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Royce Shook

 
The tapestry of life
April 16th, 2024

The tapestry of life is such that moments and memories are intertwined in the same way threads are woven. Weavers, we give ourselves a role in the story of our lives. Every thread represents our choices, who we really are, and how much we have been able to leave out on the canvase of life. Imagine an expansive horizon surrounded by a loom that encompasses almost every experience of which you might think. This loom also allows us to weave vibrant threads such as joy, kindness and love which light up even the darkest corners transforming ordinary things into masterpieces. In this loom, there are echoes... Continue Reading

April 16th, 2024
The mirror of memories
April 15th, 2024

 In the mosaic of olden days, reflections unfold, The rearview mirror of memories, a tale to be told. Highs and lows painted on the canvas of time, A masterpiece of life, an intricate rhyme.   Laughter and tears, like brushstrokes so bold, In the gallery of recollections, stories are scrolled. People, once vivid, in my journey they played, A tapestry of connections and memories laid.   Some departed, like whispers in the wind, Time’s gentle teacher, lessons chime within. No rewind button in life’s relentless track, A realization dawns, no going back.   Parents, like anchors, in the... Continue Reading

April 15th, 2024
Time passages
April 14th, 2024

 A song by Al Stewart called Time Passages was playing in the background and these thoughts leapt to my mind. Enjoy. In the tapestry of time, I sit and reflect, From the barely started day to the evening’s sweet sunset. Mondays to Fridays, a seamless blend, Years passing swiftly, like a transient wind.   Forty, fifty, sixty years unfold, A lifetime’s story in moments told. Highs and lows, laughter and tears, People departed, echoes in my ears.   Parents, friends, their absence profound, Realizing too late, that time has its bounds. Yet, amidst losses, a spirit to find, To embrace... Continue Reading

April 14th, 2024
Have you watched the Wizard of OZ?
April 13th, 2024

The great and powerful Wizard of Oz, led by pronouncement and staying behind a curtain. It is best to remember, leadership isn’t about pulling levers from behind the curtain. It’s about stepping out, engaging, and inspiring.  The thought emphasizes that effective leadership goes beyond simply manipulating things from behind the scenes; it involves active engagement, visibility, and the ability to inspire others.  Leading by Example: A great leader doesn’t just delegate tasks but actively participates in the work. For instance, if a team is working on a challenging project, a leader... Continue Reading

April 13th, 2024
Do actively shape or passivley wait for life to happen
April 12th, 2024

The difference in approach between actively shaping your life and passively waiting for life to unfold is crucial in determining how when looking back over one’s life. The choice interprets the outlook on the journey. In retirement, you are in control and you can decide if the journey through retirement will be shaped by you or by others.  Choosing to Go, Do, and Be: This approach involves actively engaging with life, making decisions, taking risks, and pursuing opportunities. When you look back at your life, you’ll likely find a sense of empowerment and control. The uncanny events,... Continue Reading

April 12th, 2024
Perception Management
April 11th, 2024

Dealing with difficult situations can be stressful, here are some ideas to encourage you to cultivate a mindset of gratitude, empathy, and detachment from external influences. Handling Upsetting Situations: Instead of reacting defensively, the advice is to acknowledge and thank the person for highlighting a dependency on their approval. This promotes self-awareness and encourages one to reassess expectations and attachments. Being Disregarded: Encouraging understanding by reflecting on one’s own past behavior fosters empathy. It promotes the idea that everyone is on their unique journey,... Continue Reading

April 11th, 2024
Embrace your new horizons
April 10th, 2024

I came across this saying “Don’t be afraid to go where you’ve never gone and do what you’ve never done, because both are necessary to have what you’ve never had and be who you’ve never been”.  Ir got me thinking.  As you approach retirement, it’s important to embrace the idea that stepping outside your comfort zone is not only helpful but necessary for personal growth and satisfaction in your new phase of life. The notion of “Don’t be afraid to go where you’ve never gone and do what you’ve never done” carries deep... Continue Reading

April 10th, 2024
A Guide To Being A Remarkable Human Being
April 9th, 2024

 It is important to understand that you do not have to do everything on this list,. If you do a few you will beome remarkable to the ones you love.Be Optimistic: Cultivate a positive outlook, even in challenging circumstances. Optimism not only benefits your well-being but also inspires others and contributes to a more positive and resilient community. Be Confident: Believe in your abilities and strengths. Confidence attracts opportunities and encourages others to trust and follow your lead. Be Humble: While being confident, remain humble. Acknowledge the contributions of others, learn from experiences,... Continue Reading

April 9th, 2024
A Guide to Being A Remarkable Human Being
April 8th, 2024

Remarkability lies in the edges. The biggest, fastest, slowest, richest, easiest, most difficult. Not everyone wants to be remarkable most just want to be ordinary and they do not appreciate your efforts to be remarkable. So what? Most people are ostriches, heads in the sand, unable to help you anyway. Your goal isn’t to please everyone. Your goal is to please those that actually speak up. Here is a list of some of the ways remarkable people get and stay remarkable. Part Two is tomorrow. Live Your Own Life: Embrace your uniqueness and live a life true to yourself, not one dictated by societal... Continue Reading

April 8th, 2024
Teach your grand children well.
April 7th, 2024

 I write this blog so that one day, my grandchildren can understand my world and my views on it. I am a big believer that we need to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. I think this is a beautiful tradition, and it’s important to recognize the differences in the worlds that each generation inhabits. However, we as grandparents might try to teach our grandchildren things that we consider  important, but these lessons might not be immediately apparent to the children   Many of us grew up in times when hard work was an essential part of daily life, especially for those in rural... Continue Reading

April 7th, 2024