Letting go of yesterday

Why is letting go of yesterday so hard? Why do we feel pulled into the past as if lingering there mentally will allow us to prolong it? And why would we want to prolong it? The days pass ne’er to return. And depending on how much emotion and energy we experience in them, we may …

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A stepping stone path between wheat stalks.

Be grateful, but don’t settle

Being grateful for what we have doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for a better life. It’s always okay to improve our lives according to what’s most important to us. Sometimes, our lives are abundant – filled with love, happiness, and fortune. Other times, they’re not. Most of the time, we teeter-totter in between. Wanting life …

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Issue: January 2023

This month’s issue is about new beginnings and letting go of the past, letting it all be enough, and embracing the new. Read: The Be Well Place January 2023 issue Download the issue and revisit it when you’re feeling stuck. And please share with someone you think could use a little lift. I hope it’s …

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Lighten up, loosen up

It rarely feels good when people tell us to “lighten up.” And the exact opposite usually happens. We’re more likely to tighten our grip and bear down harder than heed such unsolicited advice. But despite people’s intentions when they tell us to lighten up or loosen up, there’s a lot of wisdom in those sayings. …

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New beginnings…again

The other day, my kindergartner pranced around the house singing that “Michael Finnegan” song, and naturally, I started thinking about “beginning again.” Do you know the song? It’s one of those catchy childhood rhymes that sticks in your head and has an unexpected morbid ending. (We’ll discuss the dark and morbid stories embedded in nursery …

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"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Think Back, Move Forward

We talk a lot about living in the present moment because the past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. Of course, thinking back on past mistakes and successes helps you make better decisions in the present and propel you toward a better future. But how far back should you think? Are memories from …

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"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." - Lao Tzu

Don’t Change, Be Better

There’s no point in trying to change who you are. You are who you are, and that’s lovely. Sometimes, you may not be the best version of yourself. But that doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your personality and everything that makes you you. Instead, you should leverage who you are. All the good and …

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"Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason." - Robert South

The Power of Abstinence

Life is about enjoyment, but it’s good to practice acceptance through abstinence. When we abstain, we make a conscious choice not to have, say, or do something. And we have to work through the consequences of that choice, which is when we truly learn and grow. Abstinence doesn’t have to be dramatic, though. It doesn’t …

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"Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future." - Susan Sontag

Embracing the New

To live is to be in an ongoing state of change. Nothing is ever the same. Nothing is static. Everything is moving. Everything is in flux. We can hold on to the familiar for a little while, especially if it aligns with our life path. But at some point, we’ll have to let it go …

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