September 2017 - Betty Streff
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September 2017

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3 Astonishing Reasons To Put Yourself in Timeout

(Read in :03)“The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.  When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.”  ~Eugene Ionesco   Adulting is totally overrated. I'm starved for a timeout. Oh for the days of being forced to take a nap! Seriously, don't you long for someone to make you lie down and rest every...

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Tortoise or Hare? Are You Living a Half Fast Life?

(read in :035) "Rabbits jump and they live for 8 years. Dogs run and they live for 15 years. Turtles do nothing and they live for 150 years. Lesson learned."~@9GAG   Ever wonder what might have happened if the New York Times best-seller list had been around a few centuries earlier? I'd bet Aesop's tale The Tortoise and the Hare would have hit #1 and been the pinnacle...

Maybe the Grasshopper Had it Right, Aesop Old Boy

(Read in less than :04)"Don't neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today."~Aesop   Most of us grew up on fables. The Fox and Grapes, The Crow and the Pitcher, and dozens more. I'll give him this, Aesop was prolific, he wrote nearly 700 of these tales. He's probably the most familiar of all fable tellers. I admit he...

Silence. Do You Hear What It’s Telling You?

(Read in less than :04)"Everything that's created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness."~ Wayne Dyer   Last month I mentioned that my friend Mary Jane gave me a book. I read it very slowly, in sweet, tiny bites and I savored each page....

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Mistakes. Turn Your Mess Into a Message

 (Read in less than :03)Your best teacher is your last mistake." Ralph Nader   I'm chewing on last weekend's event like a junk yard dog with a ham bone. It was quite an experience and I keep noodling on how to incorporate what I learned into my daily life. I've made lots of mistakes and at times I've let them define me. But who hasn't made mistakes? I...

Growing Pains? Good For You!

(Read in less than :03)"Do not claim you want to grow and then run away the minute you feel growing pains."#bossbabe   Growing pains. Remember how your legs ached when you began to shoot up and get taller? I can still recall that deep ache in my own young bones. Our youngest suffered terribly with growing pains. Sobbing, she would crawl to my bedside in the wee hours...

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Looking for Remarkable in All The Wrong Places?

"Be genuine. Be remarkable. Be worth connecting with.~Seth Godin   Sometimes, we just get lucky don't we? A close parking spot on a rainy day, no line at the car wash, or cracking open an egg and finding it's a double yolker! This week, I scored big time in my reading. Joshua Becker is one of my favorite writers and I eat up his blog Becoming Minimalist. It's...

September thoughts

September is the New January. Give It a Try!

(Read in about :03)"Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~T.S. Eliot   September has burst upon us. Beautiful, glorious, blue-skyed month that she is. Full of promise and new starts. Vacations are sweet memories, school is well into the first quarter, and Labor Day, the second bookend of summer, has come and gone. Routines, so wonky all summer, have gotten more normal and the wheels of our everyday activities are humming along smoothly...