Living by Design Tips

Do-Gooding, V22, #17

Do-Gooding, V22, #17

Do-Gooding by Leslie Sann Seek out the good and your mind will fill with happiness. John Templeton Backing my car out from my spot in front of the farm store with a dozen just-laid eggs and some ripe tomatoes sitting safely on the front seat of my car, I notice there...

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Chocolate Pear Torte, V22, #16

Chocolate Pear Torte, V22, #16

Chocolate Pear Torte by Leslie Sann You cannot give what you do not have. A while ago I was traveling the hillside towns of Tuscany, Italy, which I adore for many reasons. I love the pace of life there. Food is amazing. There is an aliveness and a zest for beauty and...

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Singing in the Rain, V22, #15

Singing in the Rain, V22, #15

Singing in the Rain by Leslie Sann When you are laughing you may still feel the pain, but it won't hurt. ~ John-Roger     Have you ever had an experience that in the moment was dreadful to you, perhaps the worst thing that has happened to you ever, only to find after...

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Choices have Choices, V22, #14

Choices have Choices, V22, #14

Choices Have Choices by Leslie Sann I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our attitudes. ~Charles Swindoll      I have something for you to ponder. I love pondering, as in mull over,...

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Causeless Joy, V22, #13

Causeless Joy, V22, #13

Causeless Joy by Leslie Sann Joy is not the absence of suffering but the presence of God. ~ Unknown Do me a favor. Look at your left hand, just take a moment and move your eyes from the screen and bring your attention to your left hand for a few seconds. Thanks. I'll...

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Yes … Even Greater, V22, #12

Yes … Even Greater, V22, #12

Yes ... Even Greater by Leslie Sann The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti Living by design involves learning to be intentional about life: making choices that...

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Polka Dots in the Rain, V 22, #11

Polka Dots in the Rain, V 22, #11

Polka Dots in the Rain by Leslie Sann We are not victims to circumstances. We are victims to our thinking about circumstances.      Over the course of more than 35 years of coaching, mentoring and counseling people, plus more than that many years in observation of my...

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Strike It Like Rich, V22, #10

Strike It Like Rich, V22, #10

Strike It Like Rich by Leslie Sann He wins who endures to the end. ~ John-Roger I'm guessing you have heard about the recent Kentucky Derby race. If not take a peek here -- the final 54 seconds of the race. Clearly no one told the horse, Rich Strike, that he couldn't...

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Look Someplace Else, V22, #9

Look Someplace Else, V22, #9

Look Someplace Else by Leslie Sann If you don’t like what you’re looking at, look someplace else. ~ John Morton  I have at times experienced mind chatter about not succeeding. Well, it’s more a melodramatic cry of, "Oh, no, I’m not going to make it … this is surely my...

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Too Much?, V22, #8

Too Much?, V22, #8

Too Much? by Leslie Sann Opinions are like noses. Everyone has one. How would you like living inside someone else’s nose? ~ John-Roger  Have you ever been afraid of how alive and full you truly are? Concerned you might be too much for others? Too happy, too silly, too...

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What is Choice?, V22, #7

What is Choice?, V22, #7

What is Choice? by Leslie Sann My favorite food from my homeland is Guinness. My second choice in Guinness. My third choice - would have to be Guinness.
 ~Peter O'Toole Have you ever wondered what it is to make a choice? Let me suggest that you stand up right now. Did...

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Drift and Shift, V22, #6

Drift and Shift, V22, #6

Drift and Shift by Leslie Sann Every choice matters.
 ~Dan Coppersmith Did you know that a plane is off course 90 - 95% of the time on its way from here to there?  Yup, it's true. That is why there is all that navigational equipment on board. The instrumentation is...

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Making Peace Contagious, V22, #5

Making Peace Contagious, V22, #5

Making Peace Contagious by Leslie Sann Peace is present. Experiencing peace — that's the goal. Whatever gets in the way of your experience of peace is yours to learn to handle. As you focus on peace, those things that are not peaceful will start dropping away. ~...

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Be Peace, V22, #4

Be Peace, V22, #4

Be Peace by Leslie Sann Peace is present. Peace is a choice, available regardless of any conditions. Peace is an inner process. Peace is the cessation of againstness. ~ John-Roger, founder of The Institute of Individual and World Peace I’m wondering if you are willing...

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Gratitude is a Choice, V22, #03

Gratitude is a Choice, V22, #03

Gratitude is a Choice by Leslie Sann If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner One night I had a vivid dream...

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Heaven or Hell, V22, #02

Heaven or Hell, V22, #02

Heaven or Hell by Leslie Sann You can make hell out of heaven and heaven out of hell. It's all in the mind. ~ John Milton A client called me, despondent because her brother is extremely ill with cancer. While sharing her upset she told me that she wanted to give him...

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From Complaining to Creating, V22, #01

From Complaining to Creating, V22, #01

From Complaining to Creating by Leslie Sann What’s so? So what? Now what? ~ Russell Bishop John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” And I say, “Sometimes we don't like it.” When we don’t like something, we often go into...

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What is Possible Now? V21 #24

What is Possible Now? V21 #24

What is Possible Now? by Leslie Sann Do more of what works,less of what doesn’tand explore what is possible now.~ Leslie Sann It is the very end of the year which is also the beginning of another. Actually this is a fabricated reality. January 1 is just the day after...

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Just Because … V21 #23

Just Because … V21 #23

Just Because ... by Leslie Sann The issue is not the issue. The issue is how you relate to the issue.~ Ron Hulnick Wowie … I feel great.  I just sent my sister flowers. It’s not her birthday. It is not any occasion at all. It is a Just Because gift. A Just Because...

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Santa Loves You — A Lot! V21 #22

Santa Loves You — A Lot! V21 #22

Santa Loves You — A Lot! by Leslie Sann Here's a little exercise. Make a list of all the people, things and qualities in your life for which you are grateful. It might surprise you all of the abundance you have in your life. ~ John-Roger Picture 37 presents under the...

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Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude, V21 #21

Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude, V21 #21

Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude by Leslie Sann The antidote for lack is gratitude. Gratitude is a choice, an attitude, an approach towards life. My gratitude for this moment does not depend on what is going on in this moment; it is the moment, regardless of what is...

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Light Be You, V21 #20

Light Be You, V21 #20

Light Be You by Leslie Sann You are the Light at the end of the tunnel. ~ Leslie Sann What if you can't see who you are —because you are it? No matter where you go, there you are. If you are someone who lights up the room, how would you know? Wherever you go, there...

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Asking is Magic, V21 #19

Asking is Magic, V21 #19

Asking is Magic by Leslie Sann It’s in the subtly of life where magic exists. ~Dain Heer The image above is the consequence, to my beautiful finger, of a silly human trick delivered by moi. I was trying out a new mandolin which I had just gifted myself. A mandolin is...

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Are YOU Creating YOUR Life? V21 #18

Are YOU Creating YOUR Life? V21 #18

Are YOU Creating YOUR Life? by Leslie Sann If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. ~Maya Angelou How many people do you see creating their lives by design rather than by default? Look at actual people. How many do you see who...

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The Officer and Me, V21, #17

The Officer and Me, V21, #17

The Officer and Me by Leslie Sann What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? ~Jacques Rousseau I had a notable experience with a police officer two weeks ago when I paying my real estate taxes. It was a beautiful late summer day. Cloudless blue skies,...

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Uncreate and Create, V21, #16

Uncreate and Create, V21, #16

Uncreate and Create by Leslie Sann The only thing that is going to change your life is making different choices. ~ Dain Heer At the age of seventeen, I had the good fortune to live in Italy for the summer. Though my family was based in Rome we took may trips to other...

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