Friday Photo

Today's Friday Photo comes from The Campus at Stanford University. The hummingbird is a symbol of joy and sitting atop this beautiful bloom, their colors perfectly coordinated, it brought me pure joy. It is what we all strive for - and guess what - it's inside of each of us!
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Rice Marsh Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. I hope this quote really gets you thinking! Everything is interpreted from your own perspective. So how you see someone is your choice, your version of how to see them, not necessarily how they see themselves. When you have a reaction to someone or what they say, it is an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Perhaps it's a wise idea to attempt to understand perspectives other than our own. Just sayin'................
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Well, we made it through another Black Friday. I really don’t like that term, so I’ve decided that here at The FARE Hypnosis Center we are calling it Bright Friday. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from the Serengeti in Tanzania. As people celebrate this weekend of thanks and giving, I thought it a bit 'twisted' that it's only on occasion that we take time to notice the things for which we are grateful. It's what we give every day that we get in return - good or bad. So as you experience the closeness (or not....) that you feel though out this holiday season, make an early resolution to carry it through (or not....)  each and everyday, and watch how your life transforms!
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Today's Friday Photo comes from my very steep backyard in Chanhassen, MN. As I watch my step carefully raking my way down this slippery slope this weekend, you may be wondering what this has to do with happiness. Everything. Events are neutral (in this case, raking a LOT of leaves). I am the one who assigns judgment about it being positive or negative. Why would I choose negative when positive feels so much better? I could choose to think about how much hard work it will be, how it will consume my morning, how cold it's going to be, or how sore I will be afterwards. Or I could choose to think about the great exercise I'll get, how I can get into my zone (aka hypnosis) and contemplate how wonderful life is, be grateful for the shade this beautiful maple provides me all summer and how colorful it is in the fall - and how it's such a great excuse to get a massage after I'm done! I choose happy..............
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Today's Friday Photo comes from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. While thousands of flamingos were gathered at this lake, only a few flew from one place to another. As I watched these flamingos standing in one place, I thought of how our thoughts keep us stuck. Changing your thoughts is the only path to changing your life - to fly when others are standing still. Are you ready for flight?..............
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a California Prius, snapped on my cell while near the Golden Gate Bridge this past Labor Day. My daughter and I had lots of outdoor plans for the weekend, all of which were thwarted by triple digit heat indexes. With no a/c at her apartment or my Airbnb - we spent a lot of quality time in the car and in restaurants. Keeping this quote in mind helped me stay 'cool' and in a good feeling place no matter if we were simply driving around to stay cool!
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Deephaven, MN. As Fall winds down and the trees get ready to hold snow on their branches, I hear others grumbling about the coming winter cold. As I look at the magnificence of the color reflected in the water in this picture, I realize that it is my thoughts of the beauty of every season that sustains me through each of them.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from The Lewa Downs Conservancy in Isiolo, Kenya. We kept 900+ pictures from our 3 weeks travel, and this is my favorite of all. We were no more than 25 feet from this magnificent lion. He paid as much attention to us as the flies on his nose. (Well, at least that's what I was hoping!) I paired it with one of my favorite quotes. The quote 'builds' with each sentence, and I'm wondering if an appropriate addition should be "Is what you've been taught still serving you well?"
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Today's Friday Photo shows the rich Fall colors from Anchorage, Alaska. This lake is the site of a very busy sea plane 'field', with planes frequently taking off and landing. It made me contemplate about how many times we've been told that our emotions can't take flight. If we are too happy or exuberant, we are flighty (pun intended) or if we are too angry or sad, no one wants to be around us. The fact is that emotion is meant to be expressed and it is a sign of how much we are in or out of alignment to who we are. It's when we hold those emotions in that trouble can really begin.
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