Lakestyle Positives

MAY 2021

Perspective is a an important variable in life, it will frame an outlook of thought. It will set the mode for how you approach a circumstance. If your predisposition is weighted down with challenge, every responsibility of life becomes an uphill struggle . Left unchecked, this unsatisfying trajectory can morph into an unhealthy disposition. However, there is a key that will open an escape hatch from this state of mind. This key resides deep within you, within everyone. The path to finding it requires a path down memory lane, looking back at an experience and understanding consequence. This look back unfolds a broader view of life’s playing field, visualizing varying outcomes. Elevating your belief that a slight shift of mind can unfold to an outcome of preference, is nothing more than a decision. Reducing your life to the few elements that are most sacred enhances your focus of what matters, not just for today, but for tomorrow and beyond. The key to perspective is to visualize the evolution of your thoughts. Understanding what the opinion seeds of today will look like when they bloom. Understanding outcome will enable you to put things in proper order. The exciting aspect of perspective is that you own it, you have control of it. It’s up to you, all you need to do is to chose a narrative that works. Another aspect of perspective is that you can take someone else’s point of view, an exercise of maturity, understanding that the world does not orbit around one avenue of thought, yours! This exercise is a crucial step towards developing respect for one another. Free your imagination, be open to what could be. The perspective of today may unleash a dream of tomorrow. Embracing the right perspective may unleash an enthusiasm that may result to the best version of what you were intended to be.

APRIL 2021

The toughest job in the world is to care. It requires patience and paying attention to the detail. To give up of oneself in place of another. The job of caring often goes unnoticed, there is no ceremony, no fan fare. The true caregivers reward is personal, quiet. A reflective smile of knowing that they helped someone is their reward. It’s the unmerited caregiver that holds our society together, they separate the goodness from the chaos. No matter the circumstance, they report to duty, by no mandate other than the compassion they have to give. They live among us, invisible, many taken for granted. They possess the ability to push through the resistance of society, to look beyond the negative. They transcend to where goodness resides. The inner strength and resolve of the caregiver is boundless, they often are doing what others won’t. When the task at hand is intolerable, it’s at this time when they arrive. The action of a caregiver instills peace for those at the receiving end of their grace. Every neighborhood seems to have a caregiver, the one person who is always available, no matter the circumstance. They are the backbone of order and harmony. They come young and old, they possess the golden heart of compassion. They are different, unfazed, and committed to something other than themselves. The rule of service inebriates their being. They represent the silver lining, the best of humanity. Salute and cherish the caregiver in your life.

MARCH 2021

The sunrise of spring is a glorious moment. Rays of orange hue laced with yellow lining illuminate the sleeping landscape, a visual whisper that a new day is about to unfold. Moisture in the air weighs itself upon all that is green. The horizon, still drowsy from the cover of night’s blanket is slowly revealed by the encroachment of the morning light. The warmth of light creeps along the horizon, encroaching upon the sleeping blooms within the folds of nature’s arrangement. As the angle of the sun's warmth becomes more direct, the miracle of color is revealed. Shades of rainbow rise up from the ground, intensity of color awakens fragrance, a miracle designed to attract attention to its origin. As light and color intensify, echoes of nature travel and come upon the dormant, serving as a gentle vibe to awaken. The discreet of nature’s society start their routine, navigating through the protection of camouflage. Some burrow through soil, others branch through the network of trees, while the majestic survey from above. All movement is a symphony going about their way unknowingly contributing to the grace of life awakening. A breeze may come along, stirring the mix of sound and fragrance, targeting the admirer of nature’s portrait of wonder. Familiar smells that are therapeutic bring pleasure to the senses that descend deep to your inner self, touchingly a sacred space where unblemished joy resides, a place where memories are felt. The trinity of yesteryear, now, and the anticipation of tomorrow brings a warm to your face. This trifecta of circumstance creates a moment of stillness that transcends you beyond the familiar. With every breath you take, you feel the wholeness of you. The early Sun of a Spring awakening, this mornings rise, is the energy charge needed to begin the outdoor season. Respect nature and reach out to those in need of a Spring awakening.

FEBRUARY 2021

Sometimes a hero lives among us. They are tough to spot because a true hero presents themselves as a commoner. They persevere independently, they don’t need encouragement from others, their independence flows from an abundance of inner drive. A hero will overcome the difficulties that we take for granted. Their calling is to remind us how wonderful and precious life is. A hero will shoulder life’s weight of perspective. Their extraordinary accomplishment is not only what they showcase, it’s also the emotional rainbow that they draw out from us. A hero is not afraid of what a new day brings, they are ready for the challenge, to make strides against all odds. A hero will show you how to struggle well, to highlight the best version of humanity. They set the standard of how others should behave, to overcome, to set the example, to serve as a tutorial of how to succeed. A hero will accept their circumstances and make the best of what is given. Once the light of a hero is unleashed, the brightness of their spirit will overwhelm any darkness that may lay ahead. And it is through their light, is the the beauty of life revealed. Take time to get to know people around you, reach out, you may discover a story that showcases what it takes to be an admirable human being.

JANUARY 2021
Tomorrow is a day that is taken for granted. It's taken for granted because it happens all the time. We don’t even have to try, and it’s here, tomorrow, a new start. Tomorrow is a day that we can use to put off today, we’re all guilty of it. If we don’t like the responsibility of today, well, we’ll just push it off till tomorrow. However you can make something more oftomorrow, you can make it count, it can be more than a routine. You can fulfill a promise, to yourself, or someone else. You can fix something tomorrow that happened today, the opportunity to change something that needed improvement. The excitement of today is because of the possibilities of tomorrow, a new beginning, and the exciting part, is that we all get one. Tomorrow you can renew yourself or maybe someone else, to make someone smile, maybe help change the life of someone around you. Tomorrow gives us something to look forward to, perhaps the cozy routine of coffee in the morning, letting others know it is time to wake up. Tomorrow could be a day of rest, a pause in your week to recharge. Tomorrow might fulfill a wish for something better, that makes the events of today tolerable. Tomorrow could be a do over, we do whatever we do today, tomorrow gives us the opportunity to do it better. Tomorrow allows you to move past yesterday, tomorrow can dull the pain of today. Tomorrow gives you the opportunity to make a difference, to decide. So long as there is a tomorrow, there’s hope for today. Tomorrow allows you to take control , it's today’s fuel for optimism. Tomorrow is inspirational, we strive, we plan, we achieve, we celebrate, we dream. Tomorrow is a destiny for all those who breathe life today. Whatever gifts you possess in this life, know that tomorrow is the greatest.
DECEMBER 2020

Tomorrow is a day that is taken for granted. Its taken for granted because it happens all the time. We don’t even have to try, and it’s here, tomorrow, a new start. Tomorrow is a day that we can use to put off today, we’re all guilty of it. If we don’t like the responsibility of today, well, we’ll just push it off till tomorrow. However you can make something more of  tomorrow, you can make it count, it can be more than a routine. You can fulfill a promise, to yourself, or someone else. You can fix something tomorrow that happened today, the opportunity to change something that needed improvement. The excitement of today is because of the possibilities of tomorrow, a new beginning, and the exciting part, is that we all get one. Tomorrow you can renew yourself or maybe someone else, to make someone smile, maybe help change the life of someone around you. Tomorrow gives us something to look forward to, perhaps the cozy routine of coffee in the morning, letting others know it is time to wake up. Tomorrow could be a day of rest, a pause in your week to recharge. Tomorrow might fulfill a wish for something better, that makes the events of today tolerable. Tomorrow could be a do over, we do whatever we do today, tomorrow gives us the opportunity to do it better. Tomorrow allows you to move past yesterday, tomorrow can dull the pain of today. Tomorrow gives you the opportunity to make a difference, to decide. So long as there is a tomorrow, there’s hope for today. Tomorrow allows you to take control , its today’s fuel for optimism. Tomorrow is inspirational, we strive, we plan, we achieve, we celebrate, we dream. Tomorrow is a destiny for all those who breathe life today. Whatever gifts you possess in this life, know that tomorrow is the greatest.

NOVEMBER 2020

On occasion life can give you a glimpse of what the human heart is capable of feeling. We are meant to build ourselves up and learn lessons and persevere through difficulties, life lessons they say, gaining perspective perhaps. Sure we become seasoned, we are better prepared for the next hurdle. But these are life cycles that only prepare us for life cycles. Always contained within the norm of what feels right, it’s what we’re accustomed to, what society has taught us. If we dare, we take a look outside of our customary life cycle, we break our routine. We dare to be inspired, a dare that does not come with an instruction manual.  We throw caution to the wind and let the moment bring us to an unknown experience. It’s the unplanned moment of life that brings us the highest level experience, an unfamiliar plain of fulfillment. These moments are not meant to last, they are meant to remind us that we are more than our routine of life. A familiar life cycle provides safety, which leads to content,  and perhaps happiness. A preordained shift outside of this cycle may lead to self discovery, which leads to fulfillment, which brings you to the highest level of what you were meant/capable to feel. You can live beyond your circumstances, a place where life circumstances no longer has influence. Wonderful that we have the gift of choice to determine our emotional well being. The key to open this plain of existence is held within your decision. Be bold, be good to yourself, decide to throw caution to the wind.

OCTOBER 2020

There always seems to be a good Samaritan in every neighborhood. A person who flys under the radar screen. A person who is dependable, knowledgeable, and who cares about the people around him. You may see him in a small coffee shop getting together with some of the locals to catch up on community chatter. He may be a volunteer who will assist with any function to maintain and improve ecological standards for his community. This person is the consummate volunteer, any community needs, and is blessed to have a personality of this magnitude amongst its midst. Although this person is kept busy with his charitable chores, he compliments his giving by providing aspiring experiences. This person happens to be an experienced pilot owning a seaplane. He routinely invites residents to experience a majestic flight to view their homestead from above. The experience of taking flight from a water runway and a slow ascend to the sky erases any conscious of obligation. Every moment above viewing a picturesque landscape is a newfound experience. Mind you, this experience for the charitable pilot is routine. The motivation for him solely is the joy of seeing others receiving a first time wonder of serenity from an unfamiliar vantage point. This person routinely invites unsuspecting community members up for this experience. He is an ambassador of goodness, witnessing the joy of others serves as a priority above his own. It’s good to meet and know people like this. He serves as a role model for making people smile. 

SEPTEMBER 2020
Life circumstances test us, teach us and can ultimately mold us into who we become. I say “can”, because this is not always the case. There are special personalities, that no matter what life throws their way, the spirit of who they are does not alter. The circumstances of the day to these special people serve as opportunities to bring out the best of what we all have buried deep within us. These personalities that dwell among us possess such an overflow of charity that they are compelled to share it with everyone they come in contact with. Which brings me to share with you the deeds of one of these good souls. Recently a hurricane made its way up to the tristate area. There was flooding, trees fallen , and power was down. An elderly couple suffered damage to their home. Fallen trees literally punched holes into their roof providing an avenue for the weather to make its way. Desperate, they hired a well established landscaper to remove the fallen trees that were lying on their roof. It should be noted that when storms pass through and there is tree damage, this provides a lucrative landscape for those in the business to reap financial reward in a short period of time. So efficiency of time and effort is a practice embraced by many in this business. However to at least one local landscaper, that is not the case, his motivation is not profit, it is doing what is right, going beyond. This service profession cut away all the trees laying on the roof and around this elderly’s home. That’s all he was contracted to do. Instead what he did was to cut up the trees into nice orderly piles one would commonly associate with a firewood stack. He also bought a tarp large enough to cover the roof where there was major damage, preventing the rain from entering the house. Mind you, time is of the essence during these times of emergencies, because home owners will literally stop landscapers on the road to have them work on clearing out fallen trees. It truly is first on the scene who gets the job, at a premium because homeowners are desperate. However this service professional spent time servicing an elderly couple in need and forfeited potential profit. The demonstration of humanity and good will highlights that at a time of difficulty, there are some who still hold onto their humanity.
AUGUST 2020
"Today’s world is much different than it was a very short time ago. We are persevering through a pandemic and with this effort, sparkles of goodness can be seen on the landscape of humanity. This sparkle catches our attention and inspires us. This inspiration passes on to others and before you know it, a wave of goodness is passing through our community. One example I’ve witnessed is the generosity of those who can, serving others who can’t. Many neighbors on our lake have gone to the grocer to shop and deliver food. Neighbors will bring a meal or bake up a tasty desert to help those who can’t, and those who can’t will smile from this selfless act of generosity. This pandemic has been difficult, resulting in many dark days, however I suspect the sparkles of goodness laced within our human landscape will forever provide a beacon of hope that will always drive humanity to a better day."
JULY 2020
"It’s not uncommon for people to be on their best behavior during the holiday season. Opening doors for one another, offering glad tidings, being open to conversation, respecting one another, behavior reflecting a harmonious society. As we have seen time and time again, when there is a societal headwind, citizens of this Country rise up to meet the challenge and conduct themselves in a manner most associated with the holiday season, a camaraderie of humanity. Most recently a business owner from Queens, NY noticed that during this time of pandemic darkness, local businesses, patrons, pedestrians, all the citizens that make up this neighborhood, are conducting themselves in a manner of the highest order. Local merchants are going above and beyond to make sure that their place of business is at a hygiene level of maximum accommodation. They do this because they respect their patron neighbors. Merchants are following safety in unison to stop the spread. Patrons in turn are greeting business owners with respect and appreciation. Respect because they appreciate the efforts to maintain a sanitized environment and appreciation because they know that dining out and purchasing goods firsthand is a privilege. Obviously a privilege that can be taken away at any moment. This business owner said that today, the focus is on what is ailing society, and not on the behavior that holds communities and families together. This business owner sees firsthand that goodness and common decency is prevailing. He believes the inspiration of good behavior is contagious and as such, the darkness of this pandemic will soon be behind us."