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The fork in the road

Moving On

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Every choice you make has an end result.

— Zig Ziglar

Do you ever feel stuck?

I do.  And I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends are stuck, too.

Maybe that’s the problem…  They say that you should hang out with people you’d like to emulate.  Unfortunately, if most of my friends are stuck too, then what do I do – trade them in on unstuck friends?

One friend has been trying to sell her mother’s house.  Her mother has been gone for 15 months and yet the house is still hanging around.  It’s a very nice house, it’s just not worth as much as other family members would like it to be, so none of the offers are good enough.  Since she can’t sell it alone, she’s stuck.

I have more than one friend with a child who has Continue reading » Moving On

Ghostbusters Patch

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

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Who ya gonna call?

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

— Margaret Mead

Hopefully GhostBusters isn’t the only resource you can count on during a crisis.  But do you know who will show up in a pinch?  Or are you simply hoping there’ll be someone there when you need them? If you’re feeling a little distracted by my questions then here are a couple of resources that will help you focus:

  1. FunQuizCards.com provides a quick and easy questionnaire: Can You Count on Your Friends Quiz.
  2. Or, perhaps it takes an emergency to get you focused?  If that’s the case, FEMA.gov publishes a Facilitator Guide that’s sure to laser-hone your thinking with these two questions: “Who can you count on?” And, “Who counts on you?”

I’m betting that those two resources will ready you to make a Continue reading » I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

Best Friends Are Huggable

So Much to Be Grateful For

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A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.

— Bernard Meltzer

On Tuesday, after almost a year of turmoil, our family situation has been resolved.  Our journey has changed my world view.  It has taught me many things.  It has taught me that compassion is always welcome.  It has taught me that shame is over rated.  It has taught me that, in my life, there are many good and generous people.

When it all started, we knew that it would take time and money to resolve, but we didn’t really have a clue about the Continue reading » So Much to Be Grateful For

Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?

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Holidays got you down?  How do you respond to frustration & exhaustion?

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

’Tis the season for last minute EVERYTHING! There’s too much to do and a finite end-date for having those EVERYTHINGs done.  I remember the year I got to January 1st and realized I hadn’t prepared and sent the Christmas cards.  Oh well.  I haven’t sent out Christmas cards since.  One less chore to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy OP’s – Other People’s holiday greetings – so keep those cards and letters coming folks! And I’ll do my best to stay in touch both here at BouncebackCafe.com and however else our paths might cross.

And, while I’m not encouraging you to cease and desist on those traditions that you treasure, I do think we could all do with a time-out.

  • Time to reassess what’s left on the list to decide what’s “nice-to-have” but not requisite for a good holiday celebration.
  • Time to think deeply even if only momentarily about your core values and then act accordingly.
  • Time to take a break and relax a little!

Continue reading » Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?