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Life Under Construction

Twice per year many people take the time and look at their lives and see what corrections to path or new goals should be made.  January 1 is full of New Year resolutions and the other one less popular is July 1.  Our lives are in a constant state of flux, we make daily adjustments to things that impact us such as work, family, health and stress.  Unfortunately, when the impacts happen we fail to move back to center and tend to stay over focused on one particular point in Under-Construction-Area-Sign our lives or piece of the pie. Our lives are constantly under construction, your goal is to be following the plans of construction to achieve the ultimate result of a life we can be proud of and feel fulfilled.  As in most construction projects there are bumps in the road but it does not change the plans or drawings just how we get it done. It is these two times per year that we go back to the architect and look at the plans for any changes we want to make and make a “change order”.  Sometimes it is an expansion, sometimes it is wall removal for more open space and sometimes we take it all the way back to the foundation and start over! Read more…

 
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New Priorities Defined

If you read last weeks post we discussed the changing of BIG Rocks in our life jar.  I had several emails regarding how to go about defining what BIG Rocks really are our priorities and how to define them in our lives?  We all take for granted what our priorities are in life, some it because of peer pressure and some of it simply defined by the one screaming the loudest like a squeaky wheel begging for attention!  Priorities are something we define with intent so let’s start with what is NOT a priority: Read more…

 
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Changing your BIG Rocks

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Most people have heard the story of your BIG rocks in life and your life jar!  You begin by adding the large rocks to your jar that represent (Husband, Father, Volunteer, Work, etc.)  The process continues as you add smaller rocks, sand until you believe the jar is full.  The speaker then takes two cups of coffee and dumps it into the presumed full jar and it ends with the revelations “there is always time for two cups of coffee with a friend”.  What I want you to think about today is what happens when you need to remove one of those BIG rocks?  Read more…

 
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Sensory Overload

We spend so many days and hours with the same sensory inputs from our home to our place of work.  We get lulled into a sense of complacency with the environment and our overall day to day lives we miss much of the wonderful details as they blend into the world.  Right this second look around you, notice something that you have missed every day…a picture on the wall, a colored stapler or maybe a new flower bed in front of the office.  Taking the time to look at these details allows us to become more aware of our surroundings and catch these things in our daily lives.  We are so accustom to so many sensory overloads from electronics to the landscape on the way to work our mind simply skips over them and on to the most immediate or dominating input without us even thinking about what is going on.

Bangkok Recently, I returned from a trip the Bangkok, Thailand.  As with most major changes in environment your brain and eyes no longer have points of reference to quiet the sensory inputs.  You become painfully aware of this when entering a foreign country and everything is new.  You notice the streets, the signs, the people, the colors, the language issues and even the animals on the street.  This caused me to stop and reflect each night to reprocess things I had seen and look at pictures to see many of the minute details I missed.  This two weeks in Thailand set me to thinking about what details we are missing because we are not stopping and have become numb to the world around us.  I had no choice to catch these details while overseas, my daily life from eating to navigation had everything to do with me being very aware of my surroundings.  We rely on signs and Read more…

 
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Running on Empty, 10 things to fill the tank!

There is an old Billy Joel song called “Running on Ice” that always seems to be showing up on my Ipod at the most interesting times in my life.  How many times Billy_Joel do we get so engrossed in what we are doing that we discover we are making absolutely no head way and running like a lunatic?  What I also find is when that feeling hits it coincides with the emotionally and physically running on empty.  It is when we are most vulnerable to illness, frustration, exasperation and feelings of no hope.  The world does not stop for us, it keeps moving through major events such as death, birth, marriage and many other life altering events.  The world keeps churning along one minute at a time whether we like it or not.  In the USA we have the overwhelming habit of doing so many things at once we cannot keep track of them.  Read more…

 
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