Become Your Best Self – by Nancy Zimmerman


I have been writing now for about five years. Writing was not a task I ever aspired to. I was not a person who dreamed of writing the great American novel. Actually, I dreaded writing assignments in high school and avoided professors who made students write a lot in college. It was not my “thing” until it was. I became a writer by accident really.

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Reset Your Life – by Nancy Zimmerman


I am a technological novice. The technical advances that have impressed me are VHS and the microwave. I remember having television as a child, but I also remember the first time I saw a color television program. I was at a friend’s house on a Sunday evening when I was in the eighth grade. The show was Bonanza and when that orange flame burned into the map of the Ponderosa, it was a time I will never forget. The amazement of having a disposable camera and a portable phone, caught my attention also in later years.

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Choosing Happiness – by Nancy Zimmerman


I had always hoped for a life of happiness. I remember being a small girl and looking at those around me who were smiling, laughing, and playing. They seemed so happy. I was always smiling and laughing, but somehow I knew that I was not happy. I was always waiting and watching for that moment when my heart would sing. It didn’t happen.

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Exploring Your Life – by Nancy Zimmerman


When we hear about exploring, all sorts of things come to mind. We think of the vast frontier that is Outer Space. We recall all of the past voyages out into the Universe. We draw from pictures taken on lunar exploration and we become excited with the possibilities.  We think of the exploration that those brave souls did when they crossed the unknown waters and came from the eastern hemisphere to the western hemisphere. We also think of the exploration that occurred on all of the continents in the world and all of the exploration that is still taking place. We sink to the depths of the ocean to find wonders that abound there. All of this is exploration at its finest and we are a part of it as we read about the adventures of other explorers.

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I Yam What I Yam – by Nancy Zimmerman


I guess I am calling in my age, but when I was young, there was a Popeye cartoon and Popeye would always say, “I yam what I yam.” While that was in the vernacular of the supposed sailor, we hold onto this in our reality. We are the beings we are and we react accordingly. When we express ourselves thusly, we set a powerful movement going forth.

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Heart of the Earth – by Nancy Zimmerman


How very interesting that the letters of “heart” and “earth” match. It serves to emphasize how interconnected we are to the planet. As I consider this connection, I decided to once again think of terms that would apply to this connection. I will use the connections alphabetically.

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Let Go and Live – by Nancy Zimmerman


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Five years ago, I entered a part of my life’s journey that was very new for me.  It was a time when it hit me smack dab in the face that I had been living my life in a way that did not allow me to be a happy fulfilled individual.  When I began to really take a look around me at all the people enjoying life and realizing that I wasn’t, I began to read and study on things so that I could achieve happiness also.

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Emotional W.I.N.G.S. – by Nancy Zimmerman


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When beginning this essay, I was not certain where to turn.  I have been using acronyms quite frequently and enjoy them.  As I looked at the themes and saw “wings” I was immediately drawn to the freedom I felt as I pictured me with wings flying high above the hustle and bustle of life on the ground.  I felt this might make an interesting essay but as I looked at the letters, there were not emotions or feelings that came to mind.
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After doing some research, I did come up with some ideas that I am going to share with you about W.I.N.G.S.
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W –   I found not only emotions but also adjectives that describe feelings. One can be warm-hearted or weak.  You can be whimsical or woeful, wonderful or wretched.  The choices are limitless and that is the point of lists like this.  Each of the descriptive adjectives brings forth a feeling based on what we associate with that particular word.  As a person who traverses through life daily, we can choose to be whatever we want.  We can choose to be wicked, wishy washy or worthless.  If that is the case then we can also choose to be wanted, warm or witty.  The choice is ours daily about how we choose to describe ourselves.  However we describe ourselves is how we act and who we become.
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I – Surprisingly, there were about two hundred fifty words or phrases to describe feelings and emotions for the letter “I”.  Some of those included: impure, inspired, ignorant, and interesting.  if you are thought to be impure or ignorant, you will certainly behave and react to others differently than if you are said to be inspired and interesting.  We choose how we portray ourselves and we choose how we perceive others.  If we look for the positive aspects of all individuals we meet, we can elevate them to a higher place.  If we take negative descriptive words out of our vocabulary when it comes to describing others, they will not know the disappointment of being treated less than valuable.
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N – Thinking about the entire word, wings, I think of phrases like “flying with eagles.”  This being the case, the one word that resonates with me at this “letter level” is “noble.”  As we soar with the eagles, we are indeed expressing the most noble of our characteristics.  There may be times when we are down grubbing for the earthworms and have less than noble intentions, however.  The nobility of the eagle is one that inspires awe and respect among us all.  In our effort to soar we need to remember the importance of nobility as we are called on to exhibit it.
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G – As I soar with the eagles on wing, I think that gallant and grateful apply.  I also like to think I am good-natured to add to that list.  As we near the end of this essay, I once again remind you of the word– wing– a word whose very nature calls us to think of the birds and the freedom that their wings allow them in life.  Whether it is an eagle or a cardinal, it is in the very lift of the wings that freedom is expressed.  They are also very graceful as they embrace the world.
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S – Wow!  Just Wow!  Over four hundred words to describe feelings and emotions with the letter S.  They go from sluggish to strong and from subjugated to stupendous.  As this essay has attempted to help you see, you are what you focus on.  You are how you perceive yourself.  How others see you is based on how you see yourself.  It is all up to you.  If you want to  become something more than you are, you cannot do it while giving yourself the same messages over and over.  You need to find new words to describe you and a new story to tell.  Tell your life in positive terms.  Feel the words and become the words.  Make them the very best description of you that you can and the evidence of that belief will become clear.

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The Joy of Water – by Nancy Zimmerman


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Water, water everywhere, nor any  drop to drink.”  This is a line taken from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  It was spoken by a sailor who found himself stranded in the middle of the ocean filled with saltwater.  In the twenty-first century, we are hearing the predictions of what is happening to our supply of freshwater which is locked into the frozen water polar icecaps.  As the planet warms, the icecaps are melting and the fresh water being unlocked is combining with the salt water of the oceans.  Not only are we losing fresh water, we are changing the composition of the oceans, little at a time, which will affect ocean life.  It is a cyclical occurrence with no single easy solution.  Information about water then becomes necessary for us to celebrate this substance that is necessary for all of us to live on the “blue planet” we call earth.

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Inviting Health Into Our Lives – by Nancy Zimmerman


This time of year, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are coming off of a time of relaxed enjoyment during the months of summer.  In the Southern Hemisphere, the citizenry is contemplating the future months when they will be out and about enjoying the days of summer.  Regardless of where you live, there are times in your year and in your life where a healthy lifestyle is what you seek so that you can enjoy opportunities you are given to the fullest.  We think of health sporatically during the year, but never quite as much as when the great outdoors beckons us to participate in additional activities.

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D.A.N.C.E. the Dance – by Nancy Zimmerman


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While we are going on our journey through life, we talk about walking the walk.  What if part of that  journey was spent  dancing? What would the dance be like?  Again, I have looked at the letters in dance and come up with some ideas for things that have helped me at times during the journey..

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F.I.R.E. Up Your Walk – by Nancy Zimmerman


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We all have a life to live and  a path that will take us into that life.  It is often said that you will see dates on a tombstone that will indicate the year of your birth and the year of your death.  Between those two numbers is a dash.  The dash represents all that we are between birth and death.  What will your dash say about you?  Last month I began talking about walking the walk.  This month, I am going to take things up a bit more and discuss how I have found that I can fire up my walk, yet still remaining true to myself.

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Laugh and the World Laughs With You – by Nancy Zimmerman


Laugh, and the world  laughs with you;
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Weep, and you weep alone;
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For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
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But has trouble enough of its own.
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These words were penned by Ella Wheeler in 1883 after she had comforted a distraught young woman on a train ride to the Governor’s Inaugural Ball in Wisconsin.  The poem in its entirety was published as Solitude in her book, Poems of Passion.  The meaning is as fresh today as it has ever been.  When we are in good moods and being positive, we find others who want to share that emotion.  When, however, we stumble and have our times of sadness, we often find ourselves alone.

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Plan the Work and Work the Plan – by Nancy Zimmerman


In this time of digital sharing, there are all sorts of templates available for all of our work, if we choose to use them.  This is particularly beneficial if we are in an area of work where our job is a matter of filling in the blanks and securing specific information about a group of clients.  That, however does not always fit the modality of what we need if we are working on a larger project that includes others to help achieve our goals.  For those times, we need a plan.

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream – by Nancy Zimmerman


Many poets, authors, and psychologists have written about sleep.  What purpose it serves and how it can serve us, is something we often ponder ourselves.  I was raised to believe that sleep was something that was necessary but not something to enjoy.  Those very hours spent sleeping somehow robbed us of time that we could be using doing something more necessary in life.  We slept, but it was viewed as a waste of “productive” time.

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Visions and Dreams – by Nancy Zimmerman


What an appropriate time of the year to be discussing vision.  I am not sure about you, but I use the month of December to reflect on the ups and downs of the year.  I also use it as a time to decide what worked and what didn’t work. I look at the dreams of the previous year and see how those dreams translated into the visions I held for this year.  Sometimes they match up and sometimes they don’t.  This is what I am doing as I write this article.  This year, however, I am even more enthusiastic about my dreams and how the vision I hold will be translated into successes in the coming year.  Hopefully, this will resonate with you and your dreams become the successful visions that you will look back on at the end of our new year.

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Laughs and Giggles, the Best Medicine – by Nancy Zimmerman


We hear constantly that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  I am here to tell you that I think the most beneficial medicine in my life is laughter.  Now, for those who want to debate, I will allow that the ingestion of an apple a day is very benefical, no doubts there.  For me, however, I could go a day without an apple, but I do not think I could survive a day without laughter.  I am also lucky in that respect because regardless of the state of my life, I have always been able to find humor, somehow, someway.

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Learning to Embrace the Simplicity of Life – by Nancy Zimmerman


The days, weeks, and months of life go by so quickly.  When we were young children, our days went much more slowly.  Think back to a time when you were young.  It seemed like school would never end for us to get to a long summer break in the time of year when we wanted to be outside enjoying life.  Then, once school began, we thought we would never get to Christmas vacation and the excitement of Santa Claus.  It was an easy time.

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