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New Eyes See Right Through Old Obstacles

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”~ John Lubbock   It's really easy to get discouraged. Life can feel like a losing game of chutes and ladders. All downhill slides and no rungs headed back up. Other times, our world can seem like one big round of whack-a-mole and it sure appears that the moles are winning. We've all had a turn like that. Just...

Integrity and Character. Two Tickets to Legacy.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden   People with impeccable character and integrity fascinate us. Folks who have it become epic, larger-than-life and timeless.  Maybe it's because it's become so rare. Perhaps it's the way a shiny veneer peels off, revealing major flaws beneath the...

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Calm. The Very Best Superpower.

(A 3-minute read)“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön   Have you ever watched time-lapse photography of clouds? An entire day, captured in mere minutes. It's fascinating to watch clouds come and go. See how they thicken and grow dark? Just as quickly, they become pale and thin to nothing. Their shadows glide quickly over the face of the earth below,...

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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...

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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...

Dark Mood Ahead. Detour on the Road to Joy

  (Read in just over :03) "The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low."~ Richard Carlson   Before you go getting the wrong idea about me, you need to know something. This is not just a little rah-rah-feel-good blog. You won't get sugar shock reading my sweet posts. No sir, I'm not always feelin' it. Somedays I just don't...

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Abundance. Life ROI. Lessons from the Farm

(Read in just over :03)“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”~ Steve Maraboli   I'm tellin' you something. If you live on a farm for 34 years it will change you. It sure changed me. Maybe it's corny but nothing grows more abundantly on a farm than metaphors for life. Living...

Follow the Sun, Sunshine. Live Light, Shine Bright

(Read in :03)"Daylight follows a dark night."~Proverb   I picked today to come back because it's going to be an awesome day! A total eclipse of the sun! They tell me it won't happen here for another 375 years. That's 15 generations from now, a time span of near Biblical magnitude. It's a big deal! Who'd want to miss it?     But then again, my husband thinks life with me is like...