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Being Alive Takes Time

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

Being Alive Takes Time

When did you last… Give yourself time to recover from a loss, a mistake, an illness? Pause after a big accomplishment to take pride in your work? Stand still for the sheer pleasure of breathing in fresh air? AND What did you have for breakfast yesterday? This morning? Dinner last night or the night before? We move fast, don’t we? Who’s got time to take extra time, pause, let alone just stand still when our to-do’s are ever growing and more things are calling to us? Who cares if we can’t remember what we ate before an hour ago? Does any of...

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The Gift is in the Giving

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

The Gift is in the Giving

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill We all give. We’re all kind and generous. It’s in our nature. We write the checks, make the donations, watch the kids, pick up the mail. And then we move on to the next to-do on the list without a second thought or skipped beat. There’s also a lot of growth to be had in giving, if we’ll only take a little extra time and a slightly different approach. According to Professor Raj from the Life of Happiness and Fulfillment class I’m taking, we can have an...

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Old Dogs and New Tricks

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 2 comments

Old Dogs and New Tricks

“You gotta be kidding”. That’s what my previous old dogs were surely thinking when I commanded a new behavior, presented different food, and especially when introducing a new canine companion. “She’s gotta be kidding, right?.” Reminds me of my own reactions when something new (scary/unfamiliar) comes along. “You want me to do… what? You gotta be kidding. There’s no way. I can’t do that.” “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks” – an old adage we tend to believe as true. But is it? True about your old dog? Possibly true about you? NOT that you’re...

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How Tall was Your Grandfather?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

How Tall was Your Grandfather?

Well, it really doesn’t matter because as President Abe Lincoln said, “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” “Bummer. Can’t I just get to a certain point and stop? Can’t I just coast for a while and stay the same?” Nope. You can’t. You gotta keep growing, moving, living. And you know one of the best keys for growth? To get you and me heading toward being better and better? Good old inevitable, uncomfortable, and mostly unwelcome… CHANGE. It happens with or without us – CHANGE, that is. The weather, seasons,...

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Take Care

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 2 comments

Take Care

I sign off from emails, phone calls and handwritten notes with that saying all the time. I frequently use it like others use Fondly, Best, Warmly, Sincerely, Cheers. It’s symbolic of sending good wishes to my recipients. It’s also a gentle command. “Take good care of yourself throughout the day” or “Watch out! For those doorknobs and sharp corners in your office or home “or “Pay attention! To those other drivers who may not be as alert as you” or “Wash your hands! In case your fellow gym goers didn’t wipe down the ab cruncher handles”. In...

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If You’re So Smart…

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

If You’re So Smart…

… Why aren’t You Happy? A good question for all of us to ponder. It’s also the name of a book coming out in a few months written by a marketing professor who’s done lots of research on, you guessed it…happiness. He asks his readers and students to 1) Define what happiness means to them, then 2) List 3 or 4 activities that make them happy, supporting that definition they just created. So take a minute right now and define happiness…whatever it is that makes YOU happy. Then write down actions you take to keep that happiness… happening. I...

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Save the Drama

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 2 comments

Save the Drama

It can happen to the most relaxed, controlled, and calm-exteriored of us. A meltdown… an emotional blowup… a hissy fit…a full out temper tantrum… a little drama. We’ve all got those hot buttons, those things or people who cause us to blow our tops. But wait. It’s not those things or people that cause that upheaval. It’s our own little selves, our own little minds that create all that drama. It’s how we respond to life’s upsets. And those upsets? They are a fact of life. Let me tell you about my own little dramatic incident from just this past...

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Dream Big Dreams – Anything Can Happen!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 2 comments

Dream Big Dreams – Anything Can Happen!

It’s the start of a fresh New Year and I invite you to keep some old friends at bay. That’s right. Shut the door on some well-intentioned buddies and refuse their pleas. Don’t invite them in! They mean well and have your best interests at heart. They want you to be safe. However, they also want you to stay status quo and warmly nestled inside that comfort zone. They don’t get out much. And they don’t like you to get out there either. Their names? Mel Must… Shelly Should… Donny Don’t… Emma Impossible… Willy Won’t… Nat Never. Next time...

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Where Will You Go? What Will You Do?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 5 comments

Where Will You Go? What Will You Do?

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know, And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.” ~Dr.Seuss A brand new year! A clean slate upon which you can write the next year of your life. Where will you go? What will you be, do and have? 2016 awaits you! “I sure hope it’s a good year.” “I hope it will bring good things.” “I hope it’s better than last year.” Don’t “hope” it into being what you want – MAKE it what you want! Resolutions....

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Making Sense of the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 4 comments

Making Sense of the Holidays

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Silver bells, laughter, HoHoHo’s, chatter, glasses clinking with holiday cheer. It’s all part of the big picture, “the sense of the holidays”. Not just sounds… but tastes, smells, sights, feelings and visions. Listen, touch, dream, smell, move, see. Take it all in. It’s the holiday season! “Bah Humbug” This time of year may seem hectic, stressful, crazy and out of control at times. “What’s there to be...

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