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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

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) The Gifts of Imperfection 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!!!

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3 Steps and 1 Rule for a Successful Pity Party

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Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might-have-been.

— Arthur Ransome

Why do we find it so hard to be happy?

Maybe we know more about what we don’t want rather than knowing what we do want.  If that’s the case, being happy is really about not being unhappy.

How do we know when we’re unhappy?  Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it?  But, it actually can help if we can identify the feeling underneath.  Is it sadness, loneliness, boredom, fear, hopelessness, confusion, fatigue, or something else entirely?  When we can Continue reading » 3 Steps and 1 Rule for a Successful Pity Party

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Here Be Dragons

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What do you think: Can negative emotions be positive?

Herein lies the likely reason for feelings…negative feelings are a “here-be-dragons” sensory system that alarms you, telling you unmistakably that you are in a win-lose encounter… [Negative] feelings about a person or an object get us to avoid it.

— Martin Seligman

Even as a kid, I didn’t like milk. But it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that it dawned on me – thirty minutes after I drank a glass of milk I got a stomachache – no wonder I didn’t like milk! Turns out I was lactose intolerant.  Call it a “here be dragons” moment that eventually alerted me to Continue reading » Here Be Dragons

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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