Sunday, April 29, 2012

3 Ways to Refocus

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Goodwood Motion Blur (Photo credit: ** Lucky Cavey **)

Generally, a camera out of focus is frustrating and does not accomplish the goal of getting a sharp, clear picture that captures the moment. In order to achieve a good quality photo, the user has to make adjustments.

When our life gets out of focus, we have to do the same. Adjust or be left with a fuzzy, distorted picture that can cripple us or restrain our ability to enjoy each day.

Here are 3 ways to refocus
that can help you survive sanely:

1. STOP. Refrain from what is causing the fuzzy, distorted picture. If it is causing pain and frustration to the point that it is unbearable and makes absolutely no sense to continue the pursuit, with no possibility of resolution in sight, it is time to halt, slam the gears into PARK. GET OFF the boat, the bus or the train.

2. TAKE A TIMEOUT. Give yourself time to reflect, pray, meditate and listen. Learn the plan that is designed just for you.

3. GO A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. Put the designed plan into action. Adjust the attitude, change the scenery, the pattern, the method. Get out of the stuck lane and move over to the going forward path.  

  "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
— Maya Angelou

Refocusing is good for the soul. It may seem painful for a season, it can seem easier to go back for a time, but the action of moving ahead and beyond the distorted picture can bring us peace like we may not have felt in such a long, long time. ~

Have you had a refocus experience?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

3 Steps to Survive Sanely

Perhaps you saw Benaiah CEO Benjamin Hale's Tweet quote today. His reminder of Benjamin Franklin's saying "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest" is a great tip to surviving sanely. Here's 3 steps of knowledge that you can put into practice today to keep you poised for sanity.

1. Take a step back. Being too close to a situation can make things appear bigger or different than they really are. Backing away from a situation or circumstance can provide a more objective view. Giving yourself some space can inspire you with new ideas, a different perspective and maybe even additional or better options.

2. Laugh. Having a good laugh is refreshing, it promotes stress relief. There are a lot of great, past and present, comedians that can have you rolling in laughter in a matter of minutes. If you are from the baby boomer set, you may enjoy a look at some classics like Red Skelton or Lucy. From Generation Y or X? ...maybe a look at the Nerdist. Check out the video below for clean comedy. It's from YouTube, where you can find a lot of good laughs.

3. Dance. Need some energy? Want to lose weight? ... get in a better mood? Dancing is good for your health. It's an outlet for creative energy and even releases serotonin.
Whether it's the local YMCA or private jazz, tap, hip hop or reggae class, you can tone some muscle, build the cardiovascular and have lots of fun.

Do these tips work for you? Have others to share?

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

How to Survive Sanely in a Crazy World ~ Welcome

Have you ever wondered how to survive in a crazy world?

Gas prices soar, the bills don't fit the paycheck, the weather's gone haywire and trustworthy is a forgotten word?

You are NOT alone.