Thursday, August 5, 2021

Best friends

"Good friends are there when you need them. Fair weather friends are there when they need you. The best friends are there when there's really no need at all." ~Doe Zantamata

Coco in St. Joe / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Birthdays


Happy birthday, fellow Leos! / Cindy La Ferle

"My life is better with every year of living it." ~Rachel Maddow

As a rule, I typically don't write posts for my own birthday -- and not because I'm  embarrassed to admit I'm another year older. It's just that I don't want to appear arrogant or self-aggrandizing. I'm not looking for praise or more presents, so I hope you'll forgive my self-indulgence. 

But this has been a good year and I'm very grateful for it. 

I ran across a quote this morning that describes every person's birthday as another chance to start fresh, or hit the reset button. In other words, everyone's birthday is a personal new year. Put that idea in your head and celebrate it.

Wedged between a few heartbreaking losses and a few regrets, a lot of positive things have transpired since my birthday last year. For starters, I was lucky enough to get the Pfizer vaccine in February -- an event that felt like a miracle because it rescued me from additional months of COVID-19 anxiety and stress (for myself and all the people I love). The vaccine gave us our lives back -- and reminded us of how much we've all taken for granted until now, including professional haircuts and hugging our grandkids.

This year also brought new publishing opportunities and "firsts" for me -- including an essay in Newsweek, and a long-awaited acceptance in one of my favorite magazines -- which I'll share with you early next month. This year, I moved past some dark weeks of fallow time and started writing seriously again, which helped me make sense of the pandemic and the crazy politics that infected this country with a vengeance. 

As we age, I believe it's essential to keep using our skills and gifts; to make a difference while we're here.

In the months since my last birthday, I've had a chance to take stock of where I'm headed, using the extra time to make changes I needed to make -- if only a few attitude adjustments. So much of what hurts or worries or confounds me, I discovered, can be healed if I pause to reevaluate what's going on, stop making assumptions, and ultimately reframe the situation in my mind. This practice improved everything from fragile relationships to project goals. 

This year I finally resolved (through diligence and doctor visits) a couple of chronic health issues that kept me anxious and worried. In the midst of the pandemic, I learned that good health and an outstanding medical team are among my greatest treasures.

More than ever, I believe in resets and fresh starts with optimism -- and I wish all that and more for your birthday, too. ~Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Seeing eye to eye

“You cannot convince someone to see something that they do not want to see, no matter how much you know it would improve their lives. You have to love and accept them exactly as they are today. If you cannot do that, you have to let them go and find their own way, in their own time, if they ever choose to do so. Otherwise, you'll be giving them power over your happiness, too.”  ~Doe Zantamata

Cindy La Ferle
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Monday, August 2, 2021

Garden peace

"It is in the solitude and safety of my garden that I have experienced the deepest sense of peace. Peace with my past, acceptance of the long years of loneliness I endured, and forgiveness of those who have hurt me -- especially those who've hurt me without ever knowing. I have also learned to forgive my own failures. Nature is a patient teacher."  ~Tricia Clark-McDowell, The Sanctuary Garden

Cindy La Ferle

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Doors

"Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity, or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere." ~Paulo Coehlo

Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Saying "Yes"

 "The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure." ~Joseph Campbell

Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Waiting for opportunity?

"Do not wait. The time will never be just right." ~ Napoleon Hill

At the Box Factory for the Arts / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Accountability and happiness

"The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves. This is a natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their lives." ~Brian Tracy

In Susan's garden / Cindy La Ferle

ONLINE PUBLICATION NEWS ~ "The Friendship Blog" 

Dr. Irene Levine, nationally known as "The Friendship Doctor," invited me to share my recent Oakland Press feature, "Gab Rehab," as a guest column on her Friendship Blog. (If you missed it in the paper on Sunday, you can see it here.) And if you haven't visited The Friendship Blog yet, I am proud to introduce you. It's a goldmine of helpful advice on how to navigate friendship. ~ Cindy La Ferle


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Illumination

"Once you join up with your true self, even in tiny, seemingly insignificant ways, you will live the rest of your days married to amazement. The stars will burn themselves out to light your path." ~Steering by Starlight, by Martha Beck

Cindy La Ferle

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