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Looking for High-Level Creative Solutions: Seek Ambiguity First

“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.
Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”
Erich Fromm

Embracing uncertainty and ambiguity is not often seen as a worthy skill, especially when you’re engaged in important decision making. Our culture demands certitude of direction and clear evidence-based steps that guarantee success. Shouldn’t ambiguity be banished as quickly as possible? According to Fromm, if you want to unfold your powers, then perhaps other expertise is needed. The capacity to open wide to ambiguity and begin to dance with uncertainty is a necessary and amazing asset for high-level decision making and problem solving.

7 Ways to Stop Living Someone Else’s Dreams

 “…anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. “David Whyte:  Sweet Darkness

To live your life and not someone else’s version of who they think you should be is a worthy and rewarding endeavor. However, wishing doesn’t make it so or more people would achieve their personal life goals. How to begin this process takes effort. It does not take a carefully planned strategic campaign, mission statements or critical dates for achievements. Here is a small and user-friendly way to begin.

Why Am I Living Someone Else’s Dreams

” At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want ”
Lao Tzu

If Lao Tzu is correct, then how do we lose ourselves so frequently? For several years I’ve known my personal path and the gifts I have to give. I believe that this is also true for many, if we will only take the time to stop surrendering our personal authority over to others and instead lay clear claim to who we truly are. However, simply having this self-knowledge of who we are and what we want isn’t enough..

Calm Your Heart – Cultivate Your Flow

“I’ve gotta slow down!” How many times a day does this thought cross your mind? How quickly do you return to your to-do list of urgent priorities? In Richard O’Connor’s book, Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness, he details the consequences of our pressurized, communication-fueled, overloaded lives. According to O’Connor, the constant onslaught of stressors and overwhelming information coursing through us creates a flood of stress hormones plus physical and neurological changes that are damaging us from the inside out.

. . . and then you remembered you forgot to have a weekend . .

It’s late Sunday afternoon, the sun is going down and it hits: you’ve been running full tilt all weekend getting things done, doing chores, driving kids, grocery shopping, socializing, meeting all those various have-to’s / got-to’s and “pow” it’s over. The whole weekend is gone. What looms before you now is your work week, with a whole different set of demands and deadlines. You’re not rested or restored. Far from it, you’re exhausted and regretting how you’ve used up your two precious days off. Many of those tasks may make your life a bit easier this week, however, you just can’t seem to catch a break or stop the frenzy.