Tagged: October 2015 – No Complaining

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No Complaining, No Whining, No Griping: What I Learned

Earlier this week, I received a phone call that no parent ever wants to get. “Your daughter had an accident.” Oh no. Luckily, it turned out to be a minor playground injury (dislocated elbow joint) that had her back at school the following day, but not before our 12 hour stint in the emergency room. Our experience at the ER was what you’d expect....

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Escaping The Victim Mentality

In the beginning of time, when God made the Earth and the heavens and man and woman, he planted the most beautiful and lush of gardens for the man and woman to live. In the middle of this Garden of Eden stood the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which he commanded them to never eat from. But as we all...

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The Surprising and Strange Ways Our Brains Work, and the Science Behind It

My grandfather spent several months as a prisoner of war during the WWII Japanese occupation of the Philippines. It was a brutal incarceration, in which he was interrogated, tortured and starved, fearing that each new day that arrived would be his last. He recalls: At times, especially during my hunger pains, I fancied that I was eating my favorite foods – sweets...

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The Incredible Power of the Trained Mind

One year ago today, I had the brilliant idea of trying to hold a forearm plank for 15 minutes. Back then, I was in phenomenal shape. I was doing things like burpees, uphill sprints, and pushup-crunch combinations with my feet suspended in TRX stirrups, four times a week, sometimes more. 6 minutes and 5 seconds was the starting point for the plank...

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The No Complaining Challenge: A Quest to Let Go of Negativity

I’m still cleaning, organizing, and working through my clutter project. Since I want to do this the right way and have some time to report the results, I’ve decided to push my monthly wrap-up back a few weeks and start my October challenge early.  Have you ever read one of those ‘how to be happy’ articles that have become so popular on...