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Betty Streff

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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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Operation Sister Connect

"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."~ Margaret Mead   Just a quick update to let you know my usual Monday post will be delayed until Tuesday morning. I just returned from a three day trip of nearly 800 miles.   My mother-in-law and her sisters had not seen each other in five years. Two of...

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...

Think Small. Three Reasons It’s A Big Deal.

(Read in 3 minutes)"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." John Wooden I began my true adulting in an era of everything big. The 80's zeitgeist was big corporations, big money, big ideas, big shoulder pads, big hair. I embraced every bit of it, especially the hair. It's funny, looking back, isn't it? If you live long enough, you get...

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...