I have been gone too long, but I hope to be back more. Here are some past thoughts. Thanks for still being here. I know it is lengthy.. read a little at a time and I promises I won’t let it get backed up again.
Mind of Neal – One of the definitions of Solstice is- a furthest or culminating point; a turning point. So, in defining Soul-stice it can be perceived as the point in your life that your soul reaches its peak, the point of maturity, where everything makes sense and ceases to matter simultaneously as only thoughts of fulfillment fill your soul. Namaste!
Mind of Neal – You ever hear someone say when talking about a change that things made a 360? And you’re sitting there thinking…Well, honey that means you are right back where you started? You know they meant that things really turned around 180 degrees, but 360 sounds so much better! A 180 is much more difficult seeing that it is the opposite direction to what it is going on. The up to down. The left to the right. The forward to the backward. The positive to the negative. The burp to the fart…(crickets). But back to what I was saying, making a 180 is hard to commit to because it is the stopping to what has started or vice versa, the starting to what has been stagnant or frozen. At this point in time, I think I can commit to making a total of 36 slow 5 degree turns to the changes I want to make. Who’s with me?
Mind of Neal – Adulthood is overrated! Last night, during the interim between laying my head on the pillow and actually falling asleep… I delved into the question of Why Was I So Ready To Grow Up? For those of you who fall asleep 5 secs after lying down, I hate you and I hope you die a slow death (just kidding)! Anyway, I digress….The period of adulthood is really on a spectrum from Novice (What am I doing here?) Wizened Old Fool (I could teach others!) Somedays, actually who am I kidding, most days I feel like a novice! Today is one of those days!
Mind of Neal – My mind has been quiet. It is on a hiatus. Is that a sign of good or bad? You never know with me…It could be the calm before the storm or maybe its just my turn to coast down the lazy river of thoughts. Either way, I’ll find my way. I always do. Namaste!
Mind of Neal – Last night, after all was said and done…kids fed and ready for bed, work-out completed, and my shower over, I sat down on the floor with the plan to do something with my hair. Eden decided on this evening to be attached to my hip. Her face had been pressed up against the clear shower curtain, she bounced on the bed as I lotioned, and she followed on my heels to the living room to my spot on the floor. Before I could get started with the task of my hair, she took the comb and started “playing” in it. All of a sudden that pleasant, tingly feeling of peace washed over me as her small hands manipulated the comb through my hair and she methodically and unknowingly brought me unexpected peace! I let her stay and play for as long as she wanted even when she tangled it or hit a couple of snags because in those few minutes, all was right with the world. She got a piece of me and she had unselfishly given me a piece of her. Namaste!
Mind of Neal – Being sick may make my body rest; but, not my mind… So I have dissected the words of a coworker, “What is understood, does not have to be explained.” Hmmm? But understood by who? You or the other person and how could the other person understand if it has never been explained. Is it understanding or is it just acceptance? So, then the inverse is true – what is misunderstood is unexplained or unexplainable? (Sigh), I don’t want to be sick again….Namaste
Mind of Neal – If and when had a baby. They named it Someday!
Mind of Neal – I awoke this morning with a heart of gladness, thankful for all that is right and faith and hope for what is wrong. To you, I hope to pass on this spirit of peace. If even just for a moment…open yourself to it and let it sink into your soul bringing you the energy and strength to make it through whatever – the moment, the situation, the day, etc. Namaste
Mind of Neal – You, too, are priceless! Take your tags off, yall! Big Up yourselves today!
Mind of Neal – Good morning Day. I am ready and rested for you. Yesterday, I wasn’t so sure I looked forward to waking up to you this early, but here I did and I feel good. Who knows what you may bring, but it doesn’t matter. I made it through scores of other days – good and bad, and I will make it through you to. However, I hope you will be kind to me today as I have a lot on my plate and a lot on my schedule. When I opened my eyes to greet you, I smiled and said to myself, “ I wonder what new wonderful surprises, great friends, and awesome things you have in store for me today?” Regardless, Day…..I’m ready! Bring it on!
Mind of Neal – Natural Pearls form when an irritant – usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.
Soooo…it stands to reason that each of us can also become pearls against our “parasites or irritants” if we emply the proper defense mechanisms. With every coat of positive attitudes, self-affirmations, believe in ourselves and our abilities and deflection of negativity, layer upon layer, our luster will be polished and shined. And we too will be valuable! Let the Pearl-Process begin!
Mind of Neal – Someday… is now today, In the future… has become the present, when I grow up actually was yesterday! I need my SUV to become the Back to the Future DeLorean, ahora!
Mind of Neal – Decide to be happy and everything else will fall into place!
Mind of Neal -O Happy Day – I woke up this morning feeling good and feeling fine. Praising and thankful that no worries were on my mind.
My daughter called with happy tears because on the varsity team of soccer she had made in her 14 years.
My niece, God Bless her, entered in my space with a medium hazelnut coffee that I immediately brought to my face.
O Happy Day, O Day of Joy. I look forward to rest that this day has in store
Mind of Neal – One of my favorite movies is The Fifth Element starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. In it is discovered that in addition to the 4 essential elements…love is the 5th element needed for all to thrive. Be the 5th element for yourself. Give the 5th element to others. Embody the 5th element for all to see. You never know whose void you are filling. Namaste
Mind of Neal – I bet some you clicked on this with ideas that I was talking about shopping at an outlet mall. Well…fooled ya! As I was waiting for my breakfast to warm in the microwave, my unfocused pan of the room with my eyes stopped on an open outlet. As educators, we are always in need of an open outlet to plug something in we need to help us through the day. So excuse me if for a moment I felt a little thrill at seeing one. Don’t judge me! Anyway….my mind then segued into the purpose of the outlet – to provide energy to something so that it could function properly. No outlet, no energy, it’s that simple. Should be; however, when juxtaposing that concept onto our lives, how many have outlets that provide us energy in order to function?? Ahhhhh!! You liked that hunh? We got so wrapped up in going and doing we forget to plug into an outlet to replenish ourselves and reenergize. Soooo, I encourage you and challenge you to do some outlet shopping over the holiday break. I plan to walk, read, and yes- SHOP! Namaste to all.
Mind of Neal…
Twas the day before break
And all through the schools
The staff and the students
Were trying to keep their cool
Exams were being taken
With hopes high for the results
Because getting a bad grade
Would just really suck
Payday is finally here
To buy the last of the gifts
Accounts were checked
And some people were crossed off the list
Minds were a scurrying
As people shopped in their minds
Its now to0 late
to buy anything online
Happy holidays were wished
to coworkers alike
Even those who get on your nerves
were also hugged tight
There would be no referrals
no meetings to attend
no PLC’s, no lesson plans
for two weeks on end
Happy and joyous staff and students were
As they passed through the halls
Looking forward to a holiday break
Most deserved by all.
Happy holidays to you from me!
Mind of Neal- I couldn’t sleep, so my mind took over and I thought about this new year. I vowed not to make resolutions, but I resolved to make a better me.
With each passing day….
- I plan to criticize myself less and love and forgive myself more.
- I will enjoy the little nuances instead of just waiting for the big excitements.
- I will work smarter.
- I plan to look ahead and not behind.
Mind of Neal – Circle of Life -One day during my hustle and bustle travel from one destination to the next, I looked over into the car next to me at the red light and saw an elderly woman sitting in the passenger’s seat and what I assumed to be her son driving. She was a cute little woman, thin with a cap on her head and to my surprise and delight, she took a sip from her pink sippy cup. You know the same ones toddlers use to transition to the big kid cups. I thought to myself “ How functional and resourceful her family was to use this for her!” She was happy, there were no spills and and I am sure she was happy to continue doing even this small thing by herself without another’s assistance. I loved it.
Mind of Neal – Tickle me Elmo -If you are unfortunate enough to know me (JK), you know I am pretty much always smiling and can find humor in most anything (appropriate and inappropriate). So, my charge today is to share with you the benefits of humor and laughing. Remember…When you laugh the whole world is laughing with you! Unless they are laughing at you, then you probably need to check your fly. Just Saying. Namaste
Mind of Neal – How many of you remember the game Perfection. The object of the game is to get all the shape pieces in the right place before the board springs up and pops them all out when the time expires and scares the beejeesus out of you. In life, how likely is it that you will be able to put all the pieces in place before time runs out? Perfection is not likely at all! So instead, do what you can-the best you can-with what you have and don’t let life scare the beejeesus out of you for not being perfect. Namaste
Mind of Neal – A ray starts at one point and goes in one direction. A line can go backwards and forwards. Be a ray in go in the right direction! Hindsight is necessary to learn from our mistakes and to appreciate how far we have come. A present mind is needed for our day-to-day, conscious functioning of being the best we can be. Foresight allows us to form and frame the picture of ourselves we hope and aspire to be. I’m not what I used to be, but I am not yet what I hope to become!
Mind of Neal – Make your weak-end into a better weekend. The hours may make you cross. The days may make you tired. But rejoice that you made it through! Yes, YOU. You did it! Now go and enjoy yourself. Namaste…
Mind of Neal – Another day, another breath, another chance to make a difference. And you did, rather you realize it or not. Your presence, your words, your patience, your smile made a difference for someone this week. Be blessedly assured that your purpose is defined! Namaste, my friends….
Mind of Neal – What’s your “–ing?” What’s your thing? How do you swing? Let it ring? Those of you who know me, know I am a practicing Dr. Seuss! Anywhooo… back to the subject. What is your ing? We are sometimes too aware of our “nots” and “don’ts” to the point where it inhibits our “dos” and “cans.” Spend more time thinking about what you enjoy doing and do it more. My “–ings” are; singing, dancing, praying, laughing, loving, hugging, reading, writing. Every, and I do mean every, chance I get I indulge in them. By no means is this an exhausted list. These are the top contenders! Bring your “ing” forward into your life or develop an “ing” that brings you joy! – Namaste… (Welcome to the list new people)
Mind of Neal – What’s in your pocket? It was Mae West that said, ‘Is that a gun in your pocket? Or, are you just glad to see me?” Either way…it was a little something extra! Pockets hold our treasures, our secrets, things we want protected from getting lost or being seen out in the open. However, sometimes we keep things hidden in our “pockets” that could be useful to ourselves or others. If we open up, turn our pockets out – we fear being vulnerable and transparent; however, it could also be a release, a freeing, and you never know …the common thread you share with someone that could be the foundation of a budding relationship. Check your pockets – see if there is anything in there you can wear around your neck instead.
Mind of Neal – Fowarding to you this fascinating flavor to further your favor of Friday. Not being facetious or false; fore, if you were able to forage through the fray and fathom the fatigue you felt, you were fated to have a fabulous finale. So, if you are feeling me say with freedom of full voice, “EFF U FRIDAY!”
Mind of Neal – I refuse to allow anyone and anything get in the way of my calling. My calling is to serve people, to support them and help them to be the best they can be. When I encounter a barrier that I can’t break through, can’t go over, under, or around; I will devise another plan another route or just be patient and be still until the barrier itself wants to stop being so obstinate. Never give up, never stop! Namaste
Mind of Neal – Scurrying through our hectic lives, we sometimes pick up tidbits of wisdom that are valuable not only to ourselves, but can be valuable and useful for others. So the message I am passing on today is STRESS is MAN MADE! It is a combination of fear, anger, and frustration which are innate emotions; however, when those emotions are not dealt with appropriately, they becomes stress. So what do you do? You change the stress story. The story that you have in your head that says, “I can’t…, There isn’t…. I must…. He/she didn’t…..!” Change it to a positive of what you do have and what you can do. Changing your story, changes your emotions, which then changes your behavior and ultimately the consequences of the situation, which will then allow for a new story to emerge and the cycle to continue with another new story. Our thoughts, influences our emotions, which thereby influences our behavior. So be aware of the tale you are telling yourself! Namaste…