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Life Rhythm And White Space

As I listen to close friends and family members vent to me about various aspects of their lives: stress, anxiety and struggles with depression, I wonder how I can relay to them lessons I have learned over the years from my own life experiences, without offending or hurting their feelings. So for the time being I simply listen, and in between I insert some tidbits… Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself. After all you are the doing best that you can under all circumstances. Strengthen Your Core (Body and mind) : Avoid fad diets and opt for healthy eating instead. Exercise in the simplest fashion possible-walk any way possible, or dance in the middle of your living room to your favorite tunes. Take care of your mental health-whether simply hiding in a corner of the house, with the lights off, meditating to calming music. Or watching a stand-up comedy on television, or simply dabbling in a craft or hobby. Strengthening your core should be the least stressful thing you do. Find Your Life Rhythm: May …

Some Interesting Facts

Our (U.S.) first three day weekend of the year, and we woke up to Tsunami warnings along the Pacific Coast. Apparently, a ripple affect from the Volcanic eruption in the South Pacific here. Although we did not get the full impact on this side of the coast-California, much different was reported from the other side, as well as Chili in South America. I stared at my views of the Pacific ocean much of Saturday thinking about how one body of water, connecting two continents, can impact the other side in so many different ways-be it a scientific, or natural force. Apparently this eruption was a ‘once-in-a-millennium‘ event, just in case you are as intrigued as I am. And yet, I wonder how one would have any time to prepare for such a thing? I couldn’t shake off the feeling on Sunday while moping around the house. So by nightfall, I decided a Monday day-trip was necessary to help unwind and/or stop the obsession over natural disasters. So we settled on Sonoma, mostly for the picturesque …

New Year, New Plans

Normally, the first order of business for a new year, is plotting the travel I intend to do over the year and the projects around the house I want to complete in between. But this year, I have decided not to make plans, but rather to simply go with the flow. I am testing a new approach to healing, emotionally and physically, after the many conversations I’ve had over the year with friends and acquaintances. About the added stress we tend to put on ourselves with plans and the inability to achieve them. So the new plan for the new year is – to simply not have a plan…and as every day unfolds, jot down – the good (first), the ugly (second), and the bad, last. And let’s see where we end up in six months and then the year, in terms of our mental health… If you are interested in sharing contents from your daily journal, for lessons learned or otherwise, please complete the below survey. Excerpts will be shared daily

Thanksgiving 2021

Considering where we were last year around this time, in terms of gatherings and celebrations, I think this year, we truly need to redefine the meaning of Thanksgiving. This was the thought going through my head while grocery shopping yesterday for the very holiday. I found myself, sort of in a transient vibe, while searching for and gathering the ingredients for the trimmings. As you know from years before, we do not eat Turkey in our household. I decided to stuff acorns this year, and bypass the sweet potatoes for some colorful carrots roasted in the oven. Corn is a must for the fam, mashed potatoes, I am on the fence about. And the bird-rotisserie chicken, a small side dish of sliced ham garnished with pineapple and cloves, Brussel sprouts, and homemade cranberry sauce. Simple and very traditional. But right before we dive in, I want everyone to stop all things electronic, and simply express the most heartfelt appreciation for what we have all gone through, together and yet worlds apart. That’s how I see …

Staying in Touch…Professionally

After an hour’s conversation last night with my previous manager, I felt much better about myself. Naturally, this beckoned me to pose several questions here. Do you stay in touch with a previous boss? Or a co-worker who isn’t technically a friend, but rather someone you stay in touch with. Not via social media, but where a call is initiated and verbal conversations are had. Who initiates the staying in touch? You or them? What are the conversations about? Catching up or serious topics about your profession? Do you find yourself opening up, or simply keeping appearances? Do you end the call, thinking perhaps you should not have said that? As the tables are turned or while I wear the shoe on the other foot…as a boss, I have to admit that I stay in touch with members of my staff. Mostly to catch up, discuss a bit about their job, my job and share a few laughs about our time together. I don’t mind if they share too much or not enough. But I …