Rhonda’s Articles

Inspire Until You Expire

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Happiness, Miscellaneous Inspirations, Rhonda's Articles | Comments Off on Inspire Until You Expire

Have you even noticed for the first time something that you knew all along?  Here is one of those awarenesses for me…The first breath you take in life is when you are born. You in-spire, or inhale that first gulp of air. The last breath you take in life is when you expire, or breathe out for the final time. A truly amazing design! Perhaps I was pondering this because my 62nd birthday is May 31st! Several have celebrated their birthday around me lately. I have noticed how some people totally embrace their birthday and enjoy every opportunity to celebrate while others...

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A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Catch All Happiness, Happiness, Rhonda's Articles | Comments Off on A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

How can we best describe what we are feeling as we sit just past the New Year with anticipation seeded with hope about the year ahead? I find it insightful that the ancient Chinese hexagram for crisis means both danger and opportunity. If we are wise we understand that we are the one who can influence the outcome. This year is in our hands. Stress is not a bad thing. What makes it good or bad is what we do with each obstacle or concern through our thoughts and actions. Whether we choose to react or respond is what defines it as a detriment or an opportunity. Crisis makes us alert. Danger...

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What Is The “Whelm” We Are “Overed” By

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 in Books Worth Meandering, Catch All Happiness, Events and Happenings, Happiness, Quotes, Rhonda's Articles | Comments Off on What Is The “Whelm” We Are “Overed” By

Dear Happy Traveler, I have always been curious about words… their origin, their apparent meaning, and their embedded or double meaning. As many of you know, I also enjoy revising the meaning to words so they hold a more intentional impact. A word that caught my fancy recently was one we hear far too often these days: overwhelmed. Everywhere I turned, I hear the word in conversation, experience it in everyone’s attitudes, and witness the result on people’s faces. Honestly I, too, had a week that tempted me to concur, however, remembered the words of Mother Teresa, “I know God...

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When the Bump in the Road is Autism

Posted by on Apr 9, 2009 in Articles and Stories by Others, Happiness, Rhonda's Articles | Comments Off on When the Bump in the Road is Autism

Autism can be a huge bump on the road to happiness, but it need not be a detour. As a care-giver, it certainly takes you on a journey of personal growth. Have any of you had your life touched in some way by someone with autism, or on the autistic spectrum, including ADHD? Did you know that 1 out of every 60 kids is diagnosed to be on the spectrum? My oldest grandson, Parker, who is now 7 has ADHD, and has struggled in school (and at home) as a result. Due to the commitment of his parents and his first grade teacher, he is doing very well. He still has some challenging days, however it is...

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Birthday Ramblings

Posted by on May 11, 2008 in Happiness, Rhonda's Articles, Rhonda's Reflections | Comments Off on Birthday Ramblings

I just love ‘a-ha’ moments. So, I beg your indulgence for some ‘soon to be my birthday’ ramblings. I have long realized freedom to be one of my core values. Having Annie Oakley as a distant cousin helps make sense of my feisty awkwardness in this linear reality called life. I have struggled to find ‘traditional’ ways to channel my talents and tame my loquacious nature, but seldom have felt like I fit easily and completely. Such is life as a ‘right-brained’ introspective spirit that was dropped for some uncertain reason into a culture that is designed to be...

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Happiness Full Circle

Posted by on Jan 26, 2008 in Rhonda's Articles, Rhonda's Reflections | Comments Off on Happiness Full Circle

I have been easily pondering happiness as I share time this week with my niece, Alicia, and her oldest son, Connor, now three-and-a-half. He is my grandnephew and I am more than delighted to spend time with them visiting Seattle from Alaska. As many of you know it is not a pleasure trip for them, but instead a week long adventure of doctor’s visits, procedures and re-evaluations. When Connor was barely two he was diagnosed with A.L.L. leukemia. After highs and lows, a bone marrow transplant, weeks in isolation, and a stay that lasted well over a year where Connor and his family lived...

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What Exactly is Whelm, and How to Overcome It

Posted by on Nov 6, 2007 in Happiness, Rhonda's Articles | Comments Off on What Exactly is Whelm, and How to Overcome It

Contrary to what most of us have learned, we must take care of ourselves first in order to authentically care for others. We just cannot give from an empty cup, or drive a car without gas. Even though we may have good intentions, when we force ourselves to take on more than we can gracefully handle, in out attempt to make a difference and teach about prosperity and possibility, we are instead modeling poverty and lack. So it’s an important question to ask. Are you feeling overwhelmed? What exactly is the ‘whelm’ we are always trying to get over? Overwhelm is defined as...

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Posted by on Aug 20, 2007 in Rhonda's Articles | 0 comments

Dear Fellow Traveling Companions, I shared a delightful day with a dear friend, each tucked in our own corner of the room, each working on our individual projects that had a deadline. Come lunchtime we got out her good china and silver settings to have a very ordinary lunch in an elegant fashion. After lunch and before returning to our work we took a glorious walk along the beach on an absolutely spectacular day. With the days of summer few, we decided not to wait. “Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special...

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Try Not

Posted by on May 30, 2007 in Quotes, Rhonda's Articles | 0 comments

“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda, Return of the Jedi How could a little green alien be so wise? Go ahead. Right now, try to get up from your chair. I’m serious. Just try. If you succeed in any way, you have not tried, but actually done something even though it may not be perfect or complete. However, the truth is that there is no such thing as just ‘trying’ if we are taking even one small step or making one conscious gesture in the direction of our dream beyond doing nothing. You have taken action, and that counts. Procrastinators are...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2007 in Rhonda's Articles | 0 comments

“Gratitude is the most passionate transformative force in the cosmos. If you give thanks for five gifts every day, in two months you may not look at your life in the same way as you might now.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach Gratitude is a key to joy. Being grateful regardless of the circumstances offers us incredible freedom. It is not a matter of having rose-colored glasses or running from inevitable twists and turns, for challenges that are denied or ignored will resurface for further examination. We must face challenge assuming there is a gem to be had. Although grief,...

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