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Helping You To Live An Inspired Life
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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Announcements - Katrina Help
2. Article: A Work Life Balance Story
3. Inspiring Quote
4. Professional Services
5. Pass It Along

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ANNOUNCEMENTS - Help Yourself & Help Katrina Victims
SIXTH WEEK! - YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB HELPING!

Feel doubly good about reaching out for help. You know you've been pondering lending yourself an extra hand in working towards your goals. You may have also asked, "What's the best way I can help with this bewildering disaster in Hurricane Katrina?" Well now, you can do both and feel good about helping the victims of the Hurricane Katrina natural disaster, as well as help yourself.

For the next 60 days I will donate 20% of all online service purchases to Luscious' Pantry. Luscious' whole life has been given to serving the poor. He runs The Lord's Pantry here in Indianapolis. My 6yo daughter, Sarah, says "Luscious is my grandpa!" He's a towering teddy bear of a man, always dressed in bibs and serving. His local vocation to serve the poor has always been more than he could really handle, but being the kind of man he is, he's begun a collection center now for Katrina victims. Your money will go directly for food and personal care items for those who are hungry, such as mothers who have no diapers for their infants or

If you'd rather donate a cash amount and don't feel you are currently in need of my services you can go to www.paypal.com and pay directly to my email address at turo-shields@sbcglobal.net. 100% of these donations will go to The Lord's Pantry for Katrina Victims. In the section for a "note" please write "Katrina Relief"

If you have any questions at all don't hesitate to call me at 317-865-1674.

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A WORK LIFE BALANCE STORY

I recall a session I had with a male teenager and his parents not too long ago. His mom and dad were pressing their son hard to understand why he was under performing in school. He had resorted to experimenting with drugs and had not filled out any applications for college, even though he was nearing his final semester in high school.

The son stonewalled for quite some time, and finally he'd had all he could take and burst forward with words that made me wish I would have warned the parents that sometimes we really do get exactly what we ask for.

He told them exactly what he thought. He was angry and disillusioned. He said that if growing up meant that he would have to be like them, then he'd rather stay stoned, leave education and follow the Grateful Dead all over the world.

You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Then the father, using a much more endearing tone, said, "Tell us what you mean." I was so grateful for that response. It allowed the son to teach them what they would later call one of most important life lessons they'd ever learned.

The son went on to say how it use to be when he was younger. The family had so much fun camping, traveling, being involved in social action together and everyone was happy. They had spent a tremendous amount of time together. This hard-shelled, tough teenager began to cry.

Ironically, out of this family's conviction to protect the environment, the parents began their own family business. It was a tremendous success. But this had become a major part of the problem. The son went on to share his perceptions. He reflected to his parents how they looked each day after working twelve plus hours. He said they looked like "the walking dead." They had no energy for family interaction.

Each family at the day's end would go to their corners of the house and live in isolation. The lightness and fun-loving humor, once a family staple, had become non-existent. The bickering increased and there was constant fighting amongst his parents, as well as with he and his sister. They fought over the silliest of things.

The son said that no one seemed to be happy anymore. His conduct had been a result of what he believed awaited him in adulthood. He had decided he would have none of it.

This was transformative and healing for the family. The parents looked at each other right there in the session. They began to talk about what their son had said. They knew it was true.

The family allowed their son to remind them that their values had gone askew. It's amazing what our children can teach us about ourselves, about life and about what really matters.

Over the next several sessions we brainstormed how the family could let go of and delegate certain aspects of the family business. There was a renewed energy as the family planned out how they would like to reclaim their family, their time-freedom and they began to immerse themselves again in what mattered most.

With the best of intentions this family had been taken over by life, ambition and desire. Eventually, without a close connection to their core values, they began to lose the very thing that allowed them to take action in building their business in the first place.

Why not take this opportunity right now to re-evaluate what's most important in your life. Are you living an inspiring life or are you coming home exhausted from the daily grind, only to get up and do the same thing day-after-day?

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

"Why do you think Dilbert jokes are so funny?"

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

1) Phone Therapy
2) Life Coaching
3) Email Consultations

Myself or someone on my staff is always available to speak with you about our full range of services. In fact, we can recommend exactly the right service to you based on your needs. Coaching ALWAYS starts with a no-cost, complimentary session. And, our therapy services are guaranteed! No other company in my business that I know of offers this. Give us a call for more information at 1-317-865-1674 USA.

or visit our website:

CounselingPros

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PASS IT ALONG

You know at least one person who is hungry for this particular article. Take a moment and pass it along - "Pay it Forward"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Written by Dave Turo-Shields, CEC, LCSW, ACSW
President, CounselingPros.com, Kenosis Counseling, Inc.
(c) Copyright 2005 CounselingPros.com, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana USA 46217
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