Living by Design Tips

Aww, Forget It! [V 18, #21]

Aww, Forget It! by Leslie Sann We have to forgive, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry. ~C, JoyBell C Life without forgiveness quite frankly is miserable. I've written on this Power Tool in the...

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The ‘F’ Word, [V18 #20]

The 'F' Word by Leslie Sann The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.~ Mahatma Ghandi A client and I were exploring her resistance to giving up her resentment. I suggested forgiveness as the doorway to freedom to which she replied...."Oh,...

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Rising Above It [V18, #19]

Rising Above It by Leslie Sann When you change your attitude you change your experience. When you raise your altitude on a given situation you see it with a new attitude.~ Bertrand Babinet I recently was talking to my wise friend and health advisor Dr. Bertrand...

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How Long Does It Take? [ V18, #18]

How Long Does It Take? by Leslie Sann Patience and gradualness. ~ John-Roger A client of mine was impatient for change. She had recently become aware how she can contribute to the solution to her problems; the source of calm in the middle of disturbance. She saw the...

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In Your Head [V18, #17]

In Your Head by Leslie Sann When I fully understand that I live in a world of thought, and that the negative ones are bluffing, I can play this game with great joy. ~ Steve Chandler I was having lunch with a friend. She lives in Arizona and was visiting Chicago on...

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Naked Almonds [V18, #16]

Naked Almonds by Leslie Sann Be careful what you ask for. ​​​​​​​You may get it and everything that goes along with it. ~ John-Roger I love learning new things. I find that my life is more exciting and interesting when I open up to discovery. There was a time when I...

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Being True to You [V18, #15]

Being True to You by Leslie Sann When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. ~ Greg Anderson Life is a journey, a process, NOT an event. It is an art, a creative...

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Life’s Painting [V18, #14]

Life's Painting by Leslie Sann The flute player puts breath into a flute, and who makes the music? Not the flute. The flute player! ~ Rumi I was working with a client who had made a move that broke a habitual pattern in her life. She had called me asking me for some...

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Should I or Could I? [V18 #13]

Should I or Could I? by Leslie Sann There is no what should be. There is only what is, just the way it is, right now. Byron Katie Do you 'should' on yourself? Do you 'should' on others? Of course you do. You're human. That's what humans do. We 'should' on ourselves...

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I Get to Do This! [V18, #12]

I Get to Do This! by Leslie Sann I get to do this!. Martha Ringer One of my friends is teaching me this attitude by the way she greets her life. No matter what it is, smelling roses or cleaning the bathroom she reminds herself she gets to do this. She has a body and a...

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Where Are You Investing? [V18, #11]

Where Are You Investing? by Leslie Sann I am wise because I know I don’t know. Socrates Have you ever made a purchase that didn’t work out for you? Maybe it was a kitchen gadget that didn’t live up to the ads, a hydrangea for your garden that didn’t come up the next...

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Using E-Motion to Grow [V18, #10]

Using E-Motion to Grow by Leslie Sann I celebrate myself and sing myself. Walt Whitman What saves a person is to take a step. Then another step. Antoine de Saint-Exupery I enjoy the part of travel where I meet people. Those essential moments of connection with a...

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Was it Ordained? [V18, #09]

Was it Ordained? by Leslie Sann You may as well win in your fantasies. John-Roger In the last article (link)I talked about how life happens and what we do about it matters. It matters for it creates the experience of our lives in that moment. At the end of that story...

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Living in a Cloud of Grace [V18, #08]

Living in a Cloud of Grace by Leslie Sann Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more....

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Ordinary Heroes [V18, #07]

Ordinary Heroes by Leslie Sann The courage of very ordinary people is all that stands between us and the dark. ~ Pam Brown As prelude to this story a bit of geographical background: I live in a rural neighborhood on a dead-end street. There might be 10 houses on the...

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Blessings as Bubbles [V18, #06]

Blessings as Bubbles by Leslie Sann When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. ~ C.S. Lewis I recently was at a festival. As I was walking down the street I found myself surrounded by bubbles. At the front door of a restaurant...

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Oy to Joy [V18, #05]

Oy to Joy by Leslie Sann There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. ~ Edward de Bono I am from New York from a culture that says ‘Oy’ as an exclamation in reaction to something going other than planned. For those with curious minds:...

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With a Capital ‘T’! [V18, #04]

With a Capital 'T'! by Leslie Sann “Trouble with a capital “T” And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!” ~ Robert Preston “There is nothing wrong with you,” I heard myself saying to a client. She was stuck in a very understandable complaint that her mind was...

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Pulling a Magoo [V18, #3]

Pulling a Magoo by Leslie Sann “Mastery in life is not about avoiding adversity or challenges; it is about learning skills so that you are resilient, responsive and resourceful when life does what it does.” ~ Leslie Sann Have you ever had a Magoo moment? What are you...

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Is There a Message in Disturbance? [V18, #02]

Is There a Message in Disturbance? by Leslie Sann“Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It's all funny. Next.”~ Joan Rivers When we are upset, a key for calming down and lifting up is choosing to love ourselves. Especially in the midst of our upset. We...

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A Good Life [V18, #01]

A Good Lifeby Leslie Sann“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”~ SocratesIt has been said, many times, many ways before, (oops … that is from the song “The Christmas Song” and … ) creativity happens one step at a time. And I say, when we are in the middle...

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And Even Greater [V17, #27]

And Even Greater by Leslie Sann "We always have an opportunity to realize the greater good, to realize the blessings that already are." ~ John Morton It's that time of year. 'Tis the season to harvest the gifts of what has been given. Life is more fulfilling when we...

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IT is Not in OZ [V17, #26]

IT is Not in OZ by Leslie Sann "Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost." ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj Have you ever seen a headline inviting you to make a purchase that looked like this: HOW TO CREATE GREATER ABUNDANCE,...

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Where are You Blessed? [V17, #25]

Where Are You Blessed? by Leslie Sann "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." ~ Charles Dickens Today I wake up in gratitude because this week I was able to give just to give. I donated blood. Again. So happy to be giving of my body in...

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Apples [V17, #24]

Apples by Leslie Sann Bean finds the best apple in our tree and hands it up to me. "You know what this tastes like When you first bite into it?" she asks. "No, what?" "Blue sky." Your zoomed."  "You ever eat blue sky?" "No," I admit.  "Try it sometime," she says....

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Siri the Do-Gooder [V17, #23]

Siri the Do-Gooder by Leslie Sann “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” ~ Noel Coward Have you ever become irritated by your voice to text software? I am often annoyed by Siri (my voice to text gem). She is continually changing my...

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