Learning To Find Positive In Loss

March 31, 2011 by  
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Today, I was talking to a friend on the phone who used to be a high fashion model.  My friend walked the runways for such designers as Valentino, Christian Dior, and Montana. One day while paragliding he became trapped in electrical wires and ended up losing a leg.  His life radically changed.  He went from making a living from being extremely in shape and good looking to being a man stared at for having a disability.  But my friend is a survivor. He went back to paragliding and actually added a few more sports.  Today he is an extreme sports athlete.

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Making Streamlining Of Time A Priority

March 29, 2011 by  
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Photo by Angie Rubin

Over the weekend I had a conversation with a friend who is often exhausted and unable to catch up with all her obligations.  Actually she is not the only one in my life to find herself in this predicament.  But, as I talked to her it became clear to me the main reason for her chaotic life is her inability to prioritize and focus.

It is undisputed we live in a world that demands much of us.  Earning a living is hard. The competition is fierce and every day we are asked to give more of ourselves.      Added to that are family, friends and a never ending bombardment of information.

So how do we thrive in such environment?

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Why Embracing Grief Is The Only Way Out Of Loss

March 27, 2011 by  
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I believe one the hardest feelings we deal with when grief strikes, is the overwhelming sensation of loss.  Loss means we had something which we no longer have.  Initially, there is nothing positive about it.  But, if we are to heal and to change as human beings we must embrace the loss and transform it.

I remember when my husband passed away how I kept saying to myself and others; “There has to be something positive out of this incredible pain.  If not, it is complete devastation and I may not survive.”  I soon found what was positive for me out of all that I had lost; it was a deeper understanding of love, life, compassion and empathy.  As well as becoming more comfortable in my own skin.

Less than I year before from my late husband’ passing, I started the Love Project Inc., a book of our history together and I also added a number of social causes to my agenda.

When we hurt we can either stay in pain and anger or we can turn our scar into a new way of being.

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Bruno Serato Feeding Motel Kids

March 27, 2011 by  
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Bruno Serato, a chef, feeds 200 kids living in motel rooms every day. A little food, care and love goes a long way.

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Dr. Drew On Envy And Our Celebrity Culture

March 25, 2011 by  
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Not a great fan of Dr. Drew – for people outside of the US who may not be familiar with his work, Dr. Drew is board certified in internal and addiction medicine. He is also the host of the TV show Celebrity Rehab and the radio show Loveline. While I find him to be very smart and insightful, it bugs me that he uses his knowledge to expose others for his own gain.

Anyway, in the clip below Dr. Drew discusses our obsession with celebrities. In it he is really clear, well spoken delivering great insight on the subject. He discusses our loss of understanding of what really brings us happiness and contentment – relationships and not money or power. He adds because as a society we model after narcissistic behavior of people that are not healthy, we feel empty and in pain.

A couple of days ago I wrote a post, Building Contentment With Real Values that addressed the same theme.

This is very important.

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Expectation; Often A Tough Pill To Swallow

March 22, 2011 by  
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Expectations.  Even the word has too many letters.

We wish for “things”, and in the time between dreaming about them and having them happen, we let our emotions make those “things” become the answer to all our ailments.  So unfortunately when those “things” finally happen – or some form of it– our expectations are too out of touch with reality. Let me give you an example:  A woman wishes for a relationship.  While she waits for a man to come into her life she day-dreams about how this man will sweep her off her feet and she will live happily ever after.  The woman meets a man.  Now she has dreamed all kinds of scenarios with her man, and when the reality doesn’t follow along with her dreamed up situations; she feels let down.  Another example would be a man dreaming all the things he will do and all the things he will feel when he gets his dream job.  But, when he finally gets the job he had been pining away, he feels let down.  The reality does not correspond to his expectations.

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Building Contentment With Real Values

March 20, 2011 by  
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So much is going on in the world these days.  So many of us loosing so much.  And so many putting their community ahead of themselves.

Fame, money and power are the qualities we have chosen as a people to measure worth and accomplishments.  We read and watch news about celebrities with excitement.  “He is dating her and she is dating him.  She has a baby and he is no longer with her.”  We would take the opportunity to shake the hands of a celebrity and consider it to be a milestone in our lives.  We know nothing about them as people, but we are impressed by what they represent.  And what is that? A film written by a writer in their home and produced by men and women who either believe it to be of critical importance or that will make them loads of money?

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Company Uses Socia Media To Streamline Compassion

March 20, 2011 by  
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We can all do a little. So many people in need…These people have figured how to use social media to help their community.

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Midlife Crisis Or An Opportunity For Change

March 18, 2011 by  
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At the end of a meeting yesterday, I stayed behind to talk to a dear friend who is in his 60s.  He wanted to tell me he was investigating new paths for his life.  He has been a successful producer, husband, and father, and was now feeling the need for a change.  He has built a life that affords him the time and finances to ponder what’s next.

As we talked, I understood he was concerned his move was to be an actual next phase and not a crisis or an end.

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Living In The Moment

March 16, 2011 by  
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The middle-east is in upheaval, Japan is partially destroyed, unrest goes on in Wisconsin, and all of us wonder about nuclear power.  Those are just a few of the major situations going on in the world today.

The world is changing.  Politics, economy, environment, governments are all in flux.  It is hard to predict which direction some of these changes are going to take.  And that makes us nervous.

But we must stay steady (not to be caught in fear) and flexible (to adapt to the changes) and the only way we can accomplish that, is by living in the moment.

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