“What to expect when you’re expecting.” That was the name of the go-to pregnancy book back in the day. The title has always stuck with me. What is it we expect of our expectations? Or to use a current phrase, how do we manage our expectations? Just in case you have great expectations that this ... Continue Reading »
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It’s an odd lesson to learn, one that has been poking and prodding at me for years. I haven’t quite figured it all out yet and feel as though I shouldn’t even speak about it for fear of being labeled a pessimist, because I really don’t think I am, for I always see the wine ... Continue Reading »
“Rainy, gloomy, drab, sunless day. There are times when hope seems entirely clouded over; when looking for the blessings in your circumstances feels like trying to catch a ray of sunshine from six feet under.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich I don’t know about you, but the news has been really getting me down this week. ... Continue Reading »
They say to love your enemies, but no one tells you how to do it. It’s easy to think nice thoughts about difficult people when you’re alone, but how do you love the annoying work colleague, you know the one who’s like a shiver looking for a spine to run up. We’re supposed to find ... Continue Reading »
This is it. Smell it, listen to it, feel it. This is life, happening all around you. The gentle sounds that fill the air, the aromas and energies that fill your senses. Inhale it all. Immerse yourself in this moment like salt in an immense ocean; when you are fully present, time and space dissolve ... Continue Reading »
Life doesn’t happen in straight lines, although we often expect it to. It’s the expectation that lands us in trouble. Life happens in wiggly, imperfect circles. If you want freedom from false expectations, learn to embrace the wiggles. Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides, wrote No story is a straight line. The geometry ... Continue Reading »
Closure is a myth, but progress is not. Nothing ends and nothing stays the same, which means you never arrive AND you never stay still. Living in the middle like this is a delicate balance and a big part of living skillfully. Here are three applications of this idea: The further you go, the deeper ... Continue Reading »
St Patty’s Day is a day celebrated around the world like no other saints day. Everybody loves the Irish, whether it’s an Irish joke, a brew or a good story. St Patty’s Day is a reminder of the incredible history of Ireland and what it teaches ALL of us about life and resilience. Life has ... Continue Reading »
How much money, possessions, fitness, love, trust, happiness, anything….. is enough to satisfy our cravings? The biggest problem with the consumer driven mindset is that it dulls our inner “enough” alarm. It’s like Aesop’s famous story about the goose and the golden egg. The farmer was down on his luck when one day he saw ... Continue Reading »
In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy tells Charlie Brown, “I have examined my life and found it to be without flaw. Therefore, I’m going to hold a ceremony and present myself with a medal. I will then give a moving acceptance speech. After that, I’ll greet myself in the receiving line.” She then says, “When you’re ... Continue Reading »
Sometimes life gets out of control, as if to remind you to let go of the reins a little and go along for the ride. That’s what happened when my son and I traveled home from New York City a while back. A standard two-hour direct flight turned into a hilarious seventeen-hour plane, train and ... Continue Reading »
October 22nd, 2012
When something like the Lance Armstrong cheating saga hits the news, we tend to become armchair judges rather than life learners. In this case, the lesson is about the shades of grey. Maybe we should keep wearing the rubber wrist bands that Lance made famous but change them from yellow to grey, as a reminder ... Continue Reading »
Turn expectation upside down and see your life from a new perspective. When hope hangs in the balance and optimism feels as fragile as shifting sand, reclaim the power of perspective. Defy gravity to shift the weight of limiting thoughts. Stretch your mind and body and let blood flow into your most creative, open beliefs.
If you don’t like the paths laid out for you, make your own. Visualize a future that excites you rather than going through the motions of what’s expected of you. Picture it in your mind. Feel it in your body. Be it with all your might. Now let it loose. Let it be a path ... Continue Reading »
March 20th, 2012
I offer these simple tips knowing I do not have all the answers, not even close. But somehow, for some reason as luck would have it, we have one amazing teenager ready to take flight. We have two to go, ask me again in a few more years and perhaps I wont have ... Continue Reading »