Saturday, September 21, 2019

Banishing bitterness

"The evidence is clear and mounting. Bitterness is a dangerous drug, and your very health is at risk if you stubbornly persist in being unforgiving." ~Lee Strobel


Apothecary bottles from Henry Ford Museum shop / Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Funny Friday: Where's your flock?

“If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly.” ~Steve Maraboli


Farm breakfast / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Closing the complaint department

"When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness." ~Eckhart Tolle


Mr. Grumpy / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Useful feedback

"If you're not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your feedback." ~Brene Brown, Daring Greatly


Kick-ass boots / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Believing in yourself

"Because you believe in yourself, you don't try to convince others. Because you are content with yourself, you don't need others' approval. Because you accept yourself, the world accepts you." ~Lao Tzu


Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Carpe diem

"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored." ~Earl Nightingale


Cindy La Ferle

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This week, I'm taking my time as I find the way back to "normal" after a scary four-day emergency stay at the hospital. The sudden health crisis that took me to the edge and back -- starting last Monday night -- is too complex to explain in a few blog paragraphs. But I can tell you that my prognosis is positive, and I'm feeling like myself again.

At the risk of sounding dramatic, my condition was life-threatening, as one doctor put it. It required a series of X-rays, blood tests, round-the-clock monitoring, and watchful waiting. Meanwhile, I was lucky enough to have an attending physician and a specialist who were incredibly attentive, compassionate, and willing to spend time explaining what was going on throughout the process. I rarely meet a doctor that I don't like, but these two were exceptionally kind and articulate.

At one point, during a long conversation with the attending physician, we discussed what could have happened had I not come to the ER by ambulance when I did. I was on the verge of slipping into a coma. My particular case, he told me, was one of the most extreme he'd ever seen. On record.

"When you get back home after something like this," the doctor told me, "you'll find that you appreciate the simplest things more than you ever did. Your favorite foods will taste even better, and everything will seem more vivid than before."   

And oh, he was so right. The morning after I arrived home, I looked out the window of my home office and burst into tears of gratitude and relief. The day was beautiful, and everything outside shimmered in sunlight. I was keenly aware of all that was important to me, and all that no longer mattered. I felt as if I'd been given another chance, and that I'd never look at anything or anyone the same way again. ~Cindy La Ferle

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Facing our truth

"The most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves is to remain ignorant by not having the courage to look at ourselves honestly and gently." ~Pema Chodron


Late bloomers / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Not to worry

"There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem." ~Harold Stephens


Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The company we keep

"A mirror reflects our faces, but our true character is shown by the kind of friends we choose." ~Colin Powell

 Cindy La Ferle

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