Between Friends - Excuses

By Doreen Barber

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“I’m too busy.” “I’m too old.” Do these words sound familiar? If so, how many times this week have you used or heard them? What if the “I’m too busy” was replaced with “I intend to take time for myself to live the life I came here to live, and to do it without ignoring my responsibilities as a parent, spouse or employee.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer

I am referring to the excuses that are a reflection of our inner truth or deep personal consciousness.

Repeating excuses, is likely an old habit utilized as children and carried into adulthood. These short sayings can hold us to beliefs that we should have outgrown and examined much earlier in life. They became our truth without our questioning their validity.

A common excuse is “I can’t change, I am the way that I am.” The truth is that we have the power of choice. We can change what we have come to believe about ourselves. Becoming aware of our declarations, analyzing each idea, and scrutinizing our speech can result in a re-alignment of our thought processes.


“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” -Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius

Listening closely to our conversation, and that of others, can reveal a lot about the direction our lives are taking. Excuses can reveal the bulk of what is not being said, and we can live so closely to half-truths that we do not consciously evaluate their impact on our lives.

Stop. And listen.

“Contemplation is the highest form of activity.” -Aristotle





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