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Measuring Life

This is something we all know, but some of us need a reminder about every now and then. You don’t measure your life by how long it is (although that’s no reason to desire less than a long life); you measure it by how much you’ve lived in the time span you’re given. Since none of us knows exactly how much we’re given, it behooves us to live as much as possible, as energetically as possible, with the proper focus on what’s of actual value in our lives… EVERY DAY. Continue reading

Be Thankful for the Darkness

There’s an old joke about how some people are so stupid they would bang on their hand with a hammer just so they could enjoy how good it feels to stop. While none of us can imagine why anyone would voluntarily hurt themselves just so they could enjoy it when they stop, the “joke” does illustrate the process of experiencing a negative event and then having a deeper appreciation for the positive event that immediately follows. That’s the topic of this entry: the necessity of experiencing some “bad” things so that you can more deeply appreciate the “good” things… and how eventually you can learn to appreciate the “bad” things… and then they’re not so bad anymore. Continue reading

Life Is A Journey; Not A Destination

Some years back (as I type this) I was scheduled to take a trip to New Hampshire from my home state of Maryland.  I had a number of people quite shocked that I chose to drive rather than fly.  After all, why would I waste so much time driving when I could fly so much faster?  I didn’t really have an answer to give them other than I don’t much care for flying and would prefer to drive.  As it turned out on that trip I stopped at a state maintained rest stop and ran into one of the firefighters who actually responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  It was an honor to meet him and be able to give him some thanks by paying for his food.  That wouldn’t have happened if I had decided to fly instead of drive. Continue reading

When Is “Too Late”?

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  How many times have you heard THAT statement?  Better yet, how many times have you heard that statement used by someone who you believed simply didn’t want to try to teach someone something new? Or learn something new themselves?  From past experience I know for a fact that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  In fact, you can teach an old dog new tricks right up until you have to say goodbye to them and wonder if you’ll go get a puppy replacement. Continue reading