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Tips from TV: Survival of the…


Yesterday, I happened to tune into the last few minutes of a NatGeo program on animals living on the African Plains. The narrator was talking about survival. He said:

It isn’t the fastest or the smartest that survive;

it’s those who can adapt to change who survive.

Holy smokolas!

I was so happy and excited to hear that!

It means I don’t have to worry about bigger, better, smarter, faster, or stronger than “my competition”. All I have to do is to figure out how to make the best of change. Instead of being bowled over, crushed and flattened by change, all I need to do is to ask myself: what can I do to use this to my advantage? How can this change benefit me?

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Your homework today is to look at your situation and note where you can be more adaptable and flexible. In what areas of your life do you need to be more accepting of change?

When change shows up, I know it can be scary and overwhelming. Change is uncomfortable. But the more you accept the fact that change is going on all the time, the more you’ll free yourself to think creatively. The more you do that, the more you’ll see ways that change can help you.

How do you get comfortable with, and even embrace, change?

One step at a time!

What if the steps are too big and overwhelming, what do you do then?

You break them into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking things down smaller and smaller until you get to the teensy jots and specks that are just the right size for you.

Then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Tips from TV: Do Nothing = Lose Everything


I did nothing so I lost everything ~Woman featured on Hoarders: Buried Alive


The woman who spoke the words of the quote above was in tears. All of her plans had collapsed in a heap. Her family had tried to help her; strangers were willing to pitch in. She couldn’t move forward, couldn’t get rid of even the littlest bit of clutter and junk clogging her house and yard. She was so resistant that she frustrated the volunteers, professionals, and her family. Everyone ended up walking away, even her family. Eventually the town officials had to step in and haul everything away. As they were literally shoveling out the house, they discovered that the woman’s hoard had damaged her house to the point that the officials had to condemn it.

Not at all a fairy tale ending. Not even a hopeful ending.

Which got me to thinking….

Sometimes we’re lured into thinking that doing nothing is maintaining the status quo and keeping us safe. Moving forward seems so perilous and dangerous. It feels as if we’ll lose everything, even with the tiniest tidbit of a step.

But this is not true.

Staying put—not moving forward—is far more dangerous. Like the hoarder whose house rotted out from under her, every time we don’t move forward, we’re losing. Little bits and pieces of our self esteem, confidence, and hope in the future are decaying.

Your homework is to take the next step. Break it into the tiniest bits possible. The smaller the little tidbits and specks, the more likely you will be to do them. Promise yourself to do them and then get busy. Your life depends upon it.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Tips from TV: Connecting it All Up

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On one of the Retro TV stations, I was watching the Perry Mason TV show that aired in the 1960s. In this particular episode, Perry was defending a young woman, who was from the wrong side of the tracks. She was charged with the murder of a man in elevated social circles.

Perry was questioning a witness and, as usual, Hamilton Burger, the prosecuting attorney, was objecting on the grounds that Perry was on a “fishing expedition” with the questions he was asking the witness and was straying far afield from the evidence in the trial.

The judge turned to Perry and said, “I’m wondering, too, Mr. Mason. How does this all relate?”

Perry answered, “I assure you, Your Honor, I’ll connect it all up.”

The judge replied, “You’re sure…?”

“Yes, Your Honor, I’m sure.” Said Perry.


This got me to thinking…. What if I substituted “The Universe/God/Higher Power” for the name “Perry Mason” and switched out “the judge” and put in my name instead….

When we’ve lost our way or are faced with a challenge that seems too big or too hard, how many times have we wondered what was going on and who was at The Controls?

Whether we believe in Something-Bigger-Than-Us or not, we have to admit that when we pressed on through the challenge, eventually things worked out—everything connected up.

It may have been hard, it may have been scary, it may have been discombobulating, and it may have taken a long time. We may have given up hope from time-to-time and wondered if we’d lost our sanity. But we pressed on anyway and finally things fell into place and everything worked out.

This made me realize that there are much larger currents and plans at work in the world and in our lives. When we’re faced with challenges, oftentimes we don’t understand what’s going on, especially as we’re going through it. It’s only in hindsight that we may catch a glimpse of the much Larger Picture and the Guiding Hand that’s at work in the world and in our lives.

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Your homework today is to have faith that things are working out—Someone is at The Controls and is connecting it all up. It may take a while and it may not work out as you had imagined or wanted. Whatever the rough patch was, at least it gave you the gift of becoming stronger, adding depth and breadth to you and your life, and giving you a more solid and grounded presence in your world.

You can do this, I’m sure of it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,