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Don’t Wait for a Deathbed Realization – Live the Full Life Now

By Monica Nelson A couple years ago I received the call I had feared for years. My mother told me that my father was dying. He had been moved to a hospice the night before, but the doctors believed he would not stay long. His death was imminent. Could I come? As I packed up, ready to make the 500-mile trip to my childhood home, I contemplated what my father might be going through. What kind of end-of-life contemplation hovered in his consciousness? It was no coincidence that I was reading The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, at that time. The book was spurring me on to evaluate my … Continue reading

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Make the Season Last – Enjoy the Holiday Feeling All Year Long

By Monica Nelson I revel in the joys of the holiday season. No, it’s not the gifts that stir my internal celebration. It’s the feel. It seems everyone puts aside their angst and bitterness during these few short weeks of the year. The air is alive with cheer, hope, and happiness. This, in and of itself, makes the holidays a time to celebrate. But when the holidays end, we all go back to our grumpiness. Is it possible to get the feel of the holidays all year long? I pulled together a few of the characteristics that I have found make the holidays a bright and warm time. A time … Continue reading

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The Morning Pinks are Just as Beautiful, or an Evolution of Gratitude

By Monica Nelson Pink in the morning, sailor’s warning. Pink at night, sailor’s delight. –Anonymous That was one of my mother’s favorite sayings. Of course, the saying refers to weather. But as I’ve weathered the storms in my life, I’ve come to equate morning pink with difficulties and hardship. My life did not turn out to be what I envisioned it to be as a young girl. There has been much more pain and struggle than I hoped or expected. In response to those struggles, I’ve sought after more than a few emotional tools to keep me going. I’ve found that gratitude and being thankful is a great motivator that … Continue reading

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