Tuesday, October 25, 2016


"True sportsmanship is knowing that you need your opponent because without him or her, there is no game." 
~ Lori Myers ~

It does seem strange in life that some people have a relatively smooth ride and others are on extreme roller coasters right from the get-go. And I'm not sure how much of that has to do with the choices we make, or with karma, or with God's higher plan. The fact is that we can't know. All we can do is bring our best attitude to the game and be good sports no matter how it plays out.

I play the cards life deals me the very best I can. 

Monday, October 24, 2016


"Watch your own speech, and notice how it is guided by your less conscious purposes." 
~ George Eliot ~

Some conversational topics are toxic to our well-being: religion and politics being chief among them. Strongly held opinions and inflexible perspectives do not make for open discussion and a meeting of the minds, and interacting in such a case is more like being pummeled with a machine-gun than being led intellectually to a new point of view.

I avoid toxic conversations. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016


"To live remains an art which everyone must learn and no one can teach." 
~ Havelock Ellis ~

We can make our best plans, but nothing guarantees that they will not get interrupted by unexpected needs and demands. Our daily priorities can shift in an instant when accidents strike, sickness settles in, or Mother Nature kicks up an insurmountable patch of weather.
     And when things like this happen, it's ok to feel disappointed, but festering in resentment will do nothing but poison us, and ultimately, it doesn't change a thing.

I make the best of a bad situation, and remain fluid and flexible when life requires a change in plans.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


"Freedom begins between the ears." 
~ Edward Abby ~

Steady and free from encumbrances- that's the way to live- not trailing a bunch of unfinished business from the past or fret over the future. If we put down our burden of concerns, we can feel light and lucid, experience pleasure in the little things, and live for the day.

Just for today, I am willing to let go of all that is weighing me down. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


"There are a million ways to lose a day, but not even a single way to get one back." 
~ Tom Demarco ~

We overspend our time the same way we overspend on credit cards- with less care than is ultimately beneficial, and flippantly, as if we will have the money later that we don't have now. But in the long run, it has to be better to spend cash and savor each moment, for how can it ultimately serve us in any meaningful way to live by borrowing money or borrowing time?

I am careful and thoughtful with both my money and my time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


"To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do." 
~ Bertrand Russel ~

I used to want to know exactly how things were going to play out so that I could manage my expectations, and not knowing made me mad; but now I realize that there is a gift in the not knowing after all. Having no certainty or guarantees about the future makes us more clearly value our lives where they are, and exactly as they are.

Not knowing how the path will unfold- whether grandly, or with great pain- I appreciate each bit of goodness that  I experience along the way. 

Monday, October 17, 2016


"Clear clutter. Make space for you." 
~ Magdalena Vandenberg ~

The paper towel holder at work is always overfull and jammed to capacity- so full, in fact, that it becomes nearly impossible to get a paper towel out of it when we need one.
     And aren't our lives the same way when we overfill them?

I leave room in my schedule for movement and free-play.