Escape Your Chains of Whining

Whining

Today’s Quote: “We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.” Anne Sullivan

I read Anne Sullivan’s quote in my local paper last week and it struck a nerve. I think I’m about two cheeseburgers and one bag of lemon cookies from clinging desperately to some chains of my own. I hear them rattling every time I open my mouth and whine and complain about what I whined and complained about yesterday and last week. Though I wouldn’t consider my existence commonplace or selfish—no one ever does—I seem to be whining and complaining more about more and more. Here’s why that’s a problem:

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Today is “Make it Right Day”

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During my next to last visit to New York I stayed at an unfamiliar hotel. It was late and I was hungry enough to eat Brussel sprouts, asparagus and beets! (Trust me, I was desperate!)  I had $10 when I wandered into the gift shop but quickly spent $12.43. The cashier assured me $2.43 wasn’t worth another trip and said I could drop it off the next morning. The next morning I was rushing and I didn’t give that $2.43 a second thought until I was on a plane halfway to Nashville.

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Love Makes The World Go Round

Heard it in a Love Song…

Love

It’s February and love is in the air, and I am loving it! Love is one of those things you can’t buy, rent or manufacture but it is like oxygen. It helps make everything else worthwhile. And, in February there are all kinds of cool things to celebrate—National Hot Breakfast Month, Library Lovers Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, and Heart Month. As a special treat, from my heart to yours, I am resorting to my favorite love songs for today’s wisdom.

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Here’s your Official Magic Formula for 2017

Welcome 2017

Welcome to this big, shiny New Year and all the adventure it holds! Praise God we’re still here growing and going strong! I love January because it signals we have 365 new opportunities to refresh, renew, and restore ourselves. I pray that 2017 will be your best year yet. To help get you there, here is your official 2017 magic formula.

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My 6.1 Lessons For 2016

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I arrived at my  61st year or my 18,625th day on earth Sunday and I’m celebrating! I have loved birthdays ever since I can remember so I start celebrating November 1 so by my real birthday, I’m not just older, but wiser. It is my great joy to share this year’s Wisdom 6.1:

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End of the 2016 Election Cycle

2016 Election is finally over!The 2016 election cycle has thankfully come to an end! Hallelujah! Now, if the insults, the biased polling touted as the gospel, the incivility that bred hatred and strife, the intolerance of voices other than our own would also end, I suspect I might dance the night away!!!!!!! Continue reading

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October Is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We must talk…

About domestic abuse

My husband, Roger, and I often teased that he would never hit me because my father, Big John, was more than 6 feet tall, had hands like baseball gloves and was a no-nonsense-kind –of-guy. In reality, he was a gentle giant who died 12 years ago, though I still brag about his spirit protecting me, but domestic abuse is no joke. I am blessed that Roger is much like my father– generous and kind, and thankfully I have never experienced the fits of rage, insane jealousy, mind games, or the vicious cycle of apologies/ beatings/more apologies/more beatings that are the hallmark of abusers. Nevertheless, October is Domestic Abuse Prevention Month, so like the airport signs remind us: “If you see something, say something.”

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Today Is The Day

Today

“Nothing is worth more than this day.“ – Goethe

Today is the day. I will step out on faith. I will do that thing I’ve been afraid to do.

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Making a List

List

I’ve learned that making a list helps me get things done. Use mine below and add your own.

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Behind The Scenes: Preparation is the key

*First in a series: Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson Prepares to speak

retro microphone and red curtain

Preparing to speak is a process. There, I’ve said it, and this process begins long before I get to the microphone to inform, inspire or entertain you. I am happy to pull back the Wizard of Oz mystery curtain and let you see the sausage being made. From January to April, look for these reflections and I pray you will be blessed and consider calling me for your next event.

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