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Who Do You Surround Yourself With?

People Matter

Who do you surround yourself with?  The old saying, ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is true.  People who have similar interests, ideas, characteristics, and values tend to associate with one another.  It makes a difference who you ‘hang out’ with.  People that you spend a lot of time with have an influence on you whether you recognize it or not.  Think about the top five people that you spend most of your time with.  Who are they?  What do they do?  How do they impact your life?  How do they challenge you?  How do they encourage you?  Make a list and answer these questions about each of them.  When you are finished have a serious look at your answers and decide if they are someone that you want to continue to have in your life.

How Do You Want Your Life To Be?

When was the last time you seriously considered the kind of life that you want to live?  I think that it is a worthwhile exercise and I suggest that you make it an annual inquiry if not quarterly.  Once you have decided this for yourself, think about who you know that lives like you want to live.  This could be someone from your circle of friends, great authors, artist, speakers, or well-known people in history.  Start spending time with these folks.  Invite them for coffee or a nature walk and ask them what their life strategies are.  Read their books, listen to their talks and podcasts, learn

By |2019-03-02T12:21:39+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s Time To Do Some Gardening In Your Life

Spring Gardening

I have spent the last several weeks working in my gardens.  My activities include pulling weeds, pruning, raking, planting, fertilizing, watering and admiring.  One of the first things I did as I started on this journey of refreshing my little plot of land was to cut back all of my rose bushes.  And let me tell you, I went to town on them.  I gave them a proper trimming.  Yesterday as I was doing some watering I noticed that every single one of these rose bushes had beautifully exploded with new growth.  The leaves are a deep green, and there are scores of buds that will soon break out into a stunning display of exquisiteness.

Gardening can be challenging.  However, the results of a well-tended yard no matter the size, are gratifying.  All five senses can be satisfied with the fruits of our labor.  I find it a valuable way to spend time.  I also believe that many domains of our life can benefit from some intentional gardening.  Let’s have a look.

Relationship

Whether you have chosen marriage, a life partner, or a significant other, relationships can be a beautiful dance through life with a loved one, and they can also be challenging and in some cases unhealthy.  Regardless of your current relationship status, I will remind you that it is not anyone’s responsibility to make you happy except yourself.  So, if you are in a relationship or seeking to enter into one to be satisfied, don’t do it.  It doesn’t work