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Month: January 2014 (Page 2 of 2)

How I Overcame Self-Doubt and Declared Myself a Writer


Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Beverly Army Williams.  It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.

A piece of art, a collaboration between visual artist Linda Jean Fisher and me, is held in the Pfizer Corporation’s collection. In the late 1990s, I handed a stack of poems to Linda Jean. She created graphite drawings and used the erase function of an electric typewriter to type my poems. This  lifted the graphite from the drawings, and the words stood out from the drawings in white. Her purpose was two-fold: she wanted to acquaint herself with my work, and she wanted to encourage me to call myself a writer.

I was a writer, but I was wary of claiming that title.

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7 Life Lessons for a Brighter New Year

Arizona Sunrise

The Cycles of Life

Life runs in cycles. Peaceful periods give way to challenging times, which then melt into another emotional color until that one changes too. These cycles occur over minutes, weeks, months and years.

Greater peace of mind arrives when we accept that life will always be changing, and we’ll never truly know what will happen next.

At the same time, consolidating our life lessons builds our resilience so we can meet the cycles of life with greater joy and ease.  That’s precisely why I place value in a year-end review and the lessons that emerge from engaging with the right questions.

Some of my life lessons from last year were practical and some were profound.  Here are the most important lessons I learned.

1. Don’t Expect to Arrive

I didn’t expect to be waylaid by two months of bronchitis or two weeks of flat out back pain. I didn’t expect to receive new genetic information that changed my treatment plan and possible outcomes.

Life will surprise you. Whatever arises, try to take it in stride without labeling it “good” or “bad” or clinging to it as the final destination.  Don’t aim for a happy ending that never changes.

You can find greater peace and happiness by having this bigger perspective; not by expecting life to stay the same.

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The Joys and Challenges of Being True to Yourself

Stress Alarm Katie

I love this quote from author Byron Katie, as it reminds us that the roots of stress may run deeply into the very core of our being.

Responding effectively to stress involves more than simply learning a relaxation technique.  In fact, you may never consistently practice what you’ve learned if stress has intertwined itself fully into your everyday persona.  You may resist letting go of all the tension for fear of facing yourself – blemishes included.

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