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How to Keep Your Enthusiasm Spiraling Upward

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You’ve probably been there more than once – high on enthusiasm, you leapt into a project only to encounter barrier after barrier – and down the spiral you tumbled… Uh oh.

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you know how to renew your enthusiasm after you’ve taken a tumble? Getting going again after a disappointment, finding the next up-step after tumbling backward, accepting blue funks and moving through them anyway – these all could be so much easier if we just knew how to renew our precious but fragile enthusiasm.

The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.

— Tennessee Williams

The future can be especially scary if the latest barrier that’s sent you tumbling downward, heart and soul into the abyss, also launches you into a spate of catastrophizing.

You know the drill: Suddenly you’re imagining – no, make that CONVINCED – that your entire future hinges on Continue reading » How to Keep Your Enthusiasm Spiraling Upward

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Sucking on Lemons

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It’s like you asked me about the depression thing: you grope towards an understanding of whatever it is you’re going through, and it’s not personal, there are forces in play around you, and you seek to understand them and that way you can go on.

— Bob Geldof

Depression – whenever you encounter it – is inconvenient, sometimes painful and can be life changing.  There are many kinds of depression:

Situational: a major change, expected or unexpected, throws you for a loop and until you get your feet back under you, there’s discomfort, anxiety, uncertainty, and lots of blue days.

Chronic: like any chronic illness, this form of depression is Continue reading » Sucking on Lemons

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Untying the Knots in Our Lives

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Keeping house is like stringing beads with no knot at the end of the string.

— Anonymous

Every day brings its challenges.  Some days bring little ones and some days big ones.  As we move through life we deal with whatever challenges come our way and keep moving, often so quickly that we hardly notice or recognize the effect on us.  This isn’t bad but sometimes we gradually slow down.  The friction of getting through each day brings Continue reading » Untying the Knots in Our Lives

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Hitting Bottom

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The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks.

— Unknown

It is an old truism that people who struggle with addiction must “hit bottom” before they can truly choose to make the hard choice to be “sober.”  For people who are part of the “Anonymous” community (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) this is considered part of the process.  I don’t know if they’ve truly hit bottom but at some point, something in them decides that they’ve had enough.  For each and every person who makes that choice, it’s a significant moment when Continue reading » Hitting Bottom

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Creating the Labels We Want

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Labels are devices for saving the talkative person from thinking.

— John Morley

Labels are tricky things.  Sometimes we don’t even know the label that we have for ourselves until something brings it to our attention.

Over the years, one of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I’m persistent.  When I put it that way, it’s a good thing.  If someone calls me stubborn, it’s an insult.  I’m persistent without being stubborn!??  How do I do that?

From a very young age, we are labeled.  Our parents tell their friends – and us – that we’re “well-behaved” or “a challenge” or “into everything” or “curious.”  Even if we don’t know the words, we know the tone of voice and we adopt the Continue reading » Creating the Labels We Want