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Where Did Our Dreams Go?

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Originally published on May 11th, 2010.

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

— Francesca Reigler

When do we get old? I think we get old when we think that there’s no more possibility of success, that one day’s struggle leads nowhere but to tomorrow’s struggle. And life can do that to you. We all hit rough patches that wear us out. And sometimes we get so worn out that we forget to see the beauty and possibility around us.

Last week I met a young woman with so much energy and hope and promise and possibility that she floored me. Her name is June and she is a:

  • Day trader
  • Disney character (one of the chipmunks – no, I didn’t ask which one)
  • College student
  • Ebay vendor
  • iPhone application programmer
  • Wife

Her goal is to get a college degree and be debt free. She has cobbled together all these ways to earn money to make that dream come true. She is truly inspiring because she has Continue reading » Where Did Our Dreams Go?

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Shake It UP!

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Are you locked into the same ol’/same ol’? Maybe it’s time to shake it up!

Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Kaleidoscopes are some of my favorite toys – I have a modest little collection, nothing too special but very fun!  Some of them have “stuff” that gets re-scattered with every turn, one has fluids that move and change.  But the ones I like the very best are actually inexpensive plastic, [amazon-product text=”fist-sized toys with prism lenses” type=”text”]B003L8H6J6[/amazon-product] that refract the real world into crazy mixed-up images – with every turn, my world bends into hundreds of tiny daffy images – very cool!

Recently I heard about an “artist and Dad the second time round,” named Raghava KK and his new iPad app for Continue reading » Shake It UP!

Story Time

Seeing Things Differently

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Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

— Ernest Hemingway

I love stories.

I’ve been making my way, very slowly, through Michael Yapko’s [amazon-product text=”Hand-Me-Down Blues” type=”text”]0312263325[/amazon-product].  As with most good books on a specific topic, Yapko uses stories to illustrate his points.  The minute he starts telling about a person or a family, I’m hooked.  The thing is that these stories are carefully crafted to Continue reading » Seeing Things Differently

second Story

second Story

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Do you have a second story?

Do the one thing you think you cannot do.
Fail at it.
Try again.
Do better the second time.

— Oprah Winfrey

Before I got even a glimpse of Robb North’s intriguing Flickr photo – featured above – I saw its descriptive title, “second Story”, and that sent me off on a delightful mind-trip imagining all sorts of second stories ala Paul Harvey’s “the rest of the story”.  (You DO remember Paul Harvey, don’t you?  If not, here’s a link: Rest of the Story)

I was barreling down my convoluted contemplation of “seconds” when I Continue reading » second Story

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Doing It My Way

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

— Dalai Lama

In the Epilogue to [amazon-product text=”Better Than Good: Creating the Life You Can’t Wait to Live” type=”text”]9780785289197[/amazon-product], Zig Ziglar said that a very long time ago, he learned the answer to the question, “What would you change in your life if you had it to live over?”  When asked this, one woman replied that she wouldn’t change anything because that meant that she wouldn’t be where she was now and she loved where she was right then.  It made me wonder whether I Continue reading » Doing It My Way