“Go out on a limb; that’s where the fruit is.”

~ Will Rogers

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Out on a Limb is a monthly blog that explores how to maximize joy in your life. It’s not that I have joy all “figured out.” This blog is as much a meditation for myself in the pursuit of joy, as for you. This pursuit is a lifelong journey and the full experience of joy is, for most of us, episodic. May we all have more episodes!

 

Check out the archives for elaboration on such topics as dealing with uncertainty, learning how to surrender, shaking off the inner critic, and knowing your blind spots.

 

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Out on a Limb:
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Gifts In Kind(ness)
Each Name Matters
Fall Into Letting Go
There's Joy in Truth Telling
To Be Understood
A Voice Appears
When a Loved One Disappoints
Does a "Proper Goodbye" Exist?
Those Blue Bayou Moments
Fast Pace, Snail's Pace
I Walked My Talk!
Are You Working It?

 

2018

 

Bah Humbug to Stoicism

A Grateful La-La-La

Grief's Surprising Byproduct

Mix It Up

Don't Give Up

My Mom's Wise Words

Four Letters That Promote a Long Word

Not All Stains Come Out in the Wash

Is It Shavasana Yet?

The Merits of Exposure

Crossing the Bridge

Doing It Daily

2017

Going Un-Gilly

Kindness

Adaptability

Dignity

The Big Ask

The Magic of Convergence

Be the Raise

Making Peace with Entropy

Discipline and Reward

Temporary Obliviousness

How Agitators Help

Make Art, Revisited

2016

 

Gawk Less, Giggle More?

Check It Before You Wreck It

Completions

Elasticity

Fixin’ Things

Identify Your Bridges

The Simple Joys

Re-Framing Failure

Imagine Your Influence

Sanctioned Stopping

Discernment: Befriend That Observer

Knowing What Matters

 
2015

 

Mulling Manageability

Worrier to Warrior

Get Your Daily Dose

Envy and Elements of Happiness

Different Does Not Equal Wrong

Ain’t Nothin’ Like …

Care for the Caregivers

The Voice of Poetry

Know Your Blind Spots

Leave It!

Grief and Relief

  

2014

  

Devotion

Bless the Blessings

The Kid Rx

The Real Dare

M and M’s

A Step Toward Joy

Re-Purpose Yourself

Make Art

The Joy of Understanding

Dealing with Droughts

Be a Dropout

Grab a Lifeline

2013

 

In Search of Silver

Hankering for Harmony

Practicing Gratitude

Phone It In

Thank you, Harvey: Summoning Courage

Accessing Awe

TWYLALTR! (Take What You Like and Leave the Rest)

Leave the Stats Behind

Necessity? NOT!

Comfort

Smile Sources

2012

 

Year-Round Giving

Positive Permission

Mantra Magic

Short-Term Love

Sleeeeeeep

D.D.D. — Do a Daily Dance!

Antidotes to Neediness: In Search of an Inner Dad

Antidotes to Neediness: Cultivating Your Inner Mom

Swept Away: Embracing our Emotional Palette

Grace on a Limb

The Deserving Continuum

Applause, Applause

 
2011

 

Honor Those Don’t Wanna’s

Do What You Love

Anticipating Loss

Tracking: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Life Isn’t Math

The Joy of Giving and Receiving

The Goodness of “My Bad”

Digging Out of the Muck: Madeline Sharples

Hummingbird Joy

To-Do Lists: Tool or Tyrant?

Savoring Silence

Facing the Grief Bully

 
2010

 

Shoulds are a Killjoy

The Agony & Ecstasy of Being Present

Have Yourself a Mom-Fest

Empathy Failure in Grief

Chi Suckers, Part II

Stirring Up Your Chi

There’s No Place Like Homes

Getting It Done

Humble Arrogance

Self-Interest

Embraceable You

Summon the Light, Praise the Darkness

2009

 

Manageability

Traditional Flexibility

Finding Fun

S-T-R-E-T-C-H: Beyond the Fear of Jeer

The Pithy Collection

The Four Pearls

Be a Fan

Know Your Season: Anticipate the Tough Times

Get Yourself a Pusher!

Suppression is Depression

Commitment

Dance in the Rain

2008

 

Second Annual Prompts for Joy

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Cultivating Tolerance

The Importance of Celebration

Consoling the Inconsolable

The Good, the Bad, and the Ego

The Practice of Perspective

Embracing Uncertainty

Taking Risks

2007

 

Prompts for Joy

Solace for Surrender

Congruence

Grey Your Black-and-White Thinking

Get Off the Self-Critic Train

  

 

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