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It’s Time to Stop Being So Serious… Seriously!

The path to Freedom can sometimes seem like a never-ending battle. Even when we think we are getting somewhere, something is still missing. Almost but not quite was my story, as I tried harder and harder to free myself of the past. Just when I thought I let that go… there it is again. It is the fire of commitment that keeps us going no matter what. We intuitively know that peace and joy is our natural way to be… so what is missing? The sooner we discover how to not take things so seriously, the faster the Joy of…

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Laugh Your Way to Success

Are you choosing to go through life as a crabby person or a lovable soul? Be the lovable soul and laugh. We've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine". This often refers to using laughter as a means to rectify an unfortunate situation, or to salvage what is left after a failure. Laughter becomes a coping mechanism to help minimize our tears, our anger and our disappointments. It is the defense we use to make us feel better, and gain back our strength after the event occurs. Using laughter in this way will not lead us to success-…

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Simple Ways to Embrace Life

Love fully. Laugh daily. Be silly. Embrace your dreams! Feel gratitude for the simplest of pleasures. Discover the beauty of silence. Spend quiet time alone each day. Live from your heart not your head. Keep a gratitude journal. Be an inspiration to others. Shine your light for others to follow. Be more - do less. Release fear. Allow yourself to receive the blessings of life. Living a joyful life is a choice - choose wisely. Release the shackles of self-judgment. Step outside your comfort zone. Take baby steps each day toward the life of your dreams. Believe in the truth…

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Stop Waiting for It to Get Easier

I learned 13 years ago how precious life is, and how short it can be, when I was diagnosed with melanoma. Having cancer was a defining moment in my life and I realized that that no matter what goals and dreams I had – the time to make them happen was now.  I still run my life and operate my various businesses with that same sense of urgency. As a coach to entrepreneurs and small business owners, I hear about ideas for growth a lot. And whether the idea is based on a new product, a new or improved service,…

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12 Short Poems for A Great Life

Follow your Heart "Take time each day to laugh and to play, Be thoughtful in all of the words that you say. Please follow your heart as you go on your way, Then you will find pleasure in every day." Live life fully "We are all only dancing on this earth a short time, So be sure to dance with a happy song in your mind. Dance loudly, dance strongly to the heavens above, But most of all, dance with your heart full of love." On laughter "Don't lose the ability to laugh and to play, Learn to laugh like…

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Choose Laughter, Not Drama

The previous Inspirational Luminaries on this site are a tough act to follow. They have clearly already covered the spiritual essentials, so what could I possibly offer that would be new or different? Many years ago, a workshop leader's response to my perpetual misery and unusually high aptitude for suffering was to advise me to "Spend six months in Disneyland and watch Saturday morning cartoons every week." He was trying to cure me of taking the drama of my life too seriously. There was my answer: humor! There is a distinct dearth of mirth on these pages. Zero laughter from…

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Being Your Authentic Self

My pearls of wisdom are these: have faith, a sense of humor and do something completely random. God will always have your back if you just let Him. Don't take everything so seriously. Bring levity to your life daily because it really is the best medicine. Help a complete stranger if you can, because the blessings will come back to you tenfold and you can impact their life (as well as yours) in a positive way. Whether it's a helpful hint, a smile in passing or giving a kid change at the checkout because Mom didn't quite have enough in…

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Gandhi’s Secret of Life

No matter what you do or who you are, life is filled with challenging moments. At times, navigating through the obstacles that lie between health, wealth and happiness can be downright miserable. Struggle is common to the human condition. But the ability to embrace the struggle and move forward despite it is surprisingly uncommon. This is what keeps this country spending 190 billion dollars a year on obesity related illnesses. This is why only 4% of Americans are millionaires. How can we change this? How do we welcome struggle and keep charging onward to an empowered destiny. To find an answer,…

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Home Alone For The Holidays – Finding Joy

This time of year so often seems to fly by for most of us, but perhaps not so fast for Baby Boomers who are alone. The many office and neighborhood parties, family visits, shopping, and tree lighting ceremonies can be difficult for someone who is alone for the first time in years. Many of our Baby Boomer friends and family members are struggling to keep the joy of the holiday season while their minds are full of thoughts and memories of a loved one who has recently passed on. It’s very difficult to keep a smile on your face when…

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Harness the Power of Laughter

If you want to feel better, here's a suggestion for you that has worked well for many others: Do more, be more . . . and LAUGH more! Laughing is healthy. It helps the body's immune system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects and laughing is nothing less than a miracle drug! Laughing is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet, and is 100 percent wholesome. Laughter has no pesticides, no preservatives, and absolutely no artificial ingredients. There are no movable parts, no…

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Follow Your Dream

First and foremost, follow your dream. When I began work in July 1965 at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, prohibits sex discrimination by covered employers, employment agencies, and labor unions, I found I had a passion for women's rights. As a Jew who had to leave Berlin, Germany, in 1933 with my immediate family to save our lives when I was five years old, I early learned of the evils of discrimination based…

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Do Less, Do More-Recommendations From Twitter

I love how my blogs take on a life of their own. On Friday, I tweeted a saying that I saw on a wooden box at a museum in New York City last week. It read...  "Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breath more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours." I got a tweet right back that said, "Bark less, wag more". Within a few seconds the idea for a blog was born. I then sent this request to Twitter: Pls recommend 1 thing to do less and…

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