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Mind your own crop

“Get busy taking care of your own grass, and you won’t notice whether it’s greener elsewhere.” ~Karon Waddell

Whenever I’m engaged in a fulfilling project, I’m oblivious to what’s going on around me. Some psychologists refer to this state as being in the flow. Whatever it’s called, I’m happiest when I’m focusing on my own work and free of competitive impulses.

Jealousy and envy tend to sprout when we’re bored or running dry. If we’re unmotivated or uninspired, we might look over our shoulders to see what others are achieving — and suddenly feel inferior or incomplete. The remedy? Be too busy to notice anything but your own business. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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