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Looking for Rocks

Now is NOT the Time for Sorting Gravel

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information, emails, work, and interactions that barrage you each and every day, here’s some advice from, “Schedule the big rocks, don’t sort gravel…”

Time was once just a clock to me
And life was just a book a biography
Success was something you just had to be
And I would spend myself unknowingly

— John Prine

Many of us “spend ourselves unknowingly” as we tackle the urgent but not necessarily important tasks.  We fritter away our time working on a myriad of demanding tasks that move us no closer to becoming “what we would be.”  Trouble is, doing “what you have to do” to achieve your dream means dealing with those Continue reading » Now is NOT the Time for Sorting Gravel

Bucket List: Item 3

How to Set Goals That You’ll Love All Year Long

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Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

At this time of year, we’re all thinking about setting and achieving goals.


Because with the new year, comes the opportunity to “start over” and who doesn’t want an opportunity to start over – at least on some things.

So where do we put our focus?  We put it on the things that we don’t like about ourselves.  We decide that we’re going to change from our today selves into our perfect selves.  The thing is no one has ever met our perfect self.  Not you, not me, not our friends.  Our perfect self doesn’t exist, and more important, Continue reading » How to Set Goals That You’ll Love All Year Long

Cast your bokeh to the wind
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If you’re struggling to move boldly into a fuzzy future, “Bokeh” can help you find your best focal point.

Cast your bokeh to the wind.

— James Jordan

Photographer James Jordan did something contrary in his photo which is shown above: He composed a shot that draws the eye toward the blurred bits instead of away. This is an interesting reverse-application of the bokeh technique. And Jordan’s clever art got me to wondering about fuzzy dreams that beguile us with their glitter and glow.

Because, it seems to me, all that “glitter and glow” can’t amount to much unless we decide which dream we want to grab hold of and transform from fuzzy to “real.” And grabbing onto something so elusive as a fuzzy dream can be Continue reading » Are You on the “Up” or the “Down” slope in the Dreams-Come-True Cycle?


Bringing Your Strengths into Focus

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If your sole focus is on fixing your weaknesses you may be bokeh-ing your strengths…

If your senses are numbed with delusion and denial, you will stop looking for these true strengths and wind up living a second-rate version of someone’s life rather than a world class version of your own.

— Donald O. Clifton
Now, Discover Your Strengths

By making weaknesses the center of your attention, you could be bokeh-ing one of the more important aspects of who you are.

Worse still, you just might be amplifying the very weaknesses you seek to eliminate.  Uh oh. In a 2009 post, Óbjects in the Rearview Mirror, I commented that: Continue reading » Bringing Your Strengths into Focus

Gabriel plays fetch 2


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Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.

— Seneca

Saturdays are my recovery days.  After a full week of getting up really early, I usually try to sleep in.  Sometimes, I wake up at my traditional rise time and I can’t get back to sleep, so I get up, take the dog for a nice long walk and eventually, take a nap.  The thing that makes Saturdays less than perfect is knowing that I have to write a post – and every week I’m sure that I won’t have a single idea to write about.  And, often, I don’t – until I’m all caught up on my physical recovery.

As I was walking the dog this morning, it occurred to me that Continue reading » Anticipation