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Time To Pause, Regroup, and Grow

Flower sketch It's the time of year when the daylight darkens too soon and the weeks fall away like the leaves... It's also a time when we can forget our greater purpose or stray from our mission. As busy women, we can become too busy to live our lives. This sounds odd, but if you are there, you know exactly what it means.

Take a moment to slow down and put the "to do" items into perspective. Today, this quote was a much needed reminder and I'd like to share it with you.

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work...[Y]ou are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow! (Emphasis added.) ~ Og Mandino, Author

I hope Og's message helps you to pause, regroup, and allow yourself to continue to grow into the person you are meant to be. Let us know what trips you up at this time of year and what you do about it!

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Luci Weston

@Bose: I think so, too! In fact, when I stumbled upon it yesterday, it was so appropriate in message and timing, I had to share it.

You are right about this time of year. Unfortunately, it seems women get caught up and slowed down by busy work the entire year long. It's important to "smell the roses" every day, but starting with the holiday season can be a good reminder of this.


What a great quote. What bothers me at this time of year, specifically the day after Thanksgiving and on, is the whirlwind of shopping, buying, wrapping, etc. that seems non-stop until Christmas. It seems to be worsening each year where people don't even stop to "smell the roses" or care about each other and instead care about the "getting". Whether it is getting the right present for someone or receiving the gift. I just wish people would do less and enjoy more, if that makes any sense.

Luci Weston

@Donna Maria: You are so right about the fall. The Thanksgiving season makes me nostalgic, but once it's gone, I get excited to keep moving forward.

The questions you ask yourself are helpful ones for all of us to use. We definitely have to assess where we are to see where we are going...and to change things if necessary. Thank you for sharing.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Love this reminder. The fall is always a time of reflection for me, in large part because I can look back over the year as it ends and assess my performance. Have I served my family well? Have I achieved my professional goals? Where did I get off track? What successes do I want to repeat in the coming year? Og Mandino's quote reminds me to slow down and take stock, not just at the end of the year, but constantly and all year long. Thanks for sharing that.

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