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Have you ever found yourself choosing to put off everything until you’re sure of it? If so, Norman Vincent Peale predicts that “you’ll never get anything done.”

I recently happened upon the deceivingly extemporaneous website of artist, blogger, mother, teacher and thought-provoking philosopher, Jenny Doh. Her post, The Beauty of Impermanence, prompted me to build my own post for you today; in her post, Jenny said:

I’ve been thinking more about the quest for permanence that we humans seek… in art, relationships… in all of life, really.

…I’m ok with the impermanence of my art. I actually revel in it. Enjoying it for what it is right here, right now. And I love if just one single somebody revels in it during the fleeting now. Enjoying it deeply. And then loving it in different ways through my memory of what was… as I move onto next.

Food for thought (and action) for back-to-school me who’s moving onto Continue reading » Find Breathing Room in the Impermanent, the Imperfect and the Pleasing…

Finish Line - 2011 Eugene Marathon

Powered by Whine

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You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

— Frank Shorter

I AM SO HAPPY!!!  I set out to climb a mountain and I made it to the top – on time.  How did I get there?  I got there through the power of whine.

To be honest, the last bit of the journey was a bit hairy… but I made it.

The mountain that I’m talking about is a rather large project at work.  You probably know the old advice about Continue reading » Powered by Whine

Phillip's First Bike Ride

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

— Mary Anne Radmacher

We’ve all heard the old saw about – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  The part that they leave out is that if you just keep doing the same thing over and over, in most cases, it’s not going to lead to success.  It’s going to lead to frustration.

I find myself falling into this mistake every once in a while.  Usually, I do it with physical tasks – something requiring manual dexterity.  You may find this hard to believe, but I was born without Continue reading » If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

Stress

Making Stress Your Friend

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I can show you where the greatest advancement of mankind comes under stress and strain, not comfort.

— Don Young

One of my favorite whines has to do with how I look.  Yes, I’m getting older and I’m showing my age (where I can’t help it), but that’s not what I’m referring to.

My problem is I’m showing my stress.  For all of us who are carrying a little, or a lot, of weight around the middle, there’s good and bad news attached.  The good news is that the weight that you’re carrying is less about a lack of discipline or an unwillingness to give up cake/chips/muffins/buttered popcorn, etc. than it is about the amount of stress in your life.  The bad news is that if Continue reading » Making Stress Your Friend

Thank You

Goodbye to 2011

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Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

— G.B. Stern

The end of the year is such a rush with the holiday madness and business deadlines combined.  It’s easy to get lost in all the busyness.

In my family, because we’ve all scattered to the winds, getting together for the holidays necessitates at least one full day allocated to travel to the festivities which just adds to the general craziness and the sense that there’s not enough time.

By the time we get to the New Year, I’m ready to get a cup of hot cocoa, a blanket, a good book, an animal to keep me company, and just Continue reading » Goodbye to 2011

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

John Updike

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