Thursday, January 31, 2008

I Know, or Do I?

In one of my earlier blogs I mentioned that I would like to abolish the idiom, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," from the English language. Once again, I'm reminded how true that statement is.

We often cut ourselves off from valuable information when we think we know it all. Stay open to learning from others who have gone before - let them share their story - something they say may just be the piece of information you need.

A little graciousness is a good thing; resist the urge to say, "I told you so," because in the end, it won't change anything.

If you do want to change something - why not learn how to change your response to the stressors in your life?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Balancing Act

Life happens, and despite the best of intentions, it can cloud our judgement and cause us to ignore what we need to do for ourselves to keep us in balance. I was going full-tilt when I had an email which put it all into perspective for me.

This person, who is in the middle of an ambitious project,
wrote, " My friend/business partner and I are very clear that we do this all in our 'natural time', that we always stay in EASE, and that our family lives remain uncompromised by our 'little' (ha ha) project."

Judy, thank you for reminding me what I need to do for myself to stay in balance.

Photo: Kristin Smith

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Time for Traffic

The other day, I had a valuable lesson in time. As it is important to me to be punctual, I left home to allow plenty of time to make it to my 7:30 a.m. appointment...or so I thought! Unfortunately, there was a 4 car pile-up on the bridge which resulted in a huge traffic jam.

Sitting in traffic as the the time was ticking by, I implemented one of the HeartMath techniques which allowed me to come up with a brilliant solution that I'm surprised I hadn't thought of before. My normal modus operandi would be to constantly glance at the clock and fret about how late I would be. I made a conscious decision to ignore the time...what could I do about the traffic anyway? Constantly looking at the time would not suddenly clear the roads, but what it would do is start that cascade of 1400 chemical changes that take place during a period of stress. This wasn't necessary as the traffic was not a real "threat."

The best part was that the traffic cleared and it became an easy drive. In fact, I arrived at my appointment 15 minutes early and in a state of calm. What a huge difference that made to the rest of my day. For more information, please see:

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Thanks to Tory Byrne for this image!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Nutritious & Fast Food

Despite evidence to the contrary, these 2 can go together. One of my favourite quickie meals is to fill my cup with Veggielicious Spice, then pour boiling water over top. It's nutritious, quick and delicious. An alternative is to heat up some broth and then sprinkle Veggielicious Spice. Vegetables are never this easy. Kids love it, too!

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Image from Whole Food Farmacy.