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Lost Your iPhone? Here’s How to Find It

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20 Tips for Getting More Done Every Day

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Death, Dying and Living Well


We learn from our parents and elders. While we are children they directly teach us how to walk, talk, tie our shoes, get along with others, etc. Less directly they continue to teach us throughout our lives. Through their actions and attitudes, in fact by the sum total of how they “live”, they mentor, shape and guide our ultimate life choices.

We are strongly influenced by what we liked or didn’t like about how we were raised, thus shaping our own attempts at parenting. So goes each of the phases of our lives, as we choose our career paths, how we live in our middle years, how we embrace or decay in our old age and ultimately how we die, by what we have seen that we liked or disliked in our parents, grandparents and older friends.

The philosopher Piaget defined each of our successive human life phases from childhood…

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Day 28 of 30 day blogging challenge ~ Life STRUGGLES

Coaching for Inspiration with Patti

Day 28 of 30

Life struggles

We all have life struggles.  How do we keep positive and optimistic when everything around us is falling apart?  That is a good question.  Having a good support system is a necessity.  Being able to talk to a neutral party about the struggles and/or journal about those feelings is the key.  Taking it out on others close to you just makes things worse in the end.  It can cause relationship damage that may not be fixable.  People won’t come around due to the past hurts.  Hurting people hurt others if they don’t stop the cycle of acting out and gossiping.  Hurtful words sting and are remembered.  It can cause major trust issues.  Trust is hard to get back once shattered.  When experiencing ugly emotions journal about them to release the negativity.  Then it is private and not upsetting to those around you.  It only…

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Relationship SOS part 1

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Mindfulness through a lens

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
– Thomas Merton

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Love is not blind

See, there's this thing called biology...

Love is not blind. Now beer goggles, beer goggles will make you blind, but love can see everything with a powerful clarity.

1 Corinthians 13 is still one of the best descriptions of love we have. I really like the KJV because it refers to “love” as “charity.” Early in my marriage it was very easy to say, “of course I love you, that’s a given, nobody should even have to bother saying it.” So, are you being charitable? Oh dear, now that’s an entirely different matter. Charity is benevolent goodwill, generosity and helpfulness, lenient judgment.

Today charity is pretty much thought to involve money or donated goods, but it is actually the benevolent goodwill of love. Charity as “lenient judgment” makes me laugh. That is not the absense of all judgment, not so open minded your brains fall out, “lenient” is actually to be merciful or indulgent.


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