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November to remember…what will your legacy be?

Today the City of Boston is saying a final farewell to Thomas Menino, who served as mayor for 20 years. He may be gone but his inspiration and legacy will live on.

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The combination of love and skill make for a wonderful legacy.

The Mayor was a details guy, skilled at getting things done; as the current Mayor, Martin Walsh, said in his remarks, “now he is getting the potholes filled in heaven.” At one point it was determined that he had actually met at least half the population of the city, which is quite an accomplishment.

He had not even been out of office for a year before he passed away at the too-young age of 71, and the outpouring of love has come from all corners of the city. His funeral procession wound through the city, passing places that were near and dear to him and on which he had a major impact during his tenure as mayor. Surely he touched the lives of many of the people who lined the streets to pay their final respects.

The remarks by his granddaughters and his chief of staff were by far the most interesting to me and revealing of the kind of man Tom Menino was. He was a mentor to both his actual family and his work family. He loved both families and made sure to let them know how he felt. And when it came to getting things done, Menino was relentless. He was a man of the people, for the people.

Love and skill. Not a bad legacy. I love this quote by John Ruskin: “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” I think that Mayor Menino would agree with this sentiment. So today’s “collage of the day” is an artistic expression of this sentiment.

I love to make collages out of inspirational quotes. These make great gifts to say “thank you” or “I appreciate working with you” or even “I am proud of you and what you have created.” Can you think of other situations for which this quote would be appropriate?

Love and skill make for a fine legacy. Rest in peace, Mayor Menino, and be assured that you and your contributions will never be forgotten.

Have a quote that motivates you? I would love to create something beautiful for you.

Fear, doubt, faith, marriage, dreams

My new favorite quote: on overcoming obstacles to achieving your dreams

Fear, doubt, faith, marriage, dreams

The leap of faith necessary to conquer fear and doubt and achieve your dreams.

You may be seeking a soulmate, but what about your dreams for yourself as a person – your spiritual, emotional, professional, pie-in-the-sky dreams?

Finding a lasting relationship is a life goal for many people. Once you read Harry Hudson’s story, you might broaden your perspective about “marriage”.

I first read about Harry on Viral Nova. His story touched me, as it undoubtedly has touched many other people. Diagnosed with curable leukemia at a young age, at the dawn of his musical career, Harry documented the progress of his treatment and recovery. He demonstrates that a positive attitude and sense of gratitude can go a long way.

There are many wonderful “tweets” shared in the Viral Nova story, but one of them stood out:

“I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged to my faith, and now I’m marrying my dreams.

Wow. That is a goal to which we can all aspire.

To put the cherry on top, this quote was posted on my 60th birthday, November 29, 2013. For some strange reason, that makes me feel even more connected to Harry.

You can follow Harry at @RealHarryHudson on Instagram to keep up with his story – I know that I will.

These are the questions I am pondering today, and would love to hear your thoughts:

  • Are you ready to get over your doubts and fears and commit to your dreams?
  • What is standing in your way? 
Mother and daughter

Happy Mother’s Day!

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One of my favorite mother/daughter photos: with my daughter Zoe, 1995.

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

Happy Mother’s Day to all who have nurtured their children and gave them both roots and wing – roots to keep them grounded and wings so that they may soar.

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Roses – the long and short of them

23 roses made it to the vase...

23 roses made it to the vase…

My husband bought me two dozen beautiful roses for Valentine’s Day. Of course I love them and handled them with care as I transferred them to the vase. 23 made it without incident; the 24th rose broke off at the head. Oh well, I thought, let’s just float it in a glass and see what happens. Guess what? It is continuing to open just the same as the ones in the vase, and smells just as beautiful.

We are stronger at the broken places,” said John Updike. Even a broken flower brings beauty.

...one didn't make it to the vase

…one didn’t make it to the vase

Remembering the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day, we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther KingMLK day 2014, a controversial and transformational figure in American history. When I think about Dr. King, I think about the unmatched oratory of the famous “I have a dream” speech and his message of loving and accepting people for who they were. I remember his life ending on April 4, 1968 and my outrage that this man, who preached non-violence, had his life ended by a violent act. I also remember my difficulty in comprehending that many people chose to express their feelings about this awful event through more violence.

Change comes slowly. The call for a national holiday in honor of Dr. King was finally answered when President Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, 15 years after the assassination. The first observance came in 1986, but it was not officially observed by all 50 states until 2000.

I would like to think that as a society we are more open and more accepting as the legacy of Dr. King’s message. But there is still work to do on so many fronts related to peace and justice for all. Much of that work will be difficult and will take time; however, we must commit to making progress. As Dr. King said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

One thing we all can do is to strive to choose the path of love. Choose love not only over hate but over fear. In Dr. King’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” When there is a choice, choose love. That is a way to honor Dr. King not just today, but everyday.