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Yearly Archives: 2013

Rising from the Ashes

If there is any single factor that makes for success in living, it is the ability to draw dividends from defeat.  –William Marston Life is full of ups and downs and some things in between. Some of the downs can be spectacularly painful and can knock you out for the count, but somehow most of us manage to pick ourselves…

Writing Helps Us Heal

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.” —deCervantes Emotional, or expressive, writing has long been proven to be a therapeutic tool that can significantly improve physical and psychological outcomes. Studies going back more than 30 years have show that writing about traumatic or stressful events is beneficial to healing so we were intrigued by the July 17th article in Salon,…

The Many Faces of Courage

We were reminded that courage comes from the most unlikely places during harrowing and evil times when we read an article in the July 18th Los Angeles Times about Nicholas Winton. Winton, a British subject, was visiting Czechoslovakia in late 1938 after the Nazis had occupied the country, and had an “intuition” that the fate of the country’s Jewish population…

Your Go To Persons

We all have Go To Persons, the ones who can handle whatever unique problem or need we have.  Think of your local car mechanic who can figure out what you mean when you say your car makes a “weird noise” it never seems to make when you take it to him.  Sigh. Think about when your sink backs up on…

Final Farewells…

Sooner or later, we have to pass through the rite of passage of having a loved one die. How we deal with that loss is often linked to how important that person was to us and how close the relationship.  Grieving is a normal state that may involve many different facets and can last a long time. Tears shed at…

Get Off Your But…

“No one ever excused his way to success.”  ―Dave Del Dotto We’re always looking for excuses or for an explanation and rationale for our behavior that seemingly absolves us of responsibility, like I was going to finish my project but I got distracted. Or I was going to finish my college degree so I can get a better job, but…

Are You Listening?

“We remember what we understand; we understand only what we pay attention to; we pay attention to what we want.”—Edward Bolles Most of us understand that we have to be better communicators whether it’s with our children, our spouses, friends and family and others in our work environment. One of the most common refrains when people talk about their relationships…

Why Juggling Acts Should Only Be in Las Vegas

Take a deep breath and write down all the things you’re currently juggling at the moment.  How many things are there and how well do you think you’re doing them? In our modern world of “labor-saving and production-enhancing devices”, it’s become a badge of honor to be able to multi-task.  In fact, many people who are interviewing for a job…

Get Out of Your Rut

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.” — The Eagles  Okay, admit it, you’re in a rut.  It’s the same old, same old every day and you’re not sure how to break out. Welcome to Life 102 where routine is what gets you through the day…

You Can’t Be Happy All The Time, But You Can Be Content

Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence. Robert Ingersoll Happiness is so elusive and momentary that it comes and goes through our lives like the wind. Here one moment, gone the other. How we define happiness is as different as we are.  For some happiness is winning the lottery and never worrying about the need for money…

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