Notes To My Younger Self:

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You will find yourself in pickles. Many of them. And while in the thick of the struggle, your wonderfully imaginative and creative mind will get busy finding ways to blame others for the circumstances you find yourself in. Don’t worry, this isn’t a major character flaw. In fact, it’s natural— an instinct even—triggered by the fact that you’re in unfamiliar waters and your internal safety officer is having a panic attack. Thing is though, while safety gal is doing damage control, your mind is distracted from addressing the matter at hand. The problem has been dropped in your path for a reason. Not to ruin your day, scare you or make you feel like a knucklehead, instead, obstacles are put in your path so you learn to problem-solve, troubleshoot, expand and therefore grow. Yep, that’s right, every prickly pickle you find yourself in isn’t a punishment or bad luck. It’s an opportunity to stretch and move ahead. So do yourself a favor, when situations go sideways, let your safety officer know that everything’s going to be all right. You are smart, resourceful, equipped, creative, capable, determined and disciplined and will figure out a way to handle the pickle gifts you have been given. So there’s no reason for her to get scared and start placing blame on others. Reassure her that the sooner she lets go of the blame game, the sooner the two of you can get busy conquering the problem.

E.L. Chappel author of Spirit Dance/Storm Makers/Coming very soon: The Surge

“There are really only two ways to approach life—as a victim or as a gallant fighter—and you must decide if you want to act or react, deal your own cards or play with a stacked deck. And if you don’t decide which way to play with life, it always plays with you.”~Merle Shain

You get to pick.

aka The Glamorous Wife

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