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Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff

Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff

I think it's pretty much consensus at this point in our history that stress is bad for us. It doesn't solve anything, makes us feel bad, and wastes a lot of energy on things we don't necessarily have control over.  It also makes us sick! Doctors have linked just about every lousy thing that can happen to you or I to stress.  Not that stress is the sole cause of many of our ailments, but it seems to be a consistent contributor.  And certainly, when added to the mix, only seems to make things worse. So why is it that we stress out?  [...]

Feeling Lucky?

Feeling Lucky?

Have you stopped to consider how lucky you are? Now look, "luck" can be defined a few different ways, and because of that, it's usually a pretty subjective term.  Typically, I like to say that luck is that thing that happens when preparation meets opportunity...but I also reference it quite often by saying that I am lucky and blessed in many ways.  When I say it like that, I think of  it more in terms of good fortune, and that thing that makes me feel grateful. For the purposes of this post making any sense, let's talk about [...]

Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now

One of the most miraculous and wonderful things about this life, is that you can be or do anything you wish to be or do. Now, what really gives that idea power and makes it truly liberating for you, is that you can get started on whatever it is you wish to accomplish right now.  Right where you are, regardless of your circumstances. That's the beauty of it all! No matter where you are, you can begin to change your situation and begin to move in the direction of whatever it is you wish to achieve.  It may not happen overnight, in [...]

Think About Yourself, Will You?

Think About Yourself, Will You?

You've heard the expression, "you always hurt the ones you love", right?   In fact, you've probably experienced it to some degree.  It's okay to admit...we've all been there. One of the reasons that we sometimes end up hurting the people we care most about, at least in my opinion, is because they're the ones we're the most honest with.  So, when we're around them, we have no problem blurting out whatever happens to be on our minds, and we end up throwing some real zingers out there...in spite of our good intentions. Usually, the [...]

Quality Control

Quality Control

The quality of your thoughts will determine the quality of your life. Sounds reasonable enough, right? So what are your predominant thoughts?  And how's the quality? I guess the best way any of us can answer that question is by looking around and assessing the quality of our lives.  The place we find ourselves in physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.  Where do you live? Is it where you want to live?  How much jack do you have sitting in the ol' bank account?  Is it as much as you want?  How's your health?  [...]

Me, Myself, and the Birds

Me, Myself, and the Birds

I'm sitting on my back deck as I write this, and I'm watching the various songbirds and squirrels that visit my yard.  I have to tell you, I find it extremely peaceful and very cool to just enjoy the quiet nature of the whole scenario. One of my favorite things to do is to watch the birds.  I have hummingbird feeders, songbird feeders, places for the finches to get their thistle, etc.  And I've been doing this for a long time. Yes, it's true, while I consider myself to be a man's man...I was watching UFC 131 last night and enjoying [...]

Fear, Itself

Fear, Itself

Fear sucks. It paralyzes.  Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It stops great things from happening. It causes otherwise successful people to quit whatever they are pursuing or to not even muster the strength or courage to get started. It's a monster of the ugliest and most dangerous type. Edmund Burke once said, "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing". I would say the same thing about fear.  In order for fear to grow legs and become real, we have to check out and do [...]

You’re a 10…Right Now

You’re a 10…Right Now

Is it possible that you're living your perfect life right now? I know that might seem absurd to you if you happen to be struggling in any way.  In fact you might think I'm a little nuts for even asking that question.  But I want you to stay with me on this one and hear me out... The reason that I've been thinking about this lately, is that I'm a huge believer in the fact that you can have anything you want in this life.  You can be who you want to be, and you can go where you want to go.  The universe is unlimited in potential and [...]

Let Go and Live!

Let Go and Live!

One of the most tiring, emotionally draining, and energy-sapping practices that any of us can ever take part in is that of holding on to resentment.  Not only does it put you in a lousy state of existence, cause you great stress, and make those around you feel uncomfortable...but it literally drains you of the strength you need to pursue your real passion and make your own life as productive as possible. I read a great quote the other day.  It was about how holding onto hatred or bitterness actually ends up hurting the person doing the [...]

Lucky You

Lucky You

"With a little luck, we can help it out We can make this whole damn thing work out" -lyrics from "With a Little Luck" by Paul McCartney Without question, in my mind, there are lucky people who walk among us.  They are the luckiest of the lucky and they seem to glide right into great opportunities with the ease that the rest of us use to breathe.  And, there are also unlucky people out there.  The kind of people who couldn't catch a break with a baseball mitt.  In fact, if it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at [...]

It’s All About You

It’s All About You

"In the high school halls, in the shopping malls, be cool or be cast out, In the basement bars, in the backs of cars, conform or be cast out" - lyrics from "Subdivisions" by Rush The heavy burden to conform to the perceived  "norm" starts at a very early age for all of us. Groups of kids band together, forming cliques with those whom they share the most in common with, and often, the most special or gifted of these individuals ends up standing out as so completely different from their peers, that they naturally become the target [...]

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