Soapboxes and Smiles – It’s Spring

Our Congressmen work 126 days per year. Now, at our country’s inception, that made sense. Our elected leaders traveled to work from their homes via horseback and it took a long time to get to Washington – or Pennsylvania in the very beginning. Today their time is spent fundraising for their next campaign. Does anybody see a problem with this? There are solutions to this problem such as term limits and only Federal funds allocated to each candidate rather than the influence of lobbyists or as is the case now, entire countries. Okay, that’s enough of my soapbox, couldn’t help myself.

I returned from my trip back east to lots of snow on the ground and at first that seemed like an excuse to whine, however, on the way home from the post office I had to slow to a stop and let nine deer cross the road in front of me. Wake up Call! There is always a trade-off in paradise just like you can always find good in every bad situation.

I spent a fun weekend watching a dozen creative college students from CSU write, direct, stage and film a movie one of them had written. They ate with gusto and didn’t mind sleeping on the floor. They talked and laughed and made fun of each other as only the young can do. They left with many thanks and only left behind one coat, boxers, t-shirt and a charger. It was great to be drawn into their world for a little while – if only as an observer.

Sheryl Sandberg, herself a controversial person (as are most successful people), has a favorite sign of encouragement at her work place (Facebook) and while she did not write it – I will give her credit for bringing it to my attention. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

It is almost spring and spring is a time of renewal. It is a time to remake yourself and your world. Ask yourself what you would do if you weren’t afraid and then go do it. Find a way to push past your fear – one step at a time – and go for it. Remember the words I’ve said before – don’t look at the mountain top but rather at the step in front of you. Find the silver lining and share your smile while you go. Have a good week.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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