Becoming the best version of yourself

Gonna Be A Bear – – –

Closing in on my last boxes from the move. Hey, four months, that isn’t too bad is it??? Have had loads of help from family and friends and my handyman. I am seeing the light at the end of this tunnel!

One of the projects today, and unpacked from the last two boxes, are my scrapbooks. I’ve kept adding to them since the mid 80’s – full of my adventures through non-profit work, fundraising and the family highlights.

Going back through a few of them, I ran across one of my favorite pages – something I’d found quite a while ago, not sure where but . . . I love it and had added it to my keepsakes. No idea where it originated, and there’s no author listed on the page so apologies for not giving full credit. Here goes:


In this life I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear. When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup, gonna be a bear!

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Have You Ever Felt Useless? (When Trying To Be Useful?)

Was just thinking last night about the number of people that I’ve tried to help out in the past. It’s funny, not everyone who asks your opinion, for your help, for your guidance – really wants it. Is it just small talk? Or do they just not think you’re really smart enough?

When you’ve answered questions, the same way, over and over, and they still don’t listen – why is that? Sometimes I do know the answer. If I don’t know an answer I’ll say so – nothing worse than someone needing to feel smart and making something up and answering incorrectly.

So is it that I don’t project intelligence?

Could it be instead that they just are very poor listeners?

I’m thinking that I’ll keep on trying to be helpful, I’ll keep on answering (when asked) and I will try to never feel useless. I really do like being useful, bet you do too!


October 1st? How Did THAT Happen?

Wow – what a summer. Selling a house, packing up a house, remodeling a house, moving to that house after the “sell” falls through of the first house. Contractor issues, cancelled house guests, not cancelled house guests, all the grandkids – granted, not at the same time, and BAM! Fall?? I lost my summer.

I’ve had meltdowns, I’ve had my feelings hurt, I’ve had rants, I’ve had disappointments, I’ve had reminders that there are a whole lot of humans out there that would switch their troubles for my life, and I’ve had moments where people made me laugh at the absurdity of it all. (thank you GP! I needed that, you’re a gift that truly NEVER has an expiration date!!)

As I reflect on the summer gone and the fall arriving, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Lucille Ball. I dug it up in my “saved” favorites to share with you all today, October 1st! Hope you love it as much as I do. Till the next time, here’s you homework assignment!!

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