Carol Brady

Florence Henderson, mom on the hit series The Brady Bunch died late last week at the age of 82.

I heard her “oldest son” Greg Brady (Barry Williams) sum up the quality Mrs. Brady had that made her so beloved.

According to Williams on an NPR interview, Henderson tried to portray the mom she always wanted to have – the mom she always wanted to be.

We can be the person we want to be, not someone else, as long as we can visualize in our mind’s eye the qualities it will take.

Living someone else’s life is not an option.

Seeing the person you want to be is at least half the work in getting there.

I always like to say be the person your pet thinks you are.

And Florence Henderson is saying know the qualities you want to have and then pursue them.

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Reinventing Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a train wreck for some people.

This “family time” is also dysfunctional family time and that includes all of us.

Relatives and close friends are pushed together to eat, drink, watch football and shop often for more than one day over the weekend.

The real purpose of Thanksgiving is not eating but gratitude and the closer we get to gratitude, the better the holiday goes.

  • Rule 1 through 99 – if you really want to have a miserable time, try to change someone especially a relative.  Let it go, let it flow.
  • Warning:  stay off of politics.
  • Be the one who raises a glass to the person who prepared the feast if you are having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  They may be moved to tears or show joy of appreciation, but it sets the right tone.
  • Remember those who are departed.  I remember my parents every year by trying to do something that they would do to keep their spirit alive.  A recipe (broccoli sautéed in garlic and olive oil) to feel their presence.
  • Remember the less fortunate or those who are troubled.

Food is filling.

Food for thought is satisfying.

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When People Are Not Kind

Commit to kindness.

Choose the person you want to be and stick to it even in the face of people who choose to be unkind to you.

In the long range, we win when we stick to the plan to be the person we want to be.

The author Dr. Amit Sood at a seminar gives this memorable example that sums it up.

There are always a few people in our lives who won’t change just as there are always a few kernels left unpopped in an overflowing bag of popcorn.

Commit to kindness even when others do not.

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Donald Trump

This is not about Donald Trump the politician but about his seemingly endless confidence to win one way or the other.

Trump believed he could be president when others laughed. He was looking like a sure loser on the eve of the election when all politicians put on a brave face but Trump somehow, some way believes he will prevail when others allow themselves to think they might fail.

We can’t ask others to believe in us, if we don’t first believe in ourselves.

The enemy is that little voice that tries to grow louder in our head that says maybe things won’t work out right.

When sports teams play a game, it’s over if they allow this thought in their head.

For the rest of us, when we allow the game to be over while it is still on, failure is what follows.

See it through.

Believe in you.

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Encouragement

Why do we utter so many words of discouragement to those around us?

  • You’re really going to do that?
  • What if it doesn’t work?
  • You need something to fall back on.

And why do we not recognize that every time we help another person up, we give ourselves a gift.

  • There is only one you!
  • If anyone can do it, you can!
  • I believe in you!

No matter your political views, we have learned that Melania Trump when her husband told her he was thinking of running for president said “you will win”.

When you bet on people, you always win.

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