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Pleasing Everyone, All the Way to Burnout

Some of us are hardwired to try to please everyone. We were the kids growing up who actually listened… well, most of the time. We cared what our parents and teachers thought and wanted to make them happy. It was easy to become a people pleaser because the applause reinforced it — made us believe that we weren’t much unless we were measuring...

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Speak Up
Speak Up

This past week I have been, quite literally, voiceless. A bad case of tonsillitis left me with little more than a whisper.  It’s been a very quiet week.  Today I still don’t have my voice back but I’m feeling just a bit better and I started to notice the changes in my behavior.  I realized  I’ve been stepping back. I did not attempt...

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Fear At the Top of the Hill
Fear At the Top of the Hill

I looked down the 15 foot rock face that the other guys had just ridden down on their mountain bikes and the sight of it froze me in place.  But hey, the other five guys did it so I backed up, approached the steep decline and ... froze again, jamming on the brakes.  My buddies waited at the bottom and now I added a new fear, would they think less...

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Steven Slater, working-class Hero?
Steven Slater, working-class Hero?

How do you handle the stress you encounter at work and home? Yesterday Steven Slater, a flight attendant for 20-something years, finally lost his temper with the rude airline passengers he no doubt encountered on a daily basis: The incident took place just after the Jet Blue flight landed when a passenger stood to remove a bag from the overhead...

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Why Do We Put Things Off?
Why Do We Put Things Off?

I was reading in the news this morning that Switzerland has decided not to extradite Roman Polanski. He has waited almost a year to get the news that his life on the run can continue.  Polanski has had a guilty conviction hanging over his head for more than 30 years. As I read the article I couldn’t help but think that if he hadn’t run, if...

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Unfairly Grounded?
Unfairly Grounded?

Were the airplanes unfairly grounded? In the aftermath of the recent Iceland volcano eruption which spewed volcanic ash all over Europe, some are questioning the decision to ground all airplane flights. It's estimated that the decision resulted in about $1billion in losses. And now some are suggesting that it was a mistake to keep the planes out...

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Ipad Kitty is Front Page News
Ipad Kitty is Front Page News

The most viewed video on YouTube today is “Iggy Inviestigates an Ipad”. In the video Iggy the house cat chases a cursor around the screen of a brand new, $500 computer.  You can find the link on the homepage of CNN.com .  Riveting stuff. I can’t decide what surprises me more – that someone let their cat play with their ipad or that...

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It’s Easy! 5 Ways to Simplify
It’s Easy! 5 Ways to Simplify

Do you ever watch those home reno shows on TV where they take someone’s horrible basement and turn it into a gorgeous lounge or an inspiring art studio? Have you noticed that the first step is always clearing everything out of the basement? There’s usually a shot of the family out on their front lawn surrounded by belongings.  Some one turns...

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