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Uncouple and Stop Fighting with Your Past

One of my favorite Brit-coms is “Coupling,” a story about six characters and their past and present relationships with one another. If you’ve never seen an episode, the

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Too much attention to the dark past can cause us to miss the bright future in front of us.

American TV shows “Friends” and “Seinfeld” are similar.

Forming and ending relationships is a significant part of life. When a relationship ends, we must uncouple from our expectations about that relationship and from our dreams for our role in it. Jon Mertz, over at Thin Difference talks about living an unlife life. By that, he means leaving in the past those parts that need to stay there so that we can continue on our life’s journey. Uncoupling is necessary for us to continue on our own journey through life. Continue reading

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That’s Bloomin’ Gratitude for You

We have a lovely garden at our home. It is my refuge year around, the place where I go for peace and restoration. I am grateful for my garden because it draws me outside

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When you stop to smell the flowers, you may also nurture your soul.

and away from my work for a brief time each day. From March through November, it’s pleasant to walk among the plants and admire the blooms while soaking up the heat of summer or feeling the invigorating chill of spring or autumn.

But of course the garden requires care. Continue reading

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Too Much of a Good Thing Really is Bad for You

I heard Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point, speak a few weeks ago. He spoke about linear thinking – the idea that because we know something

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No matter how high our heights, at some point the benefit of more levels off, and then, an inevitable decline brings us back down again.

is good for us, we assume that more of it must be better. The truth, he said, is far more complicated, and it’s important to understand that many things are only good for us up to a certain point. After that, what we know to be good things become, in our ignorance, bad things. Continue reading

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