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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...

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Change Your Perspective. See Life With New Eyes.

(A three-minute read) “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”~ Max Planck   I love walking through the hallways of an elementary school and checking out the artwork. Self-portraits always make me smile. And then there are the wonderful, clumsy first pictures of buildings and boxes with smudgy lines and erasures. Think back to learning perspective. Remember when you found...

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So Different. But Very Much Alike.

(A three-minute read)"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."~Margaret Mead   We've all heard a person described as "one-of-a-kind." Or, someone might say, "they broke the mold when they made her." The truth is that could be said about every single one of us! The number of possible mathematical combinations of traits and characteristics in the DNA cocktail is infinite. That means it...

Take Five, The Power of A Pause

(Read this in under 4 minutes)"Don't miss anything. Don't miss the game. Don't miss the performance, don't miss the movie, don't miss the show, don't miss the dance. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can." ~ Jim Rohn   Autumn is a glorious time for a road trip. The skies are bluer, the weather is kinder and the crowds are smaller. Most likely we still...

I Need Your Help. Got a Minute For a Few Questions?

(Read in a minute and a half)“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” ~ W. Edwards Deming   I always say there's no such thing as a dumb question. If someone asks me, "Can I ask you a dumb question?" I always answer, "sure, they're my specialty." So, I have a few questions for you. And, your answers will help me make...

Lessons from an Oak Tree, Are You Well Rooted?

(Read in :04)"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."~ Victor Hugo   I'll never, ever get enough of staring out at the wooded area behind our home. Someday, I'll linger long enough to watch the sun rise and set through the divided panes. Then I'll sit back and wait until the Big Dipper twinkles through the branches. As long as I...

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Drive Out Disappointment and Discouragement

  “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”~ Henry David Thoreau   This may come as a real shock to some of you, but sometimes I'm hopelessly at a loss for words. Yes, even me. Betty, who must always be mindful to curb her excessive wordiness. Let's get real. We're all human beings, not machines. That means even the strongest among...

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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...