Eliminating Excuses

Seven questions to begin the process of eliminating excuses from Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book, Excuses Begone. 1. Is it true? 2. Where did it come from? 3. What is your payoff? 4. What would your life look like if you did not have that belief? 5. Can you create a...

An Acronym for Problems

John Maxwell presents in his book, The Difference Maker an acronym for PROBLEMS. P – is for predictors which help us mold our future R – is for reminders – a reminder we cannot succeed alone O – is for opportunities that pull us out of the ruts, prompting us to think...

Inside the Head of a Therapist and the Lessons Learned

Eight Life Lessons from Sherry Petro-Surdel. Lessons Learned as a Therapist. There is always a payoff and a payback for any behavior we engage in. You cannot change what you are not aware of. We can’t solve a problem with the same mindset that created the problem. We...


Every decision we make paves the way for other decisions. Life is a series of choices, decisions and consequences. ~ Sherry Petro-Surdel


Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for a while, and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn

Truly Alive

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Anonymous

John F. Kennedy on Peace

Every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war, wishes to bring peace should begin by looking inward, by examining his/her own attitudes. ~John F. Kennedy

What Are You Searching For?

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will. ~Abraham Lincoln

We find what we are looking for in people and situations. Where might a new perspective be in order?

Do Good

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. ~Abraham Lincoln
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. ~Abraham Lincoln

Listen to your inner guidance and share your gifts.


The Jewish word shalom carries more meaning than peace, it refers to “An absence of war and contention.” May the essence of shalom enter our own minds. May we have no contention in our being.
Shalom. ~ Sherry Petro-Surdel


Start living now.
Stop saving the good china for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. ~Mary Manin Morrissey
What are you doing today to demonstrate that you love yourself?

This Moment

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake. ~Marie B. Ray

Make the most of this present moment. Be there, be present with all you have to offer. ~Kathy Horton


Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them to become what they are capable of being.  ~Goethe

Offer encouragement but always trust that people are showing you who they are. ~Kathy Horton

Believe in You!

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Be you own biggest fan today. Be the love of your life. You will have so much more to give others if you begin by loving yourself! ~Kathy Horton

This Too Will Pass

An ancient fable reminds us that the secret of contentment is to live life remembering that this too shall pass, so enjoy the moment. What will you do to live in the moment? ~ Sherry Petro-Surdel


It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again. ~Charles Kettering

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