239 Hugs

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Last week I celebrated another birthday. Big party? Nah. As I recently learned from my friend Kiernon James, birthdays can be a day to pause and ponder your life. So this year I found more joy in taking time for reflection and introspection on the day of my birth celebration. I sat quietly and appreciated the people, experiences, and lessons …

Put Down the Fork

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As I was having dinner with my parents last week, I noticed something new. About every 3-4 minutes, my Dad would put his silverware down and stop eating. At first I thought nothing of it, but after the third time I had to say something. “Hey Dad. What’s with the stopping and starting?” “I’m putting down my fork,” he replied. …

Where’s My Pony?

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I’ve had to deal with a host of disappointments lately, and—truth be told—it’s all my own fault. “All of it?” you ask. Yep, pretty much. And it’s not really due to the actual events, situations, or people… but due to my expectations. We all have expectations—ideas about what’s going to happen, how we’re going to feel, and the manner in which …

Anchors Aweigh

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Have you ever had some sort of a temporary injury? For example, you sprained your ankle, broke your arm, cut your hand, or suffered some sort of condition that forced you to change your normal daily routine? How about a bad cold or the flu? Suddenly, your ‘normal’ routine stops and everything changes. It can be quite a shock. The …

Leave Your Mark

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson During a recent visit to my hometown, I went for a stroll down the road of my childhood home. During my walk I noticed several homes that were no longer there—homes that over the years had been torn …

The Empty Inbox

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After being laid off from my full-time job two weeks ago and reluctantly enrolled in what I term The White Box Club, I found myself wading through waves of phone calls, text messages, and emails from friends and family expressing their words of wisdom, love, and support. People I didn’t even know were sending messages of hope and encouragement through …

It’s Spring. Go Green!

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If you stop and think about how much waste is created on a daily basis, you will notice how fast it adds up: more garbage + more pollution = higher expenses = less money, not to mention our abuse of the planet. It’s not a pretty picture. Perhaps you’ve heard my favorite muppet Kermit the Frog crooning in his song, …

The Universal Mirror

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Mirror [mir-er] Noun. A reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing (dictionary.com) Mirrors are a part of our daily lives. Mirrors reflect visual data back to us, giving us more information. A plane (flat) mirror not only allows us to view what is behind us, but provides a virtual …

Losing Your Religion?

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Religion. Spirituality. God. The Universe. Source Energy. Life. Death. What does it all mean? Nobody knows. Let me repeat that. NOBODY KNOWS. Not a single person on this planet knows what any of those things really mean. Oh, we certainly have an abundance of theories, ideas, and beliefs, but ultimately, none of us really knows the meaning behind it all. …

The Nudge

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We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. Stephen R. Covey   Ever get a “nudge” to do or say something? Something I learned early-on in my writing and coaching work was to give my thoughts, feelings, and intuition a voice—a way to better understand the language of my mind, body, …