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Dangerously Close to Hopeless

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One should… be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

September has been an overwhelming month.

It seems as if I just can’t take a single step forward.  It’s not that I’m standing still, it’s that even as I try to move forward, progress doesn’t occur.

I’m stuck in quicksand – there’s lots of movement, just not much progress.

Soon, it seems as if there’s no point in even trying anymore.  I feel dangerously Continue reading » Dangerously Close to Hopeless


Life Lessons 101: Topple Proofing

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Feel the wobble? Is something important about to topple?

I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.

— Steven Wright

Sometimes we overdo.  Sometimes we have too many plates spinning, too many demands stuffed into too little time and, the next thing we know, we’ve slipped into mindless busyness and something important is on the verge of toppling.  Maybe we got into the swing of something, doing and doing until we lapsed into a workaholic-trance. Maybe the abyss of our To-Do-List’s administrivia kept us working, working working.  Perhaps deadlines loomed large… Or, perhaps we actually fell under the thrall of an awesome condition known as Flow:

Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.

— [amazon-product text=”Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi” type=”text”]0061339202[/amazon-product]

But, regardless of what’s brought us to this brink, we owe it to ourselves to intervene before something important takes a topple! Continue reading » Life Lessons 101: Topple Proofing


After You Break the Glass, Become a Lake

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Got your sights set on your 2012 resolutions? Before you launch into the detail, get to know what you’re all about.

Many are so caught up in their own problems that they cannot see the big picture. Often, seeing the big picture can give one the perspective that makes illusive solutions suddenly easy to visualize. One form of hope can be accessed through stepping outside of yourself and seeing the bigger picture.

— Mr. Prophet
“The Path”

In my last post I wrote about “breaking the glass,” as a metaphor for creating a symbolic rite of passage that signals our intention to begin a new way of doing things. Today it’s “big picture time” – time to acknowledge that frustration, disillusionment and pain are part of the growth process and that finding the inner strength to move forward anyway, goes with the territory. One of the ways to do that is to Continue reading » After You Break the Glass, Become a Lake

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Break the Glass

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If you’ve got your sights set on change but something’s holding you back, maybe it’s time to “break the glass”…

Sometimes – despite our resilience, despite our optimism, despite our determination and persistence – we just can’t seem to move forward on something important.  When that happens, it may be time to break the glass…

Yes, break the glass. A simple gesture, but one that brings up fears we can’t really understand.  What’s wrong with breaking an inexpensive glass, when everyone has done so unintentionally at some time in their life? … It’s a rite of passage, I wanted to say.  It’s something prohibited.  Glasses are not purposely broken… But when we break them by accident, we realize that it’s not very serious.  The waiter says, “It’s nothing.”

Break the glass, please – and free us from needing to find an explanation for everything, from doing only what others approve of…

— Pilar in [amazon-product text=”By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept:A Novel of Forgiveness” type=”text”]0061122092[/amazon-product]
by Paul Coelho

Ah – I like the idea of that: no more trying to satisfy Other Peoples’ (OPs) demands for justification, as in:

Lucy, you got some ’splainin’ to do!

— Ricky Ricardo

Imagine: Sweet freedom from spouting reasons and rationales, from defending what’s already happened and/or what you’re about to do… sounds liberating, doesn’t it?  BUT – it’s also one of the scariest of life-choices. Why? Because now you’re in “no excuses” territory – whatever happens, it’s on you. You own it. And that, my good readers, brings us back to what Pilar, the novel character quoted above, was advocating:  Continue reading » Break the Glass

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Sadness as Motivation

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You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.

— Chinese Proverb

We’ve finally gotten everyone in this great big mess around my father’s house to agree that it really is our house.  As they say in Fiddler on the Roof, “Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles.”  Our next step, once the title is insurable, is to list it.  Because it’s been listed before, there are pictures online of how it looks now.  It is simply GORGEOUS!

It makes me so sad.  This is the house my mother would have loved.  For her entire married life, she never had a Continue reading » Sadness as Motivation