Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Gift of a Birthday

8418235397_23bb88495f_zBirthday’s are supposed to be happy and special days filled with celebrations, presents, expressions of love, and well wishes for a dreamy year ahead. They are typically brimming with things like cake and ice cream, hugs and kisses, flowers and the blowing out of candles. Birthdays are replete with friends and family, laughter and joy, and maybe a drink or piece of cake too many.

Birthdays are usually fun… right?

But somehow, when I woke up this morning, this birthday felt different to me. Yes, I started my day off with my eyes still closed in my bed and thoughts … Read More

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Desiderata – One of my favorite poems

MarcoIslandBeachGo placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, … Read More

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Generalizations, Clumping, and Judgment

warealloneAs humans we tend to group things. Our brains systematically categorize, rate, and even judge whatever or whoever is in front of us at any given moment – assessing the situation for danger or safety, acceptance or rejection, and where we go from here.

Within a matter of seconds, and sometimes even a split second, we clump people and things based on our past experiences and observances – and then we act accordingly.

Usually Our Brains Serve Us

In a surprisingly short time, we make decisions as to whether or not to move forward or retreat. We quickly determine if … Read More

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