Where were the lessons?

Well, the Texas Rangers, my home town team, rode the wave all the way to the World Series this year. I’m proud and delighted that they were there. They made it to the Big Show! That is the good news. The not so good news is that they were outscored in the seventh game and St. Louis Cardinals took home the trophy. Where were the lessons?

The lessons I learned from this were:

1. Never say never. In the 51 year history of the Rangers, this was the second Division Championship they won and the first trip to the Series.

2. Never give up. The games were played long and hard. The teams were professional, entertaining and strong.

3. Good sportsmanship is beautiful. At the end of the games, each player paid tributes to each other. Even in post game interviews, they complimented each other’s work.

4. Great baseball is entertaining. You don’t know the outcome until the last “out” is called. In order to fully appreciate the games, you must watch them.

I’m still a Texan and I am very proud of my home town team. There’s always next year.

I’m delighted my Texas family could enjoy this World Series and see the Team delight the fans. I know my dad and my dad-in-law enjoyed every minute of it.

Baseball can be a wealth of life lessons.

Aloha,

Denise

Why and why?

I must confess: I’m not happy right now….someone I love very much, and have loved for 35 yrs, has metastatic cancer. I feel helpless, yet not hopeless. I want to scream, yet not succumb. I know he will fight. I will share my strength with him.

My question is why? Why does this happen to the most wonderful, giving, warm, intelligent, abundant people? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why can my prayers and strength not cure?

Reminder: love and hug and appreciate those in your life….daily.

Aloha,
Denise

What?

What will become of your dreams if you don’t live them?

What will happen to your bucket list if you don’t take action?

What goes on tomorrow if you’re not actively participating in it?

What happens to those unspoken words: I love you, Thank you, I’m sorry, Please ?

What matters is YOU and your actions…

Make today really count..

Aloha,

Denise

Here she goes….

After a carefully written, compelling and spell-checked email, our daughter Tara asked us if she can go to Dallas to attend the Texas state fair and see some of her family. We were so impressed by her email, it was very compelling, we agreed. She departs today.

Tara will stay with her uncle David and aunt Pamela. She will see her grandparents and several cousins. I am delighted she is going and she will be empowered traveling alone.

This young lady has so much talent, chutzpah and joy in her that I must share her with others.

Happy landing and safe travels, Tara!

Where will you go today!?

Aloha,
Denise

A sister’s promise…

Yes, it began with a promise. In 1982, Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister Suzy that she would find a cure for the breast cancer that cut her life so short. Since then, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has raised over 1.9 billion dollars. See more details on www.komen.org.

Yesterday, Mark, Emily, Tara and I joined over 6500 people in Honolulu walk the one mile course that was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2011. We locked arms with survivors, family and friends. We walked in our pink shirts and pledged our promise to help find and fund a cure. We walked with teachers, staff and students from our La Pietra school family. It was a moving, inspiring and heart-warming morning.

Remember how powerful a promise is. Stay in integrity when you make a promise. It can reach all parts of the world.

Aloha,
Denise

Sleepin’ in today…

Good morning sunshine friends!

I have to admit, I slept in today and I’ll tell you why….

My dear new friend Linda and I shopped on Wednesday to prepare for Exam Breakfast on Thursday and Friday. With lots of love and help from some Elf-like, Wizard-like moms, breakfast was prepared and served to 140 students, faculty and staff at our daughters’ school before they took exams on Thursday and Friday.

By the time I returned home last night, I could hardly wait to soak in a lavender bubble bath and go to sleep.

My magical husband washed the dinner dishes and prepared the morning coffee and here I am. All bright-eyed ready for today’s activities.

What a great day we have ahead of us. Good thing I’m rested and refreshed!

What are you going to do today?!

Aloha,

Denise