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This post is dedicated to all those who are struggling with the grief "wave" today or tomorrow, or next week, or next month. I am there with you. If you are unfamiliar with the grief "wave", count your blessings, this means you haven't lost anyone extremely close to you to death. Shannon's definition: The grief "wave" - one moment you're fine, happy as a clam. Then an emotion gets triggered, a song that reminds you, a cherished memory or some other seemingly innocent thing happens and suddenly you are unable to control it, the WAVE comes. sobbing will likely be involved. Lord help you if someone else is nearby and sees you you go from smile to sob in a split second...they may carefully back away and consult others on your sanity. NO controlling it (believe me, I've tried) BLEH. I hadn't had a grief wave in a LONG time, like over 6 months. I was worried a wave might hit during my daughter's wedding, especially since my sister's framed photo had it's own chair, only two seats away from me and also because I was in Oklahoma, where she and I were born and raised and where she passed.

Many of you know that I love owls, but nobody but those in my immediate family know exactly why.  I’ve never told anyone else, but it’s about time I share.

I often think about people when I first meet them…hmmm…are they the tortoise, the hare, the owl or all three?

We often hear the tortoise and the hare story. True that slow and steady often wins the race, but you can also often slow and steady yourself forever and never realize your dream or and not move fast enough to take advantage of the amazing opportunities that may come your way.

“I plan to wait until the kids are all out of school, then it’s me time.”

How often have we heard this, or thought something similar ourselves.  Planning for the big day, when something drastic changes in our life, either by plan or surprise, that will finally enable us to start pursuing a dream.

I call it waiting on the “lucky star”.

According to Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”

These are the ways we communicate with the world…so what are you saying?