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  • Freedom for the New Year
     

    Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude….to choose one’s own way.

     —Viktor Frankl

    You knew Senator John ...

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  • The Wolves Within
  • Good Advice: “Ride the Horse in the Direction It’s Going’
    Ride the Horse
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  • Awesome Thoughts…
    He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe 
    is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.    ~Albert Einstein
    Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 12.06.29 PMWhat ...
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  • Positive What-Ifs!
    Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 12.01.28 PMWe become what we repeatedly think.  -Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D.
    I was delighted when a client told me he was feeling pretty good because he ...
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  • Off Your But!

     

    44e5da30-c9e6-4c22-92f0-995a5f896fb7“The only thing that holds you back from having what you want is the size of your but.” ~Sean Stephenson

    Messages from both  physical and mental health experts are giving us similar advice. Psychologists like Sean Stephenson are ...

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  • Complaining, for your Health

    In his 1964 book Games People Play, psychiatrist Eric Berne describes what he calls the “Yes, but” communication pattern: First, one person states a problem. Next, another person responds by offering suggestions on how to solve it. The first then says, “Yes, ...

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  • Shake It Off

    The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment. ~Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    When Judi Dench delivered that line at the end of the movie based on the Moggach book, she had a broad audience. Disappointment ranks as the third most commonly ...

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  • Perks from Jerks

    Be kind—everyone is fighting a tough battle. ~Plato

    This quote reminds me of a story about a man going through his day irritated by everyone he meets. As his bitterness peaks, someone gives him magic glasses that reveal the inner lives of the people he so harshly judged. Gazing behind one person’s appearance he saw, Her ...

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  • Whence Commitment?

    I recently heard of a little known but interesting 16th century character who knew a thing or two
    about human behavior. St. Camillus de Lellis said:

    Commitment is doing what you said you would do after the feeling you said it in has passed.

    His words reminded me of a lengthy trail of good intentions I’ve dropped ...

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