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Resilient Means Taking Care of You

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our heads that resilient people are never down, never sad, always up for a challenge, and capable of leading the rest of us out of our funk into the sunshine.  If that’s the definition of resilient, it ain’t me.

Although there are people who seem to always be up, we need to remember that some people are just blessed with a sunny disposition – dang them!  One of my good friends is like that.  Very seldom is she down or even subdued.  This is good and bad.  There are times when I would like to Continue reading » Resilient Means Taking Care of You

Dogs and Kids

Wacky Wednesday #4 – A Dog’s Purpose

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This is one of those things that gets sent around the internet via email, carrying on for months and years.  We don’t know the original author, otherwise we would willingly give them credit.

A Dog’s Purpose?
(from a 6-year-old)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.  The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.  I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to Continue reading » Wacky Wednesday #4 – A Dog’s Purpose


Building a Happiness Habit

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I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

— Brian Tracy

Ellie and I face a common problem.  We both have to come up with topics to write about.  While neither of us could probably tell you exactly how we do it, it seems to be true, at least for me, that it has something to do with showing up.

I’m sure you’ve heard that 80% of success in life is showing up.  And so it is with writing.

When Ellie and I are asked to present at business and community meetings, whether we’re conducting training or simply providing inspirational encouragement, we always include some Continue reading » Building a Happiness Habit

Making you smile this Holiday Season

Home for the Holidays

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Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.

— Anonymous

The holidays are here.  Already.

I’m not ready.  Tonight we made plans for our annual Book Club Christmas dinner.  When we left the meeting, one of our members wished us all a Merry Christmas because she wouldn’t be with us until next year.

I repeat… I’m not ready.

This will probably be the last Christmas that Dad is with us… and he’s not really here, just his body.  I’m really not ready!

Alone in the Middle of the Group

We all experience it sometimes, feeling isolated.  There we are in the middle of a group of people that we know and somehow we feel Continue reading » Home for the Holidays

That was easy

I Want to Choose Easy

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How do you choose to think about your projects?  Will they be difficult or easy?

It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.

— Roger Von Oech

In her post, What Are You Thinking?, PattiAnn asked several questions.  Among them were these:

  • What do you think that these people are thinking that allows them to continue to fight the good fight?
  • How do you feel today?
  • What are you thinking?
  • What is your choice?

Well, her questions resonated with me because I had just watched Wayne Dyer’s special on PBS, No Excuses! and I was still reeling from my reaction to his question:

How would you feel if the project that you’ve been thinking would be difficult was – instead – easy?

I closed my eyes and imagined that a certain pesky project would be easy… and my immediate gut reaction was:

Continue reading » I Want to Choose Easy