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Enjoy the Journey

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All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

— Samuel Butler

I’ve been way too serious this year.  Start focusing on goals and it doesn’t take much to get out of balance.  We get enthusiastic about the promise of the new year we get caught up in the idea of doing it quickly.

  • If we’re going to lose weight, why not lose it right away?  Don’t just go for a 30 minute walk.  Walk for an hour.  Don’t just cut back.  Eliminate all the stuff that contributes to gaining weight… like food.
  • If we’re going to increase our net worth, don’t just increase our savings deduction by 5% or 10%, really ratchet it up.  Never eat out.  Never go to the movies.  Stay home and save, save, save.

Do it all, NOW!

And then we hit the wall also known as burnout.  It’s not even six weeks into the new year and we’ve worn ourselves out with all our good intentions.

Our problem is that Continue reading » Enjoy the Journey

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All the Hours in a Week

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The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

— Abraham Lincoln

With the Olympics for the next two weeks, there’s even more emphasis on time than before.  Events are measured in hundredths or even thousandths of a second.  So when I focus on a full week of time, it seems like a very lot.

We all seem to wrestle with time.  Even my retired friends seem to feel a lack of time, an inability to fit everything into their schedules – which is truly ironic considering that we all think that “When I’m retired…” I’ll have plenty of time.

In reality, this may just be a reflection of the old saying that if Continue reading » All the Hours in a Week


Life Lessons 101: Topple Proofing

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Feel the wobble? Is something important about to topple?

I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.

— Steven Wright

Sometimes we overdo.  Sometimes we have too many plates spinning, too many demands stuffed into too little time and, the next thing we know, we’ve slipped into mindless busyness and something important is on the verge of toppling.  Maybe we got into the swing of something, doing and doing until we lapsed into a workaholic-trance. Maybe the abyss of our To-Do-List’s administrivia kept us working, working working.  Perhaps deadlines loomed large… Or, perhaps we actually fell under the thrall of an awesome condition known as Flow:

Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.

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But, regardless of what’s brought us to this brink, we owe it to ourselves to intervene before something important takes a topple! Continue reading » Life Lessons 101: Topple Proofing

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Like Art, Life is Full of Lost Edges

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Ever felt like you just didn’t have the energy or the will to do the things you normally find easy to do?

I am writing this on a Monday but I’m in “Sunday mode” – meaning that the entire fiber of my being is begging for a day of rest!  Maybe I’m losing my Continue reading » Like Art, Life is Full of Lost Edges

My Marbles

On the Verge of Losing My Marbles

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Are you one of those got-it-together folks who – unlike Tootles – have their marbles all lined up and ready for play?

Peter Pan: How could you know Tootles?

Thud Butt: He was a Lost Boy.

[Thud Butt takes out a small pouch] These are his marbles. These are his happy thoughts.

[Peter empties out the pouch of marbles into his hand and laughs]

Peter Pan: He really did lose his marbles, didn’t he?

— From the movie Hook

I envy people who seem to have everything all organized and lined up… I myself am often on the verge of losing my marbles – they just keep scattering every which way…

Once upon a time, as I was preparing to go on vacation, I wrote in my journal: Why is it so hard to let go of my everyday life and take a few days off? I was feeling torn in many directions because I wanted to get so much done before I left and I needed to pack but wasn’t sure what to take along…which is why I wrote: Continue reading » On the Verge of Losing My Marbles