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Betty Streff

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...

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...