Perpetually chased by wild dogs

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Perpetually Chased by Wild Dogs Imagine being constantly chased by wild dogs. It would be exhausting and nerve wracking Metaphorically, this is how most people do life. They are running around trying to prove that they are good enough, trying to prove that they are okay. It is exhausting and nerve wracking. It is also […]

Defective life strategies

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Defective Life Strategies There are many defective life strategies. These strategies do not produce the result(s) that they claim to produce. But very few people have stopped to examine this, and so people keep on using these defective strategies – hoping that they will work. They won’t! Here are a few of them: Beating up […]

10 out of 10 would agree

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10 out of 10 would agree 10 out of 10 people would agree that what that person did was not okay – or at least that was what I was telling myself. But, would all 10 really agree that what this person did was inappropriate? I didn’t actually survey anybody. I just made it up […]

Improv abilities and strategies

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Improv Abilities and Strategies I had a very enjoyable conversation with Jenny from www.funnygirls.org last night. They teach leadership and life skills to girls in grades 3-8 using improv. There’s a lot of life strategies we can take from improv. Affirming one another rather than denigrating, ignoring, or contradicting one another. Learning how to laugh at ourselves […]

They are who they are

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They are Who They Are I’ve written before about how we don’t have to like people to love them. But (at least for me) this can be an easy trap to fall into. It is nobody’s job to make sure Jonathan Manske is happy or to make sure things are done the way Jonathan likes […]

The opposite of gratitude

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The Opposite of Gratitude We’ve all heard about the importance of gratitude and living with an attitude of gratitude. Living in gratitude makes even more sense when we consider the opposite of gratitude. It seems to me that the opposite of gratitude is numb, oblivious, entitled, or disgruntled. None of those sound like a good […]

Life first aid

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Life first aid Oftentimes things like worry, anxiety, guilt, shame, and stress can be eliminated or at least alleviated by just simply changing perspective and creating some clarity. Sometimes this can even be accomplished in as little as a 5-minute conversation. It is important to have someone in our lives who can provide this life […]

Impossible to do better than thinking allows

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Impossible to do better than thinking allows It is impossible for us to do better than our thinking will allow. So, when we are not getting the results we want, or are behaving in ways we’d rather not – we need to check our thinking. What is it that I believe about myself, or this […]

Hacking human glitches

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Hacking Human Glitches The other day my outlook refused to open. I tried a few things and quickly realized that this computer challenge was far beyond me. I called for help. My friend, Paul, started working the keyboard and all these different windows opened that I’ve never seen before. And in just a short while […]

Arguing with a liar

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Arguing with a Liar There’s not much point in arguing with a compulsive liar. However, people frequently do this when they engage with the negative voices in their heads. “You are a loser because ______.” “No, I’m not!” “Yes, you are!” And on and on and on. A far better strategy is to quit interacting […]

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