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Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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Originally published on September 20th, 2011.


A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.” In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem. If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

The Sorcerer's Apprentice Comes True!
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Why is it that some resolutions hang-on like a bad cold while others burst into life as if conjured up by sorcery?

If this second week of 2013 finds you feeling a bit like Mickey, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice – drenched by old resolutions that have taken on a life of their own yet never quite get done – stop searching for that darned sorcerer’s hat.  Your magic isn’t in the hat, it’s in your head!

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

— Norman Vincent Peale

If you want 2013 to be the year that you take charge of those unruly resolutions once and for all, then tap into that imagination of yours to create your very own magic. But beware – if all you do is chase after better answers to the same old questions, you’ll still be Continue reading » How to Take Charge of Those Unruly New Year’s Resolutions – Where’s That Magic Hat When I Need It?

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Time to Spiff Up That Normal Life?

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Have you ever been tempted to spiff-up your perfectly normal life in order to impress OPs (Other People) in your life?

High school – forget it. Jocks became jocks, cheerleaders became cheerleaders. We became us. I like us.

— Kenneth Wurman (Courtney Gains)
in Can’t Buy Me Love

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’d vacationed with two of my high school buddies.  Now we’re making plans for another staycation at one of their homes so we can attend our high school class reunion – it’s one of those milestones.  And naturally we’re contemplating whether or not we really want to Continue reading » Time to Spiff Up That Normal Life?

frog in a pot 2

Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

Creative Commons LicensePhoto credit: jronaldlee

A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.”  In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem.  If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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Waking Up to Possibilities

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When you woke up this morning what did you most look forward to doing?

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh.
“What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

— A. A. Milne

On a recent yardsaling excursion I came across a family game by Food for Talk.  Their company tag-line reads: Bringing families together one conversation at a time.  Food for Talk Games contain a deck of cards and each card is inscribed with a thought provoking question to be answered by either the individual who drew the card or the entire assemblage.  What a Continue reading » Waking Up to Possibilities

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.”

Douglas Horton

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