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What’s a Mid-Life Crisis BFO?

What’s a Mid-Life Crisis BFO? It’s a Blinding Flash of the Obvious?

Do you have a problem or an opportunity?

A problem or a challenge?

A mid-life crisis or a mid-life celebration?

The choice is always ours to make. Choose wisely. Choose simply.

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Mid-Life Crisis Teacher

Mid-Life Crisis Teacher:

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”.Vernon Sanders Law

Vern Law also said, “A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits”.

Mid-Life Crisis experience, even though most of us have been through hell to get to mid-life, is one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive.

Glass half-empty or half-full.  It comes down to our attitude, doesn’t it. We can not quit our efforts to keep a great attitude.

Like it or not, that’s the reality. We can not quit.

I better get going.  Heard a rumor there’s a test tomorrow.  Carpe diem!

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Present Condition?

“Happiness is a present attitude – not a future condition”.   — Hugh Prather

You’ve seen the consistency with which I end virtually every post with, “Carpe diem”!

Carpe diem is a present attitude.

It is, of course, the concept of seizing the day.

I like to break it down even further to, “Seize the moment”.

This takes practice to be fully present. Often, I struggle with it when my workload gets really intense.

But I take comfort in my imperfection, forgive myself, and then move on and try to always do my best.

Keep trying. Keep forgiving. Keep doing your best. It’s the only path to being fully present.

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

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Chicken Soup For The Soul

Mark Victor Hansen writing tips:

Changing the world, one story at a time
Born Jan 8
Star Trek fan
Guinness Book of world records record holder, non-fiction
Inside Edge Jack & Mark
Andrew Carnegie – hand up or hand out
Dad was a baker – didn’t add skills
Can read 4,000 words a minute (?)
Stories must touch your heart
Write “Intoxicated, edit sober”
19 million books 1st year Teenage soul
Bucky Fuller
40 books
edit 9 times

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Know what she said?

Know what she said?

Yesterday I heard one of our school’s middle-aged, elementary school teachers, with 35 years teaching experience, soliciting our parental feedback to make next year’s annual elementary, overnight camping trip more successful.

And in the process, she revealed two concepts I had to write down, because I thought they were profound. Now I’m sharing them with you.

First, she talked about the “Scared Privilege” it is to be a school teacher. And you could really feel her passion and sincerity.

It made me wonder what some of my sacred privileges are. Immediately, I had a decent list. Here are a few:

Being alive at Mid Life.

Being the parent of a student.

Being married.

Having good health and a roof over my head.

You know what it made me think?

It made me think. “Virtually everything we have is a sacred privilege”.

Secondly, she talked about her simple process for using any advice we give.

Tweak it or toss it“!

What she meant was if something isn’t working too well, tweak it. If it doesn’t make it better, toss it.

It made me wonder how long I hold onto something that doesn’t work, without even trying to tweak it.

So today, I promise to relish my scared privileges and tweak the way I find time to be in the moment of our Mid-Life Celebration.

Make it a sacred day, because if you don’t, who will? Carpe diem, jeff 🙂