- Beth and I recently spent an afternoon looking at our collection of annual photo books reflecting our adventures since 2014. Together, we slowly turned the photos of home/gardens, pets, dear friends, and travels. So enjoyable and so important to both of us. Gratitude for this collection of who we have been and are still becoming.
** Robin Sharma, a Facebook post, in her book “5 AM Club” describes how to do a 20 minute exercise…20 minutes reflection and 20 minutes of learning all complete by 6:00 a.m. What would be the 20…20…20 in your club? Consistency and routine can produce the results important to us all.
- The encouraging Comments from last week’s Sunday Letter affirms the importance of the personal, individual ups and downs of life and relationships. Thus, the personal will be an essential element of all Sunday Letter’s to come.
** Due to weather, the local recognitions of Matin Luther King are being held this weekend. Dr. King spoke at a time when words carried meaning and important messages. Thousands rode buses, stood in the sun for hours and music carried messages of hope. Dr. King’s truthful words were spoken in churches, parks, and the Washington Memorial. The commitment to justice for all continues in 2024. From Dr. King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
- In the past weeks publications and digital platforms have shifted creative resources from traditional ad sales and print articles to digital streaming aligned with A1. For young people the offices of Sports Illustrative, National Geographic, Google, or CNN may have been their first job. There are others working in the same arenas with mid-life obligations, kids, grandkids, volunteering and charity giving. So, when you read or hear the numbers of layoffs and shut-downs, give thought to those individuals and families caught-up in society and business shifts attempting to find the best ways for their lives to continue.
** When did “waiting” get to be a bad thing? TV ads encourage “Use the app, skip the wait.” We wait for a lab test report, to vote and even a line for market self-check-out. Perhaps this week consider a line, a wait an opportunity to slow down, to look around, see something or observe something you may have missed in a faster, faster world.
- Electric cars and solar and wind farms are substitutes for our dependency on fossil fuels. However, what I am reading is the need to decrease our consumption, trading green spaces for cars and concrete. The warming of the climate, rising seas and melting the Artic ice is now upon all of us.
I end this Sunday Letter with a personal concern and worry, with the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health and wellness of so many friends and peers. If you have family or friends stepping back, becoming disconnected, now is the time to strengthen the connection, provide active support, be present in ways you can be a ray of hope and love.
Roy, in the mix of it all with you