When Things Change, Go With the Flow or “What do I do with the radio show?”

September 8, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

solstice_4_bg_061903Changes to my radio show this week have prompted me to change too. Since December 2009, Bloom Talk has aired online on the Her Insight network but a few days ago, Her Insight postponed all live production for several weeks. Its changing its online presence and announced a “transition phase” to improve programming.

This stinks for me. What do I do now? My content this year has largely been the radio show and now I have to change gears fast… and think. Links of past shows on my website are temporarily out of service and I’ll have to juggle things around. Questions pop up all around me. Should I wait it out and continue on with the show? Change to a different format? Do something new? And what about you listeners? How can I keep providing the content that you want?

Funny how what you’re thinking may actually happen. I have another project on the table - too soon to mention - and was just wondering how I can take a hiatus from the show. Take a break, a breather. Don’t we all wish that from time to time? And here is my wish come true.

But, I want to keep moving forward and Make It Happen. After all, this is one of my Seeds for Success. However, I know some things can’t be forced. Sometimes you just have to accept the things you can’t change. According to Lao Tzu, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

I think about this and intuitively know that I can’t make things happen all the time. No one can. Sometimes, I just have to go with the flow. By accepting and allowing, I can continue to move forward - less forced, less stressed. A way to Make it Happen without having to do anything other than navigating the path I’m on.

Now, I’m toying with the idea of changing the name of the last success “seed. ” To continue to spell the Bloom acronym B-L-O-O-M, the last seed has to start with the letter “M.” Hmmm. Why not call it Move Forward instead of Make it Happen? It sounds more like life. When things happen - and they always do - learning to go with the flow while continuing to move forward will help anyone to keep blooming. Even me.

Stay tuned as I go with the flow, update my website and move forward with Bloom Talk.

Back to School on the Bus

September 1, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog

My kids waiting for the bus on the 1st day of school, several years ago.

My kids waiting for the bus on the 1st day of school, several years ago.

First day of school for many and first day for me to start my blog. I’ve tried before. But this time I’m hoping that my unedited voice will persevere and speak to the things I’m passionate about. So for 20 minutes, give or take a few, whenever I’m moved to write, I will be jotting my thoughts about living life in hopes of being more balanced, healthy, fulfilled, greener and hopefully happier. That’s what blooming is all about.

Take the bus, for instance. For years I walked out my front door and took a spot on the “bus rock” with my neighborhood buddies. We’d rotate who would stand on the highest point of that piece of granite to catch the first glimpse of yellow as the bus crested the hill to our stop.

At first scary to be on board with older kids, my journey to school soon became second nature as each year I inched my way to the back of the bus. It was “cooler” there and each one of us had to go through this right of passage to grow up.

My mom never piled her three kids into the car and drove us to school. Why? Because there was the bus. Kind of a good system. Once on board, mom had time to get ready and go to work as we were off to another day. On the bus, we had time to catch up on who’s going out with whom, or go over notes with friends for an upcoming test. The bus not only was a convenience for our parents, but it brought us community. It worked on many levels.

Once my kids were old enough to go to school, it was the bus who wisked them off to learn and play each day. The bus stop was at the other end of our cul-de-sac and we had a quarter mile trek to get there. Needless to say, this did not go over well, especially with my older daughter, who saw other kids passing us in their SUV’s and vans, being shuttled to the bus stop or straight on to school .

“We get fresh air and a great stretch first thing in the morning,” was how I responded to her balks. My viewpoint was definitely not popular.

But now that she just started college and has to walk to and fro all of her classes on a sprawling campus, I bet she reflects on those days when mom “made her” get to the bus stop, rain or shine.  Our feet got us to there most days unless there was a downpour or the thermostat dropped to fifteen degrees. My rule, I had to defend many times.

Today we are all thinking greener and the bus only makes sense. Now, the only one bucking the system is my son, just a few days shy of sixteen. I want him to take the bus, but again I’m unpopular. Not cool for a junior. Soon he’ll be getting his license and I know, he’ll want to drive himself to school. My wish is that he invites the other neighborhood kids for the morning ride. The win-win-win I always look for that the bus always provided. Convenience for parents, burning less gas and building stronger bonds with other kids.

Wishing you and your children a safe and happy school year.

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