Hold on to moments of familiarity (Q30)

I often find myself overcome with an unshakable feeling of familiarity. It happens to lots of people, but I usually become fixated on finding an explanation. A place I have never been before, a conversation about a topic that I have never discussed, the aroma of a flower that I have never seen, a building that…

We are the people who raised us (Q27)

“Some days I open my eyes and wake up… some days I wake up and open my eyes.” Walking through the city, on a mission to grab a double espresso, I passed a building with a shine on it so crisp that it could pass for a mirror. I caught a glimpse of myself walking…

Understand the road we travel (Q23)

 “Always look before you drive through the intersection…even if it’s your light.” “You never know if someone will not stop” About three years ago, when my lease had run out on my car it was time to go shopping. I settled on a new vehicle and was quick to drive it from the dealer to…

A goat smells like goat (Q14)

When I was little I used to spend time in Italy with my grandparents. I was a big trouble maker, so it’s hard to believe how anyone put up with me. If I have a child that tries to pull the stuff that I did growing up… I may go bonkers. I recall one time…

Open your ears to the clouds (Q13)

There is a gentle breeze in the air. The pine tree is slowly dancing to the sounds of leaves blowing in the wind. A bumble bee buzzes by; flying from plant to plant in search of whatever it is that might tickle his fancy. Grapes hang from their vine waiting to ripen. The leaves of…

One man can move a mountain side (Q12)

There are times when we feel compelled to stand up for something, but discouraged because we are only one person.  What can one person really do? Is it worth standing up at the risk of having our legs swept out from under us? Can one person move a mountain? My father’s family is from a…

Generosity ripples through generations (Q10)

With some discouraging news having come up last week, 52Quarters has not been top of mind. As such, I will have two shorter posts this week (1 to make up for last week and 1 for this week). There are always lots of stories shared at the dinner table… some sticking out more than others.…

A leaf should understand the struggle of its roots (Q2)

Understand where you came from to truly appreciate where you are. Take a walk to a park and sit on a bench near the tallest tree you can find. Listen to the sounds around you and take in the scene. Restrain yourself from throwing on your headphones for just a few minutes to appreciate everything…

Regret is like eating a chocolate cake alone (Q1)

Learn from each slice. Try eating a chocolate cake alone (if you have never tried before). Chances are you will make yourself sick, it will make you gain a few pounds and it is going to take a lot of time and energy to take off those extra pounds and keep them off. It will…