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The next time you hear someone’s diagnosis, say to yourself  (or say it out loud if you’re in a meeting with others), "I don’t know what that means. I want to focus on the person, regardless of the diagnosis."

Kathie Snow

Spring-Cleaning Ourselves

Ahhh—we’re inspired by nature when the grass is greening, buds are blooming, and everything looks new again. When springtime rolls around, we open the windows and let the fresh air in; do some heavy duty cleaning and scrubbing; and scour our closets and cupboards, getting rid of old, worn-out things. But, actually, any time is a good time for spring-cleaning! 

What if—on a regular (daily?) basis—we also performed these rites of spring-cleaning in ourselves? What if we scavenged around in our minds and examined our attitudes and the words we use, looking carefully to see what is old and no longer valuable? What if we discarded these and replaced them with new attitudes and words?

The great American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842-1910) said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” So let’s sweep out the cobwebs and get busy with the dust rag, to get a closer look at what’s in our minds.​ Click here to continue.