Sending Myself Messages

I hope you danceThere is just way too much stuff out there to read and listen to and while much of it is junk there is also a great deal worth the time and trouble.  That is why the longest list of messages I have on my Facebook Messenger is from me to myself.

Sometimes the messages are just a note to remind me of something I want to write a blog about.  Often it is  a video I want to watch but don’t have time for in the moment (not to mention that when I’m sitting downstairs away from the router they take forever to download.) Occasionally it is a news article I want to take time to read more carefully.  It might just be a picture I took on my phone and want to make sure I add to my computer file later or it’s one of those great sayings I want to be sure to hold on to…like the one above.

Today was a tough day for me for some reason.  One of those days I wish I could pull the covers back over my head and go to sleep days but I can’t do that because all the things I’m supposed to be doing are vying for position at the start line in my brain and the starter gun keeps misfiring.

On days like this it is especially difficult to write a blog.  Creativity seems to be in short supply and in even shorter supply is a positive and upbeat outlook.  Who wants to listen to the ramblings of a grump?.

It is days like this that those notes to self are particularly helpful.  They don’t always give me the needed lift but sometimes I run across a gem.  mrbearpin

The one that jumped out at me first today was Winnie the Pooh Quotes.  Immediately I thought of how wonderful it would be, to be read to again, like I was as a child.  I used to love it when my Dad tucked me in at night with dramatized versions of A.A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, and Morrell Gipson’s ever endearing tale of Mr. Bear Squash You All Flat (my all time favourite).  The bear was not as friendly as Pooh but I loved him. (I see he now ever has his own Facebook Page.)  Those were the days when bad stuff happened but I still felt loved and safe.  As an adult those days are too often missing.

Another thing I found in the messages was a list of the top 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life.  In case you are not familiar with the thousands of inspiring and informative TED Talks I’ve included the link.  The ones on the top 15 list I am particularly fond of are Brene Brown and Andrew Solomon.  The list will stay on my message board so I can go back and listen again when I need a particular sort of tune up (aka kick in the butt) in my life.

There are others and I will drift back over them from time to time.  It’s great to have an electronic list and know it won’t vanish.  I highly recommend it for the BLAH! days as a way to keep a little inspiration handy.  Start yours today.

Wishing you a day full of dancing.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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