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Day 155 - Conga Line!


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When the map doesn’t comport with the ground, the map is wrong.

— Gordon Livingston

In his book, [amazon-product text=”The Road Less Travelled” type=”text”]0743243153[/amazon-product], M. Scott Peck wrote that much of our pain is caused by our unwillingness to recognize reality when we see it.  We go through life seeing the world through our own set of glasses and reacting to what we see rather than reacting to what is.

In some sense, I agree with Peck.  But at the same time what I keep re-learning over and over is that reality is subjective.

For years, I was “blind as a bat.”  If I took my glasses off, I literally couldn’t see the Continue reading » CONGA!

And They Lived Happily Ever After on Snow White's Scary Adventure

Who Will Rescue Me? I Will!!!

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We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.

— Tom Robbins

If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, but no worries, so is tomorrow.

As I’ve mentioned in the past few blogs, I’ve been listening to (via Audible) [amazon-product text=”The Gifts of Imperfection” type=”text”]159285849X[/amazon-product] by Brené Brown.  While I’m not one for hero worship, this is a woman who works every day to be present and authentic.  She is a one woman army working towards helping anyone who is interested in living a wholehearted life.

The term “wholehearted living” is a lot scarier than it sounds.  For one thing, it means Continue reading » Who Will Rescue Me? I Will!!!


Happy Un-Birthday to Imperfect Me

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Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.

— Ben Okri

Today, many people in Western countries believe in their ability to change, to improve themselves.  For me, the idea of progress through change is a fact of life.  It had never occurred to me that people didn’t always believe that change was possible.  But, as Martin Seligman points out in Continue reading » Happy Un-Birthday to Imperfect Me

Feeling a little sad:(

3 Steps and 1 Rule for a Successful Pity Party

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Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might-have-been.

— Arthur Ransome

Why do we find it so hard to be happy?

Maybe we know more about what we don’t want rather than knowing what we do want.  If that’s the case, being happy is really about not being unhappy.

How do we know when we’re unhappy?  Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it?  But, it actually can help if we can identify the feeling underneath.  Is it sadness, loneliness, boredom, fear, hopelessness, confusion, fatigue, or something else entirely?  When we can Continue reading » 3 Steps and 1 Rule for a Successful Pity Party


After You Break the Glass, Become a Lake

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Got your sights set on your 2012 resolutions? Before you launch into the detail, get to know what you’re all about.

Many are so caught up in their own problems that they cannot see the big picture. Often, seeing the big picture can give one the perspective that makes illusive solutions suddenly easy to visualize. One form of hope can be accessed through stepping outside of yourself and seeing the bigger picture.

— Mr. Prophet
“The Path”

In my last post I wrote about “breaking the glass,” as a metaphor for creating a symbolic rite of passage that signals our intention to begin a new way of doing things. Today it’s “big picture time” – time to acknowledge that frustration, disillusionment and pain are part of the growth process and that finding the inner strength to move forward anyway, goes with the territory. One of the ways to do that is to Continue reading » After You Break the Glass, Become a Lake