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Surviving Setbacks 101

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Have you ever been so mindlessly into auto pilot that you miss the obvious and find yourself face-planted in the middle of an oopsy? Ouch. How do you recover and roll on when that happens?

Apparently my niece-in-law Rikki knows.  Currently an out-of-country graduate school student, she relies on her bicycle to get around town. Recently she posted this Facebook remark:

What goes through my mind, on my bike ride home, while staring at the ground to make sure a pothole doesn’t sneak up on me again? Well the reason I hit the damn pot hole in the first place… “If you’re too focused on what’s ahead, you forget to notice what’s right in front of you.”

And then, in reply to a friend’s remark, “you just can’t win, can you?” she added: Continue reading » Surviving Setbacks 101


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

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Enjoy Your Valentines’ Day

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What? No Valentines on your agenda for this holiday?

Well, why not?  Even if you don’t expect to see a Valentines’ card in your mailbox, what’s stopping you from wishing a “Happy Valentine’s Day!” to every person you see?  Share your wealth…

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
’Til you give it away.

— Oscar Hammerstein
the Sound of Music

Planning to hole up in the house today?  Then send out an email greeting to those you count as friends or family or loved ones.  Spread a wee bit of good cheer… Aw, come on – you’re not really a Continue reading » Enjoy Your Valentines’ Day

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Listen Up!

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What is it about whispering that interrupts our concentration and focuses our attention?

Whisper: To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound.


Why do people bother to whisper? Often, it’s to share a secret, or to avoid disturbing others; or possibly it’s out of respect for the venue and/or the people in it… and sometimes it’s done simply to create drama, emphasis, or attention.  But any way you cut it, whispers shout to all within hearing distance: Listen Up!

Silence Please

And, as we quiet ourselves in order to hear the whisper of another, we enter into Continue reading » Listen Up!

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Blurts – Friends or Foes?

Ever been derailed by a blurt? I have!

I’ve learned in my years as a journalist that when a politician says “That’s ridiculous” you’re probably on the right track.

— Amy Goodman

And when one of my very own blurts says “that’s ridiculous” I’m probably on the right track too! This morning I was looking through Julia Cameron’s book, [amazon-product text=”The Writing Diet” type=”text”]1585426989[/amazon-product] and was delighted with her aptly chosen name for our subconscious objections:

…the moment we try an affirmative statement, no matter how innocent, we are met with a roar of disbelief from our own subconscious.  These objections are what I call blurts.

Finally a name for those awful Continue reading » Blurts – Friends or Foes?