I love a story with a soul searching quest. A great example of this is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am a fan of both the book and the author. For a similar story with a male perspective, there is Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner. Both books were on the New York Times best seller list. Apparently, I am not the only one who enjoys these types of stories.
If you’ve never read the books they are similar in the fact that something goes horribly awry in their life, and they leave on an extensive trip to go find themselves and discover life truths. So many interesting details to mull over. I read and reflect and then part of me gets pissed off!
Sometimes we feel we need to make a change. How can you tell if you just need to color your hair, try something new, or make a drastic change?
No one can really answer that question but you. Sometimes a small change can garner large results. However, if there is even a remote possibility that you could/should/want/have to make a huge transformation then you should make sure you explore it thoroughly. Continue reading →
Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. – Mark Twain
I have never been a fan of the New Year’s resolutions.
They seem like societal peer pressure. We do it because all the cool kids are doing it. And 88% fail anyway. While that is a statistic that means nothing unless it’s about your resolutions, who wants to start a brand new year with the overwhelming odds of failure. It’s kind of sadistic.
I am very happy to see more people talking about acceptance, of themselves and each other… More people talking about being their authentic selves…. More people discussing the concept of not judging a book by its cover. I think it is a wonderful thing to embrace our differences and to not force people into one little tiny mold.
However, I also believe there is sometimes a dangerous side effect to all that. It offers up easy excuses.Continue reading →
I was walking down the street and happened to see a man sitting on his porch. Next to the man was his dog, who was and whimpering. I asked the man “What’s wrong with your dog?” The man said “He’s laying on a nail”. I asked “Laying on a nail?, Well why doesn’t he get up?” The man then replied “It’s not hurting bad enough.”
I believe that story is by Les Brown and many motivational speakers have used it since. It keeps getting recycled because it is so true. Change is hard. Sometimes it takes more motivation than you think. Sometimes it is easier to stay with the devil you know instead of leaving with the devil you don’t. What many people miss in that story is that the dog doesn’t need to do anything dramatic to change or to alleviate his discomfort. He just has to get up. That’s it. He doesn’t have to go find a new dog house, he doesn’t have to find a new owner, he doesn’t even have to find a new porch, he just has to get up!Continue reading →