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Attitudes of Gratitude

Attitudes of Gratitude

Pairs Well With…”If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself.  Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

In a world filled with chaos, violence, and severe misunderstanding, it is more important than ever to be conscious of our actions and attitudes. In an active effort to overcome negativity and spread good in the world, what can each of us offer to society?  Random acts of kindness, thoughtful givebacks, a simple compliment, love?  There’s not enough of it and anything act, any effort, is better than nothing.  We need to unify to make a substantial change, but until then, searching within on an individual basis is a good starting point.  Overall, we need to ignite a gratitude movement, and it starts within each of us.

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Overthinking: The Art of Creating Problems That Weren’t Even There

Overthinking: The Art of Creating Problems That Weren’t Even There

Pairs Well With…”The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelus

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had friends mention they haven’t seen much of me and have been asking what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been.  What I wanted to say was “In my head. Spending lots of time in my head. Thinking.” Do you know how crazy that sounds?  Yes. Yes, I do, which is precisely why I responded with something lame like, “Oh, you know, places.”  Places?  Really?  (For the record, I’ll choose lame over crazy every time.)

I think about how often I put extra thought and energy into minute things that aren’t that big of a deal when you look at the “big picture.” At the same time, I just can’t shut it off.  I can’t get my mind to shut off. It’s exhausting!  Running scenarios like a choose your own adventure book.  Playing back words like a song on repeat.  Trying to draw a conclusion on a situation that is still in motion.  Where does all this come from?  It has to stop.

Lightbulb Moment: If I spent half as much time in my head thinking, analyzing and running circles around things I can’t change, and just lived each day to the fullest, I’d have much more time on my hands.  (Life problems solved.)

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Over the River & Through the Woods

Over the River & Through the Woods

Pairs Well With… “Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu

Cabin lake sunrise

I spent my Memorial Day weekend at a cabin up North.  May was an incredibly busy and stressful month, and I needed to hit the refresh button on my life.  The plan was no plan, and I was excitedly anticipating my temporary escape from the city.  No noise.  No work. No interruptions.  The only things I expected to do were the things I wanted to do.  When it was time to come home, I was saddened that I didn’t have more time to linger the lakes before reentering reality.

There’s a different feeling when you change up your surroundings, and more so when those surroundings are naturalistic.  Nature offers an unmistakable simplicity that money can’t buy.  It helps quiet the internal restlessness of the mind and allows us to see things from a different perspective.

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With Love From Sedona: Embracing A Solo Adventure

With Love From Sedona: Embracing A Solo Adventure

Pairs Well With… Being out on the open road

Open Road Sedona

Picture yourself standing, looking out into endless amounts of beauty in the middle of nowhere.  Alone.  You hear nothing but the breeze, and the faint sound of water at a distance.  The world is still.  Just you.  Just the universe.

Castle Rock Sedona

In fall of 2015, I published a post titled “Wherever You Go, There You Are” and asked readers to vote which state I should visit in 2016, partly because I was having a hard time making up my mind, partly because I really didn’t care where I was going so long as I was getting out of town.  There’s a small handful of states I’d yet to visit and felt that this was the right time to conquer a solo journey.  Something about adventuring solo didn’t bother me.  In fact, I welcomed it.  I committed to making this trip fulfilling, exciting, eye-opening and adventurous.  As I publish this week from Sedona, Arizona, I couldn’t be more pleased with what I’ve found.

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