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Labeled for Life

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I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

— Albert Einstein

We just don’t give up.  We don’t always succeed, but we don’t give up easily.  Some people claim that this is persistence.  Others call it stubbornness.  It really doesn’t matter what you call it.  What matters is how you attempt to make progress.

When we were kids, our parents and teachers carefully watched us to see what we did well.  They were looking for our talents and once they knew what they thought they were, they pushed us in that direction.

My mother, who viewed herself as clumsy and not graceful, declared that I was Continue reading » Labeled for Life

Charlie Brown: Sunburned Charlie

Practice, Practice, Practice

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If you do a practice and train your attention to hover in the present, then you will build the internal capacity to do that as needed – at will and voluntarily.

— Daniel Goleman

I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that it is possible to feel hopeful, grateful, and happy.  The bad news is that it doesn’t just happen.

It turns out that even something as basic as hope is not just a feeling.  It is a thought process.  And, maybe, just maybe, the reason that we – as a people – have lost our faith in goodness and life is directly linked to the “stuff” we listen to/watch/read during the day.

Let me be very clear.  I am not blaming the media.  They have become what we pay them to be.  They find the dirt and they report it.  “If it bleeds, it leads” didn’t start with them.  It started with us declaring some Continue reading » Practice, Practice, Practice

Day 260 Allergies

Glad to Be Me

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I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

— Woody Allen

Do you ever find it difficult to be grateful?  I do.  Despite the fact that I know that I have much to be grateful for, I manage to feel disgruntled much of the time.  This is unfortunate because one of the practices that consistently results in feeling better is gratitude.

I find it interesting that we call it the practice of gratitude.  It reminds me of practicing law, or practicing medicine or practicing dentistry.  We often talk about how the people in those professions Continue reading » Glad to Be Me

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Caution – Slow Learner Ahead

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In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

— Yogi Berra

I spent last week in beautiful Salt Lake City.  In addition to being awed by the beauty around me, I was there for an investing class.  As much as I love learning about investing, I’ve found that I get embarrassed because I’m such a slow learner.

I don’t mean that I sit there and hold everyone back because I don’t understand, I mean that although there may have been a few techniques that I hadn’t heard before, most of what I learned in this class, I relearned.  In other words, I’d heard it before and Continue reading » Caution – Slow Learner Ahead

Big Smile*

Acting As If You are Full of Cheer

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No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.

— Henry Ward Beecher

After my post on being cheerful, a friend of mine decided that being cheerful was a good idea.  For a couple of days, she bopped along and then, on the third day she said, “I don’t know what’s wrong – I’m losing steam on being cheerful.”  When I asked how she was putting her new cheerfulness into practice she told me that she kept telling herself to Continue reading » Acting As If You are Full of Cheer