If You Only Have a Hammer

I suppose if you’re in a bad mood it feels good to just hammer away.

And for heaven sake, I know you’ve got all the reasons in the world to be in a bad mood. Stress. Uncertainty. Disappointment. Discomfort. Whatever – there are one million reasons any of us can claim for this certain disposition.

Sadly however. You know the saying,

“When you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

Why is it that so many of us only carry a hammer when we’re pissy? What if we could pack a few other tools on that tool belt. Use a few more skills.

Because. Let’s turn it around.

Have you ever been the nail? You know. When you find yourself  thinking. Oh oh. My good friend here only brought her hammer today. Shoot. What did I do to deserve this turn of events? Well. Nothing, I just look like a nail.

And so. My advice for today. Don’t leave home with just your hammer. And if you do. Bring some hard hats along for all the nails you encounter.

Planting Seeds


This morning I’m sitting by my pond in the hot March sun (LOL!) listening to the waterfall and the birds. Watching the Koi gliding and swirling, together in a pack and then off on their separate errands. Sparkle the biggest (she’s a bit like a parade float compared to the others) leading the way.

I’m reading and writing. Thinking, this is nice. This is a perfect morning.

And then I started thinking, who am I? Who am I to be sitting here enjoying sitting here. Shouldn’t I be struggling and striving and worrying. Shouldn’t I be earning my space on this earth. Why do I deserve to be sitting here, on a Wednesday morning happy as a lark?

Further, who am I to be blogging? To be writing? Who am I?


Here’s the thing. Here’s my daily meditation.

May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be safe. May I live with ease.

Wow! Ok. I’m sitting here this morning thinking. Shoot. If that meditation isn’t working after all.

And then I continue with the meditation to include my family. And then my friends And then my not friends.

Until finally.

May all beings be happy. May all beings be healthy. May all beings be safe. May all beings live with ease.

Saying this daily meditation. Writing this blog. Is like planting seeds. So many are skeptical, “I’m afraid that won’t work.” “I’m afraid they won’t come up.”

Sitting by my pond this morning, happy, healthy, safe, with ease. It’s working. Just as I knew it would.

Going Primal

Happy Friday! As many of you know the Honzels went Primal in the Spring of 2011.  Overall, it has been an amazing change for our family. I tried to talk about the how’s and why’s in a previous post, but you won’t find it here because I deleted it. It was too long, and maybe a little preachy. And why not go right to the source of good information.

We are meat eaters (organic, humane, pasture raised) and if you are curious, inclined, or just want to validate that you think we’re nuts, click on the following links for more info:

Lifelong Health Starts Here

How Agriculture Ruined Your Health