A friend bought me best-selling author Anne Wilson Schaef's 2012 calendar, "365 Meditations and Reflections for Women Who Do Too Much." Here are five quotes from the month of January, addressing everything from meaningful dialogue to the profoundness of silence, that I thought I'd share to encourage a little reflection for all of my readers who do too much.

♦ How long has it been since you've sat down and had a meaningful conversation with someone? Meaningful conversations actually contribute to our happiness and well-being. Are we in danger of losing the art of meaningful conversations?

♦ Listening to the silence is probably one of the most profound experiences we can have in our everyday life. We Women Who DO Too Much tend to rush through silences and may even feel uncomfortable when we have moments of silence. Listening to that silence can bring many surprises. (For information on the benefits of solitude, see 6 Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone.)

♦ There is always more that needs to be done than any one person can do. It's the learning to balance our lives that will make a difference. (See Redefining Balance.)

♦ At least once a month ... take time to look around and feel gratitude for what you have. It doesn't matter what you don't have on those days. Just see what you do have. ... there are many things for which we can be grateful when we assume an attitude of gratitude.

Fear is such an important emotion and a response that we humans have available to us for survival. Yet, when we feed our fears—letting them control our world and distort our lives and relationships—fear loses its usefuleness. (See Why We Dread (and So Often Fail) to Change.)

For more from Schaef, see Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much.

© 2012 Sherrie Bourg Carter, All Rights Reserved

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Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout (Prometheus Books, 2011).  

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