Hope for the American DREAM!

When I was in Arizona, I did a lot of walking. There was one car that I saw frequently, that is, until I decided to take a picture of it. Thus, a photo from their website. This business helped me to understand that if you are creative and can sit back and notice what “might be” a service that people are willing to pay for . . .

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Isn’t this the cute-est-ness-ly painted car you’ve ever seen?  Flowers, puppies, it’s just sweet. The first time I saw it, I was like, AWWWWWWW! Then I saw the logo: “We Scoop Puppy Poop!” It got me to thinking, the American Dream is still alive and well! A business like this in Central Pennsylvania? Not so much, but in the suburbs of Phoenix . . .yup. The way I see it, if you can make a living off of other people’s dog shit . . .

Anything is possible!

Enjoying the Adventure!

Dr. Dink

PS– You’re welcome for the free advertising!

Here is their Website: Arrowhead Scoopers!

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Grateful

Today is Memorial Day here in America. There will be remembrances in nearly every community. For the most part, those ceremonies have been the same each and every year since “anyone can remember”. I’ve been to many, participated in a few. They make me grateful.

The evolution of this weekend has become a celebration of picnics, the beach season officially opening, summer is here so gas prices rise and traffic jams along the coast & to mountainous resort areas increase for most. Yet, it is good to remember the real reason behind this holiday which has become a good excuse to buy a six pack, or another bottle or two of red.

Memorial day is about Death and Gratefulness. Death has been such a huge part of my life as I was a pastor for 22 years. Death was a reality I was always prepared to face, yet not quite ready to face.  There was an expectation whether that death had just occurred, or was imminent in the next few months that I would be intimately involved in the process. When you are intimately involved with death on a regular basis, it can make you or break you. Think about it, there really isn’t a middle ground, is there? Well, I guess, middle ground would be numb.

Dealing with death has made me grateful. I know it hits others in different ways, but for me, grateful. I live with the understanding that each and every day is a gift. A gift to be opened, enjoyed and used. A gift to show off to your friends, and decide not to share with those . . . . well, you don’t want to share your daily gift with!

Yesterday, I spend some time with a friend at the grave of her father, she talked of his untimely death, “too young”, she said, “he was two years younger than I am now”. He, like my father, served in the Korean War. It was a precious time we had, talking of our Dad’s, being thankful that they served, but didn’t die in the war. Private, personal ceremony. A time to remember, it was beautiful. I walked away grateful.

When I think of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the military, and of their families who have had such great loss, of someone they loved gone, usually, “incredibly too young”, I am grateful. I’m grateful that because of them, I have the right to express my opinions on this blog, on social media, at the coffee house or on a public square. I’m grateful that I could choose to walk away from my career of 22 years because I couldn’t accept the ethics any longer. I’m grateful that I could start up and close a business or two. I’m grateful that I can talk on the phone, or text my family. I’m grateful that I can have a dog and a fish.

I started this blog because of the negativity pandemic that is going on in our society right now. I hate it, truly. But I’m grateful that we have the right to be miserable if we choose to be. Although I’m not a march-in-the-streets-protester, I can protest the life-sucking-negativity, in my own way because I have the freedom to do so.

So, my ceremony for today is my new discipline of early morning writing. I’m grateful I have that choice. I’m grateful for the many lives lost that give me the right to be who I am and for you to be who you are. I’m grateful for many years of being intimate with death so that I can celebrate life . . . daily.

What are you grateful for today?

Enjoying the Adventure, (And greatful to have the freedom to do so!)

Dr. Dink

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Each Drop

Did you ever wonder if the things you do, who you are makes a difference? Just look at this 10 second video & argue with me that you don’t!!!!

There is a light rain in Pennsylvania today, everything is so green & lush. I look out and see these leaves responding to “one little drop”.

One little drop.

One drop.

ONE.

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Just think of the impact you have in the world around you!

 

Enjoying the Adventure!

Dr. Dink

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Motivated!

Did you ever have so much to do that you have no idea where to start? If you begin one thing, all you can see is the stuff sitting there waiting for you . . .

It is difficult to be positive when this happens. The situation may last a day, or a season, hopefully not for a lifetime. It is very easy to get overwhelmed when there is so much demanding a piece of you. Do you ever find that is when procrastination becomes king and nothing, absolutely nothing gets done? There are some things you can do to get motivated.

Lists. I know. It seems a waste of time, but write down all the projects and prioritize. It is worth the time to do this, you will get clarity.

Just go ahead and start the easiest project, this way you have a sense of accomplishment. Having one thing done, leads to the next, and before you know it you’re saying, YAY!

For me, the best thing to do is walk away from it all. Literally take a walk. Put the cell phone down, bye bye computer, TV, whatever favorite form of distraction. Isn’t it easy to get distracted by your favorite social media when you have too much to do? Take a walk, do a craft, clean the floors, mow the lawn (or maybe not the lawn –that might be on your pressure list?) or, join a friend for coffee. By concentrating on something else, I find clarity. You also might be surprised by something beautiful, like this flower . . .

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There are so many things that can draw us away from the positive lifestyle we really want to have. It is worth doing whatever you can to preserve that. What is it that is on your “this is driving me crazy list?” What are ways that you “deal with moving on?” It would be fun to hear your answers!

Enjoying the Adventure,

Dr. Dink

I Beg to Differ . . .

Hey positivity girl, You’re guilty!  No, I’m not. I’m a realist. Yes, I have my negative moments, even bitchy moments, everyone does! Things happen in life and it is not in anyone’s best interest to pretend to be positive in that moment or season.

Pretending is just fake and cheesy and we don’t fool anyone. Actually,  one of the best things you can do to enhance positivity is to go ahead and be real about whatever the situation is that you’re facing. That way you can move on & get back to being intentional about YOUR positive world.

  • Acknowledge
  • React
  • Move on

Enjoying the Adventure (Especially the move on part!)

Dr. Dink

New Eyes

I’ve been away for six weeks. When I left Pennsylvania there was snow on the ground and we arrived in the desert to sunshine and 93 degrees. Yesterday, I was surrounded by blue skies and was floating in a pool. I came from the dry air of the desert with warnings of wild fires, back to the Northeast and buckets of rain, buckets!. Everything feels damp, everything. For the past six weeks I’ve been experiencing the world from the eyes of a two-year-old in his toddler proof home. Today, I’m home, surrounded familiar antiques. The opposites are too many to list.

During these six weeks, I’ve been trained by a little human. He has taught me the wowness of the mundane. The excitement of what has been there and taken advantage of as “the norm”. He has shown me to see with new eyes again.

As I sit here this morning surrounded by my familiar,  I realize that there can be no assumptions —everything is not the same, although nothing much has changed. Because I’ve been retrained by this little guy, I do see things differently and with a renewed sense of appreciation.

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I was greeted by Smiley, my African statue and our collection of beautiful antique mirrors begging to give reflection, the best cow oil painting ever and the weather-vane in the window. Memories, comfort, old things . . . seen with new eyes, retrained to see by an inquisitive boy.

 

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Look around you, what do you see? Look again, what is so familiar that you don’t see or appreciate it as it deserves? It may be a trinket, a wedding band, something from your childhood, or the person next to you . . .

Enjoying the Adventure,

Dr. Dink

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Uncanny

So, I think it is absolutely HALARIOUS that the “word of the day” on the morning I fly home is DISAPPEAR!

I’m not superstitious!

I’m not superstitious!!!

I’m not superstitious!!!!!!!

Really, I’m NOT!

Good thing, eh?

Have a great day!

Enjoying the Adventure!

Dr. Dink