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  • 02/08/2021 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “Sorry seems to be the hardest word to say” - Elton John (1976)

    Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. However, no one wants to admit they are wrong. It’s hard to see ourselves in a less than positive light. Saying sorry may make us feel vulnerable and insecure. It may make us feel stupid or incompetent. Indeed, it takes a strong person to say they’re sorry. While some people view an apology as a sign of weakness, in reality, it is a sign of strength. Making excuses or placing the blame on someone or something else is the easy way out. Assuming the full weight of blame is difficult. While an apology can’t undo what has already been done, it can help salvage and rebuild a fractured relationship and trust. Saying “I’m sorry” denotes that you chose your relationship over your ego, that you respect the other person. Not all apologies will be accepted but you showed the other person that you accepted your own responsibility for the mistake. A sincere apology can liberate you from feelings of guilt and regret. 

  • 02/01/2021 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump (1994)

    Life is unpredictable which can feel unsettling at times. Yet it is the unpredictability that makes life worth living. A predictable life would be downright boring. Unpredictability keeps us on our toes, always ready to pivot and turn. Sometimes it knocks you down to the ground, but many times it gives you the most beautiful gifts and opportunities. Let go of the planned life and accept the one that comes to you.

  • 01/18/2021 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

    -C.S. Lewis

    While history is a great indicator of the future, it doesn’t necessarily have to define the time to come. The choices you make and the actions you take today will ultimately determine whom you will eventually become.  Mistakes of the past are important as they serve as valuable lessons to use today. Feelings of regret, guilt, resentment, and anger over past events only serve to weigh you down. You can’t change the past but you have complete autonomy to make wise choices in the present moment. You can succeed in business even if you have failed before. You can get in shape even if you have been overweight for the longest time. You can enjoy a happy relationship even if you made mistakes in a previous one. You can be happy even if you have experienced tremendous sadness.  You can be a resilient survivor of a bad situation rather than a recurring victim.

    Perhaps philosopher George Santayana said it best: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Armed with the knowledge of the past, the world is your oyster.

  • 01/11/2021 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss

    All of us are a sum of our experiences and the people we’ve met along the way. Sometimes people aren’t meant to be in our lives forever, and that’s okay.

    Everyone has had someone pass through their life for only a period of time, that still had some effect on them, whether it was a friendship that faded over time, a relationship that just didn't work out, or even a person that you met while on a summer vacation. The examples are endless because our lives are filled with people that come and go. Some people are needed to arrive exactly at the time and place we need them to. They may help motivate us to keep pursuing a goal and stay on track or help transport us to the next level of our life journey.

    Everyone we meet is an opportunity to grow and maybe even learn a life lesson. Loosen your grip, and peacefully allow people to come into your life. Similarly, if they aren’t meant to stay, with thanks, let them go and make space available for new opportunities.

  • 01/04/2021 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!

    As we start the new year, something to ponder...

    While we can't always choose the music life plays for us, we can choose how we dance to it.

    Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2021!

  • 12/28/2020 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    Happy Mindful Monday!

    Every day is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s an opportunity to accept happiness, love, power, and energy into your day. Today is a starting point for your journey to success for the rest of the week. Let’s make the best of it with the simple power of a smile.

    Remember that quirky character on the Ally McBeal television series from the late 1990s, John Cage, that engaged in what he called “smile therapy” before going into court or when he found himself in the midst of an emotional crisis? He’d paste on a big, toothy smile in the mirror. The effect was comedic, but he was onto something. A smile conveys feelings of happiness, hope, and positivity. When you smile, you feel happy. When you smile, those around you smile.

    Share a smile with those you come into contact with this week: your coworkers, your clients, your judges, your barista at Starbucks, a stranger on the street. Smile at anyone that looks like they could use a lift. A smile can turn someone’s day around. Who doesn’t find satisfaction in making others happy? Smile just to smile and you will actually feel happier. Can’t argue with Mother Teresa who so often said, “Peace on earth begins with a smile.”

  • 12/14/2020 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

    Optimism is defined by Merriam Webster dictionary as “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.” Optimism is a thought, attitude, action, or decision geared towards solving situations that appear to be complicated and impossible. Optimism enables a person to believe that any obstacle is surmountable. Optimism ignites resilience, providing energy to power the other resilience factors that can help anyone become stronger. It facilitates an active and creative approach to coping with challenging situations. Being optimistic is a conscious choice. The optimist chooses to believe that the outcome or result of their endeavor will be successful. When faced with challenges, optimists are confident of a final positive outcome. Optimists learn from their mistakes rather than dwell on their failures. Optimists use failures as an opportunity to grow and make the outcome better next time. Optimists see bad days as just a part of their journey. They believe they can change the world with their smile, positive outlook, and good intentions. Choose optimism and set your journey to success.

  • 12/07/2020 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down”

    -Buddha

    Declutter your mind, declutter your space. Our minds, like our closets, are filled to capacity; half of what’s there serves no useful purpose. Be it a torn sweater from 1996 or life-long patterns of unhealthy self-deprecation, clutter is weighing us down. Release negative thoughts to make room for positivity and self-love. Create a space for the life ahead of you, and let go of the past. The act of purging is invigorating and refreshing. Evaluate what is most important to you, what powers you ahead and let go of everything else. Build new mental habits that increase your productivity, clarity, awareness, organization and improve your overall well-being. Create more open and breathable space in your mind and in your home and you will feel calmer, think more clearly, be more efficient and be less anxious.  

  • 11/30/2020 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down” -Buddha

    Declutter your mind, declutter your space. Our minds, like our closets, are filled to capacity; half of what’s there serves no useful purpose. Be it a torn sweater from 1996 or life-long patterns of unhealthy self-deprecation, clutter is weighing us down. Release negative thoughts to make room for positivity and self-love. Create a space for the life ahead of you, and let go of the past. The act of purging is invigorating and refreshing. Evaluate what is most important to you, what powers you ahead and let go of everything else. Build new mental habits that increase your productivity, clarity, awareness, organization and improve your overall well-being. Create more open and breathable space in your mind and in your home and you will feel calmer, think more clearly, be more efficient and be less anxious.  


  • 11/23/2020 8:30 AM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    “Pause and remember – Every single event in your life, especially the difficult lessons, have made you smarter, stronger and wiser than you were yesterday. Be thankful!” -Jennifer Young

    Regardless of how 2020 has treated us, we are collectively blessed. Let’s focus on being thankful this Thanksgiving holiday. 

    Allow your “holiday basket” to overflow with your bountiful blessings. Each moment is unique. Every second is to be savored and cherished. Soak in the music of the precious gifts around you. Acknowledge the value of your experiences.

    Be thankful for your own goodness as well as the goodness of those around you.  Say “thank you.” Take a moment each day this week to be thankful for the little things in your life: perhaps it’s a short line at Starbucks; a dog wagging his tail running for a ball; the sound of laughter; a child taking her first steps. As we focus on being thankful for these little things, we realize that life is a collection of small precious moments. Be thankful for all that you have and the people you have in your life.   

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