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And the answer is: Pa·tience

Welcome aboard passengers!  I have a question:  What gives us the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset?


Problems in life can be solved if we take our time to figure out the best solutions. Patience allows the two differing parties to think about the issue at hand and to develop a workable compromise.


Force escalates the situation and causes people to react out of anger, frustration, and fear. Force takes the focus off of the positive dialog that can be used to have each side express its wants to solve the problem. So, instead of using the fist to make your point, use your brain to figure out the best way to fix the situation. Both sides will be grateful in the end.

Give patience a chance…

All Aboard!~  The LifeTrain!


Focusing on the positive side of life…

It is truly difficult to be happy these days with all the negativity that surrounds us. The television news brings the horror of today’s reality right into our own homes. You can have nightmares from

Try to see the humor…and irony.

the ugly images that we see daily in the worldwide media. Yet amidst all of this tragedy, we must strive to remain sane and happy. We can’t allow outside circumstances to dictate the condition of our hearts.  Let’s do our best to focus on the positive side of life as Henry Miller does. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is where you are. And the way to be happy is to make someone else happy today. Be thankful for your own blessings and be willing to share the gifts you have received. Try it – you will like it!

All Aboard, the LifeTrain!

Make this an autumn of self-kindness.

All Aboard!  As I help you up onto the train today I give you a business card (white with black raised lettering)  It reads:


Take care of yourself.


I’d like to simply share two of the most powerful and useful tips that have helped me to take care of myself in the past few years.  I hope they will help you to make this an autumn of self-kindness.

Stay away from the grey zone.

When you get stuck in thinking and worrying about your job when you are at home or your private life then you are stuck in the grey zone.

Mental rest required…

And as you may have noticed in your own life, it can be a very destructive mental habit. It robs you of so much energy and creates huge amounts of stress and worries. It can leave you so unfocused that you cannot do your work well or spend quality time – time when you are mentally 100% there – with the people closest to you.

I have had quite a bit of trouble with this in the past and what works best for me to stay out of this mental zone is to set up very firm limits.  To take a 15-minute break for every 45 minutes that I work. To not work after 7 o’clock in the evenings. To keep my weekends workfree and disconnected.  It is not easy in the beginning and if you’re like me you’ll slip during those first weeks.  But, after a while, it becomes easier and easier to keep these areas and your thoughts about them separate and to keep your attention and energy focused in the right place.


Be your own best friend when you stumble.

Take time for you…

When you make a mistake, fail or stumble in life then it is so easy to start beating yourself up.  When that happens this fall, promise yourself to not fall back into this old and destructive habit.  Instead, take care of yourself by asking yourself: How would my best friend/parent support me and help me in this situation?

Then do things and talk to yourself like he or she would.  This simple habit can keep you from falling into a pit of despair and it helps you to be more constructive after the first initial pain of a mistake or failure starts to dissipate.

Hey passengers have a self-kind week!

All ABoard!   The LifeTrain!


Welcome back aboard Passengers. as I’m helping you up onto the train I’m also giving you a white business card with raised black lettering.  It reads:

“When I die, I don’t want to be remembered as a know it all but, rather a share it all.


Today I’m sharing about a spot where I have been stuck in.  And that is in planning and in trying to create the perfect and super-polished plan to reach my goal quickly as I could and not risk any failure or setbacks.  In this case my online shopping mall.  I want to be a little AMAZON.  I thought it sounded like a smart approach.  But here’s the thing: it works a lot better in theory than in real life.  So I’ve moved away from that approach that I was so fond of during much of my professional life.

Now, it might feel like a perfect plan is the right way to go about things.  But, in my experience at least, it’s better to just focus on coming up with a simple and good plan and then to start executing it one small step at a time.


Keep it simply…

Well, because the perfect plan that is polished and polished and revised tends to just lead to weeks or months – or in my own experience sometimes years – of continued planning and of not going anywhere when it comes to actually taking action.  Also, as your plan is confronted with reality you’ll realize that things will never be or go just as you had seen them in your head before you got started. Such is life and that’s OK because you can adjust and adapt your plan along the way anyway.

So if you’re working on the perfect plan for making a change in your life – or have a tendency towards that – then simplify.

Think things through and don’t take unnecessary risks. But at the same time keep things simple and aim for just a good plan.  Break that plan down

That’s the plan…

into small or very small action-steps. And then get started with the first one as soon as you can.  This change in thinking has made a big difference in my own life.

Without making it and focusing on good plans – or sometimes honestly just OK plans – that I actually took action on rather than perfect ones that stayed daydreams I would likely not have JUST launched the sell of my TEEs and things.

Take care and have a simpler week ahead!

By the way, send me your email address in IM here and I will send you a list of my current offerings with prices.  Also, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a FREE LifeTrain Tee shirt.

All Aboard!  The LifeTrain!!!

Women are made to be Loved…

Welcome Passengers!  Thanks for hoping aboard today!

I’ve made a discovery!  Took me long enough.  Women are different than men in many ways, and that is a good thing. Each gender has been provided with traits that are important for necessary tasks to be completed. Together, men and

Believe in Love…

women are equally gifted and can work in tandem to create marvelous things. Men do not always understand women, and women do not always understand men. A man’s mind and body do work differently than those of a woman. It is important for each one to respect what talents are offered and to encourage one another to develop his/her own positive traits. Understanding and appreciation are important elements to apply in any given situation where men and women are working together. So, value one another and embrace “la difference!”

Thank God for the WOMAN!

All Aboard, The LifeTrain!

Fall Down Seven Times, Stand up Eight!

Hey Passengers, Welcome back!

let’s have some real talk about something we’ve all experienced and will again, SETBACKS!

When you have a setback it’s easy to start doubting yourself and what you do. To believe that this current setback is something that will simply become your new normal.  It’s easy to make it very personal and to start seeing yourself as the failure because of what happened.

Dark CLoud of Self-Pity…

This is a destructive way of looking at things that can drag you down and get you stuck under a dark cloud of self-pity.

So I’ve learned to look at it this way instead:

A setback is something that sometimes happens. It can be helpful and it’s just temporary.  Now, here’s how I usually break that down into three steps.

1. A sobering reminder.

Take a few deep breaths to calm down and then remind yourself: You’re not a failure just because you failed.  Setbacks happen to everyone that take chances. It’s simply a part of living life fully.  Sometimes things go well and sometimes they don’t. So don’t make a failure into this huge thing or into your identity.

2. Get something helpful out of it.

Ask yourself: what is one thing I can learn from this setback?  Use the mistake, stumble or setback to your advantage as you go forward.

3. Get going in some small way to make it temporary to yourself.


I know it’s tempting to sit still and feel sorry for yourself, to beat yourself up or to just do nothing.  I’ve done it more times than I can count.  But I’ve also found that the best way to convince myself that this setback is just temporary is to start moving again.

So I take one small step forward. Or I take what I can learn from what happened and make a small action-plan that I can use to avoid making the same mistake again.

Just taking one or a few small steps might not sound like much.  But it can work wonders for your optimism and confidence.

That’s at least been my experience.

All Aboard, The LifeTrain!!!


“The Best Things In Life Are Free” True?


Welcome Passengers, welcome aboard the LifeTrain.  As I help you up into the train off the Platform I hand you your free boarding pass and a greeting card.  It simply says:

“The best things in life are free!”

This post serves to confirm Isabella Scorupco’s quote that the simplest things bring the most happiness. What brings happiness to your heart? The acquisition of


material things will never bring you true happiness. The more you get,  the more you want, and the more responsibility you will have to maintain that materialistic life style. You will ultimately be totally disillusioned. What does bring happiness you ask in bewilderment? The answer is simple – a smile from a co-worker, a hug from a friend, a call from a family member, and/or an evening shared with a loved one. Human dignity, respect, and compassion are all reflected in these most genuine, simple acts of kindness. What is your state of mind right now? You can be happy if you choose to be. Look around you more closely to find the ordinary, everyday happy moments!

So I’m designating this day as Choose-day, not Tuesday.  Choose to be happy for the best things in life are free.

All Aboard!  The LifeTrain!

Positive thoughts…Positive Life!

Hey Passengers Welcome aboard!  As I help you up I give you the usual business welcome card.  It reads:

Positive Thoughts! Happy Life!

Do something wonderful today, people may imitate it.

Many times we cannot control the circumstances in our life, but we can control our reaction to them. Are you a pessimist or an optimist type of person? Your answer will help determine the quality

of your life, as the “quality of your life is dependent upon the quality of your thoughts.” Keep a positive attitude, and you will find your life easier to bear. There is always room for improvement in our mental attitude. It takes effort and determination to turn life around from negative to positive, but it can be done. Prove it is so in your own life!

All Aboard!  The LifeTrain

Happy Memorial Day weekend…

Welcome passengers!  Welcome aboard!  I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

You know, I bet you have experienced great moments of happiness and sadness in your own life. What made the difference? Not the situation or circumstances – you did! You are as happy as you choose, or as sad as you allow the circumstances to ruin your day. You cannot buy happiness over the counter in a drug store as prescribed medicine. How do you tap into the source of happiness that will never run dry?One way is to use all your God-given talents to do your very best, even in the smallest acts. You will feel great to know that you gave it “your all!” Remember, sadness is contagious, so is happiness. So “decide” to be happy, and you will see changes.  How about it?

All board, The LifeTrain!!!