Give Yourself Permission to be Sober

 By Michael James Frizzell As I write, I notice the leaves have begun to fall from the trees. I am in Paris, sitting in a cafe, waiting for my colleagues to join me. The light is magnificent but the wind off the Seine cuts through my overcoat and pierces my heart. I can’t help but look back over the last 40-plus years and remember the struggle; how hard life has been, how much it’s changed, and how I’ve exceeded my dreams. I left home at 17 and joined the Marines. Three years later I go...
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Give YourSelf Permission to Say “I Love You”

By Heera Kapoor I had always been a pretty solitary person, independent and even nonchalant. I didn’t bother to tell my family all I was doing; I lived my own life. I struggled with the same issues everyone else does: money, work, the daily grind, etc. But I was doing fine, everything being said. I worked in New York in PR for a software company, and had also just completed my emergency medical technician (EMT) training. I liked EMT work; I always wanted to do something different, learn new ...
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When your fear serves you and when it does not!

  Some fear really does serve you. That basic, primal instinct to stay away from cliff edges, for example. I think it is worth acknowledging that the fear we have carried with us since humans first walked the earth is rooted in common sense and serves to keep us alive! It's the more modern incarnations of fear that are often not so useful to us. They may in fact keep us small, stuck and unhappy, rather than simply keeping us safe.  We have all heard the Jim Rohn quote,"If you don't li...
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Open Your Heart to Service – Give YourSelf Permission

It took a near-fatal accident to alter the course of my life, to help me find my purpose and to give myself permission to open my heart. It was a beautiful sunny day in August 1995. My boyfriend, Joe, and I were getting ready to go to a friend’s funeral. Before we left, I had a premonition that something was going to happen that day that would change my life forever. It was nothing more than that, no details, just an uneasy feeling. I had no idea what lay ahead or just how deeply my life ...
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