Beauty

Beauty can only result from wellness – Jessamyn Stanely


Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging“, as I know each of these pieces represents something…

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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One of my first book reports was on The Mouse and the Motorcycle. I recall my teacher saying this is a popular book, I want to know you read it and I want it in words that reflect that. I proudly turned mine in and my teacher returned it with “The sentences you picked out make a nice summary of the novel. I can tell you really enjoyed it” written at the top in bright ink. I share that to say I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Stray, a very popular read. Here my “summary”, in Stray’s words.

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“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I choose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told ‘Each day I felt as if I were looking up from the bottom of a deep well but from that well, I set about becoming a solo wilderness trekker’ (5)—. I was a pebble. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me. (83)—I was thinking of only moving myself forward. My mind was a crystal vase that contained that one desire. My body was its opposite: a bag of broken glass. (?)— The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back. I really did have only one boot (209) to wander from proper path, to deviate from the direct course, to be lost, to become wild to be … aimlessly in search of something, to diverge or digress (97) — Thank you, I thought repeatedly. Thank you. Not just for the long walk, but for everything I could finally feel gathered up inside of me; for everything the trail had taught me.”

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What do you think? Will you read this novel? Have you read this book? I also challenge us all to send a loved one a care package or a letter this summer. To echo Stray, “I sat on the concrete near the little building, shuffling quickly through the envelopes, too overwhelmed to open any yet (217).” Should we all have that moment of joy!

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A solution

When you’re not trying to come up with a solution to something, you can actually be most productive – Blake Mycoskie

 


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Surprise Interview

On a crowded London commuter train, an early morning rider shoved and insulted a fellow passenger who got in his way. It was the kind of unfortunate and mindless moment that usually remains unresolved. But later that day, the unexpected happened. A business manager sent a quick message to his social media friends, “Guess who just showed up for a job interview.” When his explanation appeared on the Internet, people all over the world winced and smiled. Imagine walking into a job interview only to discover that the person who greets you is the one you had shoved and sworn at earlier that day.  – DB

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This is, hands down, one of the best quitting videos EVER! I would never personally do it; after all, my tag line is “Build More Bridges Than Walls”, nor would I recommended it to my clients or students. It just isn’t wise and the anecdote above proves it. I agree with Michelle Obama “When they go low we go high.” When you know it’s time to say farewell do the following:

  • Write a resignation letter. It may seem old fashioned, but it’s best to gather your thoughts, write down a few of your major accomplishments on the job, and thank your employer.
  • Give them time. Two weeks may sound like a lot, but respect goes a long way and leaving someone in a lurch is not ever a good idea. They will appreciate it.
  • Hold your tongue. Wait for the exit interview to explain issues you may have with the company, and then still only provide constructive criticism.
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Don’t think about it

Don’t think about it, just do it. Most of your stress is in your thinking about what you have to do, but if you just do it you find the doing is easy. It’s the thinking that’s hard – Ajahn Brahm

 


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