What Will You Wear Today?

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Fall is here…and I’m slowing down purposefully and taking a long walk in our woods daily, drinking all the pumpkin spice coffee I can get, and I’m slowly getting back into knitting and starting my new book…while all isn’t right in my world…I’m finding a lot of joy and contentment in these small treasures.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

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Last week, early in the week, I wrote about getting caught up with everything that’s been happening this summer through my blog posts…then, as it often happens, life got in the way.

So, here I am again, considering (with not a little frustration) how to share in a logical, orderly manner all that has been rumbling around in my heart and mind these past three months. After all, summer is almost over…and for the first time in a long time, I’m breathing a sigh of relief.

2014 has not been what I expected. Like most people, I was anticipating just getting through the holiday season with body and mind intact. Then, I hoped for a reprieve before spring arrived. It wasn’t to be. Finally, I kept looking ahead to summer really, truly believing that I could recreate one of those hazy, lazy summers of my childhood. Didn’t happen.

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“O” Positive (or not)

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Last month I gave blood for the first time in a long time.

It had been such a long stretch between “giving” that I couldn’t remember if I was O Positive or O Negative. (Ironically, I wondered if the people who know me best would know the difference either?)

When I received my shiny red donor card emblazoned with “O” Positive right under my name, I sort of laughed. Because I know better. More often than not, I am not “O” so positive. Rather, I am “O” so negative.

I could blame it on the type of work I do because reviewers have to see manuscripts with a critical eye in order to “review” them accurately.

But I shouldn’t allow my ability to read a text with a critical eye to spill over into my life…but I do.

So, whether I want…

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Would You Pass the PONS Test?

michelehowe:

A good day to remember.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

PONS (Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity) is a test that scores individuals on how well they guess what’s going on emotionally from seeing a two-second snippet of a given scene. Test subjects may be given only someone’s body, their face, or possibly only their voice.

Daniel Goleman writes…

Interestingly, those who score higher on this test tend to be rated as more interpersonally sensitive by their peers or supervisors. Clinicians and teachers get higher job performance ratings. If they are physicians, their patients are more satisfied with their medical care; if they are teachers they are seen as more effective. Across the board such people are liked more.

I find this interesting.
And true.

I thought back to when I accompanied my now deceased father in law to the surgeon who would be operating on his throat. This doctor was said to be one of the best in…

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Everyone wins when courage fills a woman’s soul

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Still on my “top ten” books every woman should read!

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

When it comes to helping others, some people stop at nothing. Unknown

Not every book photo accurately depicts what’s to be found inside the cover of the text. In this case, it does.

If you’re peering closely at this photo, let me explain.

This black and white cover photo reveals a woman holding tightly to stalks of wheat. Her fist grasping the grain with all her might. And the book designer couldn’t have chosen a better way to introduce readers to this topic.

This photo depicts:

Strength.
Resolve.
Commitment.
Perseverance.
Sacrifice.

Author Carolyn Custis James wrote The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules, in 2008. I was one of the happy reviewers that devoured this text (and have reread it about a dozen times since.)

If I had a short list of favorite books…this one would be on it.

I’ve long wanted…

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If You Don’t Stand for Something (You’ll Fall for Anything)

michelehowe:

It’s still my favorite season!

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year (and this photo helps describe why.)

The colors.
The cooler, crisp air.
The smells of fragrant candles burning in my kitchen.
The taste of everything cinnamon and spice.
The crunch of leaves under my feet when I walk into our woods.
Not to forget: sweater-weather!

Some of my best memories have happened in the fall and I try to make these moments count before the rush of the holiday season starts.

So take a few moments with me and drink in the beauty of this photo and give thanks for the natural wonder that surrounds us.

While you’re at it, how about giving thanks for being an American too?

At a time when every person I know is sick to death of political commercials and ongoing media assaults (when we seem to be fighting each other more than fighting for what…

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The Anatomy of Listening Effectively

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Listening to really hear what someone is saying…not half-listening so we can make our point.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

I admit it. I’ve always considered myself a good listener. I was wrong. Not until I read Stephen Covey’s book, The 8th Habit, did I realize how limited my listening skills have been. Perhaps my biggest mistake is trying to formulate a response while someone is still talking with me. Instead of giving my full attention to the speaker, I’m guilty of (1) allowing my mind to race ahead trying to solve a problem and (2) busy deciding if I agree (or not) with the one talking. In either scenario, I’m not fully engaged in what’s being said and therefore, I’m not listening effectively (and that has to change).

According to author Stephen Covey in his newest title, “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness” communication is the most important skill in life. Covey writes that people spend about two-thirds of their…

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Promises, Promises — We Make Them (and then break them)

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Go out on a limb – that’s where the fruit is. Will Rogers

I’ve decided that when I make a promise to someone (anyone) I’m really going out on a limb.

When I promise to do something, be somewhere, bring something, or follow through on something…I’m also counting on a lot of “somethings” to fall into place.

Like

Time (never enough of this)
Availability (even with a calendar in hand we can’t always predict this)
Energy (always an uncertainty)
Money (what we have today, we may not have next week)
Skills (sometimes we thought we had what it takes and were wrong)
Material Resources (see Money above)

Even more likely

My ever-changing mood, the level of my emotions, or my current desire to offer forgiveness if you’ve offended me.

It’s really embarrassing…

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