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  • Do You Love Your Life?

    “You know you’re in love [with your life] when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss A friend was visiting the other day. She was telling me about a..


  • How Do You Exercise Your Brain?

    When I started doing Sudoku I could solve the ‘easy’ puzzles but it took all my brain power to solve the ‘medium’ ones. I persevered (I’m stubborn that way) and over time I progressed through ‘medium’ to..


  • Are You Using All Your Resources?

    Did you ever hear the story about the little boy who was trying to move a large boulder while his father stood by watching? The boy struggled, trying different methods without success. Finally he was ready to..


  • Do You Take Your Own Advice?

    In her wonderful book The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford advises that you “attend your own lectures”, meaning you should pay attention to the advice you give to others. Chances are it is the..


  • Are You Listening?

     We are happy that Melanie [Smiley Melly] is honoring us with a Guest Post today. She has been a valuable member of the Life,for instance community since we began in November. We appreciate the contribution of her..


  • How Do You Feel About Snow Days?

    Growing up on the east coast of Canada,  I’ve lived through my share of winter’s school-cancelling snow days. I’ve identified four different types of snow days; each one different from the rest. When I was a kid..


  • Responsibility: Where Do You Draw the Line?

    How adept are you at accepting responsibility for what happens in your life? We like to accept responsibility for the good things, but those bad things….nah!  That just happened, it was the energy, the moon, my genes,..



  • Failure: an Ingredient of Success?

    In 2008 at a commencement address at Harvard J.K. Rowling spoke of the value of failure. We all know her story. Wikipedia reports that she “progressed from living on benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years.” Twelve..