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The Pís of the Season

‘Tis the season: of giving and receiving; of wrapping and unwrapping; of laughter and silence; of hurry up and wait; of immeasurable joy sometimes tainted with sadness; of eager anticipation and unfortunate disappointment; of abundance and scarcity; and  of love. While it is a season of contrasts, at its very core, its centrifugal purpose is the sharing of love.

Yes, the sharing of love….with yourself, with family and friends and strangers, and with all the creatures and wonders of this magnificent world we live in. Unabated love for all. Sound hokey, maybe so, and yet as I have danced my way through the holiday season, this resounding theme has become even clearer.

My challenge has been staying with it, letting it be my guide, my purpose, and not letting the centrifugal force of daily reality, “too much to do, too little time” take over and allow hectivity  to reign.

The solution is simple: peace and patience. Peace from within, expressed through my thoughts, actions, words and my presence. In that place of peace, appears space for love. Frustrations and irritations miraculously dissolve, joy abounds.

Patience, the virtue that escaped my genetic make-up, but nonetheless is mine to have and to give. To allow the car, or 2 or 3, to merge in; to let the person behind me in line go first; to assist the elderly woman with her bags; to truly listen when I ask my husband a question rather than interrupt with my own answer. Having patience allows me to give the little things that require no out of pocket expense, yet are of much greater value.

Peace and patience. The P’s of the season that when honored bring us more joy, laughter, happiness and love. And allow us to spread such to those around.     
Our tendency is to think of peace as the absence of war or hostility and to think of patience as simply slowing down or being okay with waiting. With both interpretations, we miss their full value; the abundance that they offer. Peace as a state of serenity, calm, harmony. The state reflective of the total value and love for all, and for ourselves. Patience as a gift to ourselves and others, for it is with patience that we live more fully in the present, aware and in tune to all around us. In tune to all around us so that we recognize when a little patience will go a long way. 

Practicing peace and patience will allow you to sense, smell, see and hear the true spirit of the holiday season through to the very end, and with continued practice, on into the year. Peace and patience are within our grasp. They are ours to practice and honor. And ours to realize the benefit.

Extra Ordinary

Spread peace and patience to all throughout the holiday season, and on into the New Year.

Make patience a habit, all it takes is a little practice.

About Extra Ordinary Living

Janet began her coaching journey in January of 2004, leaving behind a satisfying career as a healthcare executive. Working first under the company name, Tiberius Enterprises, in January of 2007, Janet adopted the company name, Extra Ordinary Living, symbolizing her desire to work with people who defy the law of average and want to live extraordinary lives, consistently adding the extra to the ordinary. Her by-line embracing sustainable change is reflective of two intentions. First is to have the changes a client makes have long term positive implications. Second is to live a life that respects the importance of sustaining our planet’s lives for generations to follow.

As an Executive Coach, Janet’s intention is to assist service professionals and organizations to maximize their return on human capital….managing human behaviors for optimal outcomes. Janet has repeatedly found that an individual’s professional and personal satisfaction and happiness is often limited by their very own “human capital.” She loves working with people to identify and own their natural tendencies, abilities and talents; to recognize their limitations, and apply all in creating the life they have historically only dreamed about. As a professional coach, Janet is trained to listen, to observe and to customize her approach to match her client’s needs. She provides tools, support, structure and accountability to help her clients unleash their full potential and optimize results.

Having a coach herself for over four years, Janet has found the best thing about coaching is that it is all about you, the client, and what you want. A coach may share her opinion, and give you advice; however, it is all up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. A coach suspends judgment, and supports you in your decisions.

With the coaching philosophy as her foundation, Janet is also an inspirational Professional Speaker. She has spoken at local, state and national conferences, providing the plenary session as well as more structured workshops. Her goal is to impart useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to assist her audiences in living extra ordinary lives. Janet always customizes her content to match her audience.

 Interested in learning more? Please contact Janet by phone at 540-342-3040, email,, or visit the website,


Janet Crawford MHA, MBA Professional Certified Coach

Extra Ordinary Living is written for aspiring individuals looking for new perspectives and ideas for living life differently by finding the Extra in the Ordinary.

Sustainable Living Tip:


I know, this is the obvious tip given the myriad of presents all will soon be unwrapping. However, I remember vividly my mother scurrying to save all of the boxes and bows, before my father grabbed them up to throw away. And now I keep my husband at bay for me to do the same.

Let the paper, bags and bows be the gifts that keep on giving. Let them become the treasured items in the years ahead, part of the anticipation as family wonders who is going to get the now notorious bag, with little wonder to what will be in it.

Sharing memories and honoring traditions are also about recycling. They are part and parcel of the holiday season. They give us joy, laughter, love and folly. They leave no carbon foot print. Indulge!


"A smile is the beginning of peace."
- Mother Teresa

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."
- Soren Kierkegaard

"If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it."
- Unknown

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Wondering what to give your wife? Your sister? Your best friend? Yourself?

Give her the gift that she will remember forever, and the gift that has benefits for all.

Just what is that gift? The gift of attending our Leaping to YES retreat February 29 – March 2, 2008.

Let that extra day of the year be all about her. For detailed information, go to the website

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