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Statistics vs. Experience

I could tell you that I’ve walked 19.5km on day 1, 16 km on day 2 and 19 km today, but I’d only be sharing a fraction of the experience. We get so focused on the numbers and stats.  What’s your income?  How much do you weigh?  What’s your GPA?    We focus on the easily […]

“Cleanup in Aisle 3”

Thursday, I felt twinges in my right knee.  Given its past history (skiing accident, torn miniscus, arthritis, etc.) I decided to go easy on my daily walk and do 2 1/2 miles instead of the five I planned. Yesterday, I was stiff.  Despite loads of stretching, my knee wouldn’t loosen up.  I skipped the walk […]

Man, have I been a resistant puppy this month!  I’ve been finding excuses for everything: “I can’t do this,”  “It won’t work,”  “I don’t have enough money,” “It’s hot and I’m tired,” “It’s too hard,” blah blah blah.  I decided that a new script was in order.  Here’s what I told myself:  Get. Over. Yourself. […]

Originally written for my newsletter readers in November ’08, I felt this piece was still relevant today.  Enjoy! EVERYONE is talking about the economy.  You can’t turn on the TV, the radio, or open a publication without seeing a story about how everything’s gone to hell, we’re all doomed, and the fact that this period […]

Stuff Happens

Stuff happens. It’s what you do with it that matters.

Oprah Winfrey has “aha moments.”  I have “Duh Moments.”  The Duh Moment occurs when you slap yourself upside the head and say “duh,” because you’re either reminded of something you already knew, or it’s painfully obvious to the average person and you’re just late to the party.   The past month’s Duh Moments were a […]

Presents vs. Presence

After writing a story about all I’d learned in a previous month, I invited my newsletter readers to share what they’d learned lately.  An interesting theme emerged. “‘You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone,’ from the Joni Mitchell song, so enjoy the moment and the NOW of your life.”   This comes from Sue, […]

A Fun Game to Cope With Family During the Holidays Last Thanksgiving Cousin Bob decided to dance, after consuming way too much alcohol, on the table in the middle of dinner.  Your aunt argued with your husband about politics and religion.  Your children found a way to break your great aunt’s favorite crystal bowl, and […]

Finding Your Purpose

Are you trying to figure out what you’re meant to do with your life?  What steps to take next?  I recently participated in an activity in the South African bush that was a wonderful metaphor about this very dilemma. During Martha Beck’s STAR retreat at Londolozi , five of us were taken into the bush […]

Slowing Down, Part Deux

Last month, I decided it was time to slow down and just take things as they come, using the blank space in my calendar to recharge, etc. You know that saying about the best laid plans? I’m here to tell you that, once again, I’m living proof that when you stop worrying and just allow […]