Some things in life are meant to be planned. As the saying goes, “if we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” For example, dieting, traveling, teaching, concert performance, and public speaking are pursuits that require planning. Preparing one’s food for a nutritious diet, organizing a travel itinerary ahead of time, writing up lesson plans, practicing one’s music repertoire, and composing a speech are ways that can help one achieve the strongest results.
Yet, other situations in life call for playing by ear, improvising and figuring things out as one goes along.
Or better yet, some people are not that great at planning. They prefer to have a loose plan and then kind of wing it when the time comes. Just figure things out as we go along. Kind of make it work. Continue reading
“What a Wonderful World” – A song recorded by Louis Armstrong (1968), and written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.
That’s how I feel right now. I feel positive, upbeat, and in a generally good mood about life.
I see trees of green…….. red roses too
I see em bloom….. for me and for you
And I think to myself…. what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue….. clouds of white
Bright blessed days….dark sacred nights
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world.
The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
Are also on the faces…..of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands…..sayin.. how do you do
They’re really sayin……I love you. Continue reading
This Land is Your Land
This Land is My Land,
To the New York Island
From the Redwood Forests
to the Gulf Stream Waters
This Land is Made for me and you….
A song from the 1940’s by Woodie Guthrie, and one that I sing to my elderly clients very often as a reminiscence tool. This tune is so popular that a friend of mine R. Seidel, RMT – – has revised the lyrics and composed new ones for a fun song teaching young kids to identify their eyes, nose, ears, etc. I have used it for many a sing-along with young pre-school kids in my work. Here’s how part of the song goes: (sung to the tune of “This Land is Your Land”)
“This hand is your hand; It has five fingers; Wiggle them around now; And feel them tingle; Raise them above you; And then below you; This hand is yours and only yours.
This foot is your foot; It has five toes; Wiggle them around now: Do your socks have holes; Tap them on the floor now (tap, tap, tap..); Now make them stop; This foot is yours and only yours” (copyright 1994- R. Seidel, RMT)
Now that’s a powerful statement for any kid to hear – especially in song. Keep your hands to yourself. Keep your feet to yourself. They are yours. G-d gave them to you to enjoy, use and treasure. You are blessed.
I think one of the most important things in raising kids (not my job anymore) and in nurturing grandkids (I love that job these days) is enhancing their self image, making them feel good about themselves and helping them realize their specialness and uniqueness.
We all are different. Each one of us has a unique way of seeing things – doing stuff, and handling life. That’s a great lesson for children – and for adults to remind ourselves of each day.
By now, most people who know me, are aware that I am releasing a book (Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! – with Israel Bookshop Publications; Sept 5, 2012), please G-d. The past few years of conceiving the idea, writing, editing, submitting, negotiating and polishing my book has been quite an exhilarating journey. And the fact that from the time I was notified that my book will be published until the actual release is a total of nine months, is only one of the reasons that this experience is similar to having a baby.
At this time, to use the pregnancy analogy — I am in my third trimester, ninth month and I am feeling the gamut of emotions. Excited (it is thank G-d a huge accomplishment), nervous (what if there are mistakes….), impatient anticipation (feeling like this pregnancy is dragging), gratitude (to G-d for bringing me to this stage), and many other feelings.
I look forward to keeping you all posted on the developments of my book release. I hope to have please G-d, a book signing event. The location, date, and time will be announced shortly on this blog.
Stay tuned for more.