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Show Gratitude, it’s the Secret to Better Relationships

Have you ever noticed how much of your day is spent tending to problems and fixing what’s broken?

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Sometimes our problems encircle us and keep us from seeing any of the good in our lives. That’s when we have to look for it, and show gratitude when you find it.

Everything from car repairs to sick children to work issues surround you, thrashing for attention.

With so much competition from the problems and the broken things, the things that are going right scarcely have a chance to be noticed. That triage approach of dealing with the problems first works for most parts of your life, except for one: your relationships.

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Flyin’ High

We have to be mindful of all of the details of our lives – the schedules that must be juggled, competing deadlines and

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Keep an eye what is happening around you, but keep your focus on your long-term goals.

priorities that must be met, previously made commitments that are now hard to keep. It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday minutiae and lose sight of the horizon Continue reading

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What I Learned Living in New Jersey

When I was in high school in Iowa I worked a number of part-time jobs, mostly in retail. Back then, I figured the primary benefit of those jobs was not the paycheck.

the words love yourself written in sand on the New Jersey Shore little waves rolling in

Experience every bit of life and let it continually reshape you.

The primary benefit was that I would learn something – about life, about other people, about myself. I figured as long as I kept my mind open to learning a lesson larger than the tasks required for the job, then I was meeting my goal.

When I moved to New Jersey 13 years ago, I took that same perspective: Stay open to what life’s experiences have to teach you. I thought I’d share 13 things I have learned while living here. Continue reading

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