Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Dear Friends

Have you noticed -- and I admit this is a generalization, but I know it's not just my imagination -- that as people get older they tend to get crankier? As a 7-year-old, I never understood why our "senior" neighbor parked herself in her picture window, waiting to pounce on kids cutting through her yard, but I now realize it was that "cranky" thing at work. Somewhere along the way, she'd forgotten how and where to find real joy, and then, I guess, filled that emptiness with something she could feel righteous about: being the boss of her yard against us young, whippersnapper hooligans taking the shortest route to our friends' house on a carefree Saturday morning.

As I grow older, I realize that it takes being carefully observant of my thoughts and comments to avoid taking the path to negativity instead of the path to the much friendlier place of acceptance and tolerance. It drains me on all levels to hear the constant complaints about the younger generation, how much things cost compared to 20 years ago, and the judgmental attitudes about everything from tattoos to Hillary Clinton's thighs. I don't think people realize how toxic and contagious this crankiness can be. As we age, we need to grow into the place that mature people in so many cultures of the world hold. An honored and respected place we have attained through our experience and our willingness to share our wisdom and be more tolerant of that which isn't going to change simply because we're judging it. Instead of grumbling, we need to model kindness and caring, be able to laugh at our mistakes, and refrain from taking ourselves too seriously. If we can steer our hearts, minds, and comments toward a more beautifully expansive place, we will help create fertile ground for the kind of world we all want to live in. What better time of year to put the brakes on grumbling about that which we can't change, and, instead, open our hearts to the good that is all around us.

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From our archives -- The Best Good Deed

From our archives -- Embracing the Wonder of Children

From our archives -- Encouraging children to live their bliss

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Holiday 2013 -- Embracing the World of Wonder

Winter 2013 -- Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall 2013 -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday Tasks

Late Summer 2013 - Taking Our Own Advice

Midsummer 2013 -- Appreciating Nature's Bounty

Early Summer 2013 -- Being Prepared

Late Spring 2013 -- Having Realistic Expectations

Spring 2013 -- Offering Mothering Wisdom

Early Spring 2013 -- Being True to Our Nature

Holiday 2012 -- Appreciate the Goodness

Winter 2012 -- Enjoying the Anticipation

Early Fall 2012 -- Looking Back to Appreciate Now

Summer 2012 -- Chinaberry's History & Future

Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Late Spring 2012 -- My Satisfying Yet Untraditional Upbringing

Spring 2012 - The Consequences of Our Actions

Early Spring 2012 - Learning From Experience

Winter 2011 - The Small Moments

Holiday 2011 - The Good Deed

Fall 2011 - Gratitude

Late Summer 2011 - Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone.

Midsummer 2011 - Louise's Gallery

Early Summer 2011 - Flying 101: Giving Them Wings

Late Spring 2011 - Letting Them Fail

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