Choose Joy

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Anger is easy.

Bitterness is even easier.

Think long and hard about the world

and the atrocities in it

and you can easily find your heart turning hard

No one plans on this

No one makes a conscience decision to become angry or bitter

But Life gives us two paths

And the easy one is marked “Bitterness Avenue”

It’s a well traveled road and it’s remarkably easy to navigate

You just walk down the road getting angry off at everything.


Doesn’t get easier than that.

In fact, Bitterness Ave. is the only place where you can go

from 0 to Offended in 1.2 seconds

It’s pretty amazing.

A lot of folks travel that road.

It’s easy to get there and it’s easy to stay there

There’s no real joy down that path, but, hey, it’s easy.

Which is why you find far fewer on the road adjacent to Bitterness Ave..

It’s called Perspective Lane

And it is not an easy journey

It’s tricky and you have to step around a lot of bumps in the road.

So many that you sometimes question if it’s truly worth the trouble

But if you open your eyes to what’s around you, you’ll see help along the way

Guideposts for your heart

Reminders that there is always something for which to be thankful

And you’ll need these reminders

Because all along Perspective Lane are shortcuts to Bitterness Ave

Back alleys that will take you right there

And they are usually lined with people so you think,

“Hey, maybe I should be there, too.”

But don’t give in.

See, Bitterness Ave is also lined with shops selling things like antacids and aspirin.

If you’re on that road, you’ll need these things frequently

For while Bitterness Ave is an easy road to travel

It’s very hard on your body

and spirit

So, when you find yourself at that fork in the road

Pick Perspective

Because joy is worth the effort.


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You Make Your Own Luck

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St. Patricks Day and four-leaf clovers go together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, you are hard pressed to find a St. Patrick’s Day item: clothing, decoration, paper plate… that does not feature a four leaf clover somewhere in the design. We like those little clovers because they symbolize luck. More importantly, GOOD luck. And we all wish for that, don’t we?

But there’s a secret those four-leaf clovers aren’t telling you; a secret not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but every day of the year…

You make your OWN luck.

It’s not up to anyone else, which means YOU get to decide what kind of luck it is:

If you get stuck in traffic on the way to work, but thanks to leaving early, you still arrive on time…you just made your own luck.

If you are trying to lose weight, but fill the pantry with potato chips and cookies, causing you to grab a handful every time you go in there, well, you just made your own luck again.

And if the day simply falls apart through no fault of your own, but you smile in spite of it all, you just chose to make your own luck.

So, this St. Patrick’s day, grab a plate of corned beef and cabbage, hug a leprechaun, and remember that the luck you have is the luck you make!


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Make a New DAY Resolution…Every Day

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On New Year’s Eve, we humans gather to usher in a brand new year. We build the moment into a ten-second countdown, blowing into noisemakers, throwing brightly colored confetti and making resolutions for the coming twelve months.

Nature, however, does not recognize the turning of a New Year. There is no clap of thunder or suspension of Time; no shaking of the Earth or a pause in its spinning. The Old Year slips into the New quietly; the only fanfare the movement of stars overhead.

Had you no calendar, it would be impossible to recognize this night from any other.

No, Nature does nothing special for a new year, however, Nature does recognize the New Day. And every 24 hours, it reminds us that anything is possible. For with every sunrise, it summons all its energy and pierces the darkness with brilliant light. Each morning, that light washes away the disappointments and failures of yesterday and fills the spirit with a renewed determination.

That sunrise means that yesterday is now in the past and a fresh new TODAY awaits us.

It reminds us that TODAY is what matters.

On this December 31st, maybe we should take a cue from Nature and not make New Year’s Resolutions, but, instead, Sunrise Resolutions.

For each day is new and filled with possibilities-we have but to reach for them. And, if we should fail in our attempts, and we will, we can take great comfort knowing that tomorrow we can try again.

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at Spectrum Healthcare!


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I Want to be a Leaf

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I want to be a leaf. 

A leaf refuses to be anything but beautiful. 

It waits patiently for Spring and then slowly unfurls and takes its place on the branch. 

It’s soft green grows bolder as the days and months pass. 

It doesn’t fight the changing weather, but instead, is content to move, to become one with it. 

It holds on in sun and wind and rain. 

And then, when it knows its time is coming to a close, it doesn’t simply drop to the ground. 

No, instead, it takes one last breath and turns a brilliant hue, reminding those around it that all seasons of Life are beautiful. 

Yes, I want to be a leaf.

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