Learning to love order and gaining freedom in the process

Order is not my strong suit. Add process and my eyes glaze over. At least, that’s what I thought in my younger days. Yesterday I read a quote from Winston Churchill that resonated with me: “In the first 25 years of my life I sought freedom. In the next 25, order. And in the last 25 I learned order is freedom.” Funny enough, though, for the last 25 years it doesn’t feel like I’ve been chasing structure. I do struggle to find it. And when I do, it’s fleeting. Maybe that’s why the universe favors entropy? At least that what … Read More

What a Difference Seven Years Makes

Seven years ago today was a hard day for me. I wrote about the 10 Things I Learned When I was Knocked From My White Horse 18 months ago in an article published by the Success Blog. This story was shared more than 25,000 times on Facebook and from this I infer I’m not alone in jousting with life’s adversities. Since writing the story, my life has continued to evolve. I am humbled by how the words I wrote, at a time when I was simply trying to keep myself positive and be of service to others, ring true for … Read More

An Amazingly Small World….

According to Worldometer, there are about 7.3 billion people in the world today. Bangkok, Thailand is the 15th largest city in the world with about 14.3 million people. Even with this data, it’s humbling to me how small the world may be at times. My daughter, Anne Gaslin, is away for this year teaching fourth grade in Phuket, Thailand. During her first semester she learned a lot and had a favorite student named, Frank. He is pictured above with his sister. Young Frank became something of a Facebook phenomenon via Anne’s photo chronicles of his funnier antics during the semester. … Read More

Refill Guy

I am always amazed at how many times during the day I have the opportunity to refill things around me.  Sometimes it’s physical, often times mental and certainly spiritual. Physical things are easy and, while sometimes irritating, quickly accomplished.  Things like, the dogwood container is empty, the coffee maker water canister is running low, the toilet paper dispenser has a cardboard tube on it and various other mundane daily tasks that need to be done. What happens when there are refill needs for other people, or even myself, that are not so easy to see or replenish?  Things like a … Read More