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Are You Taking Life Too Seriously?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.

- Josh Billings, 19th Century Humorist

Are You Taking Life Too Seriously?

When was the last time your doctor told you to stay home and watch "Seinfeld"? Or suggested a night out at the circus? Or told you to play fetch with a dog? It probably hasn't happened, but the day may not be far off. Laughter and fun are great ways to break down the walls of stress, preventing both mental and physical damage. Play time loosens up joints constricted by tension and poor posture. It brightens your attitude and is a healthy outlet for the most troubled thoughts. Even during our time off, it seems like we still spend a lot of time working--as a handyman, chauffer, mechanic, negotiator, therapist, cook, activist, or whatever is called for. Next time you're starting to feel the strain, think about how long it's been since you just played for the fun of it. It might be longer than you think. Then go buy yourself a toy.

  
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MARTHASPARKS 10/22/2011 12:04PM

    I love to play! Many of my blogs are about using my inner child to support my goals!

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LIS193 10/22/2011 10:30AM

    Life is good - went sea kayaking at a small fishing village yesterday

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CORINNEMOMMY 10/22/2011 8:52AM

    Life needs fun.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/22/2011 8:29AM

    Lol only recently no fun

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Appreciation of the Good Things in Life

Friday, October 21, 2011



Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.

- Maurice Setter

Appreciation of the Good Things in Life

How many times are we blind to the good in front of us because we're looking past it for something better? It's like watching the railroad track your entire life, waiting for a train to come in and never realizing that you're sitting smack in the middle of the splendid Grand Central Station. Take a second look at your goals. Are they building on the good already in your life? Are you taking full advantage of the strengths you already have? Is it worth giving up what you have for what you might have? In many cases, the answer is yes. To that we say "Go for it!" with all the enthusiasm we can muster. Those are the meaningful goals. If the answer is no, try reworking your goals to include ones that complement your present life rather than substitute for it. Whatever the answer is for you, we could all use a little more appreciation for the pieces of silver in our lives.

  
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ATINYDANCER 10/21/2011 1:00PM

    YAY!!!!! Gratitude is the best!!!

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FLOCAIN 10/21/2011 12:28PM

    Yes

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APIRLRAIN888 10/21/2011 12:00PM

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me in may!!!

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The Wisdom of Listening

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wisdom has two parts: 1)-Having a lot to say. 2)-Not saying it.

- Church billboard in Vermont

The Wisdom of Listening

One common trait to nearly every good leader is the art of listening. Many times, the best leaders can be among the quietest in the room. They know their time is well spent in hearing new perspectives, ideas, and thoughts. It's how they grow personally and build visions. The wisest leaders know that hearing themselves talk is no way to build trust and goodwill. You can do the same thing. When a friend needs to talk, resist the urge to give advice right away and just listen. Ask questions, and really try to understand the answer. When a customer calls, don't say a word about your product until you fully know their needs. When your spouse is hurting, it's not the time to prove that you were right. Over time, you can develop that leader-like sense of when to open your mouth and when to keep it clamped firmly shut.

  
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APIRLRAIN888 10/20/2011 12:16PM

    Like true...I'm doing more listening and going sorry didn't listen bef

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LIS193 10/20/2011 11:43AM

    So true! Great blog

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How Well do You Roll with the Punches?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011



Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.

- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu's teachings

How Well do You Roll with the Punches?

Change is the natural order of the world. When something tries to stand against the force of change, it's eventually destroyed. Cliffs are eroded, trees are uprooted, granite cracks. People can crack too. For us to grow and live--to flourish--it takes adaptation and learning. Stubborn attachment to a single set of "knowledge" or way of doing things leads to stagnation of the mind and spirit. Remember to keep an open mind to new people and new ideas. Challenge yourself to always be learning something new. Focus on the possibilities of a fresh start, instead of hanging on to old frustrations. Sails are made with cloth for a reason. When they're stiff, winds beat against them until they tear. But if the sails are relaxed and workable, the wind can take you to places you've never been before.

  
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APPLETARTZZ 10/19/2011 9:39PM

    I am very flexible when it comes to me.. now days i come with 2 beautiful little boys.. in what applies to them i tend to be flexible. in what affects them.. i am not..
somerimes my she bear mentality gets in the way of some of my ability to be flexible.. working on seeing the difference:) hopefully that makes sense
great post!!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/19/2011 8:28PM

    I am defintely more flex this yr... last yr followed everything to the T, and beat myself up... stubborn..don't want to change things

i am still stubborn, but I learn to say no...then educated and say opps sorry u are right... hahaha

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The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. - William James, philosoph

Tuesday, October 18, 2011



The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

- William James, philosopher and psychologist

Living a Meaningful Life

Looking for meaning? Having trouble figuring out how to make a difference? The answer may be closer and simpler than you think. Ask yourself: If I were gone tomorrow, what will I be most proud of having left behind? The answer will be different for each of us, but it may tell you something about why you're here. Your answer can be as involved as a foundation you helped start, or as simple as a favorite picture that you took. Something will be here when you're gone. What would you like it to be? What one thing would tell the world what you were all about? Maybe it's your child. Maybe you're already working on something that could turn into one of your greatest accomplishments. If so, give it your all. The more of yourself that goes into it now, the more people will be able to see you later on.

  
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THEEXERCISER 10/19/2011 1:55PM

    I really like this Blog it really makes me think! I would like to be remembered as a person who is determined, who loves her family and who loves to help people.

Carrie

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APIRLRAIN888 10/18/2011 11:18PM

    Not sure.... Right now not much....bc when my mom left ppl felt it! I mean she touched lives

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