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Why Not Stop Procrastinating and Be Grateful?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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If you’ve been slow to show appreciation, there’s not a better time to express your gratitude than Thanksgiving Day.  Actually… anytime is the perfect time. That will be explained in the lyrics I’ll share in awhile.

Before we get to that, stop procrastinating and think about who and what you should be grateful for…now.

Who do you appreciate?

  • Family?
  • Friends?
  • Teachers?
  • Mentors?
  • Spiritual and/or religious leaders?
  • Authors?
  • Motivational Inspirational speakers?
  • Entertainment professionals?
  • Healthcare professionals?
  • Your income providers?
  • Inventors?
  • Retail workers who help you?
  • Maintenance people who do repairs for you?

Think about people you encounter in your life. Can you give thanks to them?

Now think about what you can be grateful for.

  • Good food
  • Your home
  • Your body parts
  • Your skills and talents
  • Nature’s beauties
  • Freedom to choose your attitude

Some days it’s harder than others to appreciate what’s happening in our lives, isn’t it?

But even if that’s true, here are my lyrics to give insight on that for you:


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Who Suffers the Most When You Don’t Stop Procrastinating and Start Forgiving?

Friday, July 30th, 2010
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It was last Saturday morning when I got back from a very unexpected weeklong trip to upstate New York. As a result, I’ve been playing catch-up since my return.

Instead of traveling I had expected to be home alone while Brian and Natalie drove her fiancé Dan’s car to upstate New York to Dan’s parents’ home. That’s where Natalie and Dan will reside for a few months while he continues his recovery from his disabling accident in Thailand. (Read about the accident)

My plans changed quickly when on the Friday before their scheduled departure on Monday, Brian received a phone call from his brother. Mike told him that their mother, Julia, had been hospitalized and not expected to live much longer. Her blood pressure was way out of whack and her body was cold.

Just a few days earlier Brian’s sister Anna had told us how well Julia was doing in the nursing home. So Mike’s news was a surprise.

I knew Brian wanted to be with his mother again before she passed away, so I told him that I would take his place to drive with Natalie, and I would book a flight for him to leave as soon as possible.

Very early the next morning I drove Brian to the airport.  When I returned home, I continued preparing to leave the following morning for the long drive to New York.

Meanwhile, Julia’s children and grandchildren gathered in her room in upstate New York to be with her during her final hours.  During that time, Brian’s sister Anna was moved to ask forgiveness from her brother Peter and from Peter’s son, Peter. They hadn’t spoken in many years because


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What Can You Do To Stop Procrastinating?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I’ve been meaning to stop procrastinating. Then yesterday I decided to listen for the second time to the self help CD that I had recently purchased.

Stop Procrastinating

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Shortly after listening to it, I started doing tasks that I always put off for another time or day. And I was doing them without hesitation.

What a nice surprise!

Could this CD be a way to stop procrastinating?

I plan to listen to it some more because procrastinating is a lifelong bad habit of mine.

Is it one of yours, too?

How does it affect you when you procrastinate?

Does it make you less productive?

What if you were more productive?


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What Can Binaural Beats Do for You?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I’m wondering what you know about binaural beats.  Basically, they are sounds that may affect your brain’s functions in ways that can be very helpful to you.

Although I was already using binaural beats for self improvement, I became even more interested in them when I was interviewing Erica Douglass (

Erica told me that while writing a blog post, she was listening to binaural beats that help with inspiration and creativity. After about thirty minutes of listening, the writing became so easy for her.

You can get those same binaural beats that Erica uses for free at

So… guess what I’m doing while writing this blog post?


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