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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

IBM Think D100 Test

I AM Thinking, Thank You… Please Wait.

What thoughts are you thinking and how do they affect your outcomes?

Much like PattiAnn who worked for the company that many years ago branded itself with the word THINK, I grew up with an orange bordered THINK sign ’cuz my Dad also worked more than 30 years for that same company… so you can understand that when I saw this Facebook Quotes Worth Remembering poster, it got my Continue reading » I AM Thinking, Thank You… Please Wait.

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Energy and Hope

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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

— W. Clement Stone

Without energy, there is no hope.  Accomplishing anything of value requires that we bring energy to the endeavor.  Standing and hoping just doesn’t get it done.  Dreams are accomplished through the consistent application of energy to the tasks that lead to the attainment of the goal.

As a trainer, I have been responsible for setting an energy level in a room full of people.  Often the training participants that show up are less than Continue reading » Energy and Hope

Celebrate

Happy New Year! – Again

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You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

— CS Lewis

I’ve decided to start 2012 over again.  January was the pits and I had great expectations for 2012, so I’ve decided that as of today, February 1st I’m starting over.  It’s the only way I know to get a do-over.

January was a sad month.  Between friends, family and co-workers we lost five people.  It seemed like I was always signing condolence cards.  These things happen.  But, I don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a January hangover, so I’m declaring February 1st my New Year.

Sad Times

In Happily Flourishing I said that since I was getting soooo old I needed to focus on being healthier and happier now.  What I said in my first post this year is still true today.  Every day I get a little older.  From now on, I intend to get healthier, happier, and older (I can’t stop that one) every day.

What stopped me last month?  Sadness.  Losing people is a sad process.  And I will still miss the ones I knew and empathize with the people I know who also lost someone.  But, I will focus on remembering the good times.  I am sad that my friends and family are no longer here, but I am grateful for the blessings they gave me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll have a good cry now and again.  But I still must learn to keep going.  As we get older, we either learn how to grieve in a healthy way or we give up.  It’s just that simple – and just that hard.

I have a bad habit of anticipating… not so much the good things, but the other losses that will inevitably come.  When it gets away from me, I become unable to move – as if by staying still I can halt the passage of time and stop anything from changing.  Since I can’t stop change, I must cherish what I have today.  And to really cherish today, I need to be healthier and happier while I am here.

Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2012

So, I’m starting over.  Sometimes, that feels like going backward but in this case, it’s a positive step forward.

I hope your January was better than mine.  But no matter, let’s get back up on the horse together and get moving.  If we stop, we quit and I’M NOT READY TO QUIT just yet.

Crying Giant

It’s OK to Be Sad AND It’s OK to be Glad

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When you get bad news, it’s OK to be sad… but then, what?

You wake up in the morning and you want to hide under your blanket, wishing it was still night and you did not have to face another day. …What’s going on? Maybe you have had recent grief in the family, or you are dealing with a separation, with sickness or with financial problems. Maybe there is just no particular reason…You just wake up and it’s there. The sadness. The worry. The fear.

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Sadness is simply one of the ways we process bad news. The news I’m struggling to process is not my news, but that of dear friends… Continue reading » It’s OK to Be Sad AND It’s OK to be Glad

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.”

Lesley Gore

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