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Will you do me a favor?

Will you do me a favor? by Keri Kettle

Will you please say yes to dessert?

Will you accept the compliment?

Will you go ahead and take a deep sniff of the fresh laundry, even if you were supposed to be out the door and in the car already?

Will you take five damn minutes to sit outside and breathe?

I may rant over and over about how much we all need to slow down.  But let’s make sure that slowing down is put to good purpose.

Savor the coffee, letting your eyes gaze a little longer on the horizon.

Take off the bra a little earlier, I promise, no one will notice.

Say no to the uncomfortable shoes and the pants that leave red welts at your waist line.  Slip the swishy skirt over your hips, wear your cozy socks, let your hair be a little wild today.

Put your feet up.  Take the last piece of pie.  Say yes to one more hug before you say good-bye.

Look at the grocery store clerk, the post office clerk, the bank teller, the security guard, the crossing guard – look them in the eye, smile and mean it.

Walk through one day, more if you can bear it, with your heart wide open and your mind unconcerned with the shenanigans of the rude and inconsiderate.  Know they are just being their human selves and sometimes you, too, are oblivious to those around you.

While you are out there, living wholehearted, let yourself choose pleasure.

What happens when I slow down…

What happens when I slow down... by Keri Kettle

Photo credit:  Stacy de la Rosa I was in line at the grocery store, sick as a dog, buying soup and feeling miserable.  As I was reading the headlines on the magazine rack, I noticed the line wasn’t moving and there had only been one person in front of me to begin with. I had […]

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Making hard choices while things are falling apart…

Making hard choices while things are falling  apart... by Keri Kettle

Sometimes the future doesn’t look bright.  Sometimes you find yourself trying to keep your eyes on the horizon and all you can see is a brick wall.  Sometimes there is no one who can tell you what the “right” thing to do is. One of the hardest things I do as a divorce mediator, is […]

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How to let go…

How to let go...  by Keri Kettle

My oldest is getting ready to head off to study overseas for a gap year (a gap year is taking a year off between finishing high school and going to college).  It is certainly a challenge not to worry if she will get up on time, if she will eat right, if she will make […]

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What’s the rush?

What's the rush? by Keri Kettle

I live in an agricultural community – what you might even call “the boondocks”.  While visiting cities on vacation, I find myself stepping faster to meet the rhythm of all the people rushing from one place to another. I prefer to take the back roads to get from my house to work, puttering through the […]

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