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Surviving Setbacks 101

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Have you ever been so mindlessly into auto pilot that you miss the obvious and find yourself face-planted in the middle of an oopsy? Ouch. How do you recover and roll on when that happens?

Apparently my niece-in-law Rikki knows.  Currently an out-of-country graduate school student, she relies on her bicycle to get around town. Recently she posted this Facebook remark:

What goes through my mind, on my bike ride home, while staring at the ground to make sure a pothole doesn’t sneak up on me again? Well the reason I hit the damn pot hole in the first place… “If you’re too focused on what’s ahead, you forget to notice what’s right in front of you.”

And then, in reply to a friend’s remark, “you just can’t win, can you?” she added: Continue reading » Surviving Setbacks 101


Walls Bound, Do You Re-Bound?

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What happens when you “hit the wall?”

So much wisdom in such a simple sign. When thrown against a brick wall, tennis balls and baseballs both bounce back.  But the baseball isn’t quite as resilient as the tennis ball, and neither is the wall.

Here’s how Daniel A. Russell, Ph.D., of the Graduate Program in Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University, explains the phenomenon:

When an object, like a ball, is thrown against a rigid wall it bounces back.  …If the collision between ball and wall is perfectly elastic, then all the incident energy and momentum is reflected, and the ball bounces back with the same speed. …If the collision is inelastic, then the wall (or ball) absorbs some of the incident energy and momentum and the ball does not bounce back with the same speed.

Which is a fancy way of saying that Continue reading » Walls Bound, Do You Re-Bound?

Get Out of That Pit

Down in the hole
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Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome, for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, “It’s no use – I can’t do it.”

— Maxwell Maltz

Lately, my friends have been facing some major challenges.  One of my friends is struggling with a breakup – which she initiated.  She’s now considering getting back together with the guy because she’s lonely – and her biological clock is ticking.

Another friend has both of her grown sons living with her.  The older one just lost his job – AGAIN(!!!) – and the younger hasn’t worked in many, many months.  She’s heading towards retirement age but still has a house full of kids that she’s supporting.

Both of these people are Continue reading » Get Out of That Pit

Begin Again

Begin again.
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How are those resolutions going?  Do you, like me, need a fresh start, a new beginning in order to persist in reaching your goals?

Life never presents us with anything which may not be looked upon as a fresh starting point, no less than as a termination.

— Andre Gide

Monday Morning

It’s Monday morning and I’m dressed, ready to go out for my walk – yet here I am, writing this post instead.  Lately it’s been a challenge to get myself out for my morning walk.  And an even tougher task to eat in ways that cause me to shed pounds.

Not too long ago I was cruising along doing both with ease.  No such luck now.  I can come up with every excuse in the book for not going out first thing in the morning.  And my sweet-tooth plagues me.

This has GOT to turn around.  Now would be a good time.  I need a fresh start at this losing weight and getting fit stuff.  I’m barely holding my own here.  And it’s waaaaaay too soon to be in maintenance mode.

Could writing this post serve as Continue reading » Begin Again

Bouncing Back Through Family and Friends

Canadian Family
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  • Sometimes our hearts get tangled
  • And our souls a little off-kilter
  • Friends and family can set us right
  • And help guide us back to the light.
  • — Sera Christann

If you’ve been reading here lately, you probably know that my nuclear family (and nuclear is exactly the right term) has been facing a bit of a crisis.  By nuclear I mean me, my siblings and my father.  There’s nothing quite like a dance with dementia to get the juices flowing.

As you may recall, the Friday before Christmas Dad chose to drive the wrong way down a divided highway.  This resulted in a short hospital stay, a tentative diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and a statement by the medical personnel involved that it was no longer safe for Dad to live alone.  The advantage/disadvantage of Alzheimer’s is that Dad doesn’t Continue reading » Bouncing Back Through Family and Friends