“Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.” 
~John W. Gardner

The Lottery


Life will be better
When I win the lottery

Really?
This is the big moment you are waiting for?
A one in a ka-drillion chance
To hit the big one?
This is your solution?
Your choice?

In the meantime
You live
You wake
You eat
You work
You watch TV
You sleep

The life you wish for
That adventure
That mysterious ball of goodness
Sits waiting
While you wait
And do NOTHING
And be NO ONE—at least not the person you want to be

The life you want is available
Today
No money required
Just courage
Effort to overcome your fears

You have everything you need
Right now
Go inside
Investigate you
Take a risk
Do what you must do
Be who you must be
Today
 
by Ken Carlson 
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Join Us This Week Thursday to Discuss and Learn about Moving Beyond Our Co-Dependent Roles

Authentic Autumn

Authentic Development's 9-Workshop Series at Lucky Monk in South Barrington

Authentic Autumn is a series of workshops on living your life to the absolute fullest.


Workshops will be held on the followingThursdays from 11:30AM-1:00PM

November 10th

Creating Your Own Hell: Riding the Triangle: Victim, Rescuer, Villain: No matter what your starting point--we all ride the triangle of codependence to our detriment. Come learn how to GET OFF the triangle! 

November 17th

Your View is Your Reality: Perspective Shifting 101: Come learn the basics of improving your life by simply shifting your perspective and embracing the full range of truth available to you. 

December 1st

Embracing the Mystery of the Season: The Winter Holiday season offers a time to reflect with thanks and also to embrace what is available during a season of extreme cold, a time of hibernation and death, and a time of strengthening.

Details Here!

From the Blog: Life is a Marathon...AND it's GREAT!!!


So, I ran my 5th marathon on Sunday.

It was by far my best one yet but not because it was my fastest.

A marathon is a really long way. Really. 26.2 miles. 42 kilometers. 312 minutes of running at a 12 minute pace. Approximately 55,335 steps! 

I didn't plan to run this past Sunday—at least not like I usually plan for a marathon. Usually, I train 4-6 days a week for the 6 months leading up to the marathon. I usually increase the mileage each week and follow a very detailed training program.

This marathon was different, I went to DC to visit my awesome cousin over labor day and she happened to have a 20-mile training run to do that weekend. "What the heck—I'll run it with you." was my response. She needed the encouragement and I wanted to spend the time in 1:1 conversation with her. When the training run was over, I loved it so much that I decided that I would really like to run the full marathon with her 7 weeks later.

On race day, my attitude was simple. Enjoy it. Enjoy the conversation with my cousin. Stay with her—every step of the way. So we did. We ran at a 12:00 minutes per mile pace and just worked our way through one mile after another. We walked through the water stops and took in gatorade and water. We had friends bringing us sandwiches along the way even. We sang together and danced together along the way and refused to let any nagging points of pain define the marathon. We were running a long way after all and it would be foolish to be pain free.

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What is it that your really want for your own life?

You're ambitious.
You're successful.
It seems you have a pretty good life.
You know though--that everything isn't what it seems.

We tend to do the same things over and over again in our lives expecting different results. We chase the dreams of our 20s only to find in our 40s that none of those things really mattered. What we really wanted was a life of joy. A life of friendship. A life of adventure. 

Instead, we find ourselves living for someone else's idea of a perfect life.

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