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Never Give Up

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe

Duff photoDuff here. The more I considered this Truism, the more I agreed with it. I have had Situations in my Life where I was tempted to give up. Throw in the Towel. No more of This. But right after I had these thoughts, I would experience a Burst of Energy. I would make it to the Top of the Mountain. I would leap High in the air and Land on Mom’s Lap. The list of my Accomplishments is Endless. When I achieve those goals, I swell with Pride. That’s when I live unstuck.

Lately, Mom and I have been encouraging others to do their Best. And what Good Cheerleaders We are! The last few weeks have been hard on many, Myself included. But I am Intrepid and never Give Up. I turn to my Goal (in My case, perhaps a special Treat) and give it all I’ve Got. If I look Winning Enough, Mom may relent. She always smiles, and if she Turns My way, I know Favor is with me. I may be rewarded for Being the Good Boy I am.

Have you found this true for You, too? Found Yourself running into Walls of Discouragement? I say: Back up and give it One More Try. This Extra Effort may be all it takes to get to Your Goal. Happiness in the Journey is key, for the Stretching and Striving makes Life so worthwhile. That’s when We can all be Alive, Joy Filled and Free. Live unstuck. #unstuckliving#nevergiveup

Life is Like . . .

Life is like a series of commas, not periods.

—Unknown

Duff photoDuff here. Have you felt so that Life is totally confusing? Circumstances overwhelming? Can’t see Your way out? I have done that a Time or Two. And it’s not Fun. Everywhere I looked, it was Dreary. At times, I thought it Was Forever. I thought it was a Period . . . when actually it was a Comma. I forgot to Live Unstuck.

But I Shake Bad Times like that off Quickly and Easily. Of course, They happen to all of us. (Sometimes, I Shake my Entire Body from my Nose to my Tail as I move Beyond them.) I’ll admit: these Wretched Times are not easy to move through. But I live Unstuck. I acknowledge Them, figure out their Learnings and Teachings, and keep on Going. Too many Delightful Adventures to explore to get Bogged Down in the past. I am one Persistent Puppy, bound for Higher Ground and the Cheerful Experiences Life has to offer.

Are You like Me? Do you Calculate your losses and let go to Move Ahead? Or do you get Mired in the Muck of What Could have Been? I recommend: Let go and live Unstuck. To do so is far more enjoyable, for life is short. Or so They say. #unstuckliving#lettinggo

The Disappearing Squirrels

Duff here. And I have been in a conundrum all of my life. That’s right. Ever since I was a puppy, this situation has been occurring. Perhaps you can help me with this, for my mom goes into hysterics when it comes up and can’t explain for all her laughter.

It goes like this: the day begins and we are on the porch. Or on a walk. Or sitting among the trees in the forest. Suddenly, I spot a squirrel. Or two of them. I begin to give chase. Now, I’ll admit . . . I was quicker and faster in my younger years. But I still give them a run for their money. Those little fellows with the fluffy tails (like mine!) make funny chit-chit noises as they move along. Almost as if they’re scolding me for our game of tag. And then, poof! They’re gone.

That’s when my mom starts to chuckle. And giggle. And laugh. Sometimes she even has to wipe her eyes because she’s laughing so hard. She then points above my head. She has even come to me, gathered me up and tilted my head toward the sky. That only annoys me.

I can still hear the squirrels but they have disappeared. (Up the tree but that’s out of my realm). I get discouraged, but soon they come down and we start in again. Not all bad to make my mom laugh that hard either. After all, I’m living unstuck.

Have you ever pursued a dream or an idea with passion only to have it disappear? Vanish? Go poof into the night? Believe me, it’s not fun. But I encourage you to persevere. The vision will return once more and you will begin again. We can both be unstuck. Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

Be happy; not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.

—Recovery Inc.

It’s Not Your Door

Duff’s Thought for the Day

If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.

—Daily Health Post

Duff here. I was considering this thought the other day. I am at a definite disadvantage when it comes to opening doors. (Mom says I’m height impaired, for I am a Very Small Dog). But when a door opens, I carefully check to see if it is a safe place to be before stepping inside. Is it a dog friendly place? And not all doors are the right ones for me. If I stand in front of a closed door, I move on . . . eventually. Persistence is one of my strong suits. I am an eternal optimist. I live unstuck.

Are you like me? When you open a door, do you check to see if it’s a good place? Or just go on in? Do you get stuck in front of closed doors? How long does it take for you to move on? I strongly suggest: don’t take too long. Move on. Nothing good can come from being stuck there. Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

Perseverance Pays Off Big Time

“I had been through life when I was the laughingstock in whatever business I was in, auto parts or what have you. You have to stay in it and success comes. It’s a story of perseverance.” Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, knows what he’s talking about. The first five years of his seasons as an owner, the team was 17 wins with 67 losses, including 2-14 in his inaugural season. The team was stuck.

Khan knew about hard times but also knew about getting unstuck. He was born in Lahore, Pakistan to a family involved in construction. With $500 in his pocket, he moved to the United States in 1967 at age 16 to get his college education. On arrival, he spent his first night at a $2/night room at the University Y-YMCA, and his first job was washing dishes for $1.20 an hour.

While attending school, he worked at Flex-N-Gate, an automotive manufacturing company. In 1978, Shahid started Bumper Works, which made car bumpers and customized pickup trucks and body shop repairs. In 1980, he bought Flex-N-Gate from his former employer and grew the company so it eventually supplied bumpers to the Big Three Automakers. The company has grown in sales from $17 million to an estimated $10 billion in 2010.

He is living unstuck. And so have the Jaguars. His team won in the playoffs and has a good chance of ending up in the Super Bowl this February. When the team won their game, he said, “What a feeling. It’s unbelievable . . . To win it and win it the way we did today [is] mind-blowing.” Yes, it’s been a long time coming. But well worth the perseverance it took. It paid off big time.

I’m taking his example to heart. As a hypnotherapist and small business owner, I work at improving my practice every day. New techniques continually pop up and new ways to help my clients unfold. And I’m having fun! Just as Shahid Khan is enjoying the fruits of his hard work, he continues to expand his horizons. I want to follow in his footsteps and live unstuck. You too? #Unstuck Living

In order to succeed, we must first believe we can.

—Nikos Kazantzakis