Live a Great Life Anyway …

“When Life Gets Tough, What Spills Out” …?

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Hmmmm … isn’t THAT a humbling question?  When life gets tough, what spills out of you?

And, although my ”spillage is much less toxic than it used to be … and … much less frequent that it used to be, there are still times when I am not proud of what is spilling out of me.  Gah.

Tavelling?  Nothing like an airport and public transportation to invite a spill or two.

Workplace issues?  Yep. Certainly cause for a spill or two.

Wounded people?  Yep.  Hurt people cause spillage of global proportions.

Social Injustice? For sure.  Lots of spilling.

Family Breakdown? Perhaps the spilly-est place on the planet.

Yes.  There are many invitations for us to spill.  And, when we do, let’s take notice of what comes out of us.  It can be such a great reminder of where in our inner worlds we still have some work to do.

May we all become more aware and conscious of whether our spillage is contributing our contaminating our surroundings, Karen

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Delicious Ambiguity … and … The Next Right Thing


And so it is … with this life we live.   We cannot guarantee our stories will always have nice, tidy, happy endings.

Perhaps, in the middle of the messiest muddle … our best bet is to simply do as Glennon Doyle recommends:

With the deepest respect for all of our stories …. Karen


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Remember this: You are the flames … not the ashes!

Hmmmm … how differently would we approach our days if we consciously remembered that we are the flames not the ashes!

Let’s all burn brightly, Karen

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Our beauty is not determined by the gravitational pull of the Universe …


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It’s all about finding just the right balance …


Balance.  Yes.  Finding the right balance is just so darn essential.  🙂

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A Bodacious Existence …


Who might we become if we dared to run wildly in the directions we most instinctively try to avoid?

Sensing this is something really important to ponder, Karen



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Something will grow from all you are going through … will it be you?

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Maybe.  Maybe not.

There is no guarantee.

Growth is a choice.

It is up to each one of us to determine how we will respond to all the prickly and undesirable things life throws at us.

We can allow our adversities to shape us into stronger and wiser human beings.

We can allow our adversities to limit us  … to shape us into victims of life’s misfortunes.

And yet, even when we have been victimized … we don’t have to remain victims.

The choice is always ours.

Victim … or … Victor.

Something will grow from all you are going through … will it be you?

I’m sure hoping so … Karen


No Mud. No Lotus.

No mud No lotus

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. 

But it will only grow in mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud ~ the obstacles of life and its suffering.

The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life.

Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” 

(Goldie Hawn)


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Chin Up …


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Each and every one of us is offered countless invitations over our lifetime to hang our heads in shame … to rake ourselves over the coals … to accept the ‘story’ that tells us we are not good enough, not love-able enough, not important enough, not smart enough, not skinny enough … blah, blah, blah.

But here is the thing … we don’t have to accept every invitation we get!  Just because we have a thought … doesn’t mean it is true. We do not have to accept the invitation to believe that thought.

Instead, we can simply look for the lesson in the moment, make any amends if/where necessary to clean up the mistake (including to ourselves!) … and then … chin up!  Falling and failing are essential parts of being human.   A ‘fall’ can’t define us … unless we  neglect to get back up.  Let’s not forget that things turn out the best for those who make the best of how things turn out.  Only always.

So … the next time you catch yourself accepting an invitation to let your head down, just take a quick peek at your shoes instead.

Upward and Onward …  Karen

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Where the magic happens …


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                                     Source Unknown but deeply appreciated!

Isn’t THAT the truth?

Everything that has sparked the most delight in my soul has also triggered more fear than I can begin to articulate!

May we all have the courage to step outside our comfort zones and collect the magic that awaits us there!

I’ll meet you there … Karen

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