Focus

Sep 29

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming.  Sometimes it appears that there are too many challenges and not enough good options or choices.  This can lead us to feel defeated, depressed, and down in the dumps. When we feel like we have no options, it’s often the best thing to stop trying so hard to figure things out.  Stop all attempts to get it right.  Turn your...

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Into the belly of the beast you go

Sep 25

When you are faced with something that you don’t like about your life, be it a situation that you are in or some recurring characteristics that you don’t like about yourself, it can be the most wonderful opportunity for you to grow. Until you fulfill the task, the opportunity will present themselves again, because you are loved.  You will be faced with another...

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“Sometimes when you lose, you win”

Sep 22

So many of us try so hard to defend our egos. Often, this focus keeps us from achieving any actual self-growth.  It is very easy to fall into this trap. Our ego tricks us. The ego is a bottomless pit, a hungry stomach that can never be full.  Whenever I try to fill mine, it leaves me with the hollowness, an empty feeling.  Filling my ego is like eating a bowl of...

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It’s not you, it’s me.

Sep 20

This is Dylan Moran, one of my all time favorite comedians.  He does a funny bit here about people and their lies.     In all seriousness, many have said, “it’s not you, it’s me.”  The funny part is that both the person who says it to break up and the person who is being broken up with know that the words are meaningless.  What both parties do...

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Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

Sep 17

Mac Barnett is wonderful!        

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Finding true love

Sep 16

I was speaking with a family member last night, and she said something to the effect of, “you aren’t lonely for a relationship because you have your writing projects and career to fall back on.” The truth is that those aspects of my life offer me joy and challenge me in ways that I love, but they do not exist to keep me from loneliness or some need for a...

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How to move forward

Sep 15

A close friend of mine told me about adults in a culture that laugh when their children get hurt instead of sympathizing with them.  Though I saw wisdom in the belief that this would turn out strong adults, I was not brought up like this, and thus could not put this behavior into play myself. I now see an additional benefit to this laughing practice.  I know that...

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