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Tools and Topics Tuesday: Four Word Self Help + a GIVEAWAY 7

Patti Digh, author of one of my favorite books, Life is a Verb, says Life is complex, not complicated.
So why is it we insist on complicating things?

In her book, Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives Digh says, “There are three kinds of problems: simple (baking a cake), complicated (a moon launch), and complex (raising a child or finding meaning in your life). Most of us mistake what is complex with what is merely complicated. We create more strategic plans and worksheets and believe we must invest in expensive solutions to the complicated issues of our day. What if life is complex, not complicated? What if the counterintuitive response of simplifying is exactly the right one?”

Is life really all that complicated?

What if we could solve all our problems with just four simple words?

Try writing your own four word mantras for the areas you need help with in your life. Here are some examples:

be a surge protector

eat less, move more
use your own voice
give up toxic people

Share more examples with me in a comment below!

A random commenter will win a signed copy of the book  Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh.

The winner will be chosen on Friday, December 3rd, 2010.

Have fun!

*I am trying a new structure for my blogs. See more here.


A few favorite things…

It’s a hectic time of year for everyone, and our household is no exception. Over my Thanksgiving “break” we had lots of fun but were quite busy with things like outlet shopping, multiple dinners, Christmas decorating and a whole-house upheaval that all started with a mouse (more on that and OPERATION SIMPLY MY LIFE later). So, since I am up to my ears in getting our house back in order, over-due blogs, and school work, here are just a few favorite things:
Wearing matching aprons with AJH while making dinner
AJH’s new fav. activity: finding her first tooth with her tongue

This enormously happy smile

It brightens every day.

AJH chilling with Unlce Russ
She plays hard, but rests hard, too
Daddy and baby after Thanksgiving dinner #2
I love BRH’s sweet face and of course, AJH’s infectious grin!
Mommy and baby at the Carter-Coffman tree farm for AJH’s first Christmas tree picking.
All bundled up.
Ben has been going there forever, and we’ve gone tgether the past 5 years since we got married. This is our first “family portrait” at the tree farm. (More pics. to come on our Christmas card…hopefully).
And my favorite quote from one of my current favorite songs (“Murder in the City”)…
“Always remember, there is nothing worth sharing
Like the love that let us share our name´╗┐…”

Praise Song 2010

*In Thanksgiving spirit, I’m reposting one of my favorite writing activities: the Praise Song. I encourage you to create your own Praise Poems and share!

I read this poem a few years ago for my Journal Therapy class and was very inspired.

Praise Song

Paise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there’s left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn’t cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it’s all we have, and it’s never enough.

– Barbara Crooker
(Abalone Moon, Summer 2004)

I was pushed by the last line to think that if this “crazy fallen world” is never enough, then what is?

Read here for more inspiration:

Write your own praise song

My Praise Song in November