Blog Posts by Marlene Moore Gordon

  • Be Grateful, Be Happy

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    "I wonder if gratefulness is the bridge from sorrow to joy, spanning the chasm of our anxious striving. Freed from the burden of unbridled desires, we can enjoy what we have, celebrate what we've attained, and appreciate the familiar. For if we can't be happy now, we'll likely not be happy when." Philip Gulley Porch Talk

    Buddah on BridgeMy friend sent this quote to me the other day. It followed our conversation regarding my feelings of disappointment when having unmet expectations after a business meeting. She reminded me that the process is what matters, staying on my path and letting go of results is the challenge. Learning from my experience and letting go quickly were the way back to gratitude.

    Being human and striving to create our desires in the world, we sometimes lose our way. It's impossible to feel bad, sad or disappointed when you find something in that same moment to appreciate and celebrate.

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  • Be Happy, Let Go of Judgments

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    "Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances." Dr. Wayne Dyer

    face reflectionToday was a bad hair day. As if that weren't enough, I began to look for and find all the other parts of myself that are less than perfect. Before long the bags under my eyes looked puffier, the skin around my neck seemed looser and I wondered why all those stomach crunches hadn't worked at all. In just a few minutes, I had made myself very unhappy. I know better, and yet I had fallen into an old behavioral pattern of self criticism that clearly does not serve me.

    Every day, I meet women who view themselves in the mirror and see the worst in their reflections. They complain about their excess pounds,the width of their hips, their protruding bellies, and anything else they can find to make themselves feel less than. Many of them don't realize that this kind of critical self talk casts a negative shadow on their self image that when repeated

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  • A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

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    stars"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires, will come to you." Music by Leigh Harline, lyrics by Ned Washington

    There is something about this timeless, Disney song from the animated classic Pinocchio, that always tugs at my heart.

    The melody is so easy to remember and for every generation the lyrics still resonate, because they speak to the longing we all have to find and follow our deepest heart's desire. After all, what makes life worthwhile is our believing that all dreams are possible!

    So write your wish list, hope and pray for your dreams to come true, but most of all focus with perseverance and faith, because that's when "fate steps in and sees you through."


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  • Family and Friends Give Love and Support

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    "Family, a group experience of love and support." Marianne Williamson

    redwood treesIf you want to be humbled and awestruck at the same time, visit a redwood forest.

    My visit to Muir Woods in Northern California was as much a holy experience as it was an education about living. I stood amidst these majestic wonders, sunlight streaming through branches, the smell of primordial earth beneath my feet, ferns silencing my footsteps, and I was at peace. The forest reminded me on a soul level, that we are all a part of this continuing and inevitable cycle of life.

    I listened as a guide explained that redwoods grow in clusters, "family groups" with shallow but very interconnected root systems. This is how each tree is able to grow to such amazing heights. It's essential to the survival of the forest that each tree stands within the circle to support the others.

    As she spoke I realized how similar people are to redwoods. Creating a supportive

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  • Facing Fear

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    "Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." ~ Bill Cosby

    ostrich head in sandWhen I am really afraid of something, I tend to procrastinate. I tell myself I'll get to it tomorrow, or confront it later. I tell my husband, "I'm just not ready yet," he tells me "you're playing Ostrich." The truth is that I'm just plain scared.

    Most of us have ingrained, old learned behaviors. The denial habit of "playing ostrich" can be hard to break, but with conviction we can recognize it and decide to do things differently. Facing the truth takes far less energy than it does to hide from it.

    Is there something you have been putting off until tomorrow that you could deal with today?

    Instead of burying your head in the sand, try telling yourself you will address rather thanconfront it. This works for me because it puts a more positive spin on it and helps to alleviate my fear. Remember that when you focus your energy on being proactive, you

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  • Hug Someone Today

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    people hugging"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

    Sometimes there is nothing to be said or done, what's needed most is a really big hug. I don't mean those hold someone at a distance pat them on the back stiff hugs, the kind that some people dole out as if it's an obligation or chore. I don't mean the one armed kind with no sense of passion involved. I am referring to the giant grizzly bear hugs when you both hold on and breathe in the love, really feeling the exchange of energy.

    Chances are that if you are a good hugger you enjoy being hugged too. Hugging is an art we could all practice. Imagine if you started and ended your day with a hug how much less tense and happier you might feel. Hugs and smiles are free so let's not hesitate to give them away.

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  • Open The Door To Opportunity

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    open doorway"What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live/with your self-respect alive and growing." Maxwell Maltz

    When I was six, I decided to sell Christmas trees to our neighbors. I did not ask my parents for permission nor did I engage anyone else to assist me. I simply broke off several evergreen branches and proceeded to ring doorbells up and down our suburban street. I never for one second considered being rejected. I felt no fear or trepidation as I went from door to door asking, "Would you like to buy a Christmas tree?" The amazing thing is that at 5 cents a branch, I

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  • Becoming Your Best Self

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    sculpting"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. ~Thomas Szasz, "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin, 1973

    Michelangelo believed that within every marble slab there is a perfect work of art waiting to be revealed. If only it were that simple for us humans. Most of us struggle to emerge, our transformation can be slow and arduous. It's through the process of living that we come to see ourselves more clearly. Then there is the work to finally free ourselves of whatever limitations hold us back.

    I am committed to a lifelong process of continual discovery, exploration and risk taking. Yes, I was born with certain traits and talents but I had to discover them and work diligently to develop them. My greatest challenge has been breaking through my own limiting beliefs to learn to completely trust my intuition for guidance.

    Today when I see

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  • Champion Yourself

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    woman climbing a mountain"Champion the right to be yourself; dare to be different and to set your own pattern; live your own life and follow your own star." Wilfred Peterson

    There have been times when in order to follow the dictates of my heart; I have had to go it alone.

    The process of becoming me has taught me the importance of being my own best friend. Regardless of circumstances or opinions I listen for inner guidance before making major decisions, forgive myself when I make mistakes, and begin each day with a hopeful heart. Most of all when I fall, I allow time to heal, stand again and continue to move forward. After all it is my face I see looking back in the mirror and my heart that must be at peace when I lay my head on the pillow. I make a daily promise to myself to never give up on me.

    Sooner or later most of us come to know that we must learn to champion ourselves. People will come and go in your life, those who stay may not always be

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  • We All Need Champions

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    Male Cheerleader"You don't need a husband, what you need is a champion." From the Movie, Eat, Pray, Love

    A line from the wonderful movie, Eat, Pray, Love, struck me as being worth remembering. It's spoken by actor Javier Badem to Julia Roberts as she travels the world in search of herself, and to find meaning and passion in her life. Many along the way strongly suggest that she needs to find a husband.

    Since both main characters have been disappointed in previous marriages, they are looking for something much deeper from a partner. She can't put her finger on it but he says it succinctly when he tells her that what she needs to find is her champion. By definition, to champion another is to be "An ardent defender or supporter, one who fights; a warrior."

    I always felt that while my mother was a live, she was my cheerleader. When she passed on I felt I had lost that one person who no matter what was always in my corner. Then I met, Robert.

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