Monday, September 30, 2019

Emotional cleansing

"Just as we wash our bodies and our clothes, we need to cleanse our emotional outlook....Many of us act as psychic garbage collectors, vacuuming in other people's negativity. Since we have more than enough of our own baggage to deal with, we must have the courage to let go of that which is not ours to carry." ~Sue Patton Thoele, The Woman's Book of Courage


Sunset in Mexico / Cindy La Ferle

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Your authentic self

“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you, your real life begins. At that moment, you'll finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.” ~ Shannon L. Alder


Cranbrook House & Gardens / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

The whole truth and nothing but the truth

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, 
when first we practice to deceive." 
~Sir Walter Scott, from the poem "Marmion"


Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Funny Friday: Cooking lesson

"If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a doctor makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe." ~Paul Bocuse


Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Energy conservation

"If you're always pouring your energy into others but aren't getting energy back, eventually you will run dry. Seek out healthy relationships that lift your spirit and give you more energy, not less." ~Viktor Sanders


Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The dangers of over-sharing

"If you reveal all of your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees." ~Khalil Gibran on gossip


Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Living with intention

"Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something meaningful." ~Martin Yan

Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Finding the way back

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves." 
~Henry David Thoreau

Cindy La Ferle

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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


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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


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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


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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

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Listening skill

"Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen." 
~Gary Hopkins


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Illumination

"If you eliminate what no longer works, 
you illuminate what does." 
~Cheryl Richardson


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Friday, September 6, 2019

Funny Friday: Morning coffee

"I want someone to look at me 
the way I look at my coffee." 
~quote from GoodHousekeeping.com


Morning mug / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Originality

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” 
Shannon L. Alder


Bayside Gallery in Suttons Bay / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ways of the heart

"Most people who act heartless have a good heart. They just act heartless to protect themselves from getting hurt again." ~Sonya Parker


Heart of stones / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Sharing

"The quality of any social interaction depends on the ability of those involved to share attention. Competition develops when people want to focus attention mainly on themselves; cooperation occurs when the participants are willing and able to give it." ~Dr. Charles Derber


Cookie's garden / Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, September 2, 2019

The last days of summer

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” 
~William Shakespeare


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