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Tag: "Susan McNeal Velasquez"

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After the Storm

After the Storm

A wave of disappointment enveloped our city due to the necessary cancellation of our 48th Patriot’s Day Parade, scheduled for March 1. Meticulous planning and countless hours of volunteer efforts plus money spent without the satisfaction of successful completion brings a flurry of unintended outcomes of the mostly negative kind. I say mostly for a […]

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Embrace ’14 as Your Own Child

Embrace ’14 as Your Own Child

Let’s take a moment to formally welcome 2014. The birthing process is over and we’ve brought the new baby home. If you listen closely, you might notice that your mind may be rehearsing its New Year speech. It goes something like this: “A new year is a good thing. It brings new possibilities. It is […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

  The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, would […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

     The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

 Finding Home The Christmas season seems to generate emotional intensity for many. When I was a teenager growing up in New York, I remember the stark black tree limbs covered with clinging snow, the crunch of frozen white crystals under my feet, and the bitter cold that seemed to intensify my feelings of loneliness. I […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Lessons from Whitney Houston   A few days after Whitney Houston’s death, I received a phone message from someone who wanted to express her sadness and concern about the probability that prescription drugs played a part in her death. She believes many women who use antidepressants are less aware of the dangers they face if […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Verb of Love Valentines Day is all about love. In our aggressive society, it is easy to ignore this opportunity to let down and enjoy the small pause points that come when we participate in the art of celebration. If we turn love into a verb, it has the power to transform the quality […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Fulfillment Factor Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle, numb and overwhelmed? On the other hand, if you decide to live within a closed, overly protective attitude, your wellspring of curiosity, positive anticipation, and willingness to engage, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Importance of Doing Nothing   As this new year  comes out of the gate, my personal consulting work is bringing me aspects of life that can’t be fixed or figured out with a quick solution or a fast answer. Often, all that is appropriate is to just show up. Be there. Listen. First, hearing […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

 Savoring Laguna   My experiences lately have brought home how privileged I feel to be a part of life in Laguna.     It started with an invitation from a special friend to watch the woman’s soccer finals. Some of my favorite women in town showed up and besides the excitement generated from the game, we […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

A Window into Limbo Land                 Death was not to be a leap: it was to be a long descent under thickening shadows.                                                                             George Elliot – The Mill on the Floss(1860)   My mother is 88. She has congestive heart failure. She has a pacemaker. She takes medications. Her breathing is labored. She […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

A Sense of Balance Summer officially arrived this week and our festival openings are upon us. As the season shifts, let’s see if we can lighten up and enjoy the summer months. If you feel like you have been walking a tightrope without a safety net, daily living could seem downright treacherous about now. At […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

 The Power of Imagination Susan McNeal Velasquez     The theme of the Pageant of the Masters 2011, “Only Make-Believe,” is a tribute to artistic imagination unleashed. Imagination is an exceptional gift that can also be used to access inner-wisdom.     Today, I want to invite you to use your imagination. Your memories, approached correctly, can […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Taking On The New Year Challenge   “I could never tell if it was opportunity or the wolf knocking.” Anne Ellis wrote in “The life of an Ordinary Woman” (1929). Do you avoid taking a deeper look into your present conditions because of the overwhelming harshness of your self-judgments? When you evaluate yourself through good […]