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Comfort Zone starting to feel a bit confining?

Don’t be alarmed if you’re feeling uncomfortable within your current Comfort Zone – it’s a good sign that you’re ready for new growth and new dreams…

In order to grow and change, we must first be discontent with our current comfort zone. To change to a different life style, establish a business, or succeed at a challenging project, we must realize that all meaningful and lasting changes occur first in daydreaming (fantasizing) and then they work their way into reality.

If we clearly and vividly imagine ourselves being and having the things we truly want, we will create a new picture of ourselves. The old comfort zone, in time, will be unacceptable and we will find ways to acquire the new.

Captain Bob Webb

When your current Comfort Zone begins to feel confining, consider Continue reading » Field Trip! – Out of Your Comfort Zone and into Some Opportunity Zones!


Take a Piece of Candy and Figure It Out

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.

— Aristotle

I wrote previously about my habit of taking a piece of chocolate and putting it in the freezer.  Once it was in the freezer, I felt “safe” that, if worse came to worse, I had a piece of chocolate that I could eat in an emergency.  Don’t ask me what the emergency would be, I haven’t a clue.  But, there it was, my chocolate backstop.

As a matter of fact, last week, on my way to a meeting that was scheduled for a couple of hours and that had 10-15 minutes of relevance for me, I grabbed a Continue reading » Take a Piece of Candy and Figure It Out

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Have you ever found yourself choosing to put off everything until you’re sure of it? If so, Norman Vincent Peale predicts that “you’ll never get anything done.”

I recently happened upon the deceivingly extemporaneous website of artist, blogger, mother, teacher and thought-provoking philosopher, Jenny Doh. Her post, The Beauty of Impermanence, prompted me to build my own post for you today; in her post, Jenny said:

I’ve been thinking more about the quest for permanence that we humans seek… in art, relationships… in all of life, really.

…I’m ok with the impermanence of my art. I actually revel in it. Enjoying it for what it is right here, right now. And I love if just one single somebody revels in it during the fleeting now. Enjoying it deeply. And then loving it in different ways through my memory of what was… as I move onto next.

Food for thought (and action) for back-to-school me who’s moving onto Continue reading » Find Breathing Room in the Impermanent, the Imperfect and the Pleasing…

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Say Yes!

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Are you ready for Lent? Planning on “giving something up” for the duration? Maybe there’s another way…

Lent is a time of stripping down to essentials.


Today, Ash Wednesday, is the first day of a liturgical season traditionally characterized as a time for saying “no” to something, a time for “giving something up”… but what if we said “Yes!” to Lent instead?  How would our 40 days be different?  What if we dedicated the 40 Days of Lent to Continue reading » Say Yes!

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Under the Tree – What Gifts Will You Find?

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Will there be the gift of play?

It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people — kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people — no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…

— Fr. Andrew Greeley
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Despite my reluctance to join the ranks of those who have merchandized the spirit right out of Christmas I am raising my voice in praise of toys.  Yes, TOYS!  I am of the not-so-humble opinion that toys are a secular aspect of Christmas that we should run toward… and, in childlike fascination, we should revel in the creativity and imaginative play that toys engender.

Surely all Gods people like to play…

— John Muir

BTW – you Facebook-ers – have you helped assure that one more needy child will receive a very special Christmas gift because of your daily efforts?  ABC7 reports 50,000 clicks to their Spark of Love Toy Drive but their goal is 70,000!  Help them get there by December 23 – every day your click contributes $1 and helps buy one more playful toy for a needy child:


“Like” ABC7 on Facebook and a $1 donation goes to the Spark of Love Toy Drive, thanks to our partners! (From now to Dec. 23)

See – there are some good things you can do even if YOU are one of the harried and hurried.

Ok, back to toys and transformation… In keeping with today’s techno-savvy world, a very playful social media maven created a clever telling of the Nativity Story – click on the link and then HOLD ON TIGHT for a Digital telling of the Christmas story – brought to you via the techno-toys of today’s generation: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon… and by reader Xelliott123’s 11 year old, techno-savvy granddaughter! Continue reading » Under the Tree – What Gifts Will You Find?