"My mind is a garden, my thoughts are the seeds; my harvest will be either flowers or weeds." Mel Weldon
I'm planting seeds of thanks for life, health, strength, family, friends, faith, love, joy, peace, and abundance; and seeds of giving to others, including those less fortunate. And my hope is that no matter what my circumstances may be, I will awaken with a heart of thanksgiving--not just on holidays, but every day.
What's a tire without a rim? The rim supports, holds the tire. Tires and rims are interdependent--they work together for a designated purpose. Even when a tire is flat, the rim supports it. It doesn't have the ability to inflate the tire, but it supports it nonetheless.

In life, sometimes we're the tire and, unless we are completely selfish and self-centered, sometimes we're the rim. As tires, we try to move our lives in various directions. We may start families, create businesses, get an education, have careers, set goals, live our dreams, etc. But absent the rims in our lives--those who provide support along the way--it's impossible to fully realize our potential; or manage our various responsibilities. Our rims include those who take care of our children, teachers, garbage collectors, cashiers, receptionists, secretaries, maintenance workers, co-workers, managers, employees, parents, siblings, children, godparents, friends, postal workers, delivery workers, stock crews, doctors, lawyers, accountants, mechanics, acquaintances, strangers, etc.

My point is that very little works in isolation.
In order to make our relationships, our jobs, our communities, and our world better, we must depend on each other. We are attached, connected. Sometimes we take each other for granted; or we overlook the importance of those who provide support for us, especially if they are on the periphery of our lives. We sometimes devalue them, underestimate them, or fail to see them. We can all look at our lives and recall situations where but for the help of someone (sometimes a stranger), we wouldn't have our lives, our homes, our jobs, etc. Maybe someone saved our child from getting hit by a car; made an exception for us; provided a word of encouragement; smiled when we needed kindness; made a call on our behalf; paid a bill when we couldn't see our way through; returned something valuable we thought we lost; wiped our tears; held our hands when we were afraid or could not walk alone, etc. Our rims lighten our loads, stand in the gaps, help make connections, and facilitate the business and conduct of our lives. They provide support even when we're deflated.

So it's important to recognize, acknowledge, and appreciate our rims. We're often so busy that we don't truly see or focus on the many people who touch our lives in one way or another. But most of us are still standing because of our rims. I know I am. And because I'm grateful for my rims, I intend to do a better job of letting them know I don't take them for granted. 'Cause after all, what's a tire without a rim, but empty?

***Thank you, my readers, as you, too, are my rims. You may not comment, but I know from my website statistics that there are many of you. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I pray you have been encouraged by the blog.

Do it, why don't you? Live your dream. Do it while you can. Why live a life regretting what you didn't do? Take a chance on yourself. Why just watch others live their dreams when you can be doing the same? Do you have a fear of failure? If so, you're in good company. Just bear in mind that what you desire is on the other side of your fear. And if/when you get to the other side of your fear, you'll likely wonder why you wasted so much time. Wouldn't it be nice to know we will succeed at every pursuit? But how would we learn the lesson(s) we need to grow? It's the setbacks and disappointments of life that teach us some of our greatest lessons. They're stepping stones to help us reach higher ground. Lessons we need to learn to reach our intended destination.

Not trying is failure to me. As it's said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So why not venture into living your dream. Dreams are gifts--opportunities to use our mind, our talent, and our creativity to stretch ourselves beyond our self-imposed boundaries. So let's stop making excuses and get busy living our dreams. Because when we do, we'll have more pep in our step, more curve in our swerve . . . Ok, I know that didn't work, but you get my point. If you need a pep squad, get one. If you need someone who will hold you accountable for the things you say you want to do, find that person. Whatever you need to do to take the first step and beyond, it's time to do it. It took me getting ill and facing the possibility of death to start living my dreams. Your inspiration needn't be that extreme. So live your dreams now, why don't you . . . while there's still time.

The older I get the more it seems I am bombarded with distractions when trying to accomplish something. Half the time I can't remember what I was supposed to be doing in the first place, so the last thing I need is a distraction. I've even gone shopping for something in particular only to come home with something else or something in addition to what I originally intended because I got distracted by something that looked good, pretty, and/or interesting. Not something I remembered I needed, but rather something I decided I wanted. All/most/some of us have been there, right?

Staying focused on our tasks can be difficult as we have so many things vying for our attention on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.
And if our task is particularly daunting, challenging, complicated, boring, or perfunctory, we may welcome distractions--even if unwittingly. Clearly, there are some distractions in life that are unavoidable--things beyond our control. But there are other distractions we allow or choose for ourselves--things we voluntarily give our attention to rather than staying focused on the task at hand. Distractions such as the internet, social media, television, gaming, gossip, texting, talking on the phone, a person . . . you name it, whether at work, home, etc.

No doubt, distractions are part of life, and not all distractions are bad. It's the nature and timing of the distraction, as well as how we handle the distraction (i.e., whether we give life to it via our time, attention, and actions) that often make the difference in the outcome of a particular situation. Distractions . . . what many disappointments, lost dreams, lost connections, broken promises, botched finances, failed relationships, and lost opportunities are made of.