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Decide What You Want

happyI don’t know about you but deciding what I want has always been a challenge for me.

Crazy, right? It doesn’t make any sense. Just decide what you want. Simple.

I’m constantly indecisive. Avoidance is my M.O. It doesn’t serve me well. I know this but still…

So why don’t I just change it you ask…hell, I ask myself that daily. Just change it and make a bloody decision.

Yes, I know indecision is a decision. But, really, what’s my problem? Too many choices, too many what ifs, too many negative thoughts? Maybe I’m a perfectionist. Who’s to say.

I could trace this back to childhood. That’s always a good excuse. But just for the record it seemed that no matter what choice I made as a kid…I was wrong.

Not a great way to instill confidence in decision-making. Might as well let someone else decide and just go with the flow. I did just go with the flow so that is a learned skill I still use today.

But let’s get back to why I was always wrong…at least in the eyes of one parent. (I’m not getting into the blame game here. We’ve all had issues. I’m just providing a bit of back story.) According to dear ole dad I was never right.

Here’s a quick example: One day, just before I was about to go out with friends, he told me not to come home late. Tired of his ambiguity I asked what he considered late. No answer. I waited. Still no answer. So no matter what time I came home I was late. See, always wrong. (Making him always right.)

Now here’s the thing. I knew this. I was well aware that he was…uh, a bit off.

Yet, I’m still gun-shy when it comes to decision-making. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve made zillions of decisions large and small. The big decisions seemed easier in a way. Move out…that decision took only seconds. And, I acted upon it immediately.

Quit my job and go sailing for a month with a man I’d only recently met? No problem…I’m outta here. (No, I never sailed before.)

Move to Florida…really, not a big decision.

Write a book and finish it…decided, did it, done.

But decide what it is I want when I’m not up against a wall? Ugh…I’d rather be force-fed HFC-laden, gluten-loaded white biscuits until I’m pounding my fists on the floor crying uncle.

I’m not going to leave this confession without making a decision. It’s not a big one.

So here it is: I’m painting the bathroom Bahamas Underwater Green! Whew. Finally, I picked a color.

How about you? What decision are you making today?

Three Words to Live By–Prosperous, Creative, Fulfilling

Prosperous creativeProsperous, creative, fulfilling. Three words I’ve chosen for this year. Three words to keep me on track no matter what project I’m immersed in.

Prosperous, creative, fulfilling.
Tacked to my magnetic board with glamorous shoe magnets, it’s the first sign (omen?) I see each morning as I power up my laptop.

Green, red, blue. Prosperous sports sturdy typeface in money green. Creative tickles my senses in Curlz MT–circus red, of course. Fulfilling is lofty in sky blue Ravie.

Practical. Expressive. Gratifying. On track. Off track. Start again. Ask the question. What can I produce that is creative, fulfilling and prosperous? Writing? On again. Off again.

Practical…yes and no. Expressive…yes and no. Gratifying…yes and no. Seems about right!

How about you? What’s your three words.

I’m off to write again.

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Communication — A Better Life through Word Play

I believe in words. I believe in the power they hold. I believe in the story a single word creates.

Bouquet. Tendril. Secret. An encounter with my junk drawer unearthed a buried book of Magnetic Poetry – that simple but ingenious invention—affirmed my faith in words.

My Magnetic Poetry book—a  chunky spiral bound tome—is filled with refrigerator cryptograms and provides the perfect opportunity to tell a story. Magnetic words can be used anyone—anyone big enough to reach the icebox and with enough digital dexterity to separate the tiny words from their magnetic home base.

Precocious toddlers, stooped elders and funny kids can participate. Lovers, newly-weds and the long married have equal access. Universal in its appeal, you can love it or hate it and still partake in it.

It’s Scrabble without the stress, a crossword without the clues or hangman without the noose. The object is to embrace all of poetry’s shapes—odes and lunes and tanka and tercet. Forced to create from limited resources compels us to pare down to essentials.  It requires the sentence creator to wholeheartedly do their job.

In this game the words take center stage. I have my favorites among the magnetic options.

Summer and song and secret.

Liquid and love and leave.

I love the creativity of put-together words like out-let and song-bird.

I love vivid words like summer and plums.

I love lexis that buzz and jump and make you look twice while pretending not to.

I love Haiku and tiny tales that jump off the board and send tidal waves of Oh’s to passersby.

liquid songs pronounce

morning shower so lovely

summers secret sound

Or

teach from here you said

bruised tongue staggers over his page

dark red book blossoms

Pure expression and creative endeavor—pick up a few words today—tell a miniature story.

Leave your poem below!

(original post Aug ’09)

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Thank a Teacher–Be a Teacher

I was inspired by Alex Mandossian’s blog post today. He lists a 101+ teachers and what each taught him all in a single line of text. (I suspect he learned that editing skill from one (or more) of his teachers.

Naturally, Alex got me thinking about teachers and what they taught me and then it struck me that what Alex does so well is passing the teachings forward.  He’s never stingy about credit and it serves him well.

So, while I begin my list of teachers and the lessons I’ve learned I suggest you stop for a moment today and thank the teachers in your life–then go one step further and become a teacher.

Thank a teacher–Be a Teacher. Listen, learn, and pass it along.

You can read the post here:   http://www.alexmandossian.com/2009/11/26/a-thanksgiving-post-for-101-teachers-in-my-life/

Thanks, Alex.

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untitledLive Your Life Out Loud: 30 Ways to Get Started

Today’s article by Sonya Derian, owner/founder of Om Freely

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you, I came to Live Out LOUD.” ~Émile Zola

1. Live your life on purpose. Not on “DEFAULT “. Be Proactive. Make conscious and deliberate choices. When you don’t choose, circumstances choose for you and you are never leading: you are following or catching up, or worse, living in “default” mode. Instead, make a decision to be the leader in your own life and take front and center. Lead.

2. Utilize your full potential. Give what you’re doing your best and fullest attention. Be here now. Even if you’re not where you want to be, giving it half your effort doesn’t move you forward. Master what you have at hand, for the sake of mastering it, and something will shift. Give it what you’ve got.

3. Overcome your fear. Get out of your comfort zone. Find out you have a pulse. Let something give you butterflies in your stomach. This is how you know you’re alive – how you grow into something new. Every fear overcome is a freedom gained. The less afraid you are,the more room you have to play. Consider that you live in a huge mansion with 35 rooms but you only live in 3 of the rooms because the rest of the house is dark. Go in and open all the lights. Unveil the darkness and you have a bigger house to play in. Don’t know how to overcome fear? Do the thing you’re afraid of. Cross them off the list. Make it a game. Pretty soon, you will be invincible. Living a life out loud, is living a life of freedom. Living a life of freedom is good.

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Alex Mandossian – Abundance Thinking Defined

Alex wants your thoughts and I do too!

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