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I pushed a button

Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?

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If someone or something pushes your buttons – what happens next?

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

— Viktor E. Frankl

Some folks, especially those closest to us, know exactly what they can do to get us to react – they know just which buttons will push us over the edge.  In situations like that, do you often snap?  If so, your Continue reading » Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?


What I Learned Last Week

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The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

— Attributed to both Jim Goodwin
and Sydney J. Harris

This past week I developed what I call the “acid flu.”  My system seems to naturally create plenty of acid and when my stress level is high, my acid manufacturing machine goes into overdrive.  This leaves me feeling nauseous – not anyone’s favorite feeling – and miserable and achy.  The only good side to it is that I lose my appetite.  Unfortunately, this is probably the one time I need to eat – to rebalance my system.  For a while, I felt Continue reading » What I Learned Last Week

Whenever and Wherever I Am…

whenever wherever photo fix2370493169_3938abfddfWhat unacknowledged blessings and beauties are right before your eyes?

What is the good of our stars and trees, our sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?

— E. M. Forster

It was only yesterday that I once again rejoiced over my working-from-home status. And yet today I’ve had a change of heart.  Let me explain…


You see, yesterday I went for an early (very early) morning walk.  And while an endless straggle of “let’s get this over with” exercisers numbly plodded by, I was quietly mesmerized by the landscape, the burbling of a nearby fountain, the ringed ripples rolling ’cross the lake, the twisted beauty of the peeled Eucalyptus bark.  And I reveled in the simple luxury of being able to linger along the path instead of feeling hemmed in by the commuter schedule I used to endure.

All in all, my wandering walk was an uplifting beginning to a busy, working-from-home day, a lovely interlude I would have missed had I been among the commuter crowd.  Our blogging friend, Sarah of says it so intriguingly: Continue reading » Whenever and Wherever I Am…