Overcoming Overwhelm

This is the system I described in a recent quick tips episode of the Discover Grow Shinecast, a new podcast to help you along the path to health, wealth, wisdom and a happier life. This is the system I use whenever I feel like I'm suddenly in the spinning-wheel of death mode that Mac-users know when their computer goes into system overload for too long. 1. Stop What You're Doing No matter how … [Read more...]

Gabby Giffords Steps Down

Very few people ever take a bullet to the head and those who do rarely survive. If Rep. Gabby Giffords' response to such a senseless act of hate doesn't inspire you, nothing will. One year ago this month, my plane landed at Huntsville International Airport. I was returning home after a brief trip to Telluride, Colorado. We deplaned and were greeted by TV monitors tuned to CNN's "Breaking … [Read more...]

We become…

Last week's Monday  Motivator focused on the power of our thoughts to shape our lives. But actions matter, too. We write our own destiny; we become what we do. Soong May-ling, Chinese political leader This is so true. We demonstrate what matters to us by how we spend our time, the choices we make, the actions we take. What are you doing? If health matters, are you exercising and eating … [Read more...]

Make Miracles Happen

I recently spent a good bit of time going through several boxes of papers and miscellaneous items that had accumulated and needed to be dealt with. One item I found was a small pamphlet containing an essay by Norman Vincent Peale. I recalled that my aunt had given this to me several years ago. I decided to re-read the essay, "Expect a Miracle, Make Miracles Happen," last week to launch the new … [Read more...]

Lessons From David Copperfield

Last night I watched MGM's 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few "life lessons" from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time. Here a few quotes from the film and book for today's Monday Motivator post: "Never be mean in anything, never be false, never be cruel." David's aunt, Miss Betsey … [Read more...]

Problem Solvers Survive

Another motivator, courtesy of Aesop's Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher: "A Crow perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When she reached it, she discovered to her grief that it contained so little water that she could not possibly get at it. The Crow tried everything she could think of to reach the water, but all her efforts were in … [Read more...]

The Mouse and the Bull

This week's Monday Motivator is the tale of The Mouse and the Bull from Aesop's Fables: A Bull was bitten by a Mouse and, angered by the wound, tried to capture him. But the Mouse reached his hole in safety. Though the Bull dug into the walls with his horns, he tired before he could rout out the Mouse, and crouching down went to sleep outside the hole. The mouse peeped out, crept furtively up … [Read more...]

A Cat in Gloves

A cat in gloves catches no mice. -- Ben Franklin from an issue of Poor Richard's Almanack. This may be my favorite of all the aphorisms compiled and published by Ben in Poor Richard's Almanack. And, thusly: "A cat in gloves catches no mice" marks the launch of a new Monday feature on The Ben Franklin Follies — The Monday Motivator. Look for this post each Monday between 6 and 8 a.m. One reason … [Read more...]