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Karla’s Korner: Dealing with Bad Days

Karla’s Korner: Dealing with Bad Days

Karla's Korner shares with us some important lessons on dealing with a bad day.

You Had a Bad Day

Every once in a while I find myself staring at a blank screen on a late Sunday afternoon wondering what it is I have to say and share with my readers this week. Every once in a while I find myself at a complete loss for words or motivation. Every once in a while I just want to say screw it and give up, because well, life ain’t easy. Bad days, even bad weeks come around every now and then. Acknowledging that it’s supposed to be that way, tough days even weeks or longer happen but the key I think is in how we handle it. Certified life coach and cancer survivor Berta Lippert wrote, “Don’t forget that you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you’re headed.” How often is it that we find ourselves sitting on the pity pot feeling sorry for our situation asking “why me?” or filling ourselves up with anger because things didn’t go as planned. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: On Being Different

Karla’s Korner: On Being Different

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? By Dr. Seuss

On Being Different

I heard someone recently say “It’s good to be different”. Those words have rolled around in my head since then leaving me to wonder what is “different” or rather what is “normal”? More importantly who determines which is which? We all have the notion that we are normal, regular people but how do we know for sure?Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Degrees of Love

Karla’s Korner: Degrees of Love

Karla's Korner: Degrees of Love

Degrees of Love …

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice”. Often love is thought of as romantic, filled with passion, physical desires, excitement and lavishness when it, is more often rather than not found in the ordinary often mundane-ness of life. The little things done in the name of what I call “lower case” love make up the big things in “capital letter” Love. When reflecting on the many great and not so great loves I’ve witnessed, shared and hoped for in my own life, Fitzgerald’s words ring true. Each person, each relationship cultivates within us the potential for great love, the opportunity to fill our souls, bring joy and not only receive but give meaningful, purposeful love to others. Love can be measured in degrees I think.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: A Letter to My Heart

Karla’s Korner: A Letter to My Heart

Karla's Korner: A Letter to My Heart

A Letter to My Heart…….

American author Elizabeth Stone wrote “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” The longer I parent the more this rings true. I thought that somehow this whole parenting thing would become easier as time went on and the children grew up; it does not. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Defining Love

Karla’s Korner: Defining Love

Karla's Korner: Defining Love

Defining Love…

It’s February, the proverbial month of love and I find it almost obligatory to share my thoughts on what I believe love is; or what love is not. The word love is defined as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. This little four letter word has a wide variety of meanings and is commonly used in everyday language as a means of affection. Love I believe is a multi-faceted, ever changing, a push and pull kind of adventure that goes beyond romance. Love is in fact the root of life, the driving force behind friendships, those friendships that bring order and chaos to our lives; those friendships that along with romantic relationships define who we are, determine who we become and direct us on our life journey.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: On Being Careless

Karla’s Korner: On Being Careless

Karla's Korner: On Being Careless

On Being Careless…

Tucked away in a quaint little bookstore in Covington, Kentucky I met a new friend to discuss writing, life and to get acquainted. Noting that our lives are relatively different but also similar in some aspects I soaked up and appreciated the time we shared together. It is evident that this newfound friend is a lover of life, who is willing to share his knowledge, wit and wisdom with others. As we parted ways we shared a brief hug and well wishes and a promise to keep in touch. As the door began to close behind me he called out “Be careless”. Pulling away from the curb those words began to settle in and I realized what he had said. How often do we wish someone well and encourage them to be careful?; never careless.
As a parent we find ourselves watching over our children making sure they are safe and careful. Lessons in not touching dangerous things, not talking to strangers, don’t run with your hands in your pockets, tie your shoes so you don’t trip, wear your rain boots, take your vitamins, the list could go on and on. Having been a mother for nearly 23 years I cannot recall ever telling my kids to be careless; maybe I should have.Continue reading