Happy Herald - On the Bright Side http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8507-1-on-the-bright-side.html <![CDATA[The Magic of Music]]> We started talking about songs that would be appropriate, and took turns getting goose bumps as we described our favorite lyrics, and how meaningful they would be for all kinds of lessons - government, history, economics (we are social studies teachers). We recited lyrics, and said “have you ever heard...”, and we both giggled like school girls. Oh-My-God-I-Love-Her!!!]]> <![CDATA[With Liberty, Justice and Love for All]]> Woodhull once said, “It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love.]]> <![CDATA[From Bootstraps to Bubble-wrap… Where Will We Go From Here?]]> When pendulums swing too far in either direction the balance is off. Both sides have their merit. Free speech is part of what it means to be an American. And liberty and justice for ALL is also what it means to be an American. Grit, resilience, and maybe helping someone else adjust their bootstraps once in a while might be a way for us to meet in the middle.]]> <![CDATA[It was the Worst of Times, it was the worst of times]]> If you look at the way the media has changed over time, it is easy to see why today we find ourselves in another revolutionary kind of time period. Twitter, Facebook, and the never ending 24-hour news cycle create an environment that can be all-consuming and even addictive. This itself is a new problem. But what we are obsessing over is not new. Just new to us as a constant source of stress.]]> <![CDATA[A Revolution of the Heart]]> It was right after Columbine that I got the idea for Rosey Shades. I was the guidance counselor at an elementary school here in Boca. I wondered what I could do to create a more positive climate at school, and also, more positive people in general, who might grow up to be a more hopeful and kind generation. A lofty goal, yes, but I felt I had to do something.]]> <![CDATA[Hanging with my Ohmies]]> I become hopeful when I see five yoga studios within a five-mile radius, farmer’s markets weekly and classes at the local library on meditation becoming more and more common. It reminds me that pendulums swing and balance is eventually restored.]]> <![CDATA[Provide for your vision - provision!]]> I am referring to our day dreams - those we imagine in our waking hours. I don’t know about you, but if my sleeping dreams came to life I’d be living in a strange world!]]> <![CDATA[Every Day Counts]]> One is such a big number. It is assigned so much clout: Number one; one of a kind; the one and only; first place; first in line. On the first day of the first month of a brand new year the importance gets even more magnified. It is the first day of the rest of our LIVES!!!! Brand new diet, brand new lifestyle, workout routine, project getting off the ground, filing system, morning routine, calendar, brand new YOU.]]> <![CDATA[Respond vs. React]]> Is there a difference between reacting and responding? According to the dictionary they are interchangeable: to react is to respond to something and vice versa. I began thinking about this because I recently experienced a visceral reaction to something I read. I had to stop myself from reacting without thinking first. If I replied to what I had read quickly, without thinking, I would be acting, thus it would be my reaction to what I was feeling. ]]> <![CDATA[Respond vs. React]]> I recently experienced a visceral reaction to something I read. I had to stop myself from reacting without thinking first. If I replied to what I had read quickly, without thinking, I would be acting, thus it would be my reaction to what I was feeling. But if I paused to consider the context of what I was reading and the larger picture of where this discomfort fit into the larger picture of my life and what outcome I truly wanted in the end, I would have been pondering, hence resPONding.]]> <![CDATA[Start Spreading the GNEWS]]> I know that there are problems in the world, and I don’t close my eyes to misery. But as with anything in life, balance is the key. So after learning about the latest tweets, and what’s new in the war on terror, and who is or isn’t running for President on any given day, I click over to a newsfeed of another stripe and read positive stories about my fellow human beings meeting challenges, finding solutions and making positive contributions in the world.]]> <![CDATA[I’m trusting you, Universe…]]> Whether it turns out to be a good thing or not, or brings me more joy or more stress remains to be seen. But its appearance in my life took on a life of its own - things just seem to be falling into place. I can’t help but have faith that this is what I am supposed to be doing right now.]]> <![CDATA[Seatbelts, Everyone!]]> Time and time again we learn that out of darkness comes light. And in such times there are those filled with hope and those with dread. So in this modern eclipse of enlightenment, what role will you play? Will you be on the side of fear; building a defensive wall around yourself, your kinsmen, your religion, your "team"? Or will you remain brave in the face of fear and strive for openness, compassion, gratitude and generosity, even to those unfamiliar and "foreign"? ]]> <![CDATA[SUNRISE, SUNSET]]> A rising sun invokes a feeling of having the whole world in front of you. On the other hand, as the sun sets, there is the inevitable option to think, "tomorrow is another day."]]> <![CDATA[Tune In to Tune Out]]> The inspiration for Rosey Shades and this column (over 15 years ago!) was the onslaught of the 24 hour news cycle, which, at the time, was new. I was so tired of constant negativity that I thought about wearing rose-colored glasses all the time.]]> <![CDATA[Sticks and Stones]]> The question is, will we essentially ctrl-alt-delete the world as we know it and start over? Or might we be the first generation to find a way to find peace before another great war, because the cost is too great? The history has yet to be written.]]> <![CDATA[Virtually Yours]]> Finding a life/work balance that maximizes joy and results is something that benefits us all. Virtual school offers this for both students, their families and teachers and their families. The key is finding the groove that works for both the teacher and student.]]> <![CDATA[Hey, Lucy, I'm Home!]]> school district. She has created a character named Rosey Shades TM , whose philosophy teaches students about the importance of choosing optimism over pessimism by asking, “What color are the clouds in your world? For more information, visit http://roseyshadesonthebrightside.]]> <![CDATA[Ubiquitous Universalism]]> Isn’t it time, perhaps, for a new ism about what kind of leaders we have or even desire today? I like conscious capitalism. It has a nice ring to it. So does compassionate conservatism. These are oldies but goodies. What new ism can we inject into our vernacular that might serve as a centripetal, rather than centrifugal, force in our culture? Maybe strategic socialism or moral militarism. (I’m not sure if that’s possible, but I’m thinking outside the box here.) ]]> <![CDATA[A Call To Arms…. (THAT HUG)]]> Well, love warriors, how about a call to arms…. that hug?! It may sound trite, but really, it’s not. We need to spread the love - there’s a huge need for it right now and it’s free! Smile and say hello - especially to someone you disagree with. And offer hugs to those who will allow it. Hugs remove barriers - literally. Try to hug someone and not smile or feel the love. You’ll get resistance. Not everyone likes to be hugged. So hug them with your words. Let’s go on a crusade to just love each other to pieces.]]>