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Think On These Things – Perspective

Another “Think On These Things” post. I’m on a roll. Now just to post my gratitude backlog. One step at a time, right…

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
~ Lao Tzu


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Think On These Things – What I Can Do

Two posts in one day. Maybe the hiatus is over. Or maybe I just woke up early. 🙂

Lots of change right now and much of it has me feeling empowered. Finally. Here’s a good quote to help re-frame if you’re in a similar position and feel the urge to control…

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~ John Wooden


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Think On These Things #27 (April 23, 2013)

I haven’t had a Think On These Things Post lately. Today’s is fitting because of recent circumstances in my life. Surrender doesn’t mean giving up. It means trusting that things will unfold as they are meant to and that it will be in the greatest good of everyone concerned. This is not something I always acknowledge and often I actively fight it. I like to allow myself to believe I can control everything. What heartache and suffering this creates. Instead, I remind myself today to surrender to the reality that it is what it is and to do my best to make the best of it and realize that all states are temporary. True for good and bad.

In the words of Brave Girls’ Club:

We learn really good things when we are stretched, pulled, whirled and twirled. We learn things about LIFE, but mostly we learn things about ourselves. We learn that we are pretty darned tough, pretty darned awesome and pretty darned smart.

And when we know that stuff, we know we can do anything.

And then we don’t have to be afraid. We can just live, and do good things and be happy and pull others up when they are down. And then, we realize it was all worth it



Think on These Things #26 (March 16, 2013)

I haven’t posted a Think on These Things message in a couple of weeks. Today, I’m sharing a couple Makes Me Think stories that I saved to share via my blog. I very much appreciate the work Marc and Angel do to collect and promote these stories. Every week there’s at least one that speaks to me. The two that I’m sharing today reminded me again that generosity is something anyone can practice. And sometimes the people who have the least to give have the greatest spirit of generosity. Yay for life lessons that we can learn from anyone and at anytime.

Story #1: Today, a homeless woman who I have seen at a few of our community outreach efforts in the last few months came into our donation office and donated a fairly well-kept pair of winter boots. She said, “I already have two other pairs, so I figured someone else probably needs these more than I do right now.” MMT

Story #2: Today, I was in line at a hotdog stand that was selling hotdogs for charity for $2.50. A homeless man approached me and asked for a dollar toward a hotdog. I looked in my wallet and handed him a $5 bill – the smallest bill I had. He got in line behind me and bought two hotdogs. Then I watched as he excitedly gifted one to a homeless woman who was resting under a nearby tree. MMT


Let’s all remember these examples the next time our generosity is requested. There are so many ways to give and to help make life a little easier for someone else. Who knows, they may even pay-it-forward to someone who needs it even more.

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Think on These Things #25 (March 1/13)

A double dose of Think on These Things this week. I saw this great quoto on Facebook and it made me pause to reflect. I hope it sparks something in you, too.

Have a great start to a new month.


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Think on These Things #24 (Feb. 27/13)

I’ve spent the past two days learning with some great people. And one thing that’s become clear: I can practice my passion for gratitude and leadership anytime and anywhere.

And something I realized along the way this week: I reap so many rewards and such incredible fulfillment from my relationship with my nephews and the fact that they allow me to be a positive role model in their lives.

I’ve said it before; and I’m saying it again. I’m blessed. What bliss.



Think on These Things #23 – Feb 13/13

A belated Think on These Things post for this week. My reason: I am doing some of the very things recommended in the quoto below. I could get used to this.


Admittedly, it’s easier to be stress-free while vacationing in the Mayan Riviera. That said, many of the tips in the quoto above can be implemented anytime and anywhere.

Wishing you a stress-free day.

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It’s not you, it’s me. – Think on These Things #22 (Feb. 5/13)

I’ve been creating some drama and chaos in my life lately. Sometimes I think it’s because too much of a good thing brings out my self-worth issues. I listen to Jillian Michaels’ podcasts and every so often she mentions that she catches herself waiting for the other shoe to drop when life is good. I shake my head as I listen to her and wonder why she can’t just enjoy the good life. And then I realize I do the same.

When things are going well, I inevitably allow my mind to wander to thoughts of all that could go wrong, may not work out, and may change.

Lately, these destructive thoughts have manifested all sorts of unpleasant realities.

Rather than dwelling on these, I’m using this opportunity to share another Marc and Angel gem:


The above tips are wonderful “counter-attack” options when battling our own brains. 🙂

And to conclude today’s post, another powerful image:


Have a positive day, friends.


Think on These Things #21 – January 29, 2013

A belated “Think on These Things” post. I opted for a day of rest today to nip in the bud my various symptoms of winter in Edmonton: sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, and headache. I sound like a cold medication commercial. LOL


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Think on These Things #20 – January 22, 2013

May today’s image give you some food for thought.

Have a great week, friends.


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