Lights flash as I walk through a metal detector; heavy steel doors slam behind me with clashing blows. Locks clatter as security guards grant me permission to pass through sterile hallways; echoes reverberate with every footstep. The air is heavy with austerity. As I enter Multi-Purpose Room 23, the mood lifts slightly. Inmates are frisked… Continue reading Why I Go To Jail Every Thursday
There is perceived virtue in working on ourselves, on striving to become better…the best. It shows up in all areas of our lives: climbing the corporate ladder, making more money, studying harder, pushing ourselves physically and emotionally, building our reputations and our character. Often this tendency toward trying to better ourselves stems from the past.… Continue reading “Working On” Ourselves
Once upon a time, I was someone’s hero. In fact, I was a hero to two people. I comforted them when they were sick or hurt; I led them on adventures to the zoo, Legoland, and Mt. Rushmore; I camped in a backyard tent with them and the dog, and we built blanket forts in… Continue reading I Gave Up Trying to Impress My Adult Children
John Maeda said, “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” For anyone who has experienced downsizing to a smaller home in the hope of replacing real estate with freedom and adventure, you know that the act of simplifying is not synonymous with simplicity. Culling years or decades worth of belongings is both… Continue reading The Emotion I Didn’t Expect When Downsizing
A new year is so full of promise, isn’t it? A blank slate, a new calendar with pages ready to be filled with exciting projects, events, successes… That first page symbolizes a mental cross-over into fresh, hopeful territory. What would you like your 2019 to look like? Travel, improved relationships, a new job, better health,… Continue reading Your Planner as a Legacy
As 2018 is coming to a close, I find myself reflecting on the roller coaster year my husband and I have had. In hindsight, we matter-of-factly faced each challenge as it came up; collectively, though, the sum of difficult events now seems more substantial. Between us, we endured a broken shoulder, three surgeries, a biopsy,… Continue reading Reflections on 2018
November…the illustrious month of gratitude. Isn’t it just so darned easy to be thankful when life is going according to our wishes and plans? There are times when we should feel gratitude for good health, happy family members, a comfortable lifestyle; and yet complacency can set in and we take it all for granted. Thanksgiving and… Continue reading When Gratitude Feels Impossible
What if you woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and had no idea how you got to this place in your life? It may be that years, or even decades, had been lost to career indecision and missteps, or that overriding needs of family members took precedence. Maybe a lack of self-awareness and… Continue reading Is This What a Midlife Crisis Looks Like?