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Four Ways Out of the Pit

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We must learn to sail in high winds.

— Aristotle Onassis

Some of us need inspiration every day.  Like antiperspirant, we need to reapply inspiration every day… or we might start to develop “stinkin’ thinkin’”.

These days it’s harder to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and believe that things will be OK.  During the crash, things went bad so quickly that we’ve developed a habit of expecting the worst – even now that things are going better.

We’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop.

You see it in the behavior of Continue reading » Four Ways Out of the Pit

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It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

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When the path to your goals is strewn with barriers it’s easy to succumb to discouragement and doubt. But there’s a better way.

Last week I wrote about the “valley of doubt” that often looms between you and the goals that matter most to you. I concluded that it is important to keep your eyes on the goal.

Today I’d like to add a tactic that will help you move in the direction of your dreams…

Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.

— Marsha Sinetar

Hmmm.  Interesting premise – obstacles as stepping stones.  Go figure.  I tried to noodle it through and I guess I’m tangled in the muddle of a multiplicity of deadends… so I’ll defer to Continue reading » It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

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Getting Through

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There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.

— Clare Boothe Luce

What is hopelessness?  It’s the feeling that nothing will change.  It’s the ultimate in discouragement.

We all get discouraged sometimes.  Hopelessness takes that discouragement and makes it feel permanent.

Back in August, I wrote of how I had managed to walk an average of 10K steps every day.  I had decided that walking was one of the few things I could control and I had made a point of walking every single day.

That all changed when I got a bad cold in September.  With the cold, came the usual tiredness and struggle to keep going.  Colds can be a nuisance or a major challenge and this one fell somewhere in between.  What I’ve found is that having a commute that is at least an hour each way severely limits my ability to recover quickly.  Unless I just give up and stay home, a cold can drag on for quite a while.  As a result, I Continue reading » Getting Through

Where you lead, I will follow

Be Where You Are… And Move On

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If you are in transition – if you’ve lost a job, your sense of self, a loved one, a home, a way of life, a physical capability, a friend or simply the wherewithal to do what you always thought you’d be able to do – do you sometimes find yourself wishing things were “the way they were?”

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f— on.

— Tupac Shakur

Today I participated in a workshop. Many of the people at the event can no longer lay claim to the life they used to have… For them, things have changed drastically and they’ve been thrust into searching for work in a world that ain’t what it used to be…

The keynote speaker’s remarks struck a chord with me. He reminded us that Continue reading » Be Where You Are… And Move On

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Reach and Contain

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How well do you tolerate “not knowing”? Perhaps you’ll find courage in Erik Weihenmayer’s story.

The next time I’m flapping my face and wringing my hands (at least in my imagination) over a whole lot of uncontrollable unknowns, I’ll remember Erik Weihenmayer’s recounting of his conquest of Mount Everest’s summit:

…the fear of climbing blind comes when I’m reaching out to the darkness when I don’t know what I’m going to find…

As the first blind man to reach Everests summit, Erik pushed the limits of his fears and found the courage to embrace a new life.  Surely there are many lessons we can Continue reading » Reach and Contain

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

Joseph Addison

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