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10 Minutes of Turbulence

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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

In his latest book, Joel Osteen tells of a flight to India that he took with his father.  Doing missionary work in India was one of Osteen’s father’s joys in life.  Sure, he liked saving souls here, but he really loved India.  Every year, the Osteen family would go on mission trips to India.  One year, 13 hours into a 15 hour flight, they encountered the worst Continue reading » 10 Minutes of Turbulence

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Have You Got a “Thin Place”?

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Do you have a “where” or a “when” that refreshes your spirit?

Last week ushered in the first day of Spring, a time of new life and rebirth…

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.

— Bern Williams

You’ve probably surmised that this post is not about your weight or your shape, nor is it about Spring per se; it’s about places or moments when “heaven and earth are only three feet apart”… it’s about where or when you’ve felt closer to your God and more Continue reading » Have You Got a “Thin Place”?

Windy Day Just Like Any Other Day

Into the Wind

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When you’re up against the fierce winds of negativity, how do you find “the other door”?

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

— Henry Ford

Last week I praised the hunkered down hummingbird.  But you can’t hunker down forever.  Sometimes you have to face “into the wind” and carry on despite a barrage of negative forces…  Perhaps you or the people you frequently encounter have been out of work and job searching for eons with little or no success.  Perhaps the bills are piling higher and higher while resources are dwindling down to nothing…  Or health has become an issue… Or perhaps you’ve been your very own source of negativity.  Whatever the cause, how do you face into the wind and carry on?  How do you search for and find that “other door”?  I think you start with hope tempered by patience.  How do you do that?  Start with these four steps: Continue reading » Into the Wind

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Energy and Hope

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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

— W. Clement Stone

Without energy, there is no hope.  Accomplishing anything of value requires that we bring energy to the endeavor.  Standing and hoping just doesn’t get it done.  Dreams are accomplished through the consistent application of energy to the tasks that lead to the attainment of the goal.

As a trainer, I have been responsible for setting an energy level in a room full of people.  Often the training participants that show up are less than Continue reading » Energy and Hope

Celebrate

Happy New Year! – Again

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You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

— CS Lewis

I’ve decided to start 2012 over again.  January was the pits and I had great expectations for 2012, so I’ve decided that as of today, February 1st I’m starting over.  It’s the only way I know to get a do-over.

January was a sad month.  Between friends, family and co-workers we lost five people.  It seemed like I was always signing condolence cards.  These things happen.  But, I don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a January hangover, so I’m declaring February 1st my New Year.

Sad Times

In Happily Flourishing I said that since I was getting soooo old I needed to focus on being healthier and happier now.  What I said in my first post this year is still true today.  Every day I get a little older.  From now on, I intend to get healthier, happier, and older (I can’t stop that one) every day.

What stopped me last month?  Sadness.  Losing people is a sad process.  And I will still miss the ones I knew and empathize with the people I know who also lost someone.  But, I will focus on remembering the good times.  I am sad that my friends and family are no longer here, but I am grateful for the blessings they gave me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll have a good cry now and again.  But I still must learn to keep going.  As we get older, we either learn how to grieve in a healthy way or we give up.  It’s just that simple – and just that hard.

I have a bad habit of anticipating… not so much the good things, but the other losses that will inevitably come.  When it gets away from me, I become unable to move – as if by staying still I can halt the passage of time and stop anything from changing.  Since I can’t stop change, I must cherish what I have today.  And to really cherish today, I need to be healthier and happier while I am here.

Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2012

So, I’m starting over.  Sometimes, that feels like going backward but in this case, it’s a positive step forward.

I hope your January was better than mine.  But no matter, let’s get back up on the horse together and get moving.  If we stop, we quit and I’M NOT READY TO QUIT just yet.

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.”

Ramsey Clark

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