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weekend quotable no. 149

weekend quotable no. 149

It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people who are died-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write, walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes, and they produce only dead...
five to nine

five to nine

There is a new movement afoot, or maybe it has always been a foot but I just never noticed it because I was never a member of it. This movement is the idea that the only way to get what you want out of life, or as the Dead Poets Society reminded us (referencing Henry...
thirteen

thirteen

Good thing it’s not Friday or there would be a flurry of excitement everywhere because the thirteenth day of the month happens to fall on the fifth day of the week. I am not sure where it began or who designated thirteenth Friday’s so unlucky, but no matter what, the...
sixty seconds

sixty seconds

You say there is no time. Not enough time to do what you want. There is so little of it, and it always goes by so fast, so what are you to do? Have you ever considered what your own body can do in just sixty seconds? Your body is simply amazing. Take your eyes for...
meaning of life

meaning of life

We all search for the meaning of life but the more I search, the more I realize that it’s really a search for meanings, plural, because life is not one big thing, but a lifetime made up of little moments. That was a mouthful, I know, but you made it, so let’s...
yes

yes

Yes. Yes is the word we should be using very often, unfortunatelly, it too often gets smothered by a hesitant maybe.  Maybe.  Oh, that would be nice. Maybe, yes. It would be so lovely. If only. Just imagine how my life would change. Someday. One day. Soon.  Without...
weekend quotable no. 148

weekend quotable no. 148

I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.  Diane Arbus Intention is a funny thing. It’s invisible and never looks the way we think it will. Often we don’t have all the information, we can’t see everything we need to see and our...
weekend quotable no. 147

weekend quotable no. 147

People seldom see the halting and painful steps, by which the most insignificant success is achieved. Anne Sullivan Every successful person seems lucky or gifted. Many people stand by watching, wishing they  had what they have, but they are unable to see their painful...
the problem with self help books

the problem with self help books

The problem with self help books is that when we need the help the most the self is not capable of delivering that help. Don’t get me wrong, for over two years I have devoured some really good self help books. Some I have read and listened to over and over again....
routines

routines

There is a natural gracefulness to routine. Like the sun rising each morning, or the natural laws of gravity that keep all of our stuff from floating away on us, routine is a dependable and useful way to reach for our dreams, or get stuff done. That’s assuming you’ve...
harrison

harrison

Toastmasters Speech delivered on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018. “Harrison”.   Harrison Harrison is an incredible human being.  He may be a little boy of nine, full of spunk and unbridled energy which never slows down but only crashes, to rise like the Phoenix each and...
the devil’s in the detail

the devil’s in the detail

I was not very interested in art and I took it for granted for a very long until I found myself in the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy. There I fell in love with Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. I had never been so close to real art before and it was hard to...
life is a highway

life is a highway

Life is a highway and there is even a song about it. We are born a Hyundai Elantra, a Ford 150 diesel truck, or perhaps, if you’re lucky, a sleek and shiny Jaguar or an Austen Martin. We are born with a particular skill set. We have an engine, four wheels and a tank...
weekend quotable no. 146

weekend quotable no. 146

In the measurement world, you set a goal and strive for it.  In the universe of possibility, you set the context and let life unfold. Ben Zander   There are two worlds you can choose to belong to, the world of measurement and the world of possibility. Most of us exist...
weekend quotable no.145

weekend quotable no.145

When your problems seem like mountains, feel the need to find some answers, you can leave it for another day, don’t try so hard Farrokh Bulsara (Freddy Mercury)   The more you are engaged in meaningful living and even if you’re not, there are periods of our life...
bring work with you

bring work with you

I don’t travel light. I don’t travel with too much baggage either, but I always make sure that I have a book, paper, pens, and a computer so that I can get at things whenever an opportunity presents itself. This doesn’t make me special, but it does make me committed....
dream out loud

dream out loud

You have to dream out loud because it’s not good enough to keep all that magic deep inside of you. It serves no-one any good. Not you, and certainly not us. So why not dream out loud, and show us who you dream of being? There will always be a bit of apprehension. In a...
the necessary

the necessary

The word necessary is an interesting word. It means essential and indispensable, but what makes something necessary? Who decides? Who gives it that title? Who gets to decide to treat it so? I would argue that we do. Not everything that is necessary in our lives comes...
fear of failure

fear of failure

The longer I write and think about things the less fear of failure impacts my life. It is still there and springs up uninvited on occasion, but it does not have the power it once had. There are so many things that can get done and life can become so meaningful when...
moments

moments

When did we stop experiencing life and decided life was a job? We work so hard for the means to live without making the time to live meaningfully. We get well educated or trained so that we can find a good job. Those jobs are often stressful and demanding, and we...