How to cultivate abundance – or how I decided to be among the “haves” after spending years as a “have not”

This expression, “the haves and the have nots”, usually refers to money. But it struck me today that I have been a “have not” for decades in so many unjust, narrow, obsessive ways that the world around me must have banged its metaphorical head against the wall practically daily with frustration. Let me explain… We … More How to cultivate abundance – or how I decided to be among the “haves” after spending years as a “have not”

Emotional Alchemy: How to turn fear into a springboard to growth and joy

I have to admit it – though, please, not in public and especially not in front of my kids: I am a scaredy cat. I get frightened very, very easily. There are good days and bad days and on a bad day my mind races to find horror images of… whatever happens to scare me … More Emotional Alchemy: How to turn fear into a springboard to growth and joy

Do you have eyes for the beauty right in front of you?

These splendid flowers grow wild on the side of the road here in the Belgian countryside where I live. I took the picture last year, on a road in the back of our house. The poppies are back nowadays, as majestic as before. Constant, stable, majestic beauty. They start sprouting somewhere in May, when the … More Do you have eyes for the beauty right in front of you?

Persistence and Unexpected Joys = Recipe for Satisfaction

If someone had told me five years ago that in a few short months I would be cooking almost every day and, moreover, I would start BAKING CAKES, I would have laughed and said “You certainly have the wrong person!” But lives change and so do tastes – in food, clothes and things to do. … More Persistence and Unexpected Joys = Recipe for Satisfaction

Optimism: not buying into any “I can’t”.

Isn’t this picture awesome? I love the expression on the duck’s face… which is entirely my own interpretation, as ducks don’t really “make faces” or have expressions. But I like to imagine that from the gesture you can actually feel the “energy” of the feeling that animates it – it’s fun, it’s playful, it’s pure … More Optimism: not buying into any “I can’t”.

Happy money and other anomalies (with 10 book recommendations)

If you are happy with your financial situation and money is your friend… first of all, congratulations. Secondly, this article is not for you. This post is for those of us who are still working through “money issues”. I don’t know about you, but the mere thought of “money” makes me cringe a little. It … More Happy money and other anomalies (with 10 book recommendations)

Tickling the clouds

The young tree is shaking its leaves with the autumn wind. It is almost dusk. The sky is aglow, giving it a gold halo worthy of a saint. In return, the tree is tickling the clouds. This is joy. And harmony.