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Friday, August 24, 2012

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson



'It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting'
Paulo Coelho

Man's Search for Meaning


Sometimes in the overwhelming challenge of trying to find work in this economy, or attempting to recover from a devastating break up of a relationship or loss of a loved one, you can be left feeling discouraged, hopeless and isolated. Looking through the lens of defeat and loss, life can begin to feel flat and meaningless.

The key to pulling out of the darkness is to change the filter you look through to gain a fresh perspective. Or as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams."

When you're dispirited and feeling low it may feel like an impossible task to change your perspective. You don't exactly feel perky and positive. Yet, changing your focus from your problems and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles you face to putting the focus back on creating a life based on your dreams and aspirations is the only way out.

I Know it Hurts--Just Push into the Pain

When I was in labor with my first child I failed to dilate fully so my doctor manually stretched me during the contractions that occurred one minute apart. This was the most painful and seemingly never ending process I've ever experienced. I could barely remain conscious the pain was so excruciating.

With contractions coming every minute, I would fall into a deep sleep for 45 seconds before the contractions would wake me up and the unbearable pain would start all over. As the doctor stretched me (60 times an hour) he kept saying 'I know it hurts, just push into the pain'. It took all my resolve not to kick him in the groin and tell him 'YOU push into the pain!'

But even in my darkest moment somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind I knew when I eventually got out of what turned out to be 24 hours of hard labor, that comment, 'I know it hurts, just push into the pain', would become a metaphor for my life.

If Pain is the Teacher, What's the Lesson?

Birthing a new life--literally or figuratively has it's painful moments--but when you push into the pain and stay focused on your dreams you move through it to gain a new life. It isn't always pleasant or easy but when you achieve a dream it's worth it in the end.

There is no way to avoid or go around the the painful part of life on our way to achieving our dreams. No one 'has it easy'. But if we keep our eyes on the goal, instead of the obstacles, we allow ourselves to be led by our dreams instead of pushed by our problems, making it easier to endure the difficulties along the way.


Are You Ready to Turn it Around?

  • Where have you felt pushed by your problems? 
  • If you were led by your dreams what would you do differently? 
  • If you had all the time and money in the world, what would you do with your life? 


Within your Heart keep one, still secret spot where dreams may go....


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Feeling Weary? Had Enough? Take a Moment


Enjoy~Share~Create

Sometimes you've had enough. You just want to stop thinking, stop trying, stop pushing. You want to go to a place where you can just be and regain your sense of being a simple human who easily belongs to the greater human tribe.

If you could use a moment of simple joy and whimsy, pause five minutes to enjoy this YouTube Video 'Where the Hell is Matt?' that takes you dancing around the world. It's simple, joyful, and hopeful.

You won't be smarter, wiser, or more beautiful if you watch it. It won't get you a job, a date or a better life.  But afterwards you will know the world is a  better place.

We all need moments to regroup and renew our flagging spirits. Sometimes a simple moment is enough to give us the strength to face another day or take another step. Take one moment now. You deserve it.


Click here for 5 minutes of the Joy of Living

Click here for lyrics to TRIP the LIGHT

A special thanks to Moey for sending me this video to share with you. Add it to your 'no-brainer' collect of things that give your mind a moment of rest and your mouth a momentary smile.


Dance the dream in your heart.



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Friday, August 10, 2012

Why is Life so Hard? Advice from B. B. King


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King Jr.


Feeling Discouraged?

Lately, I've heard from many people feeling discouraged and disheartened by disruptions in their life, relationships and careers. Perhaps you're one.

Sometimes life is hard. It doesn't always go the way you want it to go, and sometimes you have to deal with difficulties you don't want to deal with.

Through the years I have always found myself returning to a B.B. King song 'Better Not Look Down' to lift me up and provide me the spirit to take the next step. They don't call him the King of Blues for nothing!

Today, I offer you a link to BB King's answer to the blues. Take a break from your troubles to listen--and don't look down!

B B King - Better Not Look Down


"You better not look down if you want to keep on flying;
Put the hammer down, and keep it full speed ahead.
Better not look back or you might just  wind up crying;
You can keep it moving if you don't look down." BB King


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