I’ll do it myself

Anybody, anywhere in the world, all they want is to be free, to choose what they want to do without having someone tell them how to do it. Freida Pinto 1984 – Have you ever tried to feed a two year old — hoping to get the food in their mouth and not on the floor — only to be rebuffed? About that age, children start demonstrating a desire to be in control of their lives; they want to do things for themselves. At the other end of the spectrum is elder care. If you’ve ever been a caregiver, you know …
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The scariest thought

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor E. Frankl 1905 – 1997 What’s your scariest thought? Think about that for a minute. What frightens you the most? Right now, a significant percent of the U.S. population might say their greatest fear is Donald Trump being elected President; another segment of the population would say the same about Hillary Clinton. Some would say terrorism or gun violence frightens them most, while others fear being unable to support …
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How big is your circus?

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. Scott Adams 1957 – Recently, my daughter introduced me to a wonderful Polish saying that many of us should take to heart. The phrase captures a wealth of wisdom in its few words: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” The essence of the phrase is simple: the situation being considered isn’t yours to manage; it’s someone else’s problem. But the truth is, a lot of us go out of our way to take on other people’s problems. Why do we get involved with another person’s …
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