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Wouldn’t It Be Nice If…

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There’s an old expression that when you’re up to your armpits in alligators, the first thing you need to do is drain the swamp.  PattiAnn is currently draining the swamp and will be back next week with a new post.  In the meantime, enjoy this previously posted bit of help and advice.

This Post originally published October 8, 2009.

In the past several days I’ve been struggling with a mood problem. I really want to be in a good mood, and sometimes I actually achieve one for a short time, but then my negativism takes over again and I slump over in, if not despair, then despondency.

With all the writing that Ellie and I have been doing on choosing your reality, it feels worse because, after all, if I’m going to write about this stuff, I should be able to manage myself better.

Recently, I have been listening to [amazon-product text=”Ask and It Is Given” type=”text”]1401907997[/amazon-product]. The idea behind this book is that like the physical laws of the universe, for such things as gravity, quarks, speed of sound, light speed, there are principles that govern how our emotional/spiritual lives work.

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And They Lived Happily Ever After on Snow White's Scary Adventure

Who Will Rescue Me? I Will!!!

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We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.

— Tom Robbins

If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, but no worries, so is tomorrow.

As I’ve mentioned in the past few blogs, I’ve been listening to (via Audible) [amazon-product text=”The Gifts of Imperfection” type=”text”]159285849X[/amazon-product] by Brené Brown.  While I’m not one for hero worship, this is a woman who works every day to be present and authentic.  She is a one woman army working towards helping anyone who is interested in living a wholehearted life.

The term “wholehearted living” is a lot scarier than it sounds.  For one thing, it means Continue reading » Who Will Rescue Me? I Will!!!

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. 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, 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…

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One Day at a Time

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Practice means to perform over and over again, in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

— Martha Graham

Why do some of us look at a challenge and declare that we can’t do it while others simply choose to move forward determined to find a way?

Which do you do?

What’s Your Style?

I do both.  I am the person who looks at a challenge and says that I can’t do it.

I am also the person who Continue reading » One Day at a Time


Stay Here, Now!

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Originally published on December 16, 2009.

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.

— Dwight David Eisenhower

Last year, after Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer, Primetime aired Diane Sawyer’s interview of Randy, his family and friends. Much of the footage was of conversations that took place prior to Randy’s death. In addition to the phenomenal courage and the deliberate way that the Pausch family planned for and dealt with Randy’s death, one interchange between Diane and Randy’s wife, Jai, has stayed with me.

Diane and Jai were talking about how Jai was making it through each day. Jai replied that in therapy they had discussed how we humans tend to project into the future. When she watched Randy and kids play, she would go to Continue reading » Stay Here, Now!