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Is Life a Struggle?

October 9th, 2010 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ 1 Comment ]

As I listen to others around me, I hear a common theme that the nature of life is to struggle.   Do you believe that life is mainly filled with struggles?   What about the thought that we create our own struggles and life has little to do with our struggles?

What Is Struggle
The definition on is to: contend with an adversary or opposing force; to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive: to struggle for existence.

Areas Where We Struggle
There are several broad areas where most of us bump into struggle:   relationships, weight, finances, and work. 

Emotional Clutter

July 31st, 2010 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ 2 Comments ]

When we think of clutter, we usually visualize a packed or messy physical space.   Rarely do we give much thought to the emotional clutter we hold onto on a daily basis.   This undefined clutter actually blocks us from moving forward in what we want to do.  This clutter automatically says “NO” to life.


De-Cluttering Your Physical Space

July 24th, 2010 in Book Selections, Organization, Personal Growth[ 4 Comments ]

We all share many common threads in our lives.  Clutter is one of them.  Like it or not, we hold on to “things” that burden and weigh us down.   In this Universe, there is stuff hanging out taking up space and energy.   Time to recycle or destroy.

Four possible areas where clutter accumulates: 

Physical – our homes, cars and bodies
Emotional – our thoughts, feelings and reactions (actions)
Financial – our spending habits
Spiritual – our never-ending desire for connection and purpose

What Does Loving You Look Like?

June 20th, 2010 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ 2 Comments ]

With all of the self-improvement books out there, the one underlying foundational advice is that one must love themselves.  Sounds great, doesn’t it?    Yet, how does one know how to love one’s self and if we don’t, how do we go about learning to love ourselves.

I’m a self-growth junkie and consequently read numerous books on improving my self-esteem, self-love and whatever else you want to call it.  Yet today, though I definitely respect myself more, I still work on this “self-love” theme.    Maybe it’s really the essential act of our lives…learning to love ourselves in a world that doesn’t support self-love.

People, Places and Things That Bother Me

May 23rd, 2010 in Book Selections, Relationships[ No Comments ]

Do you ever get frustrated, annoyed or angry with another person?   Silly question…isn’t it.  We all react to people, places or things in our lives that don’t seem to work for us.  Some things that bother me:

  • The bus ride that made me late for a client’s meeting, 
  • having to wait on line, 
  • healthy food is much more expensive than junk food and is rarely on sale, 
  • wet weather that permeates every cell of my body and I just can’t get warm, 
  • someone not doing what they promised

Is Peace Possible (cont’d)

May 16th, 2010 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ No Comments ]

I’ve spoken to several people since writing my last post “Is Peace Possible?”The responses varied from blank reactions, in agreement with me, or “be a realist and that peace is not possible.”   Where does the truth lie — in our own beliefs around the possibility of peace in the world and our willingness to be partners in change?

Is Peace Possible?

May 8th, 2010 in Book Selections, Family, Personal Growth, Relationships[ 3 Comments ]

I was trying to write a post on another topic while listening to a new CD I purchased by Zade.    An impossible task…I must write about what I’m experiencing right now.

I happened upon this wonderful artist by chance on a Public TV station that was showing: “One Night in Jordan…A Concert for Peace.”  Was it chance…I’m not a believer of chance, but rather I needed to hear this man’s music.

Zade’s piano playing, as well as his intention behind his music, creates tears in my eyes from the pure enjoyment of emotions filling me when listening to his music.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

December 6th, 2009 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ 4 Comments ]

How many reactions do you have a day about other people’s behaviors, words or actions?   How do you react if someone walks ahead of you through a door and just let’s the door slam into you, or a family member who gossips about you.  I know I spend too much time telling myself stories about what other people do.  What about you?  Do you spend a lot of time judging and talking about other’s behaviors?

Creating Boundaries

December 7th, 2008 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ 2 Comments ]

I’m reading a book that resided on my bookshelf for a while – “A Pace of Grace:  The Virtues of a Sustainable Life” by Linda Kavelin Popov.   I like to wander over to my bookshelves to see what book talks to me.   I saw this book, but didn’t pick it up and instead starting reading another one.  I wasn’t satisfied with the book as this book kept calling me back, and now I know why.   The book covers many topics that make up a sustainable life, but the topic around ‘set clear boundaries’ strongly resonated with me.

Happy For No Reason

November 23rd, 2008 in Book Selections, Personal Growth[ No Comments ]

As you know from a previous post, I’m an avid book reader…actually book junkie.    I usually have open several books at a time and I love doing this.    Last week on my bookshelf, I picked up this great ‘feel good’ book:   “Happy for No Reason:  7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out” by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline.  I just finished reading the chapter Live a Life Inspired by Purpose.