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Walking to the Sky

Just a Very Small Change

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I guess that’s really what makes a good resolution.  A small change.  Not a huge overhaul of your life, but a slight adjustment, a minor activity that, when repeated over and over, makes a significant improvement in your life.

At the beginning of July, I started a new walking program.  I decided that instead of sitting at my computer after dinner, first, I would go for a walk.  I put no other parameters on my walk.  Just get up from the table, put on my walking shoes (tennies) and head out.

Depending on what’s gone on that day, I may or may not take the dog.  As much as I love her, she spends way too much time sniffing all the pmail.  She saunters and my natural walk is to get and keep moving.  If I have to drag her after me, I just get annoyed and I can get annoyed enough all by Continue reading » Just a Very Small Change


Happy New Year! – Again

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You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

— CS Lewis

I’ve decided to start 2012 over again.  January was the pits and I had great expectations for 2012, so I’ve decided that as of today, February 1st I’m starting over.  It’s the only way I know to get a do-over.

January was a sad month.  Between friends, family and co-workers we lost five people.  It seemed like I was always signing condolence cards.  These things happen.  But, I don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a January hangover, so I’m declaring February 1st my New Year.

Sad Times

In Happily Flourishing I said that since I was getting soooo old I needed to focus on being healthier and happier now.  What I said in my first post this year is still true today.  Every day I get a little older.  From now on, I intend to get healthier, happier, and older (I can’t stop that one) every day.

What stopped me last month?  Sadness.  Losing people is a sad process.  And I will still miss the ones I knew and empathize with the people I know who also lost someone.  But, I will focus on remembering the good times.  I am sad that my friends and family are no longer here, but I am grateful for the blessings they gave me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll have a good cry now and again.  But I still must learn to keep going.  As we get older, we either learn how to grieve in a healthy way or we give up.  It’s just that simple – and just that hard.

I have a bad habit of anticipating… not so much the good things, but the other losses that will inevitably come.  When it gets away from me, I become unable to move – as if by staying still I can halt the passage of time and stop anything from changing.  Since I can’t stop change, I must cherish what I have today.  And to really cherish today, I need to be healthier and happier while I am here.

Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2012

So, I’m starting over.  Sometimes, that feels like going backward but in this case, it’s a positive step forward.

I hope your January was better than mine.  But no matter, let’s get back up on the horse together and get moving.  If we stop, we quit and I’M NOT READY TO QUIT just yet.


Making Stress Your Friend

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I can show you where the greatest advancement of mankind comes under stress and strain, not comfort.

— Don Young

One of my favorite whines has to do with how I look.  Yes, I’m getting older and I’m showing my age (where I can’t help it), but that’s not what I’m referring to.

My problem is I’m showing my stress.  For all of us who are carrying a little, or a lot, of weight around the middle, there’s good and bad news attached.  The good news is that the weight that you’re carrying is less about a lack of discipline or an unwillingness to give up cake/chips/muffins/buttered popcorn, etc. than it is about the amount of stress in your life.  The bad news is that if Continue reading » Making Stress Your Friend

Blowing in the wind

Chronically Challenged

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Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.

— Paul Tournier

Wikipedia defines a chronic condition as a disease or other human health condition that is persistent or long-lasting in nature.  It can be discouraging and sometimes we can feel that the “condition” controls more of our lives than we do.

For example:  In the spring and the fall, my allergies can be a real challenge.  My head gets stuffed.  I have trouble thinking.  I have trouble sleeping.  Bending over to pick up doggie output can cause me to Continue reading » Chronically Challenged


Speaking Up for the Introvert

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The best thinking has been done in solitude.

— Thomas Alva Edison

I am on vacation this week.  The only responsibilities I have are investing and writing posts for the blog. (WHAT, you take a vacation and don’t work??!!!)  As part of pampering myself, I’m catching up on Charlie Rose.  Five nights a week, Charlie invites someone interesting, or famous, or powerful or sometimes all three at once, to his table and has a conversation with them.  The Social Animal by David Brooks had just been published and Brooks was doing his book tour.  Hence, he was Charlie’s guest for the hour. (I don’t mean to be overly familiar but I’ve been watching Charlie for sooooo long that I figure I can call him by his first name.)

The Social Animal is fiction, based on Continue reading » Speaking Up for the Introvert

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”

Keri Russell

Recommended Reading

Image of Life Is Good: A Guided Gratitude Journal (Guided Journals)
Image of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Image of Too Much of a Good Thing (Shabbat)
Image of Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain: A Creative Approach to Getting Organized