My Reminder to Be Appreciative

Celebrate Life

A few days ago I posted how I had hurt my thumb, which left me unable to really do anything with my right hand for the past 4 days.

This morning I woke with a realization of how important it is for me to remember the little things that make it possible to go through the day with ease.

I realize how we don’t think about something unless it hurts, like our back, for example.  Think about how your back enables you to move freely when it does not hurt and how we just move about without thinking.  But, when it does hurt, how we can’t do things easily (and we complain, too!).

Or, in this case, how my hand enables me to do simple things like brush my hair or my teeth or make a cup of coffee, or write, or take a shower… things I know I take for granted.  With my thumb injury, I really had to stop and think and plan on how to do the simplest of tasks before I started to do anything.

This made me realize how it is so important to remember to appreciate.  This is part of a focus for a goal of life enjoyment.  Maybe some people learn appreciation and a focus to look for the positive in their youth; I would venture to say that most do not, but that we primarily learn how to complain or how we can’t.

(Comments / discussion welcome!)

Thank you, thank you, thank you that my thumb is healing and will soon be back to normal.

Today I will try to remember the little things that make it possible for me to enjoy life.

I believe that it’s time to enjoy your life.

I believe that it is TIME to Play <3


Doreen Guma

PS — for coaching for Self-Awareness, one of the 26 Emotional Intelligence skills, please call the Time to Play Foundation, 631-331-2675 or email

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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC:  Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Life Coach, and the author of the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life.

Doreen is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit organization with the mission and purpose to enrich the lives of others through programs, public awareness outreach activities, events and learning opportunities that further the concept of enjoying life.  The Foundation’s website,, has resources, events and articles for a person to learn what they need to know for a better life.  Contact Doreen at 631-331-2675 or email:

The Foundation offers an unconventional approach in a non-threatening manner to provide solutions for the life situations that people may encounter.  Working in healthcare since 1987, and with her background in quality improvement, she has followed statistics showing our society’s current evolution to be more “sick and sad”.   She developed the Time to Play Philosophy:  you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance for quality of life and believes everyone has the ability to enjoy life.

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