Month: December 2010


A Prayer for us All

Make a list of your accomplishments, and celebrate them. We need to take every possible occasion to praise and honor ourselves. You have succeeded! You are a success! Celebrate!

Whatever remains undone, transfer to a new list of “Intended Results” for next year. And begin again. This book is a tool that can help you along the way every year.

I leave you with a final affirmation of abundance for your life…

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The City at the Summit

“You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.”—Publilius Syrus

The white-washed walls of the city of Santorini sparkle atop the steep cliffs that rise majestically from the cerulean blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Ships nestle in the harbor, surrounded by three islands that some say are the remains of the mythical city of Atlantis.

Among the visitors, there are sometimes arguments about which is the better way to get to the summit. “The cable car is faster!” some claim. “But it’s more fun to ride the donkeys!” others retort. Those on the tour busses say, “Why go directly to the top? Enjoy the rest of the island first.” “Climbing is good for your health!” say the rest. But no one says you won’t get to the summit unless you take their route.

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“The life of man is a journey, a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodations.”—Oliver Goldsmith

As a teacher, I try to act as a signpost to others, pointing the way down the road to success. But sometimes as I lecture, I know I’m the one I’m talking to. “Oh yeah, that’s a good idea, Chellie; why aren’t you doing that?!” says the voice in my head.

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“We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand.”—Woodrow Wilson

Food. Shelter. Clothing.

These are the basics that we need to sustain life.

Everything beyond that is entertainment.

There is purpose and reason to our lives—beyond sustenance and beyond entertainment.

What is your purpose? What is your mission? What’s it all about? My guess is that it isn’t about just staying alive, and it isn’t about who’s got the most stuff.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I grew up reading science fiction. I love the explorations of authors who expand reality to other planets, universes, dimensions, times. So much of what we take for granted in our everyday lives had its precursor in sci-fi: the radio, television, microwaves, space travel. What man can imagine, he usually later invents. For countless centuries, people were ruled by the suspicion that many things were impossible or unknowable. Now, we live in an age where nothing seems impossible—it’s just a matter of inventing the right technology.

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We Are Not Alone

“Anyone can cut an apple open and count the number of seeds. But who can look at a single seed and count the trees and the apples?”—Dottie Walters

I smile to myself as I write the title of this page. “Hmm,” I wonder, “Will the reader think I am saying we are not alone in the universe, that flying saucers and little green Martians abound, that I am a UFOer?” I will tell you, I have not ruled it out…

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My Staff

During the time management section of my workshops, sometimes my clients complain that they have too much to do but they are afraid to delegate. They think that things won’t get done well enough if they turn them over to someone else. I tell them that they are Master Delegators and I can prove it.

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“The smallest effort is not lost. Each wavelet on the ocean tossed aids the ebb-tide or the flow; Each rain-drop makes some floweret blow; Each struggle lessens human woe.”—Charles Mackay

My friend, Karen, was an artist with makeup. She believed every woman was beautiful, and helped many to discover their own unique beauty. I had been buying her products for four years.

I saw her at a networking luncheon: “Hi, Karen!” I said. “You look gorgeous, as always, you tiny thing!”

“Oh,” she said self-deprecatingly, “My friends tell me I look anorexic.”

“Hah,” I scoffed. “You’re naturally thin—they’re just jealous.”

She gave me a big hug, and suggested some new makeup I might try. I said sure and ordered a few items. She called me the next week to say that she had ordered my makeup and it would be delivered in a day or two. I thanked her. I didn’t know that was to be our last conversation, mundane and ordinary.

Six days later, she took her life.

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Last night in my class, we were playing “The Glad Game” and listing all of the things we are grateful for. We talked about maintaining an attitude of gratitude and I said that one of the things that always gets me back to center, being appreciative of what I have instead of what I don’t have is to think about Christopher Reeve. There was a pause as I contemplated his tragic accident, then I mentioned how awful I thought life would be if I was paralyzed. Jennifer, a young saleswoman, looked at me in surprise, then laughed. She said that wasn’t what she thought I meant. She thought I liked to think about “cute boys!”

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Terry the Terror Temp

When I was the bookkeeper at an employment agency, one of my duties was to prepare the weekly payroll for all the temporary employees the company had sent out on assignments. This was a simple task and for the most part enjoyable, as I got the pleasure of handing out paychecks to happy recipients each week. It was fun to give people money!

But one temp, Terry, was an absolute terror to work with. She always seemed rude and demanding to me. She would show up before the checks were written and say she was in a hurry and had to have her check right then. I felt used and abused and dreaded seeing her. Every time I saw her, my heart sank, and I got tense and irritable, expecting problems. Since I was expecting them, she made sure to deliver.

One Thursday, there she was again.

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