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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Overwhelmed? Slow Down~GET YOURSELF FREE!


BEE FREE
Lee Bryant, all rights reserved

Experience life without trying to make it happen

Sometimes when life picks up speed--and chaos and uncertainty loom large--that is the moment you need to slow it down and just BE.

Provide yourself a respite from worry--a time FREE from focusing on your 'all important' future--a focus sure to keep your anxiety level high and you on constant fear-danger alert. 
Relax and enjoy where you are and what you have NOW. Experience your blessings--don't count them.


JUST BEE
Photography by Sean Royce

Allow yourself worry-free moments of wonder

Get Yourself Free!
  • Take a walk to enjoy the beauty in nature. Stop pushing yourself to pick up speed to get your heart rate up so you can hurry up and get back to work to make it through another day. Let nature suck you in.
  • Make a photo or art journal of your discoveries. Take a camera or sketch pad with you to capture in-the-moment treasures to help you stay present as you look for gems in your environment that tickle your curiosity. 
  • Seek ways to waste your time creating delicious meals to share with family and friends. Let your creativity and taste buds lead you on a journey to slow you down and enhance your social life. 
  • Enjoy that cup of coffee or tea in the garden while listening to the hum of the birds and bees and the soft rustle of trees while doing nothing. Stop pushing yourself to be productive.

 'Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you'. Lao Tzu


Capturing a moment of childish wonder
Baby Grayson communes with fledgling great horned owl  
Patrick Gibbons, Photographer


Enjoy 3 minutes of worry-free wonder NOW

Click on the link for 'Oliver's Ultimate Show' to enjoy a most wondrous peacock dance.  This is a calming treasure I come back to often.



Video by Baskaran.tts
Dhaliyur Hill Valley / Coimbatore
South India

** Note from Baskaran Tts: 'Feel free to LIKE & SHARE this video to your loved ones'



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Message for the Weary: Welcome Home



Welcome Home

You've been away for a time that seemed so long—

Now you're back where you belong.

Welcome home where you're loved and safe.

Let it all go.....



'After wandering across the night sky

The pale moon pauses 

Above the windswept sea 

To ponder the thin cover offered by 

Waning clouds and slips of canyon fog

And to wait for the

Rising sun’s glow and warmth

Before making its descent.'

Judith L Smith-Foote




No matter where you've been,

No matter the past,

You are loved,

and you are safe.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Procrastination Cure: How to Stop Over-thinking

'We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it.'  Winnie the Pooh 
 
Curing a Bad Case of Over-thinking
Okay, come clean. What's the thing you've been thinking you need to do you just haven't gotten around to doing?

Come on, you know what it is! It's the very thing that if you did it you could finally relax and feel good about just taking care of it.  It's that thing your mind has been working on overtime--over-thinking it or avoiding thinking about it. Either way the results are the same: You're left feeling antsy about something hanging over you.

The Anticipation is Killing Me!

The thing is, you know there is something on your mind that continues to show up for brief visits every morning, weekend or evening before it disappears as you return to your work, or other such distractions. And you also know, until you take care of it, it will continue to irritate you.

Years ago a cartoon featured the lovable cat, Garfield, considering the task of getting out to exercise. He thinks, "I probably should get up and exercise, but my feet will start to hurt and my heart will pound. I'll get out of breath, start to sweat, and I won't be able to make it back home. Exercise isn't so bad," he says, "But the anticipation is killing me!"

Like Garfield, the thing you need to do probably isn't so bad, but the anticipation is killing you! 
'The problem is that small first step could potentially have a large impact on your life so you over-think it. The anticipation leads to procrastination, killing your motivation to take a step.'

Begin Simply, and Simply Begin

To overcome the inertia to taking the first step, begin simply, and simply begin! Consider Mark Twain's philosophy:
'Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.'
Brian Tracy in his book, 'Eat That Frog!', plays off Twain's quirky quip to create 21 ways to stop procrastinating. Tracy equates your 'frog' to your biggest, most important task, the one likeliest to have the greatest positive impact on your life---yes, the very THING we've been talking about!

Tracy goes on to lay down the first two rules of 'frog eating' :
'If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.'
'If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long.'
To Cure Procrastination: Apply the Rule of Frog

Basically, the rule of frog says stop anticipating, and start each day by doing the most important thing that needs doing before you do anything else. Don't sit around thinking about taking that first bite of frog. Bite into the hardest, ugliest task you've been avoiding first thing in the morning -- and do it every morning. 


Leap Frog Your Way to a Satisfying, Productive Life

Begin simply: make a short list of 'frogs'. Then simply begin to jump through those self-imposed hoops, leap frogging your way each and every morning to a more satisfying and productive life.

And don't leap over the obvious---sometimes the thing you're avoiding doing is NOTHING! Sometimes when you're life has been filled with hyperactivity doing nothing is the most difficult activity of all.

Why wait to get started? Jump in NOW. 


Frogs to Eat First Thing in the Morning
Make a list of your frogs. Choose an ugly one.

Don't miss these ugly frogs:
  • Taking time just for you.
  • Practice the 'DO NOTHING' exercise.
Putting your self-care first can be a very ugly frog:
  • Make that phone call
  • Organize your office or home
  • Start that school application
  • Ask for Help
  • Organize your taxes
  • Make that doctor appointment 
  • Start a letter to that person in need
  • Start contributing  or increase the amount contributed to your retirement savings account.
  • Exercise
  • Find a new job
  • Research colleges
  • Make contact with a good friend



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing


Ducunt fata volentem, nolentem trahunt
The Fates guide those who go willingly. All others they drag.

Are You Trying to Teach a Pig to Sing?

It's a drag--that person who does things so differently from you really irritates and annoys you. So you take it upon yourself to fix him and show him how to do it your way--the right way. It works, right? Wrong.

Just as Rocky said to Bullwinkle (at the beginning of each cartoon when Bullwinkle said 'watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat'):

"That trick never works."

That trick doesn't even work if you attempt to fix yourself so you can fit your square or squiggly self into that round hole to please others.


 Stop wasting your time trying to make you or others into something you're not. As Robert Heinlein said:

 "Never try to teach a pig how to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig."

Does this mean people can't grow and change? No. It means there are many ways to accomplish things and we need to accept the differing gifts in ourselves and others with grace, compassion, and understanding. A pig can easily learn how to hunt for truffles but try as they might--they can't learn to sing.

It never works to attempt to make people over to be like you. It always works to encourage others become their own best selves.

"Never try to teach a pig how to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig," means we need to accept the realities of life. You can't make a pig sing no matter how hard you try--and no matter how annoyed the pig gets.

So the next time you try to take on another person as your make-over project, know 'that  little piggy' doesn't want to learn how to sing your tune or dance in step with your timing--so stop wasting your time and annoying her!  Let her learn her own dance and tune.



Stop Wasting Your Time and Annoying Others

We all have 100% natural, healthy, effective ways we prefer to deal with the world around us--and all of them are perfectly sound ways to get things done. You can stop wasting your time and annoying others by acknowledging these differences and learning how to make a constructive use of them.

  • Where in your life are you trying to teach a pig to sing?
  • Who are you annoying most--you or another person?
  • Do you want to continue wasting your time or being annoyed?
  • Are the Fates guiding you? Or are you being dragged to the obvious conclusions?

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.Winston Churchill

**A special thank you to Vicki Brown, a member of Linkedin MBTI discussion group for sharing "Ducunt fata volentem, nolentem trahunt"




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Friday, May 13, 2016

Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed about your Future? Ease your Mind and Take Positive Action





'A good part of courage is just being sick and tired.'  Robert Brault
Times of Transition are Unsettling 

No matter who we are, or what life changes we're experiencing, times of transition are unsettling and disruptive--leading us to initially freeze up, and temporarily suspending us in a frozen state of inertia as we try to figure things out in our heads.


Sometimes change is thrust upon us, and sometimes we gain the courage to step into the unknown because 'we're just sick and tired' of the current conditions.

What makes us tense in transitions is our focus on the future. We fear what won't happen that we want to have happen, or we fear what will happen that we don't want to happen. So we do nothing at all.



Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. Ruth Ann Schabacker

Change from Future Tense to Present Ease

How do we ease our minds and begin the journey back to taking positive actions to lead us forward to the next stage of a fully-engaged and worthy life? 

When you feel overwhelmed and stuck in 'future tense', stop, take a breath, and ease back into the present. Get off the worry track. Take a day off from thinking about 'your situation', and engage in activities that let you know you are glad to be alive.


  • Go out and spend time with people you are happy to have in your life NOW to laugh and celebrate your friendship. 
  • Take a walk on a favorite trail.
  • Take a book to read in a favorite spot.
  • Visit your favorite coffee house to sip a cuppa and people-watch.


Sometimes we just need to remember--life is to be enjoyed. Instead of letting your life be determined by fear and worry--focus on putting memorable activities into your life each day. 


'To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.'   William James

'We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.' Japanese Proverb



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Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Mother's Day Message to Children Everywhere



A Mother's Message to Children Everywhere

A mother's greatest wish is that you'll find your place in the world where you can enthusiastically contribute to the people and environment around you while maintaining your child-like innocence. 

You'll discover your greatest enjoyment in life will naturally evolve out of making the world a better place.

Don't be deterred by obstacles. Discover your passion and let it drive you past the challenges you face.

Know you have everything you need within you to deal effectively with whatever challenges life brings you.

Seek to do your best today—and every day.

Enrich the world....And of course....LOVE YOUR MOTHER!

Keep Your Child-like Innocence




The Sun
Tracy Gibbons, age 8

'The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.' 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


'Life is not a matter of holding good cards, 
but of playing a poor hand well.'  
Robert Louis Stevenson


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Finding Flow and Passion in Transition




Transitioning? 

Ease forward by giving yourself plenty of time to:
  • Ask questions--of yourself, then of others, to help you discover your truth.
  • Make Lists--of activities you might want to transition into doing more of as you do less of what you're leaving behind.
  • Acknowledge to yourself the purpose for the transition and how you feel about it.
  • List what things or people you want to take with you vs what you want to leave behind.
  • Acknowledge what you're grateful for in the experience you're leaving behind.




To Find FLOW and PASSION through Transitions...
Discover what Motivates your Actions

My sense of flow and passion kick in during times of transition when I consciously identify and trust my inner motivations.  Here's what motivates my actions:

  • I want to be consumed with a sense of flow.
  • I like to problem solve and figure out how to solve problems related to living a better life---for me, my family, and friends.
  • I want my children to know they have the persistence and patience to problem solve through difficulties and challenges. I want to influence them.
  • I want to be a role model for my children on how to move through life. 
  • I want to pass on the keys to staying motivated and interested in life. And what to do when you lose your self-confidence, direction, or motivation.


WHAT MOTIVATES YOUR ACTIONS TO CREATE FLOW AND PASSION THROUGH TRANSITIONS?





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


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