As a Man Thinketh

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A man is what he thinks about all day long. Ralph Waldo Emerson The central principle behind affirmations is that the thoughts I choose to think are powerful.  Although I have always believed that this was true, I also sort of found it be cliché or even overstated and unrealistic. But my journey has brought me to the conclusion that my thoughts are the fruit of my consciousness and the seed of my circumstances. If I become master of my thoughts I will find all that I seek. I love the proverb, … [Read more...]

Creative Coping Strategies

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You don't always get what you want.  I'm just telling you the truth.  Sometimes things go very differently than you would like them to.  And in order to survive, you have to develop some strategies for coping with those times of discouragement, disappointment and despair. You definitely have to cope with times when the cooking spray runs out when you are trying to make yourself an egg, which is the only thing you know how to cook, and your mom hasn't made breakfast yet.  This is just what … [Read more...]

Learning to Love the Skin You are in

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 "We just get better looking with age" –Diane “The older the better” –Edith My daughter Jane has always been small for her age.  We don’t usually notice her size because her personality fills the room. But when she stands next to her peers, it is apparent that she is unusually small.  She plays on her school basketball team and nearly drowns in her uniform.  Last Thursday she brought home the new team warm-up suit I paid $40 for.  Although it was an XS, it looked much too big.  When she put it … [Read more...]

A Case for Serenity

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For every problem under the sun, There is a solution or there is none. If there’s a solution go and find it. If there isn’t, never mind it. During this past year, I have thought a lot about my weaknesses.  For instance, I have the inclination to hide in the garage and eat a bag of Twix Minis, not that I have done that recently or anything.  I have also seen in myself a tendency to judge others based on my own insecurities.  One of my most tenacious flaws, however, is to worry too much about … [Read more...]

The Magic of Real Intent

The Magic of Real Intent

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao-tzu One year ago this very week, I took a single step and commenced a journey of change. Life itself is a journey of change, but at this moment I realized that I must consciously and earnestly pursue change.  All change occurs from within.  I began the journey of changing my life, my attitude, my heart from the inside out. Before this moment, I had accomplished a lot, earning academic degrees, marrying a wonderful man and … [Read more...]