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What If.....???

Part-1 of a Three Part Blog Series on Fear Before making any decision regarding family, lifestyle, and career; we often find our selves within an enveloping web of "What If..." questions. What if I change jobs? What if I don't change jobs? What if I spend more money than I have budgeted? What if I lost the weight? What if I don't lose the weight? What if I don't go to the office party? What if I disagree with someone I care about? I'm sure you are getting my drift, and the list of "What If" questions becomes exhausting and endless, leading to other subsequent "What If...." questions. We naturally fall into the trap of asking our selves, "What If?" when we make decisions because of our percep

The injustice of it all

"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way consider it an opportunity for great joy." - James 1:2 This past week I came home to a violation notice stuck to my front door. A Community Service Officer noted that my husband and I were in violation of code 9-13. In the town where I live, other than trash day, we are not allowed to leave our garbage cans where they can be seen from the street. Who knew? Not me! The previous week we were blessed with over 19 inches of snow. So I told my son to put our two garbage cans in front of the garage, instead of wheeling them around to the back of our house. Thus, our garbage cans were visible from the street, and we were in violation of

Gratitude Is Good For You

Practicing everyday gratitude is not a new concept. Even Oprah got on the gratitude bandwagon by encouraging her viewers to have a gratitude journal and find something to be grateful for every day. I don't know about you, but being grateful is not something that I think about doing every day. I am usually focused on my goals, what I need and want. I used to treat gratitude as the last resort, something to make me feel better when I don't actually get what I want. Then I would say to myself--well, at least I can be grateful for my health, a roof over my head, etc., even if right now I am feeling discouraged about what I think I want. I used to remember gratitude when all else failed. But over

Time to Jump!! What Have You Got to Lose??

Over the weekend, I saw the movie, "Wild" with Reese Witherspoon with a girlfriend. I admit, I am a Reese Witherspoon fan and enjoy the female movie roles she has played over the past five years or so. I was interested in seeing this movie because it is based on a young woman's true story. The movie was very thought provoking and caused my friend and I to talk on the way home at a deeper level. In the movie, the mother has a poignant quote, "Everyday, there is a sunrise and sunset. It's up to you what you decide to do in between." Everyday we have to make a choice about what our attitude will be for the day. Will you be angry because life isn't fair? Will you be quiet and aloof because you d