Author: Sheila

Intention vs behavior

I was watching a TV show recently and someone used the phrase “a call to excellence.”  I can’t remember what the program was about. But the phrase made me think about how striving for

Sacred cows

  12.03.2011   Personal philosophy   4 Comments

  So I’ve been talking a lot about cleaning out, letting go of stuff. I realized this morning that I am letting go of guilt, old plans, old views of

Life lists

  11.03.2011   Personal philosophy   No comments

When I was young, in my 20s, I thought I had my whole life before me. I did, of course. I find that is still true, even at the age of 50.


  9.03.2011   Personal philosophy   2 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about comparisons and contrasts lately. I’m shifting some priorities, and that requires me to evaluate my current line-up. So I’m considering: What is important? More important? Most

What does your body need today?

  5.03.2011   Personal philosophy   2 Comments

Today is Saturday, my one free and clear day of the week. Some weeks, I can be productive in a steady rhythm throughout the day, accomplishing more than I had

Do you have capacity?

  28.01.2011   Personal philosophy   4 Comments

I am sometimes asked this at work: do I have capacity to add a new task or project? My answer is always yes (if you’ve read earlier posts, you may

December reality

  16.12.2010   Personal philosophy   No comments

It has been an expensive week. A bathroom light had to be replaced. A medical bill arrived. A fuel oil bill appeared on my door. (That’s how you know your

Cheerful vs happy

  4.12.2010   Personal philosophy   No comments

“I’m not happy. I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.”  Beverly

Troubled waters

  10.11.2010   Personal philosophy   No comments

“We are sometimes taken into troubled waters not to drown, but to be cleansed.”  I love this…troubled waters, turblent waters…sounds frightening and very negative. Can’t still waters cleanse also? Still

“How can I love you better?”

  7.11.2010   Personal philosophy   No comments

A few weeks ago I came across a simple but intriguing question: “How can I love you better?” Catherine Newman, writing in the October 2010 issue of the magazine Whole Living,

The grace of letting go

  26.10.2010   Personal philosophy   1 Comment

I love pretty things…nothing unique in that. I have spent a lifetime buying and enjoying things. Let’s just say that Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel are good friends, among

What does this mean anyway?

  25.10.2010   Personal philosophy   2 Comments

A few years ago, when my son was 21 and we were having difficulties transitioning through some young adult issues, I had an epiphany one day: he needed grace from me, and