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Opportunity Center

Relative Reality

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

— Winston Churchill

Google defines reality as “The world or state of things as they actually exist.”  Seems pretty clear, doesn’t it?  Reality is what’s real – right?

Yes and no.

Our reality is how we perceive the world – and that’s the key… how we perceive the world.  As much as we’d like to be able to say that there is an objective reality, “objective reality” is always perceived/reported by the observer.  We may think that we can take the individual out of the picture by inserting some measurement device, but in the end, it’s still us observing the Continue reading » Relative Reality

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Moving Towards Happy

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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

— John Milton

When I got hired into my first “professional” job in Corporate America, I was ecstatic.  Although when I went back to college, I hadn’t even thought about where I would work after I graduated, I knew one thing – I’d be entitled to respect.

As I made my way through the “more advanced” accounting classes, a lot of it just seemed arbitrary and boring.  As I got to work with “real accountants” I also saw how different our views of the world were.  So, with a nudge from my marketing professor, I dropped my accounting major and leapt – into Continue reading » Moving Towards Happy

Day 155 - Conga Line!

CONGA!

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

— Gordon Livingston

In his book, The Road Less Travelled, 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!

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Have a Real Merry Christmas

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Friends are God’s apology for relations.

— Hugh Kingsmill

This is the time of year that is supposed to be about getting together with family and friends.  I don’t know how it is for other families, but in my family, Christmas is like a fairy tale.  Good children get everything they want.  There are no bad children.  There are unlimited funds.  Everyone loves everyone.  And we all live happily ever after – just as soon as we Continue reading » Have a Real Merry Christmas

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Appreciate What You Have

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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

— Voltaire

How do we survive adversity?  What is the difference between surviving and thriving?

I believe the difference is in how we tell our story.  And often, the story we tell is the one we inherited.

My mother grew up in the depression.  She was one of those people who remembered the depression as being an awful time.  There were four of them, my grandfather and grandmother, my aunt and Mom.  To hear her tell the story, life was Continue reading » Appreciate What You Have

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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