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Counting Your Blessings

I have recently been reminded how lucky I am. It is pretty easy for me to say that – I have food on the table, a roof over my head, a healthy family and good friends … and many, many blessings. Yet, sometimes, I feel sorry for myself when things don’t go the way I planned, when my feelings are hurt or some obstacle seems to be in my way. It is ok to focus on our problems – however large or small – and to be sad about them. It is also possible to feel guilty about that sadness when our problems are so small compared to the “Third World Problems” or bigger issues faced by others we know and love. This begins a spiral of sadness – the original problem, combined with the sadness from judging ourselves for feeling sad! My kids like to remind me that I need to let them feel sad. Our natural instinct is to try to cheer people up when they are sad – to “look at the bright side.” This is a caring and helpful response. But it is also OK to feel sad, as long as the goal is to eventually work through…

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Solving Problems

My mom just arrived for a visit. She is one of the best problem solvers I know. If something is broken, my mom can fix it! She is not only very talented at “tinkering” with things, she is also smart about asking for help and knowing where to find answers. On top of that, she is a very caring person who often helps those around her when they have a problem to be solved. Thankfully, I think I have inherited her tendency to be resourceful and I get a lot of satisfaction from solving a problem – mine or someone else’s. Back in the days of manual checkbook balancing, I recall searching for the elusive 11 cents that was preventing me from reconciling the account, and the great feeling that came from figuring it out! I think this is why I love creating websites so much: 1) there is immediate gratification from discovering the “key” to making something work the way I want it to and 2) creating a website solves a client’s problem of needing a professional platform to showcase their business. It is rewarding to find solutions, overcome an obstacle and move on. The dictionary defines “problem” as…

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