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Betty Streff

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Feeling Disconnected? Sometimes You Simply Need to Take a Break.

“Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment.”~L.M. Browning   One year ago, almost to the day, I came back from a break refreshed and renewed. Soon after my short "control-alt-delete" period, I launched this website and blog. In fact, after unplugging for a month or so, I resumed posting on the day of the 2017 solar eclipse just to...

Five Bedrock Principles You Can Always Bank On

Last week, I wrote about being overwhelmed by circumstances and offered a list of suggestions that might help someone get unstuck. You can read it here. Interestingly, right after I posted it I bumped into something I wrote on LinkedIn long before I ever had a blog. It tells me we've been struggling with overload for a long time. I'm reprinting it here with a...

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Seven Ways to Overcome Overwhelm. Yes, My Friend, You Can Win the Battle!

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”~Paulo Coelho   Overwhelm. What do you think? Can it be used as a noun? Doesn't it perfectly describe the state of mind we experience when our life seems like a complete, out-of-control hot mess? Almost every dictionary in print categorizes the word as...

Do You Need More Moral Fiber in Your Diet?

    “Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.” ~ John Wooden   Traits like character, integrity, and moral fiber seem to fascinate us. People who possess these qualities are rare and those who do have them develop a certain mystique. Instead of drama, fits of rage and huge shakeups, their focus is simply...

Feed Your Soul, Change Your Life

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” ~ W. M. Lewis   A couple of weeks ago I shared a personal, soul-stirring experience with you. Read it HERE if you missed it. I had told myself over and over that "sometime" I'd take the time, get off the Interstate and visit the intriguing glass...

Weeds and Wisdom. Four Lessons They Taught Me

"Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get."~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.   Wisdom has a way of hiding in the ordinary. I don't remember a time in my life when wisdom showed up in a fancy outfit. It's true that the Bible tells us wisdom is more precious than rubies but I've found she usually shows up in work clothes. Often...

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Ditch the Beat the Clock Life. Pause to Feed Your Soul.

"Never be too busy to really live and enjoy your life. Once time passes, we never get it back."~Tiny Buddha   Beat the Clock was an insanely popular television show from 1950 to 1961. The premise was for couples or families to perform a super wacky task before the buzzer went off and if they could, they would win money. You can find full episodes on YouTube....

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Boom! And Suddenly it is the Fourth of July!

"May we think of freedom not as the opportunity to do as we like but as the opportunity to do the right thing."~ Peter Marshall     The Fourth of July makes me completely giddy and I'm a passionate aficionado of fireworks!!  They keep my eyes riveted to the sky and I always wish they'd last a lot longer. No matter how old I get, I'm ten again...

Start Your Morning Right and Change Your World

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”~ Meister Eckhart   When I was a little kid, you could buy "magic slates," sometimes called paper savers, in grocery stores and dime stores everywhere. They consisted of a clear plastic film layered on top of a sturdy backboard with a special coating. I could write or draw on the film to my heart's content with the handy stylus...

A Fresh Look at Limits. They Do Not Have to Limit You!

“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” ~ Rumi   I've grown to love the pinball-like action that certain conversations trigger in my unruly jack rabbit brain. One cell lights up and then boom, another and another and pretty soon I'm thinking, "Aha! Looks like I've stumbled into another life lesson!" And suddenly, limits fall away and another obstructive stretch of brush gets cleared...