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Real Relaxation

“…Goldfinger could not have known that high tension was Bond’s natural way of life and that pressure and danger relaxed him.” – Ian Fleming, Goldfinger This is just one more way that I will never be like James Bond! Tension is not for me! I find high tension enervating if it goes on for too…

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Don’t Wait to Be Happy

The other morning, my middle school child told me he would “be so happy when it was summer vacation.” This seems like a pretty common sentiment for a young person starting to experience the early pangs of spring fever. While I could somewhat understand his feelings, I also thought about how many times in life…

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Chronic Pain and Me

Whether I like it or not, chronic pain is part of my normal, daily existence. When I was 25 years old, I started experiencing pain in my wrists, fingers, and arms. After two years of numerous doctor appointments, testing, and physical therapy, they finally performed a muscle biopsy and were able to diagnose me with…

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Rebuilding Trust Over Time

Much of our lives we spend dealing with the day-to-day stressors in our lives. From time to time, however, we look at the bigger questions – the meaning and value of our lives. How do I treat others? How do I improve myself, make my life better? How do I reach my goals while maintaining…

Hope

A New Hope Every Day

Every morning I walk my dog around the block, usually around the time when the bus rolls through the neighborhood to pick up kids for school. Much to my dog’s delight, the bus driver recently started tossing a treat out the window whenever he passes us. This has elevated the morning walk to a new…

Where Does the Time Go?

This is my first blog post that is not focused on management/leadership issues and I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous having to come up with a topic that was not related to those areas. Several thoughts went through my head – What should I choose? Will I be able to find something interesting?…

Fear and Imagination, Part 1

The Maze, a district of Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah, is known (to those who know of it) for its austere beauty and forbidding, inhospitable terrain. A desolate, harsh expanse of orange-red canyons, craggy sandstone formations and barren rock, it seems perfectly named if you imagine its bewildering array of ravines and gulches as being…

Don’t Overthink It!

I thought about writing a blog post about overthinking. Then I thought more about it and wondered if I would have enough ideas for an entire post. But then I thought, many people, including myself, suffer the ill-effects of thinking too much. I started to ponder how ruminating contributes to anxiety, depression and avoidance of…