Larry’s been visiting more often lately. But he’s not what I expected him to be. He doesn’t grin from ear to ear or skip down the street. He’s more contentment than carnival clown, more acceptance than ecstasy. I don’t think it’s just me. I think it’s got something to do with aging. People of age ... 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 »
Like so many people, I was shocked by the death of Robin Williams. Ever since he na nu, na nu’ed his way into our hearts as Mork from Ork, he’s been making us laugh, think and cry. He played characters that projected incredible optimism and insight. As a great actor, he knew how to project ... Continue Reading »
You know you’re “home” when you feel like crying in a supermarket car park while pushing a shopping trolley loaded with overpriced basics, just because. Just because the moment is perfect and just because it’s all so familiar. I have never lived in this small seaside town before. Five months ago we lived on the ... 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 »
Freddie Mercury, the larger than life lead singer for Queen, said The bigger the better; in everything. With all due respect to Freddie, and I have LOT of respect for him, I’m not so sure about this one. When size is the prize, nothing is ever big enough. The bigger is better mindset is one ... 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 »
Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams wrote about “staying in the middle” in Leap. In the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right ... Continue Reading »
I was surfing channels recently and caught the scene in the Jack Nicholson movie As Good As It Gets. Nicholson plays the part of Melvin who has extreme OCD. In this scene Melvin is leaving the psychiatrist’s office after another frustrating session. He walks into the waiting room full of glum looking people, looks around ... Continue Reading »
“That hit the spot.” It’s such a common phrase that we take its meaning for granted. After a fabulous meal or a quiet nap we say, “That really hit the spot” or on a hot summer’s day we say “That ice cold drink hit the spot”. After hearing an awesome piece of music you might ... Continue Reading »
Inner peace? We all want it, and we want it now. So how do you get it? Nobody can give you inner peace. You have to find it yourself. Its not even something you find. You just have to stop burying it. It is your own thoughts that are denying you this innate experience. It ... Continue Reading »
What matters most in life? If you had just a few days to live, how would you spend them? If you had one phone call you could make before your life ended, who would you call and what would you say? If you had two minutes to gather what would fit in a small carry-on ... Continue Reading »
Follow your nose where it’s pointing you; to your smile and below that to your heart. Peace is right under your nose and in your heart. Just lower your head and the glasses you have been looking for will fall down onto your nose. It will make you smile. The nose knows, the heart feels ... Continue Reading »
Live as if you have nowhere to be but everywhere to go, nothing to prove but everything to be proud of. Rest where you are AND be restless for more. Be completely at ease and ready to hop. You are perfect as you are AND you have a whole lot of growing to do. It’s ... Continue Reading »