Goodbye Grumblings

Find the good

Take your dose of nature: it’s good for you!

I went for hike along the Ottawa River with the Scouts this week, and the gorgeous sunset made it easy for me to decide that my next post would be about nature. Nature is an obvious good. I don’t know of anyone who would say that getting out in the fresh air isn’t healthy. Why […]

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Why some of my beliefs trigger grumbling

On the surface of it, these two beliefs seem harmless. People should show appreciation for work done to benefit them or the household. People should do their share of the household work in a timely fashion if they are able to. Obvious, right? Who could argue with those? And yet, I’ve come to the conclusion […]

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Want to find and do a lot of good? Join Scouting!

I’m a firm believer that Scouting is good for individuals and for society. Why do I support an organization started by an upper class white male over a century ago, an organization that has had its share of trouble? Because in spite of anything you’ve heard in the news in the past, I’ve experienced the […]

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A quick and easy way to stop grumbling

A good friend recently stopped me cold as I was taking verbal potshots at Husband. He surprised me into silence by offering me a temporary solution and giving me time to stop what I was doing — and to think better of it. Husband and I were having dinner and conversation at the home of […]

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Five treasure troves overflowing with good

I’m repeating myself when I say that I believe we can find good almost anywhere, if we just watch for it. We can find good — but we don’t always make the effort. We need to do it on purpose, to be on the lookout for it. But why? Why should we bother? The news that […]

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Two things that may help stop the grumbling

Why does grumbling matter? It may start small, but grumbling to myself can avalanche into such a bad mood that I perceive everything negatively. Grumbling gains power and affects everyone around me. When I’m grumbling, I have real trouble seeing the good, and I’m certainly nowhere near my best self, as you’ll see below. The […]

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It’s easy to find the good

This past Christmas, I experienced firsthand just how easy it is to find the good. I came across one unexpected and beautiful oddity while out with the family. I saw kindness in action in the local news. I remembered a long-standing online tradition of sharing. Keeping a goldfish warm On Sunday evening, December 27, with the […]

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