Afraid of Love

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Bobby who was afraid of being happy. “If I get too happy, I’ll smile all the time and my cheeks will get tired!” he explained. “You’re stupid,” said his sister, Mary, who was afraid of having too much money. “If I get too much money, I’ll have to decide where to spend it, and that will stress me out,” she explained. “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve…

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If you’re unhappy and you know it…

Do you ever wish life was happier? Yes? Well good news – your wish is about to come true! IF you cooperate, that is. Here’s the deal: life is many things. It’s hard. It’s short. It’s confusing. It’s also good, full of opportunities, and open to your input. What that means is that you have a lot more power over how your life turns out than you knew. For example, did you know that happiness is a choice? Yeah, okay,…

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Excellence

If you’re looking for something to love in this world, may I suggest EXCELLENCE? I’m not talking about perfectionism – loving only the so-called perfect and being unhappy and dissatisfied with anything less is a perfect way to make yourself unhappy. I’m talking about striving for something better than you’ve ever been. I’m talking about letting your mind & heart imagine what could be possible, then turning your vision into reality! Striving for excellence gives meaning and purpose to all you do and attracts like-minded people. Life becomes…

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Backward Beauty

I met with several of my Utah Valley University students yesterday to go over their final papers, and several are promising to be very interesting and well written. One in particular, investigating the role beauty plays in our lives, got me thinking about an idea I’ve been working on, and I made the following video later that night when out for a walk.

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Vulnerability

“Connection is why we’re here. It’s what makes life meaningful.” Brene Brown’s research exposed shame as what unravels connection, and a six-year project brought her to a life-shattering fact – defeating shame through a strong sense of love and belonging requires the courage to be imperfect, authentic connection, a full embrace of vulnerability, and letting go of control. But Brene liked control, so her discovery led to a significant breakdown. You’ll enjoy her entertaining and…

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Work is Good

Want something? GO GET IT! How? Work, of course. There’s no other reliable way. We’re often told that work is bad. True, it can be unpleasant. Yes, it can take time. Sure, even cleaning the bathroom suddenly sounds like fun when we’re about to get started on a daunting project, but the fact remains that WORK IS GOOD. And it’s good for you! It accomplishes things and makes goals and dreams come true. It makes…

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