No Judging okay? Let the Work Begin in Earnest Two things I intend to work on this year — I will from time-to-time report on my progress: First, walk away from toxic relationships and second, practice gratitude daily. The latter makes a tremendous difference in the quality and substance of my day, but I fail… Continue reading Crazy Shit I Sincerely Believe
Hoping you’ll be around to read it. Dear Chris, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. 2040 is not so far away and no doubt, the world will have changed; just wondering how much. The big questions seem silly to ask, but curiosity has gotten the better of me. What’s the weather like? How… Continue reading Letter to My 80 Year Old Self
I want to be a good listener, truly I do. I also want to believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and that one’s opinion is valid. These days everything gets blamed on social media, disinformation, and fake news. However, I suspect that human beings had opinions way before the advent of social… Continue reading People Certainly Are Attached to Their Opinions
The Power of the Mind and How to Mitigate Your Thoughts Have you ever wondered whether or not those voices in your head are worth listening to? If my voices had it their way, I’d be reduced to solitary confinement without supper. I keep telling myself it’s not about you because that’s what all of… Continue reading Why Make It About You?
Raise your hand if you’re subject to mood swings. There are two big problems with retirement: 1) Way too much time to think, and 2) Nobody wants to listen to your problems. So many of today’s issues have to do with the emotional rollercoaster that seems to be a ride that just doesn’t end. Whether… Continue reading Moody? Me?
It ain’t rocket science. Today Thanksgiving has and will always be my favorite holiday. Why you ask? It’s all about the food, being with people you choose to be with (can’t speak for everyone here), and there are no presents involved. I’m attending a Thanksgiving dinner today with all of the trimmings . . .… Continue reading Revisiting Happiness
I believe old demons have returned, but this time I’m more prepared I’ve been struggling with a decision for a few months now and I’m hoping one of the following happens: The answer suddenly comes to me with clarity and full resolve. I decide to allow for an organic resolution; time sorts it out. Something… Continue reading The Grass is Not Always Greener
Young Mind, Old Body, Free Spirit I recently read an interview with Gabriel Tallent who wrote, My Absolute Darling (an incredible must-read novel). He shares that a friend gave him the advice to write with unimpeachable integrity. I love this advice and will from this day forward try my best to write with unimpeachable integrity.… Continue reading Aging Sucks
Beware That Voice Inside Your Head I recently did some damage to the top of my head; as usual, I wasn’t paying attention. It made me think it was time to revisit some thoughts concerning the distractions of the mind. Here’s how the conversation in my head might go on any given day: 5:15 a.m.: … Continue reading A New Twist On An Old Theme: Mindfulness
It’s so easy to forget you’re human. I need to revisit this topic for my own sanity. If you’re anything like me — and God help you if you are, you’re fairly hard on yourself. You can spend a lot of money trying to figure out why you’re like this, or you can just accept… Continue reading Permission to Forgive Updated