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I didn’t fail the test.  I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

— Benjamin Franklin

Things are getting better.  Unemployment is moving down.  Hiring is up.  People are finding better jobs and taking the risk of moving from one job to another.  A year ago, that just wasn’t considered wise.

Nationally, we seem more hopeful.  Yet, we’re always concerned that things will suddenly go bad and we’ll be in trouble again.

Many years ago, we – the U.S. – had an emergency warning system to notify everyone of national emergencies.  It was designed and created to respond to the possibility of nuclear attack.

Thank heavens, it was never needed or used for Continue reading » This is Only a Test – 4 Ways to Prepare for Difficult Times

Vicky, the Most Enthusiastic TNTer @ Elkhart Lake Triathlon 2010

Look How Far We’ve Come!

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Sometimes you gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten.

— Tony Mendoza

How far we’ve gotten.  We don’t often think about that.  Many times when we’re looking backward, we’re remembering our life before.  Before husbands and jobs and kids and more responsibilities than we ever imagined.  Back then, we were eager for all of that challenge.  Now, caught up in our lives, we often forget what it took to get here.

Unfortunately, when we look forward, we often only see Continue reading » Look How Far We’ve Come!

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Building Your Happiness Momentum

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Sometimes thinking too much can destroy your momentum.

— Tom Watson

There’s something about Americans’ expectations of life that seems to set us up for dissatisfaction.  Don’t get me wrong, a little dissatisfaction is good for the soul, it motivates us to stretch – to accomplish more, for ourselves and others.  But, as a culture, we seem to have trouble finding a Continue reading » Building Your Happiness Momentum

Gone Mad

I’ve Gone Mad

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Does getting mad help you or hinder you?

All of us are mad. If it weren’t for the fact every one of us is slightly abnormal, there wouldn’t be any point in giving each person a separate name.

— Ugo Betti

Lately I’ve been getting mad at myself about things I’m not getting done or not getting done to my satisfaction… just a few very important goals I’ve set for myself, I won’t bore you with the bloody details.  But I will say I’ve been chastising yours truly endlessly, or so it seems to me…  And, no, this is not a case of expecting perfection.  And, yes, I still want to achieve the goals.  Hence the badgering I’ve been subjecting myself to…  Trouble is, not all “mads” are useful.  And so far, this particular “getting mad at myself” hasn’t been helpful; so now I’m writing this post in hopes of figuring out how to make my mad work for me.

The Trouble Is…

…under most circumstances, just sitting around pissn’ and moaning isn’t very helpful; it’s time consuming and nothing much gets done.  Then again, maybe pissn’ and moaning could help if you ever find yourself in this situation: Continue reading » I’ve Gone Mad

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!

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As you begin your day, what will make it a “successful” day?

Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.

— Annie Dillard

I went to my Zumba® exercise class this morning.  Only there was no Zumba® exercise class this morning.  And I knew that but it “slipped my mind”…

And, just as I was about to tilt into snafu, well, I chose to laugh at myself (once again) and realized that, class or no class, going to my non-existent Zumba® exercise class this morning got me out of bed and into my day: I’d gotten my walk done early (before class) and had time to go to the library and complete some research I needed to do… I’d gotten my momentum going.  And as PattiAnn reminded us in The Trend Is Your Friend, momentum can be a good thing IF we’re moving in a desired direction: Continue reading » Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

Robert Green Ingersoll

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