Neither here nor there

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. N.R. Narayana Murthy 1946 – While you may not have heard the term ‘liminal space’, you’ve almost certainly experienced the phenomenon at some point. Liminal space can be either literal or figurative — a transitional place, period, or experience. The airport is a good literal example: an in-between place, the gateway between your point of origin and your destination. The upcoming winter holidays are often considered liminal times, bridging the old year and the new.  These days can feel stagnant to some, …
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The Pillow Test

You become what you give your attention to. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. I’m always looking for little things people can do to improve their quality of life. I recently heard of a good exercise from an associate in Dallas; he calls it the pillow test. It’s simple, but it can be very effective over time. As you lay your head down on your pillow each night, ask yourself the following two questions. What am I glad I did today? What do I wish I had done today? These are powerful and thought provoking questions. Think about the things you …
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Dealing with loss

If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? Matthew 18:12 When we’re young, we seem to constantly experience additions to our lives. We accumulate knowledge. We get new and bigger possessions. We gain more friends and relatives. For the most part, our younger years are spent expanding our individual worlds by adding people and things, both tangible and intangible. At some point, the tide begins to change. As we grow older, there’s a greater chance …
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