Fall 2006

Dear Friends

Most of us spend a good portion of our lives denying ourselves things -- we don't lie on the couch with a book because we have another load of laundry to finish; we don't stop to take a nap when our bodies are asking for one because our brains are saying ''you don't have time''; or we can't say ''no'' to some perceived obligation and, for once, just chill out and relax. You know the drill, I'm sure.

Well, let me tell you about my friend Brenda. The one time she didn't deny herself something she really wanted, it saved her life. Brenda has an upcoming cruise vacation and wanted to look her best. She joined a gym, started a diet, and was really making an effort to be ''good.'' Then someone brought a chocolate cake (her favorite!) to work. Brenda knew she shouldn't eat a piece of that cake. She knew she should stay far, far away. But there the cake sat in the lunchroom all afternoon, calling her name. She held out, hoping that by the time she got off work, all the cake would be gone and she would be safe.

As she was leaving, she popped her head into the lunchroom just to see. There was still some cake left. She thought, ''Ok. Fine. I'm going to take just a tiny slice and eat it after dinner.'' She cut a small sliver, put it on a paper plate, and left to drive home. As she approached the green light at the first major intersection, the cake started sliding forward off the passenger seat. She stopped briefly to look down and push the cake plate back into place. As she did so, a tanker truck flew through his red light and directly into the path where her car would have been had she not paused to save the cake from falling to the floor.

Her life was saved by a piece of chocolate cake. How about that? This holiday season, as the ''shoulds'' and ''should nots'' come at us from all directions, may we stay centered and aware that sometimes we just need to take ourselves less seriously. You never know what might happen when you loosen up a little!

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Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

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Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

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