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See the Person in Front of You, Not the Person You Expect

Photo by Braydon Anderson on Unsplash We live social contracts with one another. The contracts are marvelously powerful, convincing us that what we see is exactly as things are. They smooth the way, allow us to conduct our business, go our merry way. Except when they don’t work. That person driving 45 miles an hour in… Continue reading See the Person in Front of You, Not the Person You Expect

creativity · The Good Life · writing

In the Company of Writers

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash By Sunday, we were exhausted — overfull and overstimulated and still overjoyed to be in the company of writers. The annual Writer’s Digest Conference is held over an August weekend in New York City. While there are many events throughout the year focusing on particular genres and forms of writing such as novels,… Continue reading In the Company of Writers

books · change · creativity · The Good Life · Time

Saying Yes Before the Future Said No

Photo from pixabay on pexels.com I never heard whether I had been accepted to the university — but went anyway. Two years later, I walked out with a diploma, a job, resilience, and clear-sighted, wider perspective of what was possible for me and my life. That was yesterday’s post “Give Yourself an Acceptance Letter.” One reader responded… Continue reading Saying Yes Before the Future Said No

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Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail

Author Photo, Winter 2017, End of Day Dorothea Brande’s declaration about how to live awake was first published in 1936. In her book Wake Up and Live! she described the impact that this principle had on her life and on the life of others who used it. Brande is quick to explain that she did not… Continue reading Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail