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Getting Through

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There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.

— Clare Boothe Luce

What is hopelessness?  It’s the feeling that nothing will change.  It’s the ultimate in discouragement.

We all get discouraged sometimes.  Hopelessness takes that discouragement and makes it feel permanent.

Back in August, I wrote of how I had managed to walk an average of 10K steps every day.  I had decided that walking was one of the few things I could control and I had made a point of walking every single day.

That all changed when I got a bad cold in September.  With the cold, came the usual tiredness and struggle to keep going.  Colds can be a nuisance or a major challenge and this one fell somewhere in between.  What I’ve found is that having a commute that is at least an hour each way severely limits my ability to recover quickly.  Unless I just give up and stay home, a cold can drag on for quite a while.  As a result, I Continue reading » Getting Through

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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

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Dodging Bullets

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Do you remember a time when you felt “bulletproof”?

Superman was impervious, and Wonder Woman had those awesome bracelets, but the average person (or superhero) needs to find a realistic way to avoid those small but potentially deadly projectiles.  The first – and best – course of action is obviously to just avoid getting shot at in the first place. Barring that option, however, the next best thing to do is to duck, dodge, or otherwise evade the bullets that life will inevitably throw at you.

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Sometimes it’s really difficult to summon up the gumption to forge ahead with goals which, in morning’s light seemed achievable, but which now, after a frustrating day of stumbling effort, suddenly seem impossible to achieve.  That’s when I have to dig deep… and, in the words of Corey Adler Leidersdorff, “Go back to the time when everything was possible… remember when you were bulletproof, when the world was full of promise.”

Surprisingly, I do remember feeling bulletproof – surely that sense of invincibility was an illusion.  Yet it carried me ’round sharp corners and through tight spaces.  Call it chutzpah or call it naiveté – whatever it was, it pulled me through before I had a chance to get discouraged.

Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy and your joy shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Helen Keller

Not so this day.  This day started in a burst of arrogance and high spirits – Continue reading » Dodging Bullets

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Deciding What Is “Enough”

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When we are capable of living in the moment free from the tyranny of “shoulds,” free from the nagging sensation that this moment isn’t right, we will have peaceful hearts.

— Anonymous

I have reached the conclusion that part of the reason that we get discouraged is that we believe that we’re supposed to be different than we are. One of my resolutions for Lent is that I will listen to audio books by one of the Christian writers that I like for 15 minutes each day. This usually works out pretty well because I walk the dog for 30-40 minutes each day and I can easily choose to listen to something for 15 minutes – IF I PICK Continue reading » Deciding What Is “Enough”

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On the Far Side of Failure – DIY Revisited

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This post is part of the Everything Home Blog Carnival.


Ready to throw in the towel?  Wait.

Recently I bragged that I was DIYn’ (Do-It-Yourself) and feeling good about it. Well… that was then – when I was on a nice, happy high. Now I’m at a new low…

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success – on the far side of failure.

— Thomas John Watson, Sr.

Yeah, that would be me… making all the mistakes I can find as I try to fix a small but significant problem here at my writing desk.  You see, I broke my keyboard drawer and for a couple of weeks I’ve been working (unsuccessfully) at replacing it.

On the Far Side of Failure

First there was the crazy-making search for a new keyboard drawer that would fit in the space available. I’m two iterations deep in that… I’ve already Continue reading » On the Far Side of Failure – DIY Revisited

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”

Elbert Hubbard

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