"Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless."
Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, atheist
As you take this time in midlife to reassess your life and move toward fulfilling your life's purpose, your life's dream that may have been on your heart for decades, a lot could happen along the way. Your doing deep introspection and then plunging ahead with something new, extraordinary is a scary, challenging, but oh-so-rewarding journey. As you strive toward your next, best life, by its very nature this process may knock you off kilter a bit, take you down rabbit holes, show-up with a companion called failure. So why not minimize these stresses? By sincerely putting yourself in God's hands? He will help. When you do, here are 5 things you can expect:
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is infecting more than our bodies with disease; it is infecting our psyches with fear. And this fear as spread much faster and its reach far greater than the biological virus itself, infecting young and old, trade and transportation, all of daily life.
Fear can benefit us, like fear of a snarling dog or a very real virus. But fear can also paralyze us, as in the words of a character from the movie, Dune, “Fear is the great mind-killer.” It is this fear that kills our minds, preventing us from making rational decisions. It is this fear that robs us of our peace, preventing us from calmly dealing with daunting challenges.
You may be infected with fear right now. Do you fear losing your job? Do your fear retirement? Or a disintegrating relationship? Fear for your ailing parents? A failing marriage? Of being alone? Do you fear what’s happening to our country? Are you fearful for your children and grandchildren?
If any of these...
Have you ever faced a time when life-changing events were swirling around you, moment by moment, all unpredictably? So much so, you thought surely you would go crazy, literally?
I’ll bet you have – especially as you’ve reached midlife.
And I certainly have. When my husband of 27 years struggled through the last two months of his life, dying of colon cancer.
God had brought Steve and I through our two years of battling this monster inside him, a long life considering when initially diagnosed, the surgeon began by saying: “Do nothing and be dead in a few days.”
From that moment until those last two months, we had our ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and God was with us, teaching us, sustaining, uplifting us.
The last two months were something else entirely. The ups and downs—but mostly downs—were happening moment by moment, and I was going crazy.
You see, when faced with a crisis, I was wired by God to automatically think about...
A friend, who herself adores ballet, passed along an article about renowned ballerina Alessandra Ferri. At age 19, she was the youngest woman to become a principal ballerina with Royal Ballet School. She has worked alongside some of the greats: dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, Now, at age 54, she has come out of retirement to light up the stage once again.
This is no small feat. Not only does the world of ballet adore the young, but there are very practical physical limitations that come upon even the most tone ballerina as she ages. Added to that is that ballet has become an even more physical endeavor than it was in the 1960s, and you have many odds stacked against you.
But those odds didn't faze Ferri. Her extraordinary talent combined with mental discipline and a positive approach have brought her again into the limelight.
#1: It's what's inside...
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In last week's TUESDAY TIDBITS, I briefly talked about updating the visual elements of your brand, such as logo, website, and so on.
It got me to thinking: If you're going to evaluate your graphics, what does "up-to-date" look like? Well, Venngage, the go-to place on the web for info graphics, has created an info graphic showcasing 8 trends for 2017.
A WORD OF CAUTION: When it comes to your brand, I am not recommending you go willy-nilly, embracing all of these trends without regard to what your brand stands for.
For example, if one of your brand attributes is "traditional", embracing all of these modern trends would fly in the face of who you are, who you say you are, and who your customers/clients know you as.
At the same time, a "traditional" brand should not mean "outdated company." There is a way to update even a traditional brand without its losing its traditionalism. To do so requires the skills of a graphic artist who also...
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