Category Archive: Choice

Making choices, taking responsibility

Dec
21

Holiday Inspiration

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
-W.J. Cameron

At Christmas time, we all seem to take on bi-polar personalities. We find ourselves filled with passion and thrusting from extreme joy and excitement to extreme frustration and fear. Memories from the past bring warm nostalgic feelings and mournful sorrow. The gift giving tradition fills us with abundance, joy, apprehension and debt. Expectations are high, …

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Dec
11

Clean Your Plate

To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
-William Londen

This is the second post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. Always clean your plate, but don’t overeat. When you are full, dump the rest of the food on the table and spread it around. Many of us were taught as children that we should always clean our plates. …

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Dec
06

What do You Want?

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
-Napoleon Hill

Our deepest desires are a part of who we are: who God made us to be. They are not something to be suppressed in favor of mundane expectations placed on us by society. We procrastinate most when our plans are not in line with our desires. When we fill our heads up with shoulds, we …

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Nov
15

Letting Go and Embracing Change

Often, when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else. I've felt that way many times. My hope for all of us is that "the miles we go before we sleep" will be filled with all the feelings that come from deep caring - delight, sadness, joy, wisdom - and that in all the endings of our life, we will be able to see the new beginnings.
-Fred Rogers

When I let go of my career as a junkie at 16 years old, I experienced a distinct sense of grief. Even though the life I was facing had more hope and promise than I had ever before experienced, I was letting go of a huge part of my life and myself. Misery, despair, disappointment …

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Nov
12

Independence

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
-Steve Jobs

It seems that, by default, we live our lives as if our body is eternal. The moments when we truly face and understand our mortality are exceptional. It is in those moments that we find courage and are able to follow our heart and intuition. So often, we look to others for answers, assuming that …

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Nov
05

Think Different

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed, say: “There is another way of looking at this.”
-A Course In Miracles

There are things that happen around us that automatically trigger a response of anger or stress. We believe our anger or annoyance is justified, and we will often talk with others to validate those feelings. In reality, unless you are being immediately attacked by a killer bear or a steel girder is about to fall …

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Nov
02

It’s a Wonderful, Hard Life

There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink. The engine would sink. The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float. So with the events of my life. Some have been tragic. Some have been happy. But when they are built together, they form a craft that floats and is going someplace.
-Ralph Sockman

Life is great. Life is hard. It is full of joy and full of pain. We are showered with gifts and stricken with grief. To live a full life, avoiding pain and grief is as self-defeating as avoiding joy. Just as the appreciation of a warm spring day is amplified by months of uncomfortable cold, …

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