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What a great idea! I'm so excited when inspiration strikes. But when an idea for a column I'd like to write pops into my head, if I don't immediately jot it down, the idea gets lost in my "never-never."
There's a lot of super-duper ideas (I've always wanted to use the word super-duper in a column) tucked away in the never-never place in my mind. Unfortunately I rarely figure out the never-never combination, so my solution has been to carry a small notebook with me wherever I go.
But alas I've discovered that sometimes one solution leads to needing another solution. My house is filled with notebooks, but I can't remember where I put them. I do remember thinking as I tucked them away, 'This is a great place to store them. For sure I'll remember where they are.'
While I'm looking, let me share some ideas for columns I voiced into the 'Notes' section of my phone...
'Why did we stop doing this?' Make a list of things my husband and I used to enjoy doing, but who knows why we stopped.
We live in Sarasota, Florida. As my husband and I were driving over the Ringling Causeway Bridge, he commented, "People pay to come here on vacation. We should be a 'tourist' for a week. When's the last time we went to Siesta Key Beach?"
One of the first questions I used to ask someone when I met them was, "What do you do for a living?" But thinking about it the other day I realized when people reach a certain age, especially if they're retired, they don't even ask, "What was your profession 'before' you retired?" Who cares?
Double-dog-dare you. It's another word I love and I've always wanted to use in a column.
Things I think about in the middle of the night, that keep me from sleeping.
Be careful who you share your good news with. Some people feel the good stuff in life is limited. So they find it hard to be happy when someone else is celebrating. But there is plenty of good stuff for everyone. The supply isn't limited. In fact, I believe celebrating in someone else's good fortune, opens the door to my own.
I was inspired when Margarette, my hairdresser, told me she offered to go to a client's home (an 89-year-old woman) to do her hair, because it was getting difficult for the client to get to the salon. "After all we should help each other," my hairdresser said. And she's right.
The key to a deeper, healthier life, isn't knowing the meaning of life, it's building meaning into your life. (Which made me question myself. What brings meaning to my life?)
Being of service to others. It's a corny phrase in this day and age. Sounds like a left-out commandment. But service, making other people feel special, it's what I love doing. It's who I am. It's where I shine. The little niceties I do for others, they feed my soul. It's my assignment here on earth--to do the little things. Things that people could do without, but the little things, they change the way people feel.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.