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Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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Originally published on September 20th, 2011.

A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.” In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem. If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

Bucket List: Item 3

How to Set Goals That You’ll Love All Year Long

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Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

At this time of year, we’re all thinking about setting and achieving goals.


Because with the new year, comes the opportunity to “start over” and who doesn’t want an opportunity to start over – at least on some things.

So where do we put our focus?  We put it on the things that we don’t like about ourselves.  We decide that we’re going to change from our today selves into our perfect selves.  The thing is no one has ever met our perfect self.  Not you, not me, not our friends.  Our perfect self doesn’t exist, and more important, Continue reading » How to Set Goals That You’ll Love All Year Long

Inez Milholland - Suffrage parade

We Are So Blessed

It’s the season of civic responsibility again.

Ellie and I wage an ongoing battle against helplessness.  No matter what topic we write about, we are always headed in the direction of showing you places where you can take control of your life, your mood, or your circumstances.

Next Tuesday is election day.  No matter what you think of the candidates, it is your chance to express your opinion about the direction you want for our country.  It’s the one opinion poll that really counts.  So please, vote this Tuesday.  We all count.

Below is a reprise of the fight to give women the vote.  It is a precious right.

Originally published on July 6th, 2010.

Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

— Alice Paul

I know that there are times when we forget just how blessed we truly are. The relentless waves of bad news hit us day after day whether via newspapers or TV or helpful friends wanting to be sure that we know of the latest betrayal or tragedy. As we sit there and process the latest news, we tend to worry that the good ol’ US of A is going to hell in a hand basket. My question – What are you doing about it?

As I was scanning the morning news, I found this article on the elections in Mexico. As a country, they are having to fight for the right to elect the people they want. It’s not that the polls aren’t open, it is that the drug cartels are Continue reading » We Are So Blessed

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

Walking to the Sky

Just a Very Small Change

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I guess that’s really what makes a good resolution.  A small change.  Not a huge overhaul of your life, but a slight adjustment, a minor activity that, when repeated over and over, makes a significant improvement in your life.

At the beginning of July, I started a new walking program.  I decided that instead of sitting at my computer after dinner, first, I would go for a walk.  I put no other parameters on my walk.  Just get up from the table, put on my walking shoes (tennies) and head out.

Depending on what’s gone on that day, I may or may not take the dog.  As much as I love her, she spends way too much time sniffing all the pmail.  She saunters and my natural walk is to get and keep moving.  If I have to drag her after me, I just get annoyed and I can get annoyed enough all by Continue reading » Just a Very Small Change