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A Must See For All College Graduates (Link to video now available)

It's time we prepare our college graduates for the REAL world.

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The Question to Command Your Life

Can one question lead to a happy life? I think so.

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What’s your metaphor for life? Is life a roller coaster? A series of ups and downs or an adrenaline rush thrill ride? Is life a journey, a marathon, or a dance? Is it a battle, a symphony or a three-ring circus?

Would that metaphor change if I asked you on your graduation or wedding day versus the day you lost your job?

Our outlook is constantly adjusting. Like a swivel chair, we’re busily twirling around and our emotions shift depending on what we’re facing at the moment. Then we compare what we see to what we want.

Is happiness really about meeting our own (or other’s) expectations? It’s like trying to hit a bulls eye with a moving target. There has to be a better way to “dance” through life.

The answer we want is “yes”. The question we need to keep asking is………..
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The 10 Greatest Profits from Living Half a Century

When I do go over the hill I'll be packin' some new knows.

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I’m in my last months as a “40 something”. As I approach that half century mark, I cringe just a little. I don’t feel almost 50! Well, ok, except when I go vertical in the a.m. and hobble until my body’s natural wd-40 slowly finds it way back down to my ankles and feet. But other than that, not so bad. In fact, pretty darn good!

The older you get the more you realize you don’t know. You’ve heard that before. The older you get the more you realize how stupid you used to be. Oh yeah.

I took a look back, then looked ahead, then looked back again, shook my hand in the air, and declared my next birthday a time to celebrate!  Not because I’m over the hill but because I climbed it!

Even if you’re not yet my age, I’m willing to share some of my profits with you. After all, you’ve got your own bag to carry. Maybe knowing these things now will make your load up the hill a little lighter. Read more

Under the Covers: Life of Pi

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

Life of PiWise Owl 4 RatingIn my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Filled Up On Empty

There's a lot pack rats can learn from disposers.

I’m a ditcher. I get great pleasure out of dumping unused clothes, items and household goods. I don’t develop deep attachments to stuff. Clutter is my enemy. I hate clutter– the look of it and how I feel around it. It makes me nervous and uncomfortable.

I’ve always enjoyed visiting homes for sale even if I’m not in the market. Why? Because they’re empty. I like empty rooms. It’s as if there is more oxygen to breathe. There’s a sense of lightness and freedom. No heavy objects or distractions.

Do you prefer to walk into the Apple store or Macy’s department store? Your answer reveals a lot about you. Read more

Interpersonal Warfare- 5 Cease Fire Tactics You May Not Have Tried

Next time you're batting heads with someone, give these strategies a try.

My friend called me upset and angry. She had a blow out fight with her boyfriend and couldn’t get past the frustration that he wouldn’t comply with a simple request she made of him. The request wasn’t significant but his refusal was monumental.

My friend attached deep meaning to his turndown causing her heart to feel weighted. Not expecting his reaction turned her hurt into fury. Nothing will launch anger faster than being thrown for a loop. Read more

Top 12 Life Notions I Wish I Knew at 20

Wisdom comes from age, earned through experience, but a heads up sure helps.

As I approach my 49th birthday, I wonder how many more life lessons I still have to learn the hard way. Those mishaps that could be prevented if I knew better.

Some of us grow up as sponges while others are bricks. Being hard headed isn’t always bad. You forgo the opportunity to leap frog over obstacles others previously conquered. Rather, you choose to face each adversity head on and figure out your own way. The sponge moves ahead faster but may be less equipped to deal with life’s curve balls.

If you’ve read my Sid’s Sense series, you certainly know I’ve lived as a sponge. Adding 49 years of life experience to that borrowed wisdom is what motivated me to share this list. After decades of discovery, here are few life notions I wish I knew when I was twenty. Read more