Love Like Your Life Depends on It

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Four people I love have lost people they love over the past two weeks. Death is a difficult subject to talk or write about; words feel flimsy. I don’t associate death with inspiration, but after attending two funerals and spending time with the grieving, I am experiencing death to be the most majestic window we…

How to Make Everyday Extraordinary

How to Make Everyday Extraordinary

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Ordinary days are waiting to become extraordinary. What if you give an ordinary day the opportunity to be more? What if you believed that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary was only a shift in perspective? And you have the power to make that shift? If you are having a “fine” day, nothing scintillating on…

The Gift of Consciousness

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My favorite commencement speech is called “This is Water” by David Foster Wallace. It offers us the gift of consciousness. David’s message is enormous. It’s spectacular and shattering, and we rarely dare to speak it. When you listen, you realize how subtle the line is between a lifetime of misery and a lifetime of wonder.…

Practice Takes Practice

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Do you ever hear or read something that echoes in your head for hours afterward? Like it’s meant to find a home in you and is canvasing your internal landscape for a plot to settle? What if you choose to believe that everything that shows up in front of you today is meant for your…

How Complaints Reveal Core Values

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Can you think of someone who complains chronically? Most of us can. Being around that person probably takes a toll on your energy. If you don’t know a complainer, you’re probably a complainer too. Instead of complaining about that person in your head or to other people, here are some suggestions on how to reframe…

“No” Is a Complete Sentence?

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Do you have trouble saying “no?” How many invitations do you answer “yes” to because you are afraid to say “no”? Afterward, do you use the word “should” to justify your response? “I should stop by that cocktail party for twenty minutes.” Why didn’t you give a clean “no”? I heard in an Al-Anon meeting…

What is Hindering Your Task?

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We all have reoccurring thoughts in our daily life. One of my many themes is the thought that something is always getting in the way of what I am supposed to be doing. If I could only eliminate that barrier, then everything would fall into place. What is hindering my task? What I am supposed…

Systems Are For Winners

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Recently, I listened to How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. I read the paperback version a week before hearing it on Audible. I highly recommend doing either. When Scott said early on that goals are for losers and systems are for winners, I was hooked. https://www.amazon.com/How-Fail-Almost-Everything-Still-ebook/dp/B00COOFBA4 Scott’s an…

The Gift of the Broken Shoelace

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We all experience weeks where everything that could go wrong does. One thing that I know by now is that these weeks will pass, a blip on the radar of my life. It’s how I handle them that counts. Do I act out? Do I make them mean something about my spiritual progress? Will I…

The Power of Listening

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Do you ever wonder why you enjoy talking to some people more than others? Most of us assume the quality of the talking is the determining factor. Consider that it is the quality of the listening. Who you are to the listener actually determines what is possible between the two of you in any given…