and 21 Prompts to Explore

Being in nature helps us feel refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired. Because focusing on the sky, the trees, the birds, the seasonal changes all around us sparks (and delights) our senses. It's like taking an extra long breath. It's like taking a gulp of water when you're thirsty. Being in nature gives us what we need. It soothes us. It grounds us. And it astounds us. It reminds us of the innate magic in...
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Hope

Today I Love My Life

Lest we forget ...

Today I love my life and I cherish the knowledge that my freedom was won at a great cost. I love that, although I abhor all violence, in times when situations have degraded to the point where force had to be met with force, there were women and men who stepped forward and did what they believed needed doing. I love them for that. I love that on many...
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Today I Love This First Day

Transition, autumn to winter

Today I love this first day of real snow for this year here in my corner of the world. I love that over fifty years ago my brother and I were sent next door to my grandparent's house and told there was a package there for us. We walked through the garden and found our grandparents just arriving home and getting a box out of the back...
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Today I Love Quiet Beginnings

The glowing eastern edge

Today I love quiet beginnings to days of catching up and cleaning up and putting away. I love that we have been sooo very busy but today will be a day to just do things that normally get done on a Thursday or things that were set aside in favor of doing all the things. I love that the day has started out pleasant, even though it's supposed to...
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Today I Love Quiet Joy

Wednesday office peace ...

Today I love the quiet joy I see in couples who have found their place in a relationship. I love that there is always hope for people to find that. I love that there are groups of people that share that same good fortune, though often it is a result of the different interactions of each pair in the group. I love that there are often couples in my...
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Today I Love Bright Mornings

Moonlight morning

Today I love bright mornings and the way they make me want to get busy and do things. I love that I've become accustomed to this coughing, dealing with it by accepting it and living with it. I love that, although my voice has not returned to normal, I am feeling more like myself and less like my lazy doppelganger. I love that, although I seem to have strained my...
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Today I Love Days Meant For Catching Up

Really early morning ...

Today I love days meant for catching up. I love that this day is possibly just such a day. I love that the "need to do" list of things that need catching up on are all within reason, though the list of "like to get done" things is considerably longer. I love that, although there is a big list of movies somewhere that I'd like to watch, I re-watched...
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Today I Love The Misty Distant Shore

The mysterious Bruce County is out there somewhere

Today I love the misty distant shore of Bruce County as seen from my vantage here in Grey County. I love pondering my place here on the peninsula whose base arguably starts on a line that stretches from the harbor of Owen Sound to some point on the Huron coast. I love the sweet nature of this part of the world, love that...
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Today I Love Resilience

Resilience resides

Today I love resilience like that demonstrated by the tiny flowers in our front bed. I love that, although it has snowed in our area, those soldiers of the softer seasons have mustered their energies and brought little lights of color to our lives. I love that the same resilience is often found in people, some of them blooming in spite of the climate that others would create for...
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Today I Love This Random Day

By the bay ...

Today I love this random day of rain and wind and cloud and sun, of waves and streams and water everywhere but in my basement. I love that the house I'm in has no basement. I love that the lower level of the cottage seems to be dry so far. I love that there is a fireplace in both the cottage and the house, 'cause wow, is today...
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Today I Love My Own Determination

Remnants of a driveway party

Today I love my own determination and how well it has served me in the recent past. I love that my life has become an adventure because I chose to make it so. I love that much of that adventure is a search for the parts of my life that I love and I love that with that has come the realization that there are ways to...
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Today I Love Costumes

Wednesday office ...

Today I love costumes on children who come to my door looking for candy and the comfort of knowing that our communities are really great places. I love that there were over seventy little wanderers at our door last night, that some of them were too shy to come right up to the door, that at least one of them was so precocious that he demanded equality when he thought...
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