Word Becomes Flesh

word cloud of uplifting words

I love words. They’re concise energy, personalized. The physical translation can feel like a wild strawberry on the tongue, lush fur rippling between fingers, full-body hums attuning to a singing bowl.

Or, the translation can feel like a fish bone jabbing into gums, warm dog poo squishing between bare toes, a too-close thunderclap reverberating from inside the chest.

Depending on the words. Your choice.

I learned about this firsthand, years ago.  And it rocked my world. Read More

Life Is A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Story. Here’s How to Write It.

road that makes a T

You get to make life the way you want it to be. We all do.

In fact, we already write our own life stories, whether it’s by conscious choice or by unconscious default.

Not sure that’s exactly true? Consider today a new chapter in a book that’s just morphed into a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type of story. You know, the kind that at the end of the page you get to decide where the story goes next, and you head over to the corresponding page based on your decision.

three choices at a point in a random story

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Looking For A Reset Button? Try This.

image of a reset button

Sometimes Life can throw us off of our groove.

It could be that we are flooded with busy-ness, like when there’s four family gatherings to attend over the two-day holidays.

Other times we are focused on a culminating event, such as a graduation party or the selling of a house.

Maybe there’s no event occurring and we just feel slightly stagnant, restless in where we are while not yet pulled in the direction of Out. This could take the form of something big like a career, relationship, or vacation. Or, it could be something seemingly small like boredom with cooking, nothing of interest to read, or apathy at getting off the couch.

We just want to get back to Normal (or find a new one), and could use a Reset button.

Great news! We already have one.
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How Much Happiness Can You Stand To Have?

I don't want a perfect life, I want a happy life.

I was recently listening in the car to a discussion on happiness by Dr. Robert Holden, as I was driving across the state. Because as happy as I am, I’m always interested in Leveling Up.

An interesting exercise he shared was to complete this sentence: “One way I’m making myself unhappy is __________.”

What was your initial response when you read that?  I was rocked by my own discovery.

One way I’m currently making myself unhappy is by pushing to get through some upcoming days, so that then I can relax and enjoy my time.

Can you relate? Is your schedule so full of events and to-do’s — some are fun, some are tasks — that you have relegated Enjoyment as just another calendar event? One that is placed afterward, off in the future? Read More

An Astonishing Way to Live

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

When my children were little and I would begin to introduce them to something new, I consistently got two different responses:

“Yes! What is it?”

“No. What is it?”

Do you see yourself in either one of these? Read More

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