Doing the Impossilbe


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Doing the Impossible
 

Doing what we've never done often seems like an impossible task. -- until it's done. My mantra when approaching something new is "how hard can it be? Followed by "it can't be harder than (fill in the blank)." When I think of challenges I've overcome, it puts whatever I'm facing in perspective and it gives me the strength and confidence I need to get the job done. What good are life's experiences if they don't serve as a reservoir? This doesn't make completing the task at hand easy, but it at least enables me to get started. That's usually the biggest hurdle. Once I started, finishing is almost always a certainty. 

Commitment


Commitment

I either all in or not all. A lukewarm commitment would be a disservice to myself and others. That's why I am very selective about what I commit to doing.

Spring


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Spring


According to the calendar, Spring is here. However, Spring is fickle. Just when you think the cold and wet days of Winter are behind us, there's a Winter reprise. That's one reason why Spring is my least favorite season. It's disguised optimism.

Account-ability


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Account-ability

My afternoon is spent reviewing and categorizing expenses. It's all about the ability to account for every expense. It feels good to have things in order.

Eating


Eating

Stress eating. We've all done it and it usually consists of eating things or quantities that aren't good. Next time the urge comes on, I will remind myself that is eating well is a form of self respect.

Inspiration


Inspiration

I went to the New York show with the hope finding new products and inspiration and found both. However, inspiration came not from the show but visiting ABC Carpet and Home. This stores is a feast for the eyes -- and the soul. Never preachy, "In Pursuit of Magic" messages are sprinkled throughout the store and reinforced by products. ABC is not just a shopping experience. It is magic. 

Creativity vs. Competition


Creativity vs. Competition

I attended the Las Vegas Market and ran into other Principals of sales agencies in the Northwest. Some would call them my "competitors." I don't. That's not my world. I live in the world of creation -- not competition.

My perspective on the companies I represent and how I display and speak about them is my unique interpretation.  How one interprets ideas or products gives them a uniqueness. I've seen high-end products relegated to dollar bins countless times. Without creating a context to showcase products, they're nothing but worthless commodities. The key is to create an environment to support and romance products. The product alone seldom carries the day. 

In the world of creativity,  I don't have to look over my shoulder or worry about being "ripped-off" or "knocked-off." It's liberating.

Me Time


Me Time

Over the last couple of months, I've kidded y business partner about requiring his "me time." We all do, but I sensed he felt guilty about taking time for himself. Rather than to say, "I need some time for myself," he withdrew emotionally ever so slightly but enough for me to notice. He's not alone in feeling guilty about taking time for ourselves. I too struggle with taking time for myself. 

A few months ago I began a daily routine that includes reading, journaling, meditation and exercise. My "me time" has produced great results. It has actually given me more energy and stamina to face the challenges of work and family. A a little bit of "me" has translated to a better "we." If I'm OK, everyone in my sphere is better for it too. 

Looking for Christmas


Looking for Christmas
 

 A few years ago, my husband and I spent Christmas alone. When spending Christmas with relatives, our day is usually spent stopping by the home of various family members. Without family obligations, we decided to start the day by going to mass. I was secretly hoping I would find Christmas there and I did.

The setting was perfect -- a beautifully decorated church and a choir who began mass with a spirited Joy to the World. At one point the doors of the church flew open by a strong gust of wind, toppling over several poinsettias. Was "He" announcing his arrival? Mass continued in the usual manner but with a great number of parishioners taking communion than on a non-holiday Sunday. It ended and then Christmas appeared. I saw mothers taking their children to see the nativity scene and taking care to explain who the characters represented and tell them about the birth of Christ. I also saw people in deep prayer, one man embracing a crucifix with one arm and raising the other as if reaching for God. To witness such profound love and devotion was deeply moving. On a day overrun by commercialization  and materialism, I managed to find Christmas and it was a miracle. 

Judging Others


Judging Others
 

I know someone who is relentlessly judgemental; particularly about overweight people (ironically, she too is overweight). She's exhausting to be around but she also provides a lesson.  

Being critical or judging other keeps us from seeing the object of our criticism as a person.  It keeps us from looking pass what we view as a flaw, to examine what may be at the root. They are reduced to a label.

The toxicity emitted is high and my encounters with this person are kept brief. However, I shudder to think about what part of me I am blind. It also reminds me that we are made into what we become. Some of it through our own choices but a lot through circumstances. Kindness begins with being kind to ourselves.

Book Review: Technology of Joy


Book Review: Technology of Joy
 

I heard a fascinating radio interview with Jonathan Robinson, author of The Technology of Joy, and promply decided to buy his book. It's a good thing I heard the interview. If I were to judge this book by it's cover, I probably would not have bought it (the chakra colors and a smiley face in the "o" of joy won't win it any design awards). 

Robinson describes 101 gadgets, apps, tools, supplements to "bring more delight in your life." With a claim like that, who could resist? His writes in a conversational style. He's unpretentious or preachy and he doesn't hesitate to admit he found some of the modalities weird at first. There are certainly some that will promptly elicit an eye roll, such as the orgone blanket. Developed by a Dr. Reich, a student of Sigmund Freud, the wool and steel wool blanket, it is said to amplify the living energy within the body. Fortunately, many "technologies" don't require a suspension of disbelief and cost little or no money. 

This is the perfect time of the year to read this book. A lot of people feel blue or stressed during the holidays and out of 101 technologies, there's at least one thing we can all use to enhance our joy, energy and inner peace. 

Eating Well


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Eating Well
 

The season of eating has begun and my stomach isn't happy. Foods of the season don't agree with the uber-vegan diet I've had for the past several months. I've fallen off the food wagon enough to be reminded to go back to my diet of fruits and ;vegetables, no dairy, nuts, eggs or legumes. It may seem boring and extreme but I respond well to it and my health demands it. 

Food during the holidays is difficult to separate from tradition and family. To say "no" to a family member or friend is tough but I must insist. 

Thankful


Thankful
 

I always feel a little melancholy around Thanksgiving. President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963; just a couple of days before Thanksgiving. What followed was an enormous sense of grief throughout the country and in my home.  It was as surreal as it was sad. 

The sadness I experienced in 1963 often surfaces around Thanksgiving and that's OK. It puts me in a reflective mood. Somehow problems don't seem as great on Thanksgiving. Any sadness I may have felt is replaced with deep gratitude. I am thankful.