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On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

August 2012 Archives

The minute I move forward ~ Disaster. What then?

posted by grose

You’ve heard the quotes. The minute you set your will to pursue your calling or some higher realm endeavor—art, a business venture, guitar lessons—Heaven comes to your aid. Doors mysteriously open. Synchronicity happens. The missing piece you need shows up. […]

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The #1 Tool ~ to create something new and cool

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Do you need a: Solution? Product? Book topic? Idea for a painting? Whole new chapter in your life? A guru or mountain retreat may help. However, on an ongoing basis, the #1 tool for creating something new is this: Openness. […]

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In a Comfort Zone? Three strategies to get out (read at your own risk)

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The problem with comfort zones is that they are so comfortable. Scientists conducting a now-famous experiment with frogs plopped them into boiling hot water. The frogs immediately leaped out of the pot. However, when they placed the frogs in cool […]

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World News: What we can do–now

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The world news hangs over me: “Army suicide rate hits record in July” (USA Today) “Years After Haiti Quake, Safe Housing is a Dream for Many” (The NY Times) “‘Pussy Riot’ sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony in […]

Your Story: the journey of your heart

posted by grose

This post is a postscript to Finding Your Own Story.  Stories are the only enchantment possible for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved. -A. Nin diary 1943 I used to think life was […]

A small but critical Turn Around

posted by grose

I was slightly depressed and didn’t feel like working out at the YMCA. However, I knew I was on a roll with exercise and needed to keep up my routine. I had a goal of losing 10 pounds. Down by […]

Find your story

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Growing up I had a minor role in my parents’ story: Move from the farm into town and work day and night plus pinch every penny to save enough money to buy a house. Later I teamed up with my […]

Cartoon, Facebook and “How are you spending your life?”

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Dan Piraro’s cartoon (left), ironically, is making the rounds on Facebook.com. When I saw it, I chuckled and promptly posted it to my own home page. The cartoon pokes fun at us. It also asks us to reflect on how […]

Live your own life: 7 steps

posted by grose

The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. The alternative is the real disaster. The more I resist Him and try to live […]

From CYA and Being Nice—to Truth

posted by grose

Things could get ugly—even violent—growing up. My very-afraid-and-too-stressed-out-post-Great-Depression parents might yell or hit one of their six kids who neglected their chores or talked back like a “smart alec.” The result? I learned CYA. Watched my back—always. Pleased my adult […]

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A Psychologist, a Dead Chicken, and the Back Door
I read a book about the impact of childhood memories. The author, a well-known psychologist, wrote that if we recall our three most vivid memories, we’d see who we are. Or, he could describe to us what we’re like…something like that. I’ve given it a lot of thought. For me, traveling ba

posted 6:21:14pm Jul. 10, 2013 | read full post »

Chaos Gave Me 4 Truths and a Path
My elderly father succumbed to a stroke. Then bed bugs arrived in the house I just completed decorating. The creepy, blood-sucking insects infested again and again. Thirdly, a new friend turned postal…frightening me with her behavior.My world teetered dangerously out of control. In the midst of

posted 3:14:25pm Jul. 05, 2013 | read full post »

One Thing to do with your life
Think about it:  You didn’t ask to be born. You don’t know exactly where you came from or where you’re going—if anywhere—after you die.  Yet, you’re here. Living in this place and time.  For a

posted 9:30:11am Jul. 02, 2013 | read full post »

An Ex-boyfriend, Two Professors and ~ How To Coach Another Person
It was the worst time to fall apart. The final semester of my senior year in college was for completing projects and planning my future. Instead, I was depressed. Hardly able to get out of bed. Skipping classes. Doing the bare minimum, if that. The reason was my boyfriend—EX-boyfriend. Our b

posted 2:30:52pm Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

Getting Nowhere? ~ A Rescue
To myself: You’re unproductive. You’re too emotional. Insecure. Scaredy-cat. Just push ahead, stupid! Look at Joe (or Susan). He gets after it every day. Steady outcomes. Can’t you be more like th

posted 4:18:13pm Jun. 18, 2013 | read full post »

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