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The Power of Exhaustion

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Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.

— Laurence Sterne

It’s been six months since I started my “new” job.  One of the interesting things is how differently I view this job.  When I was “going somewhere” (and there’s some debate as to where that was), I didn’t mind getting up in the dark and driving home in the dark.  I was “going somewhere” and that meant paying the price.

Now, I am doing a job I enjoy – most of the time – and because of the one hour commute in each direction, it seems a bit of a Continue reading » The Power of Exhaustion

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How’d Ya’ Do?

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Did your recent resolutions lead you to find treasure?

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.  Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

— Joseph Campbell

Resolving to change begins the journey.  But sometimes we stumble along the way.  At the beginning of the Lenten Season, I wrote “Easter Sunday seems soooo far off… but when the time comes to look backwards, I’d like to know that I’d truly leveraged this opportunity, that I’d transformed these six weeks into “a time of growth and renewal.”  At the time, I set out with three intentions: Continue reading » How’d Ya’ Do?

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Mardi Gras, the Feast before the Famine

What if you made personal growth and renewal your theme for the next six weeks?

One of our readers reminded me over the weekend that a window of opportunity is opening today… Here’s what s/he had to say:

I often think of the Lenten season as a period of time to clean out the clutter in my house as well as my mind.  A time of reflection and prayer.  A time of growth and renewal.  A time of personal preparation for Easter Sunday.  We only have 40 days, so let’s start preparing ourselves…

— xelliot123

And although I’d already written a different post for today, I wanted to give a Continue reading » Mardi Gras, the Feast before the Famine

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Struggle Less

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Do you ever feel as if your life is just one big struggle?  I know I do.

In her book, End the Struggle and Dance with Life, Susan Jeffers focuses on what it means to have a successful life.  She takes issue with how goal oriented we are – often at the expense of the rest of our lives.  In great big bold type she declares:

GOALS ARE NOT OUR LIFE.  NOW IS OUR LIFE.

In even bigger type she shouts: Continue reading » Struggle Less

Begin Again

Begin again.
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How are those resolutions going?  Do you, like me, need a fresh start, a new beginning in order to persist in reaching your goals?

Life never presents us with anything which may not be looked upon as a fresh starting point, no less than as a termination.

— Andre Gide

Monday Morning

It’s Monday morning and I’m dressed, ready to go out for my walk – yet here I am, writing this post instead.  Lately it’s been a challenge to get myself out for my morning walk.  And an even tougher task to eat in ways that cause me to shed pounds.

Not too long ago I was cruising along doing both with ease.  No such luck now.  I can come up with every excuse in the book for not going out first thing in the morning.  And my sweet-tooth plagues me.

This has GOT to turn around.  Now would be a good time.  I need a fresh start at this losing weight and getting fit stuff.  I’m barely holding my own here.  And it’s waaaaaay too soon to be in maintenance mode.

Could writing this post serve as Continue reading » Begin Again

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.”

C.S. Lewis

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