Leigh Anne Tuohy

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Think back for a minute ... for some of us there are more of those available minutes to remember than others BUT ... think about when you were a child and you were afraid, truly afraid. I vividly remember the evening we received a late night phone call and my mother's brother had had a massive heart attack in another city, and the prognosis looked grim. It was doubtful my mother would arrive in time to get to see him again. Obviously, she was a hysterical mess and being only 9 years old, I was as well. I just wanted to hide in a closet because I was so scared. I didn't understand exactly what was going on, only that there was chaos all around and I felt anxiety and fear. I remember it as if it were yesterday.
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Are you starting to feel the anticipation and anxiety of the Holidays?
Happiness
Research suggests that we are all chasing happiness. All individuals are wired pretty much the same way, and it seems that the ultimate goal is to be full of joy and contentment. We are all seeking everlasting happiness.
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Upon my weekly, actually sometimes daily, ritual of going to Walgreens and Target, which are both a block from my house, I couldn't help but get caught up in all the Mother's Day merchandise that was now on sale. Wow, so many things were not purchased for that special person who we all refer to as Mom. I immediately glanced over at all the greeting cards that had a big red sign over them that read  "half-price"...hmmm...I wondered what did one card say that inspired someone to purchase it versus these sad unselected ones that were screaming out, "Buy me; I'm on sale."
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Man Up! This really is an underrated phrase. It really speaks volumes and in my mind paints a very vivid picture.  In all things we do....Man Up!  These two simple words scream so many things to me. They scream:  toughen up, give it up, fess up, stand up, wise up, team up, dress up, show up, shut up, keep up, listen up, and on and on and on. The two little words cover a large territory. If we all would take these two simple words to heart, can you imagine the change we would see?
Keep Calm and Carry On
Whose job is it to make you a good person? Are you one of those folks that stereotypes people? Do you usually do the right thing? Whose job is it to tell you to forgive and forget?  Do we look to others for this? Do we depend on Judge Judy to do this or Dr. Phil or perhaps the person you sleep with at night? My opinion is and I believe it with all my heart, that responsibility lies with one person and only one person...YOU!
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Here's a loaded question for you. How many of you knew last week was National Volunteer Week?  Hmmmm ...how many people said, "Well, I knew it was in April" or "I have heard of it before" or as I would imagine the vast majority had absolutely no clue.
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One of my kids, I won't mention which one, recently saw a news report that stated there have been new studies revealing that household cleaning supplies have a greater possibility of a carcinogenic effect on individuals than originally thought! This news flash instilled immediate fear in this child and "SHE" said I've got to call the other two siblings; we're going to die!
A shiny new pair of shoes, a hot cross bun, hiding colorful eggs, the big furry white bunny, the resurrection, a basket full of candy....What does Easter mean to you? Obviously, as we pass through different phases of life it means different things. As I am now 51 years old, which means I have completed several life phases, it is none of the above. It is more than something that is tangible. It is hope.
Basketball
If you get caught up in all this March Madness then you have to be just as stunned as the rest of the world that Lehigh beat Duke. According to ESPN there were over 6 million brackets filled out this year and not a single one picked some of these upsets. You have all these statisticians and prognosticators who just babble nonstop about who is going to win, and who is the best player and the best coach, and they think they are all that and more when it comes to predictions. They put on their fancy suits and slap on a big smile and lights, camera, action, and they just start spewing predictions to anyone who will listen.  
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