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Strategies to prevent external chaos from disrupting inner harmony

A tornado moving through the grasslands while three horses try to outrun it.
Image by Willgard Krause from Pixabay

Saturday mornings were prime cartoon watching when I was a kid. Do you remember Taz, the Tasmanian devil on the Bugs Bunny cartoons? He would spin like a tornado destroying everything in his path, and the only thing that might calm him down was music.

He was an unpredictable creature.

I’m finished with it now and sending it to you.

Image by Comfreak from Pixabay

Many years ago, Ali, a kind soul, had a big dream of connecting the world.

She created the “Happy Bright Travelling Books” — four notebooks that would travel the world and provide inspiration and connection to those who needed it.

When you opened the notebook, you were invited to read…

I murmur to myself while scrolling through real estate listings

A hanging rattan chair on a patio overlooking a beautiful, blue ocean.
Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

I frequently fantasize about moving.

Many of the homes on the market in my neighborhood are newly renovated and carefully staged. I look at the real estate listings and admire the sparse furnishing and modern colors.

The kitchens are designed for ease of movement while cooking, the windows are large…

When we face challenges and hold ourselves accountable, we find the confidence to do difficult things.

A snail struggling to climb up a large rock.
Image by Maryam62 from Pixabay

I don’t like the morgue. It is cold, dark, and scary.

When I was a new psychologist, I was also an Army officer stationed at a large military hospital with an intimidating morgue. One of my soldier duties was an occasional 24-hour shift called Administrative Officer on Duty (AOD).


And two that should not.

A group of wooden pegs following another wooden peg.
Image by Here and now, unfortunately, ends my journey on Pixabay from Pixabay

A friend recently asked about my writing progress. I told her about my amazing, life-changing articles that few people take the time to read. I admitted that my growth is slower than expected, and I need more followers.

Wanting to help, she asked, “Who is your ideal audience?”

I didn’t…

And a few other awesome holiday memories.

A green and gold Christmas ornament ball with green curly ribbon tied to the top.
Image by croisy from Pixabay

I like Neil Pasricha’s spirit. During a difficult time in his life, Pasricha challenged himself to think of something “awesome” every day for 1000 consecutive days. From 2008–2012, he shared his list on this blog.

Imagine the mind-shift that occurs when you focus on gratitude every day for several years.

Jill (Conquering Cognitions)

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