Happy 59th birthday dude

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Intelligent conversation about death and design.

 

 

Happy 59th birthday dude.

 

Nine years ago you began a 10-year journey to “do everything in life you wanted to do” before your 60th birthday.

Why?

A realization that no male on your Dad’s side lived past 60.

Today you turn 59.

This is technically your final Summer.

Are you afraid?

No.

Will you probably live past 60?

Probably.

But nine years ago, and like today and tomorrow, you know no guarantee is ever granted anyone.

The greatest benefit in pursuing your weird and unconventional goal?

Eliminating shoulda, woulda, and coulda from your vocabulary.

And learning how to respect, live, and enjoy peace and contentment.

 

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12 days went by fast

Many Glacier Hotel
Yes, it’s this striking.

 

Nearly two weeks away from home.

The original trip on November 1st was booked without a return flight, and we eventually booked the return for November 6, which was two days after Dad’s funeral.

Little did we know that Mom wouldn’t be strong enough to attend Dad’s viewing and funeral.

In fact, it happened fast – Mom went to be with Dad the very next day.

Six days apart.

Allegiant Air made it easy to rebook our flight for yesterday evening, two days after Mom’s funeral.

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A short story about “and then I realized”

Quote about holding onto pain
From a social media update but i can’t recall where. This short story, below, has been a huge growth experience.

 

A short story about “and then I realized”

The people i want to talk to the most almost always get a call, text, or email from me first.

The people i want to talk to the most rarely (almost never) initiate a call, text, or email.

And then i realized this (a long time ago, actually).

But for some unknown reason that i still can’t explain to this day, i felt a nagging guilt about how to remedy this.

Mostly, i felt like it was my place to always be the initiator.

i didn’t like it, and i still don’t.

And then i realized there was never any written or even weirdly implied expectation for me to always go first.

Over the years (decades) i suggested to some of my family and friends that we could set up some sort of schedule to call.

But many of my family and friends never liked that idea for whatever reasons and no process was ever tried.

And by the way, trying something new is only a starting point. A point from which things can be tweaked with input from those involved. Each Family member and Friend may like something a little different.

i’m used to scheduling things because i worked in a career that required me to be organized and to plan ahead in order to get the things done that were the most important.

And then i realized i have a choice that i have never done before.  What would happen if i stop calling, texting, and emailing?

And then i realized, i don’t need to feel guilty anymore.

And then i also realized, everyone is OK with this, and i was just making it a bigger deal than it really was/is.

Now I feel free.

And then i realized, i like this feeling of freedom.

If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me.

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Hey jeff, don’t forget your clock is tickin’

Going to the sun road
Going-To-The-Sun Road

 

Going to the sun road
Perhaps it is.

 

Going to the sun road
Wow.

 

Mindlessly going from one day to the next, thinking that sometime in the future we’ll become serious about getting our priorities straight, once and for all.

How’s that working out so far?

Live like you mean it means something to you or it doesn’t.

Which is it?

Truth is, we all flow in and out of sunny (smooth) days and cloudy (turbulent) days.

Life’s “weather” should never dictate our joy, gratitude, resolve, or attitude.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

 

#Surrender

#Surrender

Surrender and the serenity prayer is the same thing.

Letting go of things i can’t control is the key to peace.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

 

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.