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Christina Brandt

Monday, October 18th, 2021 | Making "What's Next?" What Matters ™

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Hold On Loosely

I was at The Inspiration For Many Blog Posts (a.k.a. the YMCA), about to jump in the pool for my regular swim.  The lifeguards’ boom box was playing the only station whose signal is strong enough to penetrate the natatorium.  (Don’t you love that word?  How often do you get to say “natatorium”…but I digress.)   […]

Five W’s and an H

I recently thought about something I’d been taught a long time ago: when writing a news story, always incorporate the Five W’s – Who, What, When, Where, and Why.  (I’d add an H, but more about that later.)  Take a moment to tune into the essential, deep and true part of yourself, and then ask […]

Living With Love

One day about three years ago I was volunteering at the animal shelter, sweeping one of the rooms.  This little gray cat peered out from behind a futon, cautiously checking me out.  I knew he was a new arrival and could probably use a little attention, so I sat down.  He jumped into my lap, […]

After Solitaire

I made the leap from PC to an iMac recently, and I’m in love.  There are so many things to love about the iMac:  the user guide whose cover simply says “Hello,” the easy-to-carry box with a handle, the silent keyboard, the intuitive navigation…I could go on and on about my new love, but this […]

And So It Goes

It’s been a busy time for me, with a lot of movement, and yet none at all.  I still don’t know who’s buying my home, when my mother’s surgery will take place, or where I’ll be living next.  I have a lot more ideas and hints of what’s to come, but I’m still short on concrete […]

I’ve been hyper and nervous all day. My calendar’s empty.  Not one appointment. Nothing I feel like doing, or that’s urgent.   I should be glad to have the free time, right? So, I walked a little. Then I puttered around the house a little. Then I played endless rounds of Solitaire on my computer. Then […]

Some of you are familiar with Martha Beck’s Cycle of Change, in which she describes the life cycle as a four-step process that’s repeated over and over again. Square One involves the dissolution of something – usually an identity such as “employee of X company,” or “single person,” or “child with two living parents,” or […]

Enough, Already!

What is enough for today? What can you remove from your to do list? What benefit could come from one task not being agonized over, or “guilted into doing”  today? Will the world end if you don’t get 15 things done? What is Enough today? What are you avoiding by constantly doing? What’s with all […]

Thanks!

It’s a proven fact that our brains can’t be in a state of misery/pain/frustration/anger/sadness at the same time as appreciation.  If you’re in a funk, the best way to wiggle out is by saying “thank you,” noticing the positive things that are going on in and around you. Creating a gratitude practice, in which you […]

At a recent coaches’ conference, Martha Beck shared a passage from the Tao Te Ching: Less and less do you need to force things until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone. Lao Tzu, its author, created quite a paradox here.  One noted Tao translator helps clarify: “The misperception […]