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Mesa Verde N.P., Balcony House Tour 8-2008

It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

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When the path to your goals is strewn with barriers it’s easy to succumb to discouragement and doubt. But there’s a better way.

Last week I wrote about the “valley of doubt” that often looms between you and the goals that matter most to you. I concluded that it is important to keep your eyes on the goal.

Today I’d like to add a tactic that will help you move in the direction of your dreams…

Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.

— Marsha Sinetar

Hmmm.  Interesting premise – obstacles as stepping stones.  Go figure.  I tried to noodle it through and I guess I’m tangled in the muddle of a multiplicity of deadends… so I’ll defer to Continue reading » It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

Starting over

Spring Has Sprung!

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Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

— Maria Robinson

Spring has sprung… or at the very least is springing.  It’s a time of new birth and rebirth and the perfect time to get un-stuck and get started again.

There is an essential difference between a professional and an amateur.  When a professional makes a mistake, they know that they have to learn from their mistake so they can take the next opportunity when it shows up.  The amateur can choose to Continue reading » Spring Has Sprung!


Ready the Boat

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What are you doing now to create your future?

I’ve learned this: it doesn’t matter what awaits me just across the sea if I haven’t built a boat.

Steve Goodier

Unlike Leroy Jethro Gibbs (a character in the TV series NCIS) I don’t have the makings of a boat in my basement.  Heck, I don’t even have a basement!  And unlike California sailor Abby Sunderland, the 16 year old who set out last year to sail solo around the globe, I’m not piloting a state of the art, Open 40 sailboat… nor, for that matter, am I 16 anymore.

I am, however, descended from a family of Scouts who endeavored to be prepared at all times for every contingency we could imagine.  So, these days, as I prepare to Continue reading » Ready the Boat

Party Time

Self Expansion???

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What do you think: Is the process of “self expansion” only a couples’ thing?

There’s no limit possible to the expansion of each one of us.

— Charles M. Schwab

Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of – expanding exponentially!  Just kidding folks, only my weight is at risk of exponential expansion and that is a topic for a different post!

I got started on this topic of “self-expansion” after reading a blog article – my first (rather selfish) curiosity was piqued by the comment “take the quiz below to measure how much it expands your knowledge and makes you Continue reading » Self Expansion???

The Power of Choice

A Story of Personal Power

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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Every Sunday, after I go to Mass, I meet a friend for lunch.  She has two sons, both of whom have struggled with addiction issues.  Both have also been trying to figure out what to do with their lives.  The younger son, Rhett, has tried to find a career of sorts but he’s struggled because he did some not-so-smart stuff a few years back.  Because of his record, he finds it hard to find a job with a future and is waiting for these items to “fall off” his record.  Even then, finding a job he’ll like is a challenge.

Recently, Rhett has been showing signs of moving forward.  First, he decided that even though it may be difficult to succeed in this overcrowded field, he would enroll in a film study certificate program at a local junior college.  (As a graduate of a junior college system, I can only say, “Thank heavens for junior colleges!”)

To get started, he enrolled in six units during the summer semester.  For someone starting out cold, summer semester is a huge challenge.  The same amount of study material is squeezed into Continue reading » A Story of Personal Power