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Follow the Yeses

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Can you hear the Yeses in your life? Or have you allowed the No’s to drown them out?

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

— e. e. cummings

In my last post, Carry On, I encouraged us (you and me) to develop strategies for dealing with all the “No’s”, the negativity that life can throw us.  But, once we’ve done that — then what?  Well, thanks to online author Steve Truitt, I have a great answer: Follow the Yeses!

You see, right after I wrote Carry On, serendipity happened and I discovered Continue reading » Follow the Yeses

Walking up a hill

Tomorrow is Another Day

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The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.

— Lee Haney

Last week, I wrote about the idea of making tiny changes.  It seemed like a good idea at the time and still does, but before I got very far into the whole experiment I discovered one of MY big problems… I never leave well enough alone.  I have two tendencies that get me into trouble – ramping up too quickly and visualizing ahead.

Today, as I was walking the dog, we came back past the local church.  As we headed for it, I wondered how well I would do as we climbed the hill.  Usually, I set a good pace and then stop and catch my breath at the top of the hill.  Well, we got to the top of the hill and I wasn’t out of breath.  There was only one conclusion to draw Continue reading » Tomorrow is Another Day

Joyful Runway

Deliberately Finding Joy

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The strongest have their moment of fatigue.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Wouldn’t it be great if we could find joy in our lives every single day?  More and more, research is indicating that it is our habits, of thought, of action, and of belief, that determine how we feel.  In fact, our thoughts are so important that we can change our lives by changing our thoughts.

This may seem so obvious as to be redundant for me to write it in a blog, but the fact is that while we may consciously know that our thoughts affect how we feel, many of us don’t consciously listen to that little Continue reading » Deliberately Finding Joy

Cheerful Givers at the Walk For Justice 2006

How to Become Consistently Cheerful

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We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle

If Aristotle is correct, and I believe that he is, then the key question is “What habits do I need to develop to improve my life?”  I could answer this with things like:

  • Walk 30 minutes every day.
  • Get eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Eliminate sugar, salt and anything that tastes good from my diet.

Although doing any of these could be good for me, if I truly want to improve my life, I need to Continue reading » How to Become Consistently Cheerful

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.

— Helen Keller

Ellie and I have written it before, and I’ll write it again… ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!  Admittedly, this isn’t new news.  Ellie and I have been beating this drum since we started this blog, but today, I met the living proof of this truism.

I noticed this lady because of how happy she seems to be, she smiles all the time, AND because she called me by name when we’d never been introduced.  (It turned out that in addition to her other responsibilities, she also makes the security badges and knew my name from the badge.)

To be honest, I don’t smile all the time.  For various reasons, I’ve been irritable lately.  As I walk into work, I have to remind myself to Continue reading » Exhaustion – Physical, Mental or Spiritual – is Harmful to Your Attitude