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Finish Line - 2011 Eugene Marathon

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You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

— Frank Shorter

I AM SO HAPPY!!!  I set out to climb a mountain and I made it to the top – on time.  How did I get there?  I got there through the power of whine.

To be honest, the last bit of the journey was a bit hairy… but I made it.

The mountain that I’m talking about is a rather large project at work.  You probably know the old advice about Continue reading » Powered by Whine


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

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.

— Helen Keller

Ellie and I have written it before, and I’ll write it again… ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!  Admittedly, this isn’t new news.  Ellie and I have been beating this drum since we started this blog, but today, I met the living proof of this truism.

I noticed this lady because of how happy she seems to be, she smiles all the time, AND because she called me by name when we’d never been introduced.  (It turned out that in addition to her other responsibilities, she also makes the security badges and knew my name from the badge.)

To be honest, I don’t smile all the time.  For various reasons, I’ve been irritable lately.  As I walk into work, I have to remind myself to Continue reading » Exhaustion – Physical, Mental or Spiritual – is Harmful to Your Attitude

In Defense of Sadness

So sad
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You’re probably wondering what the heck I’m doing.  I just wrote Ending the Happiness Deficit and now I’m defending sadness.  Am I crazy?  Well, maybe just a little.

First let me clear one thing up.  Despite what your average Thesaurus will tell you, I don’t agree that sadness is the opposite of happiness.  For me whining is the opposite of happiness.  We choose to whine.  We take a perfectly good day and make it into an unhappy one.  Disagree with me if you must, but I’m declaring whining to be the opposite of happiness.

Continue reading » In Defense of Sadness

Cup o’ Inspiration

cup with steam swirl

Take a short break and consider the following:

“Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”

Michael Johnson

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