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Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

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You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

— J Donald Walters

Times are tough.  We’re living in the time of the barbell economy – lots of rich people, lots of poor people and some middle class in between.  As time passes, some of the middle class are becoming poor.

Denial exists for a reason.  It protects us from what we aren’t ready to see.  It tells us that this isn’t where we were supposed to be.  It’s not fair!!!  We had been marching towards an affluent retirement and instead we’re looking at working longer.  Are you having fun yet?

It’s not just the economy that is causing us to scream in frustration.  Our politicians can’t/won’t get along and in our heart of hearts we think everybody is lying to us.  For many, life has become more of a Continue reading » Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

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Out of Control

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Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

— Tennessee Williams

The only thing that I am certain of is that we are surrounded by uncertainty.  We collect stories of terrible things that have happened to people and then we try our best to protect ourselves from these horrors by engineering our lives to avoid them.  That’s the phenomenon that occurs with the news broadcasts.  We say that we want stories that reflect the positive in our world and the good in people, but we don’t really react to these stories as we do to stories of bad luck, or murder and mayhem.

You may disagree with me, but I think that part of the fascination with these stories is that Continue reading » Out of Control

Winding Road - Ditchling Road, Hollingbury
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How will you adapt to the “new normal”?

When Ellie wrote about putting on someone else’s glasses in The Road Ahead, I really identified with it.  My mother had awful eyesight and I inherited her severe myopia and astigmatism.  One of the favorite things, for those of us who were visually challenged, to do was to put on each others’ glasses to see who was the blindest of us all.  Adults would warn us that we would ruin our eyes but most of us felt that they couldn’t get much worse anyway, so we exchanged glasses off and on for years.

Continue reading » Traveling the Uncertain Road Ahead (with Hope) While Not Hitting the Pedestrians