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It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

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When the path to your goals is strewn with barriers it’s easy to succumb to discouragement and doubt. But there’s a better way.

Last week I wrote about the “valley of doubt” that often looms between you and the goals that matter most to you. I concluded that it is important to keep your eyes on the goal.

Today I’d like to add a tactic that will help you move in the direction of your dreams…

Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.

— Marsha Sinetar

Hmmm.  Interesting premise – obstacles as stepping stones.  Go figure.  I tried to noodle it through and I guess I’m tangled in the muddle of a multiplicity of deadends… so I’ll defer to Continue reading » It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

McGee Mountain and Mount Morrison
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The majestic mountains appear close enough to touch until, after putting one foot in front of the other day-in and day-out, you look up only to find that your destination has grown even more distant than when you started…

In between where I am and where I need to be is a large valley of doubt. Sometimes, it needs to be about the destination and not the journey for me. I have to take my eyes off the path, focus on the goal and keep taking another step.

— Cari guest blogger

When your destination looms far and large, it’s easy to succumb to doubt.  And even to find yourself sinking into a quagmire of hopelessness.  But there are things we can do that will help us stay the course.

Yes, of course, keep your eyes on the goal! Take the next step! And the next. And the next… And, as you plod ever on, I also suggest you do the Continue reading » What to Do When There’s a Valley of Doubt Standing Between You and Your Goal


Have Some Faith

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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

— Douglas Adams

I am in awe of people who know who they are and what their life purpose is.  They march through each day with what looks like certainty and drive.  And, I am drawn to their certainty.  I envy it.  I know that some of it must be fake, but it looks real to me. Look at them.  I know why they have so much confidence – they look like they know what they’re doing!

They have faith and confidence in their ability to thrive.  One of the things that I find most interesting is Continue reading » Have Some Faith

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Faith and Doubt

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When in doubt, just take the next small step.

— Regina Brett
90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

I’ve just finished [amazon-product text=”Called Out of Darkness – A Spiritual Confession” type=”text”]0307388484[/amazon-product] by Ann Rice.  It is beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of New Orleans, Catholic liturgy and the Catholic Churches of the 1940s and ’50s.  It was amazing to me both how different from, and how similar to mine, were her experiences.

In the middle of my listening to her book, all of the hubbub about Rice leaving the Catholic Church AGAIN became the subject of much discussion both on talk shows and on the internet.  Listening to her describe her complete devotion to Christ and the Catholic Church at the end of the book and then reading her comments online made me feel very sad for her.  But more than anything else, it made me envious of her certitude.  I don’t know that I’ve ever been as certain as she is of all four stances that she took; first as a devoted Catholic, then as a certain atheist, then as an even more devoted Catholic and finally (at least for now) certain that she can no longer be Continue reading » Faith and Doubt

Thriving in These Anxious Times

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Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an instrument with which to worry myself.

— Mark Rutherford

Lately, fear has been a big topic of conversation.  It seems that there have been lots of crazy things going on in the world, even if we ignore the wars.  An oil rig blows up right before it goes into production (and, incidentally, right after President Obama endorses off-shore drilling).  Another person who hates the US tries to bomb us into submission – and then another person leaves a cooler with water bottles in the middle of Times Square.  (Weren’t they embarrassed?)  The market drops almost 1,000 points and then rallies back 650 points – all in less than a half an hour.  Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!

Life has always been uncertain, yet now it seems even more uncertain than it was a couple of months ago.  (Oh, and the clergy in the Catholic Church in Ireland has been abusing minors – I’m not sure why this is a surprise, but it contributes to the general sense of anxiety.)  All of this gangs up on us and can leave us feeling Continue reading » Thriving in These Anxious Times