The love of another is often all the right fuel

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

Joleene DesRosiers Moody

Mary Lou Guindon doesn’t know how to slow down. She rides her bike 10 miles a day, writes a weekly news column called “Positively Parish,” is a member of a handful of organizations throughout Oswego County, and a Parish Town Board member.

She is a woman grounded in faith and a giver through and through. But she wasn’t always that way. There was a time in her life when things seemed very “dark,” and it took the love of one little boy to brighten it.

Mary Lou said the darkness started when she lived in Florida. She was in her early 20s when she got news her father passed away. He was only 49. [Read more...]

When tough times hit, don’t let them define you

Joleene DesRosiers

Disease is not a death sentence. Being diagnosed with a disease doesn’t mean it’s all over for you. If anything, it’s an awakening to just how fragile life is and how abundant the goodness is within it. Life is what we make of it. At least that’s what breast cancer survivor Janet Rebeor, Oswego County, says. And it must be handled with as much humor as we can muster.

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When feeling stuck, break chains and don’t give up

Joleene DesRosiers

Feeling stuck is uncomfortable. It can hurt, make us feel worthless and even restrict our range of motion. And because it’s such an uncomfortable feeling, it can leave us in a place where we merely exist in life; a place where every day is only about going through the motions.

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Hold on to good quotes, they can be life-changing

Joleene DesRosiers

By Joleene DesRosiers

Have you ever walked past a colleague’s desk and there, taped on their monitor or cubicle wall is an inspirational quote from someone? Sometimes it’s an author you know. Other times the words are from an individual you’ve never heard of.

But it’s not who said the quote that necessarily matters — it’s what they’ve said that strikes a chord. And often, that little nugget of information is all the fuel you need to make it through the next minute.

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Conjuring a clear path to positivity

Joleene DesRosiers

To visualize a positive outcome for a particular experience that’s up and coming in your life is to accept that the power of the mind is more profound that you ever could have imagined. That means you are the architect for any given experience in your life and you get to create the outcome any way you like.

Scientists have been investigating Mental Imagery Research for decades; publishing profound studies showing that the brain doesn’t know the difference between real action and imagined action. Here’s a visual exercise for you to do right now to show you what I mean:

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It’s never too late to follow a dream

Joleene DesRosiers

Mary Randazzo is an artist. She can paint with the best of them, creating images that pour from her soul onto the canvas with great ease. But she hasn’t always been an artist.

Just about 25 years ago, Mary was driving through a great canyon in California when she passed a giant, majestic tree. It stood old and withered against the rising sun, but Mary saw its beauty, nonetheless. She decided she was going to take a picture of the tree – and then paint it. She had never, ever painted before. It was something she always wanted to try but never did. A camera lay ready, next to her on the passenger’s seat

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