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This is my office today.

I am scheduled to give a talk at an upcoming conference and I need to complete the research and create the slides. I looked outside this morning, and upon seeing the blue sky, cool air and light breeze, knowing I had work to get done, I felt frustrated and somewhat angry. Why did I have to miss out?

Then the thought occurred to me; work outside! Immediately my frustration was replaced with joy! Originally, upon seeing the nice day my motivation to do my work vanished. As I was setting up my outdoor office that earlier lack of  motivation changed. Now I want to work!

A change in my perspective led to a change of my emotions and motivation. Today, along your life's journey, what can you do differently to

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I think its safe for me to say that we've all had dreams. I'm not talking about the dreams we have during sleep, but those dreams we have for our future. I also think its safe to say that many of us have never realized those dreams. The dreams we have, or had, are but memories. For many of us, we feel that the realization of dreams is for others, not for me. Why is that? Obviously there are people who realize their dreams. It's not totally unheard of.

We

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A couple of days ago on July 31, the Catholic calendar listed it as the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  As I was doing some reflection and meditation based on St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises,  I came across a post by Fr. James Martin, SJ with this photo of a statue of St. Ignatius found in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.  Inscribed are the words St. Ignatius said to his friend

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Finding humor in life ... the other day a group of us, including my youngest daughter, was walking along an ocean boardwalk. On this boardwalk there was a local police officer sitting on a bicycle next to an officer sitting on his horse. The officer on the horse had a crowd of people around him asking if they could pet the horse, while the officer on the bike was ignored. My daughter walked up to the officer on the bike and asked him: "can I pet your bike?" He smiled

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What is the draw of the ocean? Why do we tend to go back to the water? I just took this picture as I reflect on these questions. The water sustains life, enables us to exist, and provides a rich backdrop for adventure. What draws you to the water? What can we learn from it?

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Be easy on yourself. Life isn't always as we hope it to be, but our life, today, is our life. Make the most of today, and learn valuable lessons from your past.

For a perfectionist like me, this message is both important and difficult. We don't need to always be perfect, but we need to be honest and true to ourselves. Life is hard enough without us making it more difficult than it need be.

 

 

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Now ... the present moment; it's all we have. When our thoughts take us into the past or the future we worry and become anxious. We can't change what's already happened, and we can't know for sure the future. But what I do know for sure ... the now. It's happening, live in it! Live it!

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On this Sunday morning, as I sit watching the nature around me, I realize that time flies rather quickly.  "Tempus fugit" (time flies) is a phrase I learned early on in my Latin studies.  Yes, I reluctantly studied Latin my first two years of college.  Why?  That's a longer story for another blog post.  Suffice it to say, I have realized that since the start of the new academic year I have found myself inundated with projects and activities, all legitimate, but all taking away the time I used

Well, it had to end sometime.  Today is my last day of summer vacation as tomorrow I return to the world of academia.  First returning to the high school while next week returning to the university.  It is bittersweet since for every new venture, or change, comes a period of bereavement for that which has been.  

I took this picture from my backyard:

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While I watch sunsets I reflect on many different topics, but recently I wondered what our ancient relatives thought when they saw their first

Have you ever thought of your place in the universe? When was the last time you noticed the small creatures around us?  The other evening, while I was walking down my road, I noticed this caterpillar roaming the road's white line.

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I stopped my walk to watch its movements and to wonder what he might be thinking. But then I thought "Do I stay in the moment long enough to not only recognize my thoughts but also to notice what is happening around me?"

While

Seven years ago many people's lives were forever changed and impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  Today, many of those same individuals are suffering due to Hurricane Isaac.  Of course this event, as do many other natural occurrences, beg the question "why".  Those of faith turn to their higher power for support and answers, while other people of faith ask the question "why".  A couple posts ago I reflected on asking the "why" question, but in this time of trial for those in LA and MS, it

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A new blog update should be coming soon.  My lifesjourney has been hectic this week since the academic year has again begun. Lots to prep before the eager students arrive this Monday at my high school and this Wednesday at my university.

Well, it had to end sometime.  Today is my last day of a two month vacation.  Tomorrow I return to the world of academia.  First returning to the high school while next week returning to the university.  It is bittersweet.  For every new venture, or change, comes a period of bereavement for that which has been changed.  I previously blogged about change, and I re-read that post as I reflected on this post.

Last evening I took this picture from my house.

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While I watch sunsets

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Call me crazy, but I have started a Facebook page about "lifesjourney".  I envision it as a place for people to gather, rest a moment, share quick tidbits of their journey and start maybe even start a discussion.  I plan to post a bit more often there, but generally as quick tidbits.

People have told me they have come to enjoy the "Rest Stop", so maybe the Facebook page is that "real" place to stop.  Check it out and "like" it:  https://www.facebook.com/lifesjourneyblog

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I must admit that the initial idea for this reflection came from a blog I recently read. The message was not about actual shadows, rather, the "shadows" or influences we have on other people. How aware are we of the actual shadows we cast throughout the day? How aware are we of the influence our actions and behaviors have on other people? I truly believe that all of our actions and behaviors have lasting effects.

When I was actively working with patients in the field of addictions, I was

Why does it seem that we don’t take the time to rest?  I’ve been reflecting on this for most of the summer, and now that my break is nearing the end, this thought is more apparent.  Why is it that most of us feel, have an internal expectation, that we must always be doing something?  Is it me?  Society?  A bit of both?

It does appear we can blame our society, but I don’t think if fair that it be the scapegoat, at least not completely.  True, society does imprint upon us the value of work, and I

"Perspective".  Not an easy concept for most of us.  How quickly we lose sight of our journey, our goals, ourselves, etc.  The other day I was reading a book and came across this story from Fr. Anthony de Mello, SJ:

A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. “Why aren’t you fishing?” asked the industrialist.

“Because I have caught enough fish for the day,” said the fisherman.

“Why don’t you catch some more?”

“What would I

When I was young I was petrified of storms.  I would hide, plug my ears, pretend they weren’t there.  Anything to stop the reality.  I was told that thunder couldn’t hurt me, but it sure sounded like it could.  I was told it was the angels bowling, and although that conjured up a comforting image, the next lightning bolt immediately stole that image away.  I am told, although I do not remember, that I was nearly struck by lightning as I opened our old metal refrigerator just as a bolt of

Who hasn't asked the following question: "Which way do I go?  Is it straight? Left? Right?"  Way back when, in the ancient days before the GPS, if you were travelling in an unknown area without a map, and you became lost, you had to question what to do next.  Nowadays, if I am not sure where I am I ask the GPS.   But what happens on our life's journey when we feel lost?  How do we know where to go?  Is there a GPS to lead us?  And what happens when the journey (life) ends?  Or does it

St. Ignatius of Loyola

I know I am a couples days late, but anyways, the other day was the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  As I was doing some reflection and meditation based on St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises,  I came across a post by Fr. James Martin, SJ with this photo of a statue of St. Ignatius found in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.  Inscribed are the words St. Ignatius said to his friend St. Francis Xavier when Ignatius missioned him

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