Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ease worry and embrace life

Ask the experts: Ease worry and embrace life
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 22, 2014.  Posted with permission. 

Worry is like dancing with a bear. The music isn’t over until the bear says so.

Are you convinced that events from your past are going to emerge from the shadows and bludgeon you? Or, are you so mired in worst case scenarios that the future appears overrun with dragons? Do you believe enemies are conspiring to plot your demise?

You’re irrational and perhaps self-absorbed.

Most worry hovers in three basic life categories: finances, interpersonal relationships and health. Worry isn’t always bad, and it can be a powerful signal for action.

But worry is pathological when it spirals into obsession that drowns out all other thoughts. You’re awake all night stuffing your fist in your mouth while the hamster wheel spins in overdrive.

Worry is the number one indicator that you are not living in the present moment.

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Metaphor of the Mountain – Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Metaphor of the mountain: processing success
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 15, 2014. Posted with permission.

above the clouds

Of all the hopeful souls who attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, only 40% reach Uhuru Peak.

I was in the 60%.

I’m still trying to figure out if I’m a failure. It’s a process.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, and Uhuru Peak looms at 19,340 feet. The most common route, the Marangu Route( a.k.a Coca-Cola Route) demands at least five days. Unlike

Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro is friendlier in that it doesn’t require special equipment or skills beyond physical fitness.

The greatest risk is altitude sickness.

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