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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

Easy Peasy

Can “Good-for-You” Be Easy Too?

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Sometimes “good for you” turns out to be more work than it’s worth!

Set some clear limits for yourself and honor them.

— Marthe

“Sounds great,” I think.  “I’m going to do it,” I decide.

Onto the to-do list it goes: Set limits/honor them…

And down the slippery slope of good intentions it slides into my “that’s-never-going-to-happen” abyss…

But I’m learning.  And I guess I’m “setting limits.” Except my version starts with challenging each piece of “good for you” advice with questions such as these:

  • How difficult will this be to implement?
  • Do I have time and/or bandwidth for this?
  • Does this move me toward my prime objectives?

Truth be told, after such scrutiny, most of that “good for you” advice doesn’t Continue reading » Can “Good-for-You” Be Easy Too?

Watercolor Christmas tree

Under the Tree – What Gifts Will You Find?

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Will there be the gift of play?

It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people — kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people — no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…

— Fr. Andrew Greeley
Woman’s Day 12-22-81

Despite my reluctance to join the ranks of those who have merchandized the spirit right out of Christmas I am raising my voice in praise of toys.  Yes, TOYS!  I am of the not-so-humble opinion that toys are a secular aspect of Christmas that we should run toward… and, in childlike fascination, we should revel in the creativity and imaginative play that toys engender.

Surely all Gods people like to play…

— John Muir

BTW – you Facebook-ers – have you helped assure that one more needy child will receive a very special Christmas gift because of your daily efforts?  ABC7 reports 50,000 clicks to their Spark of Love Toy Drive but their goal is 70,000!  Help them get there by December 23 – every day your click contributes $1 and helps buy one more playful toy for a needy child:


“Like” ABC7 on Facebook and a $1 donation goes to the Spark of Love Toy Drive, thanks to our partners! (From now to Dec. 23)

See – there are some good things you can do even if YOU are one of the harried and hurried.

Ok, back to toys and transformation… In keeping with today’s techno-savvy world, a very playful social media maven created a clever telling of the Nativity Story – click on the link and then HOLD ON TIGHT for a Digital telling of the Christmas story – brought to you via the techno-toys of today’s generation: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon… and by reader Xelliott123’s 11 year old, techno-savvy granddaughter! Continue reading » Under the Tree – What Gifts Will You Find?

A few hours too early

Put the Sparkle Back in Your Holidays!

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Take some time to enjoy the sparkle of the holidays!

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.

— Charles Dickens

As we get closer to Christmas some of us – me included – are beginning to feel the pressure of the impending date and everything that must be done by the 25th.  And, before we morph into Star Trek “grumps”, I say it’s time to Continue reading » Put the Sparkle Back in Your Holidays!

Sailboat Alchemy

Joy Everywhere!

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The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

— Henry David Thoreau

It’s been a week since the last big stock market crash.  How was your week? The one thing you can say for these big galumping moves is that after a while they’re almost boring.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, I can give it to you on great authority that the best thing for your peace of mind is to not watch.  Watching the market on these days is sure to put you on the funny farm.

There’s no rhyme or reason to it.  You see, it’s all done with Continue reading » Joy Everywhere!