Conscious Living

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I tried two new recipes this last week that were dreadful. One was my own and one was someone else’s. My husband and I managed to get them down but the rest went into the trash which is really absurd because while the food was on my plate I felt I had to eat it, but if it was in the pan, I could throw it away! But you know what was good about it? I tried something new. I suspended judgment and just went for it. Sometimes it’s good to be in a rut and sometimes it isn’t. I was fully engaged while I was cooking and felt a little more alive. I know, I know…it’s just a couple of recipes but sometimes that is exactly what we need–a change-up in some routine that makes us pay more attention to our everyday lives–lives which are often lived on auto-pilot. Maybe it’s taking another way home or buying a different brand of motor oil or watching a different news channel; sometimes just a little thing will do. It’s called conscious living and reminds us how many opportunities for deeper living each day offers us and what a gift each day is.


Denial is Not Your Friend!

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Denial is Not Your Friend!

When something is wrong in my life, I feel like I can’t be at peace until it is resolved in some way. Sometimes it means talking to the person that is involved, sometimes it means stepping back from the situation and giving myself some time to digest it. Ignoring it, however, is denial which only causes anxiety and makes the situation even worse. We deny what we feel because we are afraid that resolving the conflict will be so awful that we just live with it. When you think this way, you are selling yourself short. There is always more than one way to resolve conflict–the answer is usually not disastrous. Beginning a dialogue is the first step in resolving relationship issues, deepening your relationship skills and creating a more satisfying life. So take a deep breath and take a positive step…because how you relate always matters.


Small Acts of Kindness

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Small Acts of Kindness

Big results from small acts. Just watched a segment about a man who brings coffee to cancer patients. He’s been doing it for years and has become a much beloved fixture at the treatment center. What small act can you perform that makes a difference? If everyone in the country did one small act a day, that would be 312,988,384 people whose day would be just a little bit better, who would feel a little bit happier and be a little bit more fulfilled because of the small act of kindness they performed themselves. Times that by 360 days and that would be 113 trillion acts of kindness. Your kindness will never be insignificant–no matter how small.

 


I am a Night Owl

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I am a Night Owl

I’m a night owl…drives my husband, who is a morning person, nuts. Love the quiet, no-phone, no-interruption, crap-on-TV-time-of-night. It’s almost naughty, like skinny-dipping at night when everyone’s in bed. At the same time it is sacred.. like being the first to walk down the street in fresh snowfall. Being alone with my putzing and thinking and playing and praying reminds me who I am. I hope you have time to do nothing so you will remember who you are, too.


Big Business Has Lost It’s Soul

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Big Business Has Lost It’s Soul

Someone said today, “If I gave you $50,000 to speak, what would you speak on? I replied, “I would talk about how big business has lost it’s soul.” Now before you get all upset, obviously, not every business, but in general–yeah. The businesses that are really successful have usually figured out that employees are people. Take Google–plenty of food, day care, exercise equipment, people working days, evenings, nights, hierarchy low, creativity high, productivity, high. Why are they so successful? Besides obvious reasons, it’s that people feel like they count. We all want to feel like we count, like we matter–that we have value. That is the greatest gift an employer can give–and it doesn’t cost–it pays.

 


Do You Like Your Life?

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Do You Like Your Life?

Do you like your life?  Do you only like parts of it? If you are not happy with your life, there is only one person who can do anything about it and that is–no secret here–you. If you are not happy, face it, you need to make some changes. Don’t know where to start?  Begin by making a list of what you need to start doing–then do it! Do the best you can, but start. Don’t make excuses, start. Start. Start. Start. Start with one thing but Start. Now, today. Start. Talking is okay but it has it’s limits. Doing is what converts potential energy into an outcome. Take responsibility–after all, it’s your life and it’s the only one you have.


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