Tulip painted on garage in Lafayette, CO

Appreciating the artist

We all know and love people who can see a new way of doing something. Those people who see a rainy day and turn it into a party or a masterpiece painting.

It’s my belief that we all have that ability inside of us … the ability to charm happiness during a blizzard or to find a rainbow during a depression. Whether we choose to invoke those powers is another thing.

I love being around ‘those kind of people’ don’t you? They raise my spirits and offer an inside look at new possibilities. Humor also delights me. I enjoy when someone can turn words around and give me pause before I laugh.

tulip garageSo last month when I was driving along on a dreary December day, I came across this garage. Someone took something bland and ugly and turned it into art. What fun it was for me to stop my car and hop out to take photos!  And what a delight for the person across the street who now has the opportunity to look at a white tulip all year long instead of a dull concrete wall!

Tulip painted on garage in Lafayette, COArt takes shape in so many ways – through flavors, colors, designs, sounds, words and so much more!  I’d love to see what art has crossed your path lately.

So, now it’s time to get busy appreciating. If you have some art to share, send it my way!

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A Laugh A Day…

Posting every day for a year can be grueling. What can I share? What’s new? What’s different? What’s mundane?

You can't buy happinessI’ve decided for September to find blogs that speak to me and then to write about their message.

For today, I have a list of blogs that discuss laughter. In this post Laughter Matters… the writer reminds us that humor is healthy and it’s a great way to beat stress.

We all know that laughter is good medicine and there are studies to prove that laughter heals. For people caught up in stressful moments, laughter is muted or totally absent from their lives.

To laugh often and well… and laugh at ourselves is the best medicine. A good laugh when we tumble, forget our keys, call the wrong number, sing off-key, take a wrong turn, drop an item, mispronounce a word or name, put milk in the cupboard and cereal in the fridge, and on and on.

Think of someone in your life who laughs. Thinking of this person probably puts a smile on your face. What is so funny about this person? Don’t you feel different energy when you’re around this sort of personality?

My dad laughed a lot! He had a hard time telling a joke because he always laughed before the punch line. It didn’t matter though because I was often laughing as hard as he was at the humor of it all. Most times the jokes weren’t even that funny but I didn’t realize that until I tried to retell it!

These sweet words in a post called Laughter helped me remember why I love to be around my grandson. He makes me laugh. I make him laugh.“Sometimes I think we forget how lucky we are to find “someone to laugh with” (sorta thing!).. you know what I mean. Saviour these moments. Take a mental image. Put it somewhere safe and never let it go… Because there may come a time where you need a refresher of these moments and it will be there waiting for you, just when you need it the most.”

Sharing a laugh with someone helps you remember a point in time. You leave the scene but years later remember laughing. You may not remember the reason you were laughing but the cells in your body remember the feeling that was created.

In this post called Laughter Through Tears, “Have you ever noticed that sometimes you can laugh so hard that you eyes tear up? Have you ever noticed that the reverse is also true – that when you are deepest in grief and tears, you will find yourself laughing and smiling and the most absurd things?”

Laughter can rescue us in despair and relieve us of stress. Laughter is usually found in a genuine moment. When it comes, enjoy it.Then write and tell me about it… I’d love to hear from you!