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"They are tossed to drunken heights, only to be brought down into a sludge of headachy despair; their arrogance gives way to humiliation at the next curve of the switchback." —Patrick White
It is easy to lose sight of oneself as the most powerful person in one's life. Reinforced by the masses and the media, we forget our power to create our lives and control our emotions.
After years of thinking and living this way, one becomes a feather in the wind.
When things are good they feel exuberant, invincible and can even become self-aggrandizing or haughty. On the ego's... (more)
Imprisoned within the walls of unhealthy competition, criticism, self-doubt and insecurity, are crowds of people waiting for some illustrious person, authority or event to choose them.
For some, a love interest holds the jailhouse key. For others it's a career opportunity, title, status, money or accolade. The prisoners believe that being chosen will prove their talent, loveability or enoughness. They are certain that happiness is on the other side of being picked.
Who or what must select you for you to finally feel good enough, successful or complete?
No one... (more)
Truly great success is not the product of putting in the tremendous effort required to become good at something in which one is innately mediocre. When it comes to achieving excellence in a given task or field, one who is naturally good at the thing has a tremendous advantage.
We tend to seek to improve the things we are weakest at because we want to overcome perceived inadequacies. At best, we will improve and become better at a given task, but we will never be great at it. This approach serves us up to the point that we become competent in written expression, general mathematics... (more)
Lately, I've witnessed several situations where individuals devalue themselves and put others on a pedestal. Here are a few examples:
1) My friend, a former actress, is starting a new career and is terrified of contacting a key person because she is afraid that he will look down on her lack of a formal education.
2) A woman emailed me saying that, although she really wants to, she doesn't post comments on blogs because her ideas and writings aren't as good as other people's.
3) I attended a dinner and a few of the guests were multi-millionaires. A male guest, who... (more)
Change is unavoidable. If we decide to sit on the couch all day today and do absolutely nothing, the earth will still spin, light will turn to darkness, dust will settle and gradually we'll look less and less appealing. Change happens even when we attempt to remain the same.
People often notice change when something that used to work no longer does, a child refuses to ever sing the bathtime song and happily hop into the tub again, a couple no longer enjoys their Sunday routine, the customers stop coming in, your everyday hairstyle all of the sudden looks completely absurd, your clothes... (more)
Choosing the first topic to write about on BrooWaha presented a conflict. I thought of just jumping in and writing like I'd been here for months, but it just didn't sit well. It felt like walking into a party full of people who didn't know me, ripping open a bag of chips and squeezing in between two people engaged in a conversation.
As always, I watch myself think and question my impressions and assumptions. On reflection, I realized that the reason I cannot just make like the Broos and say nothing of it is because I've come to know this place as a community instead of just a newspaper... (more)
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