Open mind, closed mind

So recently I bought a car.  I drove a rental car to pick it up.  The woman behind the counter was irritated, stressed, and bound by what the computer told her was possible.  This really impacted me in ways I was not aware of at the time, and it has made me think about the dangers of a closed mind.

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What’s Good? What’s Bad?

Let me tell you about my day last Friday.  My car had broken down over the previous weekend and could not be repaired, so I had to purchase a new one.  I had found exactly what I wanted over the internet, and I was driving to pick it up when I received a phone call from the salesman saying that another sales person had sold it to someone else.  I was very disappointed, of course, because it is hard to find a car with a manual transmission that isn’t a sports car (too small and just not me) or a pick-up (too large and just not me.)  But Jay called me back and said that his manager had worked it out and to come on down.  Phew.

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Have a Good Morning, and Be Well.

I was at the local drug store early in the morning – pre-dawn.  Not moving quickly or feeling particularly peppy, and no one else appeared to be, either.  But as I checked out, the clerk said with a smile, “Have a good morning and be well.”  It made me smile back.  I replied, “I know you have to say that, but it’s really nice that you do.”   The young woman said, “No, I like to.  If you’re happy, I’m happy.”

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A Very Meaningful 2015

A friend titled a recent email this way, and I love it!  How do we make that happen, a very meaningful 2015?  A great way is to forget about resolutions (those grand goals sticky with guilt), and instead set intentions

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The Gift of Quiet Time

Do you meditate every day?  Me neither.  I used to feel like a “remedial meditator,” just not getting it right.  Once I found mindfulness meditation, where you don’t have to empty your brain but instead simply allow yourself to notice what your brain pays attention to, moment-by-moment, I finally felt like I could “do” meditation.

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