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On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

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Who Needs You?

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Your gift is an insight wrapped in talent and shared with others. “But who are my others?” you ask. “I’ve tried giving my gift. No one wants it.” Perhaps your gift is mediating conflict. Your insight into human personalities and […]

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How to Grow Your Talent

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In old age, I don’t want to review my life and wish I’d done more with the talent given me. I don’t want to wonder what held me back. Should I have found better teachers? Practiced more? Knocked on more […]

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Decide to Love Your Life

posted by grose

Cook up your grandmother’s meatloaf recipe. The dirty laundry molding in the closet? Wash it. Two years ago a couple moved in next door. Go introduce yourself. Join the YMCA and sign up for classes. Scrape the mold off the […]

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A horse that loves to run ~ Is this you?

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Steven Pressfield writes about watching a famous trainer work with his thoroughbreds. To Steven’s surprise, the trainer takes great pains to make the training sessions “fun” for the horses. The trainer explained: Horses understand the whip but I don’t want […]

Oprah and Brene Brown: “Let the Spirit Flow”

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In a funk, I picked up O Magazine. Inside Oprah interviewed Dr. Brené Brown, Houston sociologist famous for her research on shame and vulnerability. I had viewed her TED talks. Even read Dr. Brown’s latest book, Daring Greatly. I knew […]

Battling Ego. Finding Beauty.

posted by grose

Every person has been created by God with a Gift to give for the bettering of mankind. This message—along with writing and teaching—is my Gift. This morning, upon waking, I pull my laptop onto the bed and open it to […]

Blindsided? Hurt? Believe THIS.

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I lost my reasons to live in midlife. My husband walked out. Our teenagers left home. My home and possessions disappeared. Friends slithered away. I was so blindsided by hurt and chaos, I could barely work.  But over time things […]

Committed to Hope

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I made an illegal U-turn. Shortly thereafter a cop pulled up behind me and turned on his flashing lights. “I saw what I did as I was doing it,” I told him, owning up to my error before he accused […]

5 Steps to the New Chapter Awaiting You

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Every creative journey begins with a problem…Before we can find the answer—before we probably even know the question—we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach…Before Bob Dylan could reinvent himself, writing the best music […]

When you’re so D O N E with it

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You’ve tried and tried. Rattled doors. Researched, strategized and planned. Pushed forward. Worked. Hoped and prayed. But nothing seems to get traction. Your dream is going nowhere. You feel empty and alone. Broken-hearted. Here’s what to do: for today (and […]

“But I don’t fit anywhere!” (I hate to tell you this…)

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Perhaps you thought when you grew up you’d inherit your father’s business. Carrying on the family legacy would be your contribution to bettering the world. But it didn’t happen. Maybe you planned to be a wife and mom with a […]

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. […]

The Art of Beginning Again

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Today—after a halfway-across-the-country move—I pick up my pen (otherwise known as my computer keyboard) and begin again. I’ve always wanted to write. Get good. Write important stuff. Become a writer people want to read. But I’ve done other work most […]

Give what you need

posted by grose

Usually it’s alpha mare bellowing and kicking alpha gelding. Not last night. The bellowing turned frantic. Man-Son flew out of bed and ran barefooted to the corral. He yelled to let the horses know he was there. Situation: a fog […]

Dream or Die

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Have you stopped dreaming? You no longer: –Draw amazing possibilities in your imagination? –Invent solutions? –Craft new ways to communicate your idea? –Scheme work-arounds? –Imagine what your key relationships could be if you went back at it? –Wish for the […]

Out of ideas? In a black hole? Think F-L-O-W

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It is morning. A new day, a fresh start. But the thoughts swirling in my mind are grey: I’m stuck. My new ideas are all used up. I’m a failure. How does he/she do it? How does he keep coming […]

Excuses, excuses–Grandma’s got a book on Amazon!

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My mother’s paperback fiction book is for sale on Amazon.com. Consider this: she was 85-years-old when she published it, this was her first book, and she doesn’t use the Internet! We live in a very special world. Susan Boyle, an […]

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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

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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

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An Ex-boyfriend, Two Professors and ~ How To Coach Another Person
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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

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