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Fortune Cookie Friday: Always a Valley

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Howdy, all! We're going to use a little creative visualization this week. πŸ˜πŸš΄πŸŒ„

So there you were, cruising on your bike, feeling the breeze against your face and coursing through your hair. You're enjoying a ride in a beautiful valley, taking in the scenery as you casually pedal through the countryside. 


And then:

Always a valley before a hill.

...there was that hill in front of you. 
So what do you do? 
You shift gears, pedal harder, and you get up that hill, right? You know there'll be another valley on the other side of that hill. 
See the valleys as a gift: they give us an opportunity to rest, regroup, enjoy our surroundings, and be ready for the hills ahead of us. Life will always have its ups and downs, but what we make of them is up to us. We can appreciate the easy ride in the valleys and push through to conquer the hills when they happen. Being able to shift gears is a us…

The Magic of Kindness

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It's Wednesday, so let's have a mid-week pick-me-up with a heartwarming story. There is a guy named Dan Peterson. His wife had passed away, and he was terribly lonely. He'd really hit a low point in life.

He was going through the motions one day, trying to do some grocery shopping, when a little girl being pushed in a shopping cart by her mother waved at him and said, "Hi old person! It's my birfday today!"

He admits to being taken aback, and her mother was mortified at her child's brazen and inelegant way of addressing the older gentleman, but then, the little girl asked Mr. Peterson for a hug.

So he gave her one!

And thus was a born a lasting friendship between elder and toddler. Several generations lie between them, but they are inseparable.

Norah, the little girl, has given Dan Peterson a new lease on life. She said, "I thought he needed a friend be…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Nevermind Tomorrow

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday to you all! I hope this week has been good for you!


Here is today's fortune:

🌻 Nevermind tomorrow, TODAY is the day. πŸŒ»Many people over the years have written about living in the present moment: Thich Nhat Hanh, Wayne Dyer, and Eckhart Tolle, to name a few. It's something that I struggled with in my younger days, because I was frequently so miserable that I didn't want to focus on today. I wanted to focus on tomorrows, because any tomorrow had the potential to be better than a miserable today, back then. 

And looking forward to tomorrow is not a bad way to get through some rough stuff, by any means. I employ that method, myself, at times, because it reminds me that bad times won't always be around.

But if it is within us to do so, living for TODAY has its merits, and is a good baseline to strive for. After all, we are not guaranteed any tomor…

Gathering 2018: That's a Wrap!

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I have been home from Tennessee for a couple of weeks, and have been reflecting on my experiences leading up to the event and while there. I also wanted to spend time reviewing photos for the best ones to share with you. As I tend to do, this will be part travelogue, part event summary!

My parents and I met up in Tennessee earlier in the week so we could get a family vacation in prior to the event. And first, I need to start with a neat story of synchronicity:

My parents and I live about a 10-hour drive from each other. I was coming from Pittsburgh (7 hours from Roan Mountain), and they were coming from coastal North Carolina (6 hours from Roan Mountain). We were going to meet up at the State Park, and the plan was I'd get the keys to the cabin and they'd meet me there. They knew I was aiming to arrive by ~3pm, but you never know with traffic how long it'll take.

As I was dri…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Laugh at Yourself

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Hello everyone! This week's fortune cookie made me laugh when I opened it:




The person who learns to laugh at himself
will never cease to be amused. Are we taking ourselves too seriously these days? When was the last time you laughed at yourself? Not in the kind of way that you're putting yourself down, but just really finding humor about something you did or said? Maybe it was a little silly, or a simple error? Or a funny story from when you were a kid? 
This reminds me not to be too serious all the time. While I like to have a lot of fun, I sometimes forget to laugh at myself. I do goofy things on occassion, and I know they make others laugh, so I need to remember to get a giggle out of it, too.
When was the last time you laughed at yourself? And what happened to make you do that? Drop me a line and let me know! I'll share mine, too: look for it in the comments, below! :)
As alway…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Express Yourself

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Given that I've just presented a talk about using our voices, I love that this is the fortune cookie I opened this week! Let's take a look:

Express yourself: Don't hold back!
I have a question for you: ARE you expressing yourself fully? Or are you holding back?
I will be doing a summary post about the Gathering in TN where I just spoke, but let me give you a tiny preview of what I said: that we tend to fail at communicating or expressing ourselves, but it doesn't have to be that way. Each of us has a voice, and we can use our voices to heal ourselves and others, and when we start using our true voices regularly, it makes it easier to express ourselves creatively, too. 
Give yourself permission to communicate who you are to the world. Practice it regularly and free yourself! Even if it's something you've never done before but have always wanted to try, go on: try i…