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Caught in Ellie’s Hall

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Every wall is a door.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ellie has written in the past about how sometimes she struggles finding a way forward.  I am at that point right now.  To go back to Ellie’s post, Where the Hell’s the Door Out, I’m stuck in a hall and haven’t got any idea how to get out.

My entire life has been filled with family conflict of one sort or another.  Sometimes it was me conflicting with my parents.  Sometimes it was my parents choosing to attack me or one of my siblings.  Over the last few years, the conflict was with my Continue reading » Caught in Ellie’s Hall


What I Meant to Say

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Have you ever found yourself thinking: OMG! Did I Say That?

When asked her opinion on punctuality, an applicant for an office job assured me she thought it was extremely important. “I use periods, commas, and question marks all the time,” she said.

— Mel Roberts
from Reader’s Digest

Sometimes we mis-speak and sometimes we mis-interpret by answering the wrong question and sometimes we simply say exactly the wrong thing.  My mother-in-law’s favorite quote – she was a very misunderstood woman – was:

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said,
but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

And unfortunately, for whatever reason, she was right – people often mis-took her meaning and assumed the worst. My friends were convinced that this dear mother-in-law of mine hated me based upon Continue reading » What I Meant to Say

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.

— Helen Keller

Ellie and I have written it before, and I’ll write it again… ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!  Admittedly, this isn’t new news.  Ellie and I have been beating this drum since we started this blog, but today, I met the living proof of this truism.

I noticed this lady because of how happy she seems to be, she smiles all the time, AND because she called me by name when we’d never been introduced.  (It turned out that in addition to her other responsibilities, she also makes the security badges and knew my name from the badge.)

To be honest, I don’t smile all the time.  For various reasons, I’ve been irritable lately.  As I walk into work, I have to remind myself to Continue reading » Exhaustion – Physical, Mental or Spiritual – is Harmful to Your Attitude

255/365 I've got the brain of a four year old. I'll bet he was glad to be rid of it.

To Create New Beliefs – Start HERE!

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You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can’t have it.

— Dr. Robert Anthony

In 1956 Earl Nightingale wrote and recorded The Strangest Secret on the technology of the day, an LP record.  It became the first non-entertainment record to sell a million copies.  What caught everyone’s attention was the simple, yet true message, “We become what we think about.”  At the time, there was no scientific evidence to support that claim, but in the past 10 years, scientists have proven that our thoughts do shape our world.

Scientists have named the ability of our brains to adapt, neuroplasticity.  This is the ability that our brains have to physically adapt to new circumstances.  Neuroplasticity is what allows people with traumatic brain injury or damage from a stroke, to recover.  Not so long ago, scientists believed that when Continue reading » To Create New Beliefs – Start HERE!

All the way at the back

Make It Count

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Have you ever found yourself just going through the motions?

Life is a nonstop parade of minutes, hours and days — a steady string of magical moments that we can choose to use as we see fit. And the manner in which we use or abuse these irreplaceable moments shapes the lives we get to enjoy.

— Unknown

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know that in my 2009 year-end post, Objects in the Rearview Mirror, I greeted the New Year with this declaration of independence:

I’m hoping that, like a Hoberman Sphere, I can expand my heart to embrace the adventure that lies before me… I’m puttin’ on my dancing shoes – so, 2010, cha cha cha!

And shortly thereafter, in an effort to supplement my not-so-daily walks, I joined a twice-a-week Zumba® exercise class.  (Golly gee, do ya’ think there was some subconscious doings going on in there??)  For those of you who haven’t been to a Zumba class, it’s dance-aerobics done to pulsating latin music. It’s fun, challenging and invigorating.  Usually.

But the other day I was simply going through the motions in class, with little or no energy and certainly no joy. My action and energy reflected a lackluster attitude of mental and psychic fatigue; I was tired. I was distracted and discouraged. I was unwittingly succumbing to overwhelm.  You’ve been there – to overwhelm – haven’t you?  It’s when your life circumstances demand: More, more, more!  And your brain (and body and soul) cry: Enough already!

Then I had a flash of great genius (Smirk): Continue reading » Make It Count