Friday, May 28, 2010

Week 1 Class- What to Do About Fair Weather Friends (Read Time: 2 min.)

We're kicking off the Not Built to Be Broken Lecture Series with a HOT topic:
What to Do About Fair Weather Friends

In the book, I say the following: "If someone cannot believe in you when you're down, they cannot stand with you when you're up."

Let's get together on Thursday, June 10, 2010 and learn what that really means.

In this class, you'll learn:
  • how to differentiate between friends and acquaintances
  • what to do about friends who spend more time advising you than they do supporting you
  • how to remove 'emotional vampires' from your life for good

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Sorry Doesn't Make Good (Read Time: 2 min.)

Far too many of us say "I'm sorry" WAY TOO MUCH...

In Chapter 8 (Transforming Your Guilt Into Acceptance), I shared an experience I had with my son when he was 4 years old (he's now 13) and it was a profound turning point for me.

Check it out:
"Be willing to give up guilt and embrace acceptance. Here's how to do it:

1) Stop apologizing for things you didn't do. I meet people all the time who say "I'm sorry" for the most insignificant things. They bump into you: "I'm sorry." They pass the salt instead of the pepper at dinner: "I'm sorry." They speak a few seconds before you've finished your last sentence: "I'm sorry." They move past you to another grocery line and slightly brush up against you: "I'm sorry."

I used to be that person. My 13 year old son was wise at age 4 and taught me how to stop saying sorry. Whenever I'd say sorry to this 4 year old grown up, he'd look me in the eye and say, "Mommy, sorry doesn't make good." No matter what I said sorry to, that was his response. And you know what? He was right!

If you did something wrong, apologize once and make amends. If you did nothing wrong, stop saying sorry for taking up space in the world. Do not apologize for your right to BE.

Apologies without merit or mending action mean nothing to the people you apologize to. Stop doing it.

- Not Built to Be Broken, Chapter 8

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Week 2 Class- Why Difficult Times & Awful People Show Up In Our Lives (Read Time: 2 min.)

Ever wonder why tough times come along?
Ever think "Man, I'm sick of having to learn this lesson
over and over and over again!"

You've heard the say "Tough times don't last but tough people do."

Try telling that to someone who's getting hit on all sides with problem after problem, drama after drama, loss after loss. We need a new context with which to understand why tragedies happen, why people sometimes let us down, and what we can do to still live the adventure of our lives... without all the drama.

Join me for Week 2 of Not Built to Be Broken.

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