Draining an Ocean with a Spoon

Positive Quote: “Remember, you can’t drain the ocean with a teaspoon.” – Ignas Bernstein


I find myself feeling lots of different emotions the past few days ever since hearing about the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando, Florida. Outside of the shooter, there were 49 dead and 53 injured. I can’t seem to comprehend the hate and imagining the huge loss to the world of people who were too young.


The majority of those killed were in their 20’s. They had so much more to offer the world. They were enjoying life and they should have been safe.


We can’t go back and change the past; yet, we can go forward and change the future. This cannot be something we forget about when the news starts reporting on weather, the latest celebrity, or the latest on the upcoming elections. We cannot forget. We have to speak for those that can no longer speak for themselves. There is too much violence and I do not want the country I live in to be known across the world for violence and death.


In regards to this quote, no one person can drain the ocean with a teaspoon. However, if everyone who could vote, who could speak, who has a voice… takes up a teaspoon…. that Ocean would be dry as the desert. Together we make a difference, if we are organized, if we are passionate, if we believe in the future we are asking for. If 3 months down the road, we don’t remember, well… I don’t want to think about that.


My daughter turned 18 last week. In the fall she will be going off to college, in a different state, away from home, meeting new people and maybe, maybe she will go to clubs and dance. I, well, I will worry….there are too many what ifs now that are more possible than not lately. As a parent I want my daughter safe. As a person, I want everyone to be safe… regardless of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, or any other characteristic that makes them who they are.


We are better than this.


My heart goes out to those in pain and suffering. Life is fleeting, the future needs to become better.


I hope peace can come to those who desire it. May the future days pass with progress in the right direction.





“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.” – Martin Van Buren

Positive Quote: “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.” – Martin Van Buren


This quote brought out laughter in me. It reminded me of my daughter, who will be going off to college in the fall. I cannot count the times she has complained about things from cleaning her room, doing the dishes, to many others and I can remember telling her that in all the time she has complained or tried to explain why she couldn’t or did not want to do something, it could have been done.


I do tend to agree with this quote, I would much rather take the time to validate I did it the right way versus having to take the time later and fix my mistakes.


Sometimes, knowing the difference between a job done right or at all can be a challenge. Those are the times it is best to seek clarification versus the chance of going down too far in the wrong direction.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a wonderful Tuesday.



“Words once printed assume a life of their own.” – Wilma Askinas

Positive Quote: “Words once printed assume a life of their own.” – Wilma Askinas


I also believe that words once said aloud take on a life of their own. Once words are out there, they cannot be unsaid, unread, or unheard.


This quote reminds me to choose my words with care, to not do a knee jerk reaction, or make something up to fill in the void.


In my home life, this could be something as simple as looking to praise versus criticize if, for example, my daughter made dinner, yet left a huge mess in the kitchen.


In work life it could be asking more questions versus assuming someone did something because they didn’t care, were careless, or something other of that nature.


The ‘truth’ can be subjective, based on whose truth it is and their reasoning. Each person brings their own thoughts, ideas, opinions, and background to the table. We should not be quick to judge.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a marvelous Thursday.




Wisdom and a Temper, the see-saw

Positive Quote: “The growth of wisdom may be gauged accurately by the decline of ill temper.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


Wisdom, it is a word that to each person can have differing meanings. Now, ill temper, ill temper is something most people agree to look the same.


I like the way the quote sounds. To me it means that as I grow in wisdom, I decrease in temper.


If I put this in perspective of my children, what I was cross about with my oldest, I was not with my youngest. For example, I struggled with my daughter over clothing, I wanted her to go into the world each day well dressed, matching colors, coordination, etc… yet my younger son, at that point I learned to choose my battles and he went out at the same age in mix match styles and in summer wore boots every day. It took me time, yet I did learn that something like that was minor compared to the things that truly mattered, such as safety, etc…


In a work context, I learned very early on that you cannot harm the messenger. Otherwise, the messenger may stop coming to you and you could be have serious issues occur that cannot be prevented early on.


When I look back at the leaders I found to have wisdom, they have something in common. When an issue arose, more often than not, they would phrase their quest for knowledge in a way that reduced blame yet would increase clarity. For example, one person might say “Can you help me understand xyz” or another might say “Tell me how you came to this conclusion”… in each case, if/when I heard those words my inner radar would go up and I knew that the end result would have a much better outcome.


I believe this quote will help me reinforce to myself to grow in wisdom and shrink in temper. While my temper has decreased over the many years of life, there are times I can tell it is there. Those are the times this quote will help me the most.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a great Monday.