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Facing your greatest fear

Facing your greatest fear 

I used to not think twice about how I should confront my top fears. I though I had no choice. Fear was fear and I did not get close to them at all. Avoidance was my mode of operation – if you cannot change anything anyway, just avoid getting close. That is why it had not occurred to me that my primary top number one fear was my own shadow. I was afraid how powerful I could be and I did not let my own light shine sort of speak. I owe a lot of building up my strength to Marianne Williamson’s “Our Greatest Fear”. See what you think.



Our Greatest Fear — Marianne Williamson

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Why choosing curiosity on the road is a good thing – part II Berlin

Why choosing curiosity on the road is a good thing – part II Berlin 5e497a1b-d651-4aeb-a4cf-ab52fbe5ef67

Photo credit: Kathryn Weiser

There is a good reason why franchise restaurants and hotels work so well. Any established brand suggests you get a predictable service and/ or product. That is usually true no matter where you travel. Our hasty lifestyle sometimes doesn’t allow an awful lot of wiggle room for experiments.

While convenience and predictability are great time savers, they come with a big bill. We lose diversity and with it a ton of potentially great experiences. There are so many great sites and tastes out there to experience. All it takes is a little curiosity and courage trying out new and untried things.

This time I did not rent a car and I did not stay at a conventional hotel while traveling to Berlin Germany. I signed up becoming a member of www.db.de, which is the German railroad. When you also sign up to become a discount card member the travel is cheap, clean, on time, and you get to your final destination well rested. I was astounded how much better I felt not having had to drive. Local street and underground rail systems as well as buses get you within blocks of where you need to go. It is incredible how well this worked.

Another first for me has been using www.airbnb.com for finding a place to stay. Here private homeowners rent a room, apartment, etc to you for little money. Comfort and value were astounding. The apartment I stayed at was exactly as advertised and the host was super nice and could provide ample insight as to where to go shopping and even where to have a nice meal. All the while no fuss during check in and check out. I will try this again next week and can recommend this for you to give that a go.

Make good use of times like the holidays or other vacation and take some time to explore the richness of diverse restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and many a hole in the wall places. Choose diversity over convenience – at least once and a while. You will not regret it. Much like this time there may not even be any loss of comfort or convenience.


Are you in need of a little cheering up? Well, then check this list of quotes out

Are you in need of a little cheering up? Well, then check this list of quotes out 14600974_10210085495567574_3268930458795490311_n

Photo credit: Ralf Weiser, even as messy as ice rain can be, it can also be very beautiful

It’s getting dark early now and it is cold, windy, and damp outside. The Christmas season is supposed to fill us with joy and yet sometimes the opposite is true. Find a list that is supposed to make you think and appreciate what you have. Remember that while you may consider your life to be a mess – this maybe somebody’s nirvana because they have it so much worse than you do.

  1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
  2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years
  3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.
  4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
  5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
  6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”, you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.
  7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – food, attractive people and danger
  8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
  9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor.
  10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
  11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one every day, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
  12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
  13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
  14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
  15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia
  16. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
  17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1.5 liters of water!!
  18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell(!).
  19. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
  20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
  21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today.
  23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
  25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  26. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  28. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!
  30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  31. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  32. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  33. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’
  37. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  38. Time heals everything – everything.
  39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  40. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  42. Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you’ll accomplish, today!
  43. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  44. Common sense is not common practice.

Forward this to anyone you feel could use a little boost. Please send any of your favorite ones my way to include them in an upcoming blog post.


Vivid reminders of 9/11

Vivid reminders of 9/11 IMAG0959

Photo credit: Ralf Weiser

If you have the opportunity to travel the Big Apple anytime soon, please make a point of stopping by the 9/11 memorial park and while you are at it take time to visit the new Freedom Tower – the new World Trade Center 1. Also, check out the museum connected to the park. About two years ago I made my first trip to the area where the two majestic North and South Tower used to stand before 9/11. I am glad I waited to return to this site. Where were you when the attacks happened in 2001? We all recall this quite well I am sure. One of my responses used to be rebuilding the site right away and taller than ever before. I am really glad to say that I was wrong about this. Over 3000 people lost their lives that day. There is no easy way dealing with the emotions of losing loved ones and having no closure as very few victims were ever found and identified. It is clearly a site that will provide vivid flashbacks to any of the folks who were old enough to remember this fateful day. I am glad now that some time went by before planning the rebuilding and development of the site.

The two fountains that have been built right there at the site where the Twin Towers used to stand are just magnificent. What a serene and peaceful scene, very tastefully done and topped off with all the oak trees and the museum part of the park. It will open sometime in the near future. They can take their time with that. I can still not stand the sight of looking at artifacts that relate to that dark day.

When you look up you now have two new high risers to look at. WTC1 is a worthy successor to the buildings that used to stand there. I was totally elated about the symbolic value of both scenes: America stands for resilience, tolerance, love and inclusion. It is soothing to the mind to see that we have come full circle. We are dealing with the grief and we will make sure that we will never forget to honor the fallen heroes. The new site is fulfilling its purpose to help bring hope to people and to inspire people again.

NYC has really grown on me over the last decade and a half. While you are immersing yourself with the pulse of the city you will get a notion of what it means to be amongst people that may go down, but are never out of the game.

Quick tip on the side: If you go North bound on I95 make a point to park at the Staten Island Ferry building on Staten Island. The ride to Manhattan is free and you get to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is a treat all the way around without the usual parking hassles. Safe travels.


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