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24 A Lantern for Your Candle

24 A Lantern for Your Candle

“When you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right, you will be a point of light.” Randy Travis This line from Randy Travis always brings me to tears. But wishing don’t make it so. First you must construct a lantern for your candle. This spark of inspiration and faith in yourself, like all fire, needs containment and guidance to become Travis’ point of light. Mrs. Fixit would say that the candle represents the unique set of skills and talents you have to fuel this light and your Adult must experiment with how to keep it lit. The […]

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24 Mrs. Fixit Lights Her Candle

24 Mrs. Fixit Lights Her Candle

All it takes is a point of light, a ray of hope in the darkest night… Randy Travis Do you ever have moments when you get what seems like a great idea, but later you reconsider and decide you’d be crazy to try to do that? Here I am to show you what crazy looks like! I put this costume together when my son was six and we were going to a Halloween costume party. I sewed him the clown costume he wanted and designed my Mrs. Fixit trappings to express the longing I had to find full-time work as […]

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3-s Hot Enthusiasm and Cold Clarity

3-s Hot Enthusiasm and Cold Clarity

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Jesus, speaking in Matthew 7: 7-8 All this talk about courage, serenity, discipline and perseverance can give many of us a headache and a nagging sense of guilt. As noted in the Mental Fitness Formula blogs, practicing the FORMULA I describe helps develop your ability to express these necessary traits. Some people have the gift of symptoms that prod them to practice and build their Adults and Wise Parents. I fought panic attacks and insomnia, definite motivators. But once […]

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2-s The Serenity Prayer and Your Wise Parent

2-s The Serenity Prayer and Your Wise Parent

God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr As you use the mental fitness formula to revise toxic beliefs that keep you from serenity, it’s important to put in their place new beliefs that nourish and support you. I’ve called this place your Wise Parent, neither too critical nor too indulgent. Part II, Chapter 7 of my book encourages you to seek wisdom from others who have tried to make their lives positive and meaningful. Every human culture has […]

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