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    It’s very interesting to me that we are on such close personal arcs. 🙂

    I haven’t made a conscious effort to do anything differently, but I have noticed over the past 12 – 18 months that things have taken a different course. I, too, have been doing some filtering, pursuing the things that interest me and letting other things in which I participated by habit or a sense of duty fall by the wayside.

    I do sometimes get stuck in old patterns, but I’m finding that happens less frequently as my energy is more focused on the stuff that really interest me.

    For me the first thing that had to go was the old habits of doing what I had always done, just because it was what I had always done. I replaced it with a more honest assessment of myself, and a more honest discussion with the people I interact with. That led to some uncomfortable parts, like telling my sister that she and I have nothing in common, and some incredible opportunities, like being short-listed for a culinary scholarship.

    Conan O’Brien said the following in his farewell speech on ‘The Tonight Show’: “I hate cynicism. For the record, it’s my least favorite quality. It doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

    That’s how I’m choosing to live my life now. I siphoned out the cynicism and replaced it with humility.
    .-= Charles Robinson´s last blog ..A cloud-based document sharing service that should be on your radar =-.


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    sounds like you are putting new wine in new wineskins after a mind detox. I guess we should evaluate this yearly at least to sure to purify our purpose. Thanks Kat, your insight always provokes self assessment.
    .-= David Horne´s last blog ..It is better to crawl before you walk =-.

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    Charles – Interesting indeed, that we’re on similar paths. My sister said essentially the same thing. Makes me wonder if there isn’t some sort of “unseen cohort of growth” that exists in the world…and how often the members of that cohort find each other, in the “real world” and online.

    And I fully agree about cynicism. It’s easy, and it accomplishes nothing.

    David – Always glad to provoke something, and self assessment is probably better than some of the other things I’ve been known to provoke. 🙂


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