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It’s Not Been Easy

August 10, 2019 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

One thing rings true in my life… it’s not always been easy.

But I am not alone, am I? In fact, philosophers and modern-day life-gurus all seem to agree that the most successful people in life have endured and overcome serious setbacks and failures.

You know it has become rather common to hear it said that “we don’t have problems, we have opportunities… for growth.” Although that may be true, it is of absolutely no meaning to someone who is experiencing some sort of ongoing trial or struggle. When you are in the middle of it, you often see no way out that is satisfactory. And yet you almost always do find a way to come out on the other side of darkness.

Suffering and the Hero’s Journey

I just listened to a podcast in which the point was made that the other side of darkness (light) requires a journey through that darkness before you can come to the light. Is this not the theme of Joseph Campbell’s study of the hero’s journey? The hero’s journey consists of a broad category of tales and lore that involves a “hero” who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory (often a self-imposed crisis), and then comes home changed or transformed.

Changed or transformed. Such is the blessing of trial and sufferings. You are better for it than you are without it.

I know it today… as I write. I am experiencing a couple of serious trials, which indeed bring about personal suffering. But as one of my trials nears closure I can already see the much needed transformation. I will be better for it.

How about you?

Suffering: The Road to Transformation

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#120 Dena Crowder: Voices-Inner Critic or Authentic Self

August 6, 2019 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

After reading Facebook entries by Dena on our Inner Critic, I published a blog on the subject titled “Silencing Your Inner Critic” which has received a tremendous response from readers.

Since there is so much more to talk about on that subject Dena has graciously agreed to come on the show to elaborate on this very important topic. We will attempt to describe how you can transform the voice of your Inner Critic to the voice of your Authentic Self.

A bit about Dena:

Dena Crowder is known as the most innovative strategist and consultant for creators and leaders.  Her clients include Grammy and Emmy award winners, CNN Heros, founders, writers, performers, educators, and upstarts from every industry.

Dena’s Mission is to Redefine Power so that we use power for good as she believes that “Pure Power” is the capacity to directly influence and manage your life… with wisdom and compassion.

Dena is also about to have the honor of speaking at an upcoming TED X talk on discovering your Inner Power to manage the Inner Critic.

Exercise: Want to Meet Your Inner Critic?

Dena’s Journey with her Inner Critic


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Whatever Became of the Virtue of Kindness?

August 3, 2019 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” Leo Tolstoy

Like so many character traits that were highly valued even 50 years ago, the virtue of kindness seems to have plunged along with so many other character traits that separate humans from all other species. Traits like humility, generosity, integrity, and honesty have held the civilized world together and if they disappear where are we?
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#119 Tom: 12 Steps for Better Living

July 30, 2019 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes  

I have wanted to discuss the subject of the 12 Steps for Life for several months now. I just had not found the expert I needed to guide me through a better understanding of the process.

My guest to day is my old, old friend Tom who has been working with the 12 Steps for more than 17 years. Although retired, Tom continues to serve at the Covenant Hills Recovery Center, which focuses on the biological, psychological, social and spiritual conditions of their patients.

Tom has worked with hundreds of people with some kind of addiction, teaching and implementing the 12 Steps. As a recovering alcoholic myself I have always been impressed by the power of the 12 Steps and I have frequently pondered the idea of how the Steps would be of immense value to the general population at large—not merely those suffering from some sort of substance abuse.

Tommy is my guy. He is the one that can lead a discussion on this intriguing and essential subject.

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