By Heart

You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

Like most married couples, my husband and I have little pet names for each other. One day early in our courtship of each other, we saw an old “French’s Yellow Mustard” commercial, that showed a little boy putting mustard on his sandwich singing “You Are My Sunshine”.

Well, from that moment on, my husband would sing that little jingle, but replace Sunshine with our little pet names for each other. Now I’m no going to share those names, because that shall remain a private thing between the two of us, but I could resist looking for the commercial that started it all. Enjoy.


The Spice of Success

If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories?

Thing is…I only see something as failure if you simply don’t even try. And the amount of effort is irrelevant provided that you gave it your best effort and you know that you did.

Each experience builds a foundation in which to reach the next level…but you will never get there without taking all the necessary steps, and sometimes that means that the foundation isn’t exactly as strong as you want it to be…but you haven’t failed.

Try Try Try…and do your best. You’ll never be a failure if at the end of the day you can say that you gave it all you know you had to give and that you didn’t take a shortcut to compromise your foundation.

Buyers Beward

The year is 2214, and your computer’s dusty hard drive has just resurfaced at an antique store. Write a note to the curious buyer explaining what he or she will find there.

Dear Buyer,

I know this doesn’t look like anything you have ever seen before, but this is really easy to use and should bring you lots of enjoyment! Go ahead and simply open the cover. When you do so, you’ll find a keyboard and a screen on the inside. Simply push the power button (yes…you must physically power this thing up yourself) and it will greet you with some music!

This was a top of the line model back in the day, but it worked on a wi-fi system. So, in order to actually access any of the treasures of 200 years ago, you must find some wi-fi. I’d check Starbucks if they are still around!

If you do get in, click on the photo and music icons and enjoy life from back in my day. You see, we still had to actually push, click, and power-on our electronics. And as you can tell by the weight, things were heavier back in the day. But do not be afraid. For even though your technology isn’t something I can comprehend, you are not alone. I couldn’t comprehend the “technology” that my grandparents had.

Please take good care of this for it is the last of it’s kind.


The blast of your past.

Pace Oddity

If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?

I would want to slow down…because everything already goes by to fast!

We need to slow down. We need to not be so busy. We need to enjoy the short time we have here. We just need to rid ourselves of the things that make us do things so much faster than what should be. We need to still ourselves. We’ve already missed so much.

If only I could live by those words, but I truly don’t know how to. I hate being so busy because it never ends…it just gets busier and more frantic. I think there is something to be said for the “old days” when things did take longer to do. Maybe tasks were harder, but we just fill ourselves up with more tasks and don’t take advantage of the technology as a way to do less…we do more.