stories from life

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Are you standing on the edge of abundance?

Are you like the man in the red shirt and the fishing pole – standing on the edge of that ocean of abundance you envision, but not quite there yet? Here are some questions to consider:

Are you trying too hard? From a very early age, you were probably told that it is important to try hard, to try your best. But guess what?

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ArleneAre you standing on the edge of abundance?
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Are you an eagle disguised as a chicken?

Do you ever look up and wish you could fly? I read an inspiring story recently about a baby eagle who got separated from his mother and landed in a chicken farm. He was cared for there and learned to act like chickens act – that’s all he knew, because that’s all he was ever taught. Then one day he saw a big eagle flying overhead and something inside him stirred. He had always felt that there was something different about him… Now he knew: he wanted to fly, not strut around on the ground!

“Could I?” he wondered. “How do I do it? What if I fall? Why am I stuck here in this barnyard, instead of being up in those treetops?”

How? What if? Why? These questions are double edged swords:

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ArleneAre you an eagle disguised as a chicken?
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Letter from my Ego

Dear other half,

I am having so much fun watching you achieve things. You keep doing and doing and doing more, looking for that satisfaction and happiness that you think will come. But it’s oh so temporary, isn’t it? I just love that roller coaster ride of emotions you go through. Happy and high for a bit, and then poof! It’s gone and you’re down craving that next accomplishment.

It’s so much fun watching you actually identify with your accomplishments and depend on them to make you happy!

Now I’m going to make the game even more exciting.

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Conquer your inner gremlin by being your authentic self

Have you ever experienced a huge success, then amidst the joy comes your inner gremlin, saying “Maybe this success was just a fluke…” Well, good news: you’re not alone!

Author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her experience with this feeling in a recent TED talk.

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Elsa let it go & she felt great! Can YOU?

Have you seen “Frozen”? It’s full of inspiration! I particularly love it when Elsa sings “Let it Go” and finally figures out that she can be herself and not hold back her powers. She sings of freedom and self-acceptance in “Let it Go”. Here’s a video version of it:

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ArleneElsa let it go & she felt great! Can YOU?
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Don’t give up: sometimes the answer is so simple!

During a business workshop I took part in, we were given a 12” x 12” board and some markers, with instructions to draw our present situation on one side of the board and our desired future on the other. Yippee! I love drawing and went to it immediately. The board was square, so it mattered little to me which way I oriented it. (That turned out to be important later!)

Once we had our drawings done, it was “break through” time: break the board with our bare hands (karate style!), which represented breaking through our limitations

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ArleneDon’t give up: sometimes the answer is so simple!