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Where you lead, I will follow

Be Where You Are… And Move On

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If you are in transition – if you’ve lost a job, your sense of self, a loved one, a home, a way of life, a physical capability, a friend or simply the wherewithal to do what you always thought you’d be able to do – do you sometimes find yourself wishing things were “the way they were?”

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f— on.

— Tupac Shakur

Today I participated in a workshop. Many of the people at the event can no longer lay claim to the life they used to have… For them, things have changed drastically and they’ve been thrust into searching for work in a world that ain’t what it used to be…

The keynote speaker’s remarks struck a chord with me. He reminded us that Continue reading » Be Where You Are… And Move On

Watercolor Christmas tree

Under the Tree – What Gifts Will You Find?

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Will there be the gift of play?

It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people — kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people — no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…

— Fr. Andrew Greeley
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Despite my reluctance to join the ranks of those who have merchandized the spirit right out of Christmas I am raising my voice in praise of toys.  Yes, TOYS!  I am of the not-so-humble opinion that toys are a secular aspect of Christmas that we should run toward… and, in childlike fascination, we should revel in the creativity and imaginative play that toys engender.

Surely all Gods people like to play…

— John Muir

BTW – you Facebook-ers – have you helped assure that one more needy child will receive a very special Christmas gift because of your daily efforts?  ABC7 reports 50,000 clicks to their Spark of Love Toy Drive but their goal is 70,000!  Help them get there by December 23 – every day your click contributes $1 and helps buy one more playful toy for a needy child:


“Like” ABC7 on Facebook and a $1 donation goes to the Spark of Love Toy Drive, thanks to our partners! (From now to Dec. 23)

See – there are some good things you can do even if YOU are one of the harried and hurried.

Ok, back to toys and transformation… In keeping with today’s techno-savvy world, a very playful social media maven created a clever telling of the Nativity Story – click on the link and then HOLD ON TIGHT for a Digital telling of the Christmas story – brought to you via the techno-toys of today’s generation: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon… and by reader Xelliott123’s 11 year old, techno-savvy granddaughter! Continue reading » Under the Tree – What Gifts Will You Find?

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There’s an App for That!

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Is your world plagued with examples of Sturgeon’s Razor?

Sturgeon’s Razor: Theodore Sturgeon first proposed a humorous aphorism that holds that ninety-percent of any realm of endeavor, or more generally, of everything, is worthless; usually in the form “ninety percent of everything is crap.”

And lest you doubt that Sturgeon got it right, take a look at what the former Apple chief evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, had to say about the first Mac: Continue reading » There’s an App for That!

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Where Does Motivation Come From?

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One of the most wonderful things about imagination is that it can see things, not as they are now, but as they can be.

With this statement, Denis Waitely began to make his case for imagination as the source of motivation, positive OR negative.  In essence, what he is saying is that our motivation comes from the pictures we build in our heads – pictures built by our imaginations.

Having just read about this idea, it seems Continue reading » Where Does Motivation Come From?

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Rest Stop

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Do you have a quiet shore to rest upon?

The season of Christmas is upon us – and I for one REFUSE to let it be diminished by the holiday chaos that threatens to wear me down…

Find a quiet shore, a place you can pause and feel the stress fall off of you… a refuge you can escape to at a moment’s notice.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Often, when chaos begins to wear us down, a brief rest stop will renew our spirit – and infuse us with the power boost we need to master the moment.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could Continue reading » Rest Stop