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Where Did Our Dreams Go?

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Originally published on May 11th, 2010.

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

— Francesca Reigler

When do we get old? I think we get old when we think that there’s no more possibility of success, that one day’s struggle leads nowhere but to tomorrow’s struggle. And life can do that to you. We all hit rough patches that wear us out. And sometimes we get so worn out that we forget to see the beauty and possibility around us.

Last week I met a young woman with so much energy and hope and promise and possibility that she floored me. Her name is June and she is a:

  • Day trader
  • Disney character (one of the chipmunks – no, I didn’t ask which one)
  • College student
  • Ebay vendor
  • iPhone application programmer
  • Wife

Her goal is to get a college degree and be debt free. She has cobbled together all these ways to earn money to make that dream come true. She is truly inspiring because she has Continue reading » Where Did Our Dreams Go?

Looking for Rocks

Now is NOT the Time for Sorting Gravel

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information, emails, work, and interactions that barrage you each and every day, here’s some advice from, “Schedule the big rocks, don’t sort gravel…”

Time was once just a clock to me
And life was just a book a biography
Success was something you just had to be
And I would spend myself unknowingly

— John Prine

Many of us “spend ourselves unknowingly” as we tackle the urgent but not necessarily important tasks.  We fritter away our time working on a myriad of demanding tasks that move us no closer to becoming “what we would be.”  Trouble is, doing “what you have to do” to achieve your dream means dealing with those Continue reading » Now is NOT the Time for Sorting Gravel

Mesa Verde N.P., Balcony House Tour 8-2008

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

And They Lived Happily Ever After on Snow White's Scary Adventure

Who Will Rescue Me? I Will!!!

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We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.

— Tom Robbins

If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, but no worries, so is tomorrow.

As I’ve mentioned in the past few blogs, I’ve been listening to (via Audible) [amazon-product text=”The Gifts of Imperfection” type=”text”]159285849X[/amazon-product] by Brené Brown.  While I’m not one for hero worship, this is a woman who works every day to be present and authentic.  She is a one woman army working towards helping anyone who is interested in living a wholehearted life.

The term “wholehearted living” is a lot scarier than it sounds.  For one thing, it means Continue reading » Who Will Rescue Me? I Will!!!